Each year Garden Design Magazine comes out with their top ten list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting a different trend. Next up? Investing in High Quality Furniture.
When creating outdoor spaces we are often asked to provide outdoor seating areas of all types. Perhaps you are looking for seating on a deck or patio. Maybe a bench in a lush, secluded corner. Maybe you are looking to add a swing on your porch or on a frame in the garden. Choosing the right kind of seating is important to how you, your family and your guests will use the space.
Outdoor furniture can be a great investment if you choose quality, long lasting pieces. With a little care you can enjoy them for many years. Here are some tips for choosing high quality furniture for your outdoor spaces.
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1 – Visit A Local Artist:
Most areas have a local artist specializing in outdoor furniture. Many of these artists create quality, long lasting furniture and have many styles available. Visit one of their display areas to try out table sets, chairs, benches and more. Near us in Binghamton there are a few Amish made display areas that sell individual pieces or sets during the spring, summer or fall. These pieces can be cherished for years as is, but may require some minimal staining or storage for the winter to increase their longevity.
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2 – Shop At A Furniture Store Rather Than A “Big Box”:
Finding pieces that will last is important if you are sick of buying something every few years. Some big box stores (Lowes, Home Depot….) sell better quality pieces but often times the selling point at these type of stores is a lower price on a cheaper product. If you are looking for something to last for years to come try visiting a store that specializes in furniture specifically. You are more likely to get a piece that is made well and will hold up the to elements. Some furniture stores even offer a limited warranty on outdoor pieces. A little investment up front can save you a lot of money, and stress in the long run.
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3 – Make Sure It’s Comfortable:
One last piece of advise? Maybe sure it’s comfortable! Actually try sitting in the pieces you are considering, or try pulling up a chair to the table set you are interested in. If the piece looks nice but is hard, or the angle in uncomfortable, you won’t sit in it. Remember form follows function…it can look great, but if it will not work for what you intend…skip it.
For a full list of the trends visit: https://www.gardendesign.com/trends/2019.html