The Greatest Outdoors
When considered wisely, a nice outdoor area can essentially become a giant extra space that feels like it’s part of your home. But as with any room, the options and considerations when it comes to furniture can quickly become overwhelming. Deciding on patio or outdoor furniture begins with understanding exactly what you’re going to use it for.
The key to getting good results is discovering the middle ground between your real self and your aspirational self to determine your actual primary needs. For example, a shy, single introvert should probably not expect to regularly host large outdoor barbecues requiring seating for twenty. However, that doesn’t mean they should throw in the town and buy just a pitiful chair to avoid having to entertain completely.
Will your furniture be getting direct sunlight, or will it be protected by a porch awning? Wicker, rattan, and unvarnished woods should rarely if ever be used when not situated in a covered area. Iron or metal furniture is a wonderful alternative, but you should be aware they can get very hot in the sun. Modern plastic furniture is easy to clean and is often made with fadeproof material, but offers less variety in style and design.
Sitting in Style
Contrary to popular folklore, Benjamin Franklin didn’t invent the rocking chair. However, they did hit the scene when Ben was a boy. Rocking chairs radiate southern charm and are a popular choice for a covered front porch.
Adirondack chairs have been around since 1903, and were designed by Thomas Lee while he was vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains. They are a crowd favorite because they combine a comfortable seat and backrest with a classic look.
Many believe that the chaise lounge, a blend of a daybed and chair, was originally made by Ancient Egyptians. Today, the lounge chair has become synonymous with relaxing by the water or in the shade.
For people with ample space, an outdoor living room set can be the perfect way to relax around a fire pit or central table. Modular seating is a good choice if you don’t want to commit to one furniture configuration.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that the bistro table and chairs originated in France. They were designed for intimate outdoor settings. A small table and two chairs provide an ideal dining and conversation space. Bistro sets create a wonderful space for an al fresco breakfast nook, as well.
The old fashioned picnic table and benches have been around since the 1800s. They’re still a quaint, budget-conscious option that’s family friendly and versatile.
There are as many styles of outdoor dining sets as there are for the interior, many of them constructed with durable materials and featuring bright designs. Select a set that pops with your furniture!