Patio Sets: Complete Outdoor Solutions
Patio sets are a great way to jump start a new outdoor living space by getting a matching set of outdoor furniture. You might even save a little money in the process.
There are a couple of variations in the types of patio sets available but most are a combination of a table and matching chairs. Sizes of the table will vary as will the quantity of chairs that will match the size of the table. Patio furniture is built for use outdoors and common materials include teak wood, aluminum, iron and sometimes plastic. Patio cushions may also be included with the set depending on the style and hardness of the seating surfaces.
One of the big advantages of starting with a set of patio furniture is that you won’t have to go through the trouble of bringing separate pieces together to make a well coordinated set. You can go through the process of hand matching individual pieces on your own, but it will certainly take more time and likely cost more money in the long run. There is a large variety of choices so finding a set that you like shouldn’t be too big of a challenge. There are even online retailers that can sell and ship even the largest table right to your home.
One of the most important aspects to address is the space you have for placing your furniture in your backyard. Don’t forget to allow for extra room to walk around the table and chairs when the chairs are pulled out away from the table. Beyond space, you need to prioritize costs, styles and materials to help you limit the range of possibilities and arrive at a final choice that will work well for all of your requirements.
Patio sets can serve as a place where people can sit around and socialize or they can serve as a functional dining area for outdoor meals. The main types of sets include dining sets and conversation sets. Keep in mind what you will use it for so that you make the right choice in the type of set you choose.
If you need to handle large numbers of family and friends then a very large table with extra chairs works well. Adding a second table that can be matched up to the first is another option if you only need to accommodate large groups every once in a while. Folding chairs that match the rest of the furniture are easy additions that typically store well when they are not being used.
Also remember that you have to keep your patio set clean and attractive. Nobody wants to sit around on dirty chairs or eat on a dirty looking table. Metal or rough-tiled patio sets can corrode in time and are not easy to clean. Teak wood patio sets might be a better option as they are resistant to the elements and can be wiped down easily with a damp or wet cloth.