Patio Seating Set Buying Tips

Patio Seating Set Buying Tips

You want to move indoor comfort outdoors with a nice patio seating set but can't make up your mind? Patio seating sets are available in a wide variety of designs, materials, sizes and colors. We're here to help. Here are a few tips you would like to know to make an educated purchase.

Make sure you have enough space. Patio seating sets require space. To make optimal use of your outdoor space, you should take the measuring tape and measure the area you will use for your seating set.

Assess number of guests for seating. Every setting is different. Think how many people you would like to seat on this patio set.

Choose item type and size. Seating sets come in a wide variety. You need to choose if you want club chairs, sofas, loungers or even sectional seating. Ask for the size of each individual piece to see if they fit your space.

Choose a color scheme. Select a color for your seating set. Go outside and look at the space you'll use to make sure your choice of color will fit.

Decide if you want cushions. You need to decide if you want cushions or slings. If you don't like maintaining cushions then you should look for sling seating. Cushions have the advantage of providing comfort and also bringing color and elegance. You can use cushions to colorize the dining area. Sling furniture is limited in designs. If you want deep seating comfort you must use cushions.

Find out if assembly is required. Assembly can be timely. Make sure you know if the seating set you ordered needs assembly or not.

Ask for type of delivery. Seating sets are usually delivered via freight liners. Most freight deliveries are curbside which means you need to carry the furniture from curbside to your home.

Ask for a winter cover. Once summer is over you will need to cover your seating set. Unless you can move all your furniture indoors we really recommend covering your patio furniture.

Choose a material. Choose a material and design that will serve your taste. Below is the pros and cons of each material.

Outdoor Wicker Patio Sets: Furniture with aluminum frame and synthetic woven wicker wrapped around.

  • Pros:
    • Thick comfortable cushions.
    • Aluminum frames are durable and rust free.
    • Wide variety of modern or classic designs.
    • Deep seaters and sectionals are widely available.
    • Synthetic materials won't fade.
    • Light in weight.
    • Minimal maintenance.
    • Easy to clean.
  • Cons:
    • Require cushions for better comfort.
    • Woven material might break and unravel.
    • Aluminum frames might break from joints.
    • High pricing.
    • Large in size for storage.

Resin Seating Sets: White plastic patio seating furniture.

  • Pros:
    • Resin plastic is ultra-durable.
    • Can be used with or without cushions.
    • Light in Weight. Easy to carry.
    • Inexpensive.
    • No Maintenance. Easy to clean.
  • Cons:
    • Limited designs.
    • Deep seaters are usually not available.
    • Require cushions for better comfort.
    • Usually offered in white color.
    • Wind might knock them down.
    • Impossible to fix if broken.

Teak Patio Sets: Teak wood seating sets bring an earthy look for all wood lovers.

  • Pros:
    • Teak wood is strong and durable for outdoors.
    • Deep seating pieces are widely available.
    • Doesn't get too hot under sun.
    • Beautiful earthy looks.
    • Minimal assembly.
  • Cons:
    • Requires periodic maintenance such as oiling.
    • Requires cushions.
    • Heavy.
    • Hard to fix if broken.

Recycled Plastic Patio Sets: These are POLYWOOD® recycled plastic dining sets.

  • Pros:
    • Thick cushions for better comfort.
    • Ultra strong and durable.
    • Wide variety of designs.
    • Deepseater club chairs, sofas and sectionals.
    • No maintenance.
    • Easy to clean.
  • Cons:
    • Very Heavy.
    • Bulky.
    • Requires cushions.
    • Assembly required for all items.
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