What to look for when buying an Outdoor Setting

To make the most of your entertaining outdoor area at home, consider an outdoor lounge or dining setting.

  • 1.Price
  • 2.Location
  • 3.Colours
  • 4.Materials
  • 5.Features
  • 6.Delivery
  • 7.Maintenance
  • 8.Warranty
  • 9.Expertise

People often have a budget, so it pays to shop where you have price options. There is an old saying that goes "you get what you pay for", and generally that is so true. If this is true, then it's even more important to understand what your going to get in return for slightly more investment. Its easier to make a decision when you have all the information. That's why talking to an expert at the start of the process makes sense.

Now consider where your setting is going to be located and think about the existing colours and what you want to do in terms of a transformation, will it be evolution or revolution? Understanding a colour palette is not everybody's forte. For those who love creative talking to the experts can give you a different perspective. When you define your colour palette, then you can start thinking about material choices. Durable UV resistant Olefin fabrics and spun polyesters have great colours and wear unbelievably well. UV stabilised polypropylene and timber and rope chairs are comfortable beyond imagination. Fully functional glass-reinforced Concrete (GRC) is built for the outdoors and looks impressive.

Some settings allow left, or right orientation of chair arms and others don't. Therefore making sure which are configurable and which aren't before you buy will take away a lot of heartaches before they happen. Interchangeable legs are a big hit for dining tables, X legs and A-frames allows for different looks with the same table, a lot of times it comes down to personal preference. Even when you start to examine the nuance of every option like does this dining table has adjustable feet have adjustable feet or is this metal fame powder-coated aluminium. So a clear understanding of features is imperative.

OK so now you have decided on which piece or pieces of Outdoor furniture you are going to buy, now you need to decide on how you are going to get it home. Most furniture is big and bulky and requires a two-person lift and a truck with a power-tailgate. It is essential to understand the weight of each item so you can assess your ability to lift it or not. As well as the weight you need to judge whether or not it can fit inside your vehicle. Ultimately you have a choice pick or delivery, and either way, know what service will best suit your needs.

Maintenance is key to the longevity of your outdoor furniture. You are starting with a cover to protect your investment when you are not using it. Secondly, there is a myriad of products that protects and nourishes surfaces to make sure they are around for many seasons to come. Warranties are many and varied, but typically there is one year on glass, plastic chairs, cushion covers, cushion inserts, timber, furniture covers and rope. Two-year warranties apply to wicker, aluminium and cement.

So talking to an expert makes all the sense in the world. It reduces stress and uncertainty and should provide the knowledge to make the whole experience as enjoyable as it should be.