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Patio Furniture Buying Guide

Patio furniture can create the perfect accent for your home’s outdoor decor. Whether you are planning a backyard barbecue in the near future or just looking for a place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee, getting the right patio furniture to match your needs is a must. Additionally, you will want to find furniture that can stand the test of time, furniture that will not degrade in inclement weather, and pieces that match your personal tastes. Needless to say, there is a lot you will have to consider when shopping for patio furniture!

In this patio furniture buying guide, we will provide you with useful information related to various types of outdoor furnishings. More specifically, we will help you understand the different kinds of patio furniture available, the benefits and drawbacks of each kind, as well as the cost & material considerations. So, let us take a closer look at what you can do to add an extra touch of style and comfort to your patio!

Patio Chairs, Sofas, and Chaise Lounges

When designing your ideal patio or outdoor seating area, patio chairs, sofas, and chaise lounges are often the most functional options. Standard lawn chairs can vary in material and quality, as they are frequently designed as pool lounge chairs or similar pool furniture. While these may work for people who want to swim or sunbathe, they may not fit the look or concept of your particular patio.

Consequently, when shopping for outdoor furniture, many people look for more unique or stylized options. For example, a mix of outdoor chaise lounge chairs and outdoor sectional furniture can provide optimal comfort and chic design. Though these are often more expensive than simpler patio chairs, they can add that extra “wow” factor to just about any outdoor setting. Just make sure that any sofas or lounge chairs are specifically designed for outdoor use — otherwise, you could find yourself with completely ruined furniture if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Finally, if you are in need of a more “homey” look, the outdoor rocking chair is a solid option. Not only is it comfortable, but the outdoor rocking chair offers a classic feel that will never go out of style. Additionally, rocking chairs are great for a variety of settings — from front porches to wooden decks.

Though not as traditional as rocking chairs, metal framed rattan chairs are a functional and cost-effective alternative. They are easy to set up and install to give your property a more welcoming vibe. Additionally, you can easily add weather-proof pillows or padding to make them even more comfortable.

Patio Swings and Hammocks

Sometimes, you may not need a lot of chairs or sofas to fill out your favorite patio space. In fact, many forms of outdoor patio furniture are more about personal leisure than creating a social meeting area. You may just want a simple place to get off your feet for a few minutes and enjoy the great outdoors. For this, patio swings and hammocks offer two simple ways to establish an outdoor space just for you.

While traditional hammocks are positioned between two sturdy trees, this is not always an option. Consequently, many hanging outside chairs come with their own structural support. This way, you can place them virtually anywhere on your property! That said, if you do have the right trees or structural support built into your patio, you can easily install an outdoor swing chair or canopy swing. These can create a relaxed, whimsical atmosphere that is hard to resist for many homeowners.

Like all kinds of outdoor furniture, you will want to make sure that you are getting the right kind of outdoor swing or hammock for you. Rope or twine are strong materials that are often better at withstanding the elements year-round, but they can fray with extended use. Moreover, many people find that intertwined rope is not as comfortable as cotton. However, if you own any kind of outdoor furniture that includes cotton, you will need to have it washed on a semi-regular basis.

Patio Dining Sets and Umbrellas

If you plan to have outdoor lunches, dinners, barbecues, or elegant soirees, you’ll need some kind of outdoor patio set. Generally, a patio dining set consists of a patio table and multiple chairs. You may also find patio outdoor dining sets that come with some form of covering — like a small tent, retractable cloth awning, or outdoor umbrella stand.

Umbrellas are generally the simplest and most cost-effective accompaniment to an outdoor table. You can easily set them up wherever you want to dine, keeping you and your guests dry in the event of a sudden change of weather. Additionally, many umbrellas are specifically designed to be inserted into a central hole in your outdoor table, giving them greater balance and coverage for the entire area.

Fortunately, patio dining sets come in a wide range of materials, which means that there is an outdoor dining set for just about any budget. Whether you want simple, foldable metal tables and chairs, or even more stylized wicker or wooden outdoor sets — you can find the perfect option to fit your needs.

Outdoor Benches

Lastly, patio furniture does not have to give you the most comfortable seating or the best place to throw an outdoor luncheon. Instead, you may just want some kind of outdoor arrangement to give a little more life to your garden, patio, backyard, front yard, or any special area on your property. This is why outdoor benches are popular as both a functional seat and an elegant decoration.

Whether you get a garden bench or a patio bench, you have a wide range of choices. Garden benches are often made of heavier materials, like stone or even marble — it all depends on your visual design and budget. Alternatively, many patio benches tend to be made of lighter materials — like wood, wicker, metal, or synthetics — so that they are easier to move. This also means that patio benches are typically less expensive, though they could be prone to damage if left out outdoors without any kind of covering. 

The Bottom Line

While shopping for patio furniture is not rocket science, it is also not something that you should take lightly. Many pieces of patio furniture could stay at your home (or in your family) for decades. Thus, you will want to do your research and find the best pieces to fit your personal tastes, your property, and your cost expectations. Remember, always keep the material of your purchase in mind. If you buy a piece of furniture that is not meant to stay outdoors, it could spell disaster for your investment!

Fortunately, at Tanga, we offer a wide range of patio furniture — from casual hammocks to high-end chaise lounges. Our outdoor furniture is made to withstand the test of time — even if you plan on using it every day. For this reason, we are more than happy to provide you with the best quality patio furniture to turn your outdoor area into a wonderful space for family and friends!

We hope you found this patio furniture buying guide useful! Are you looking for great deals on outdoor patio furniture? If so, be sure to check out the assortment of high-quality options on Tanga today!

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