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Although we may spend the majority of our time indoors when the weather is cold outside, our thoughts will turn to the outside when the weather is improving. Spending time with family and friends in our outdoor environment is both comfortable and convenient.

Here are some tips which can assist you in choosing your next set of outdoor furniture which is perfect for your needs.

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Consider Your Space – In many cases, we are going to have much more space available outdoors than what is available indoors. This can make it easy for us to choose outdoor furniture, because we’re not necessarily limited by size. Of course, not all of us have that much room available and even if we do, we would still want to choose furniture that was comfortable for the space. Take some time to measure before you go shopping for furniture to limit any surprises when you get the furniture home. (Source:

Consider the Function – Why is it that you enjoy spending time outdoors? For some of us, it is because we want to spend time with others eating, drinking and bonding. If that is the case, you would want to have plenty of comfortable seating available and perhaps some dining options, for the planned or impromptu barbecue. If you tend to retreat to the outdoors to escape on your own, purchase something with comfort in mind.

Consider the Care – Because the outdoor furniture is going to be exposed to the elements, it will likely need specific care. Choosing high-quality, durable furniture that is suitable for all weather will minimize the work that needs to be done. One option that is available for that purpose is teak wood. It is used for hardy, long-lasting furniture and if it is treated every few seasons, it will stay beautiful for years.

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Consider Storage Options – In many cases, it is going to be necessary for you to store the furniture for several months out of the year. Some outdoor furniture is going to fold up conveniently to minimize the amount of storage that is necessary. When you store furniture, it will last for additional seasons in most cases. Although you would certainly want to consider comfort, don’t forget that it is going to need to be stored at some point during the year (Source:

Consider the Fabric – There are a number of different options available for fabric. Unless you want to remove the cushions every time you’re finished using them for the day, it is best to choose Sunbrella. This type of fabric can resist water and the damage that can occur from sun exposure. It is also mold resistant, so it is possible to continue to use the cushions outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions. It is a durable fabric that makes the perfect complement for any quality set.

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