5 Things to Know Before Buying Outdoor Furniture

Purchasing outdoor furniture is an investment in more ways than one. Of course, you are procuring thoughtful design and functionality, but don’t forget, you are also investing in years of outdoor leisure. Are you ready to make the right investment? Find out the best time of year to buy outdoor furniture and 5 tips to remember when you are shopping!

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Read These 5 Tips Before Buying Outdoor Furniture

1. Get Inspired! Discover Amazing Outdoor Spaces.

Before setting foot inside a furniture showroom, we encourage you to discover the boundless possibilities of outdoor design. There are a million avenues for exploration––stroll through your local botanical garden, country club, or luxury hotel…or simply scroll through your social media feed. Inspiration is everywhere!

It’s easy to get lost in an ocean of ideas. Whether you clip magazine features or “pin” photos onto a digital mood board, be sure to organize your inspiration in an easy-to-use format so you can revisit your favorite looks. Start here: 2019’s hottest outdoor living trends.

[Insider Tip] From a party-ready sunroom to a spectacular mountain retreat, there’s no shortage of creative fuel in our blog archives. Browse away!

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2. Define Your Outdoor Style.

Once you’ve explored the dazzling depth of design possibilities, you will need to narrow down your favorites. This is the fun part! It’s time to define your personal style, taking your lifestyle, household habits, and aesthetic preferences into consideration. Our guide to the perfect porch makeover is a great place to begin.

And we should mention––light research can go a long way. For instance, did you know that certain colors can influence mood? Or which fabric palettes and patterns are trending this season? Catch up on some reading; we have simple guides for selecting your perfect outdoor palette and the latest outdoor fabric trends.


3. Understand Your Space & Setting.

This crucial step is two-fold. First, it’s important to understand how furniture placement may influence your outdoor living space. Working with a large area? Divide a spacious floor-plan with cozy, conversational seating. Enjoying a petite outdoor space? Discover ways to maximize your small-scale patio.

Secondly, consider the climate. Weather will certainly impact your outdoor living space––be sure the furniture you select is prepared to withstand the elements. Read more about two of our most popular materials, N-Dura Resin Wicker and performance teak. And don’t forget about those cushions! May we suggest the cloudlike Summer Classics dream cushion?

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4. Take a Closer Look at Performance Fabrics.

Aesthetics are important, but performance is paramount. Luckily, we can provide both. If you aren’t familiar with Summer Classics’ performance fabric options, now is the time to take a closer look. These high-tech textiles will outperform all other fabrics, offering unrivaled value over the product’s lifetime.

Summer Classics is proud to offer several lines of performance fabrics including Bella-Dura, Outdura, and Sunbrella. And because your accessories deserve the same great protection, we have also introduced Wendy Jane by Gabby performance pillows.


5. Review the Care & Cleaning Guidelines.

Often overlooked by first-time buyers, outdoor furniture maintenance is quite an important factor. Be sure to review care and cleaning guidelines before you buy, understanding that different materials may require different strategies. For a crash course in outdoor furniture maintenance, read our newly published simple guide to outdoor furniture care.

Looking for more specific guidance? We have tried-and-true advice on how to remove red wine stains and how to care for Sunbrella fabric.

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