How to Buy Patio Furniture (+ Our Favorite Set Under $1,000)
Buying a furniture set for your patio can sometimes be overwhelming. However, unlike most people, we will not let you buy your furniture, simply based on its looks. In the buyer’s guide below, we will guide you through various factors that you must take into account (such as your space, your budget, maintenance requirement, etc.). We will walk you through how you can get the best “bang for your buck” while getting the look and feel you desire. But first, lets take a look at a few of our favorite patio furniture sets.
Our Favorite Patio Furniture
A Cozy Sectional Conversation Set: Ohana 7-Piece Outdoor Patio Furniture All-Weather Moduler Set
This is one of the nicest looking outdoor furniture set that we found in our price range. It’s lighter than many other patio furniture, making it easier to move around and the modular design lets you arrange and re-arrange to suit the look and feel of your space.
Why it’s our favorite:
- Great Value: This is one of the very fiew 7-piece patio furniture sets that is in this price range. You get the look, comfort, durability – all in once package.
- Weather Resistant: Cushions covers are made with fabric that is fade resistant, UV resistant and weather-proof. To top it off, cushion covers easily unzip for easy cleaning. Hand-woven resin wicker is tough to weather elements yet stylish and comfy.
- Solid Construction: Seat frames are made from light, weather-proof aluminum. A solid all-weather coffee table comes with safety glass.
- Modern Style: Minimalist design with contemporary looks is enhanced by clean lines of hand woven resin wicker.
- Easily Configurable and customizable: Since each piece stands on its own, you can mix and match to your desired configuration. Cushion covers are available in a variety of colors. Wicker comes in mixed brown and black. No assembly required – enjoy right out of the box.
- Warranty: 3 year warranty on framework.
- Includes: 7-piece set includes 2 corner chairs, 4 armless chairs and 1 coffee table
- Colors: Wicker (Black and Mixed Brown), Covers (multiple)
- Corner Chair: 28″ H x 32″ W x 32″ D
- Armless Chair: 28″ H x 26.5″ W x 32″ D
- Coffee Table: 16.5″ H x 31.5″ W x 19.7″ D
Other Patio Furniture Sets that We Like
If our top pick is not something you want, here are 10 others to choose from:
Best Patio Umbrella
An umbrella is a must have to not only protect your furniture from weather elements but also give you shelter from the sun and rain. A stylishly selected umbrella will naturally add charm to your furniture set. Here are our top 10 picks:
How to Pick a Patio Dining Set
Here are some guidelines to consider when you are buying your patio furniture.
Consider Your Space
You would obviously need a different setup for a long and narrow space vs. broad and wide. In order to help with your decision, think of your available space as if you are buying furniture for an indoor room. Use the border lines and shape of the patio to help you guide your decision. Make sure you have enough room to walk around the furniture. Here is a rule of thumb that designers typically use: leave at least 36 inches between the furniture from any wall, tree, or other physical object that may prevent access.
If you are able to, take a picture from a higher vantage point, then save the photo on your smartphone for quick reference as you are shopping for the furniture. If you want to avoid the guesswork, be sure to measure along the lengths of the outdoor space to get an idea of where / how long of a furniture you can accomodate.
If you have a small space, obviously cramping in a 7-piece furniture set does not make sense. Consider getting a simple, yet elegant furniture set (such as Devoko Pattio). Cafe or bistro style tables and chairs can also add charm to smaller areas.
Consider Your Weather
Do you live in a fairly humid region? How hot does it get? How cold? How much does it rain? These are some of the questions to keep in mind while you are shopping around since different weather elements react to your furniture material in different ways.
For example, high humidity and constant moisture is not very good for wicker; wood might crack and splinter in very dry and hot climate; light aluminum furniture might not be the best if where you live is fairly windy.
That being said, here is some peace of mind – most of the furniture these days are fairly resistant to common weather elements and come with fairly decent warranty.
If you live in colder / wetter climate, consider getting plastic resin construction as they can withstand the issues of rot and rust better.
It always helps prolong the life of the outdoor furniture, if you can protect your furniture by using a cover or bringing it inside during off-season.
Consider Your Use
How you are planning on using your outdoor space will also have an impact on the type of furniture you should buy. Will you be using it for dining? Simply lounging?
While you might want to consider a decent dining table set if you are planning on a sit-down dining outside, whereas you might think more of comfort and entertainment if you are just lounging around.
Consider Your Upkeep
How much time you have to devote towards regular maintenance? The amount of upkeep you need to do will depend on the weather elements your furniture will be exposed to. How often are you willing to change / upgrade the furniture? Giving this a serious consideration will help pick the right material for your outdoor furniture.
Consider Your Budget
Above everything else, the type of outdoor furniture you can get is limited by that amount of money you have available to spend. When in doubt, always go for simpler options and get the best furniture you can afford. You can make your money go further by buying during off season when furniture is on sale.
Outdoor Furniture Material
The material you pick will decide the level of care and maintenance you will be expected to do. So, before buying a furniture set simply based on its looks, pay careful attention to the amount of work it takes to keep it pristine.
If you like wood, keep in mind that it requires annual maintenance to keep it in good condition. That being said, not all wood outdoor furniture is made the same. Teak is generally considered the “grandfather” of the type of wood selected for outdoor furniture. It is very dense and has high oil content – making it naturally resistant to pests and weather elements. However, high quality teak is quite expensive and if you are looking to stay under the budget of $1,000, your options are mostly limited to mahogany, eucalyptus or acacia.
While wood tends to rot, metal tends to corrode and rust. However, most outdoor metal furniture sets are either treated with rust-resistant coatings or are made from rust resistant materials such as stainless steel or powder-coated aluminum.
Aluminum is lightweight, making it an attractive choice for making outdoor tables and chairs that need to be moved around regularly. Moreover, Aluminum is naturally resistant to rust, and stays cool in the sunlight.
Steel is stronger than Aluminum – so it is generally used for heavy duty furniture pieces such as outdoor dining tables, sofas and sectionals. Since steel can be subjected to rust, make sure that it is treated with anti-rust protectant.
Just so you know, the term “wicker” simply refers to the weaving technique and is not a type of material. Wicker is made from plastics and synthetic fibers which are designed to mimic the fiber of natural rattan. The furniture is then made by weaving in the classic over and under matter to give it the classic Victorian look.
Because of its relative ease of upkeep and good looks, we now see wicker furniture sets everywhere – from rooftop bars to people’s backyards. Wicker furniture are relatively low maintenance, fairly weather resistant and last for years.
Plastic outdoor furniture probably require the least maintenance of all, but they do need their regular upkeep to maintain their look.
Because of its ease-of-manufacture, plastic has been used to create patio furniture style to suit almost any needs, including a multitude of style and a variety of colors.
Despite its durability, if left exposed to excessive UV rays, plastic is susceptible to becoming brittle and eventually breaking – so make sure you use a cover, bring it inside or keep it under an umbrella during off-season or when not using.