Springtime, Memorial day, June weddings and July 4th
all are great reasons to start thinking about outdoor furniture. With the kids
off from school and the relatives visiting by the busload, oh, and, the weather
finally being nice, seating for everyone, or at least your family for a casual
al fresco dinner is a lovely idea.
Here are our five tips if you’re trying to save money on
1. Teak and plastic resin that looks like wicker are among the most
durable materials, but they’re also the most expensive.
If you’re on a
budget look for aluminum or another wood. If you’re on a really tight budget,
shop garage sales and thrift stores for either regular wood furniture that you
don’t care won’t last long or for secondhand outdoor furniture.
2. To save a ton of money, shop later in the summer.
sounds like no fun at all, because you don’t get to enjoy the furniture all
season. But since everyone else is thinking along these lines as well, they get
to pay full price. Once the big summer holidays are over, the sales start. You
may not find as good of a selection, but who cares if it’s cheaper!
3. Protect your investment.
Keep your outdoor furniture out of
the direct sun and rain during the summer unless you’re using it, and cover it
or put it indoors over the winter. The sun will fade bright colors in a few
months, cushions will get dirty and the elements will change the color of wood.
Ever seen a weathered fence? That happens to furniture too.
If you have a well-protected porch, you may get away with
just covers for the winter. This will help keep it clean. Bring cushions inside
during rainy seasons to prevent mildew and rot. Who wants to sit on that, even
if it’s nice out!
4. If you want sturdy furniture that will stay outside, consider
concrete benches, wood you don’t mind aging, or recycled plastic.
still may need to clean it come spring, and buying or making your own cushions will
keep things comfy.
5. Mix and match! But make sure whatever you buy is sturdy.
will be able to assemble a fun collection if you don’t care if it’s a matched
set. But saving money is pointless if your chairs tip easily, tables break and
cushions stain easily or crack. Inspect the furniture often and tighten bolts
if they’re loose, replace the piece if it’s damaged.
Send in your favorite ideas! We would love to see what you
Until next time!
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