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Order Smart! 6 Things You Need to Know Before Ordering Patio Furniture

Posted by Stephanie Hilliard on Jul 20th 2023

Order Smart! 6 Things You Need to Know Before Ordering Patio Furniture

Feeling ready to order new patio furniture? Whether some of your old patio furniture didn’t last the winter or you’re going for a complete overhaul, there are a few criteria that need to be kept in mind before you order any patio furniture.  

It’s never too early to get started on your outdoor space…unless you don’t know the answers to these queries! See if you are ready by answering the following below:  

What’s the focus of your patio?  

Before you get to new furniture, what do you want out of your outdoor space? Seating around your fire? Rocking chairs? Pool furniture? A dining area? Space to entertain? Having a specific goal in mind for what you require furniture for can help narrow down your search to lounge chairs, dining furniture, deep seating, accessories, and beyond in a world of endless options for your outdoor space.  

What size of space are you working with? 

You need to know your limits in your outdoor area! Even if you’re just looking to replace furniture, getting a general square footage of your patio or your backyard will make planning so much easier when it comes time to place an order. Don’t forget to account for unusable space where you can’t put furniture like a fire pit, pool, or outdoor kitchen. Obviously furniture can go around these areas, just not in them.  

Not only will knowing your space help with the measurements and quantities of furniture you need, but also the scale. If you have a smaller space to fill, staying away from bulky designs will help you use the space wisely.  

What is your budget? 

Technically, patio furniture is not a necessity when it comes to your home (although we could definitely put up some arguments) so it’s important to know your budget ahead of when you order your patio furniture. If you are completely transforming your outdoor area, you’ve probably already budgeted for materials and labor, just don’t forget to leave some money for the furniture you’ll use day after day! Just having an estimate to go off can streamline your search in the pursuit of perfect patio furniture.  

What material do you want?  

Material is so important to consider before you order your patio furniture and can go together with planning your budget. This factor can be the difference of if the furniture you choose lasts a few seasons or twenty seasons. When choosing the right material, you’ll want to take into consideration your climate (dry, ocean, rainy, etc) and how much maintenance you want to do to keep your furniture looking great. There are likely materials that you can eliminate based on these factors, making your purchase decision even easier and a wiser investment down the road! 

What’s your style? 

Is rustic farmhouse design your thing? Or mid-century modern? Whatever your style is, there’s patio furniture out there that fits it! Keeping a style in mind can help you curate your outdoor furniture for a cohesive look. It doesn’t have to be incredibly narrow to find pieces that look like a unit, just a guideline for furniture to consider for your space. Having similar-styled furniture can elevate your patio’s curb appeal as a whole while also making it easier to pick out. 

What’s your time frame? 

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably pretty close to getting ready to order your outdoor furniture but there’s one more major factor to consider: time. Knowing your timeline and how long the items you want to order will take to be delivered is crucial for managing your expectations on when you can call your patio project “done”. With widespread material and labor shortages occurring, furniture can take a little longer than expected to arrive. Getting your patio furniture ordered ahead of time can benefit you rather than waiting too long to get started. 

Ordering patio furniture can be overwhelming, but having these factors sorted out beforehand can make it as painless as possible. If you can account for questions above, it’s time to go ahead and get that order placed!