The outdoor furniture you choose for your patio or deck space is very important; poor-quality furniture won't last for too many years, and uncomfortable furniture will create a space that you simply don't enjoy. To help you make the best decision when it comes to outdoor furniture for your patio or deck, note a few important details to consider before you even begin shopping.
Teak and bamboo are very sturdy, and these woods are both very dense; they don't absorb moisture or hold mould and mildew very easily, so they last for years with cracking or chipping. However, if you're looking for outdoor furniture for a deck made of pine or redwood, consider if these different species of wood might clash and if metal or wicker might be better options.
Metal furniture is also good if you need something very durable, such as for families with kids and pets. However, if your patio or deck is in bright and direct sunlight, that metal could become uncomfortably warm. If you do get metal furniture, be sure it's powder coated so that it doesn't rust and corrode, and remember that you'll still need to clean it regularly as it will hold dirt, dust and mud.
If you're the type who likes to change up the look of your outdoor space, opt for wicker, which you can typically spray-paint on your own for a fresh new colour.
If you're like many homeowners, you may need extra storage on the patio or deck for hiding away outdoor blankets, tools to start a fire in the fire pit, bug repellent, candles for night-time lounging and the like. Look for storage furniture pieces in this case; this can include benches with storage underneath or ottomans that do double duty as storage bins.
Don't underestimate the importance of style for your outdoor furniture, but this doesn't mean looks alone. When you sit outside, you want to relax and stretch out, so choose oversized furniture with wide and deep seats as well as thick cushions. Furniture that is very upright can keep you somewhat tense while sitting, and smaller furniture can mean not enough support for the backside. Notice the shape of furniture when shopping and opt for chair backs that seem at a slight angle so you can lean back comfortably, and consider if the seat part is long enough to reach your knees. This will offer full support for your backside and legs, for maximum comfort.