Patio Furniture Buying Guide – 5 Steps to Choosing Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture Buying Guide – 5 Steps Towards Selecting the Best Pieces for Your Outdoor Space

With the right patio furniture and accessories, you can transform any drab, run-of-the-mill paver patio or weedy backyard into an inviting, beautiful outdoor extension of your home. Knowing how to complement or transfer your signature style to your own personal oasis is part of the art of patio decorating. At Casual Living, we make it easy to get started on designing your own patio space with this five-step patio furniture buying guide. Between this guide and the helpful associates at Casual Living, we are excited to help you create the patio of your dreams.

  1. Brainstorm the Foundation – When it comes to patio décor selection, it’s best if you don’t freestyle it. Meaning, don’t just spontaneously buy without strategizing your space or considering the intended use of your patio. Do you basically want an outdoor reading nook or a place to entertain 10-15 people on average? You wouldn’t need a huge dining table for a personal, minimal space. Likewise, if you will only be hosting occasional parties, you may not need extras, such as a fire pit.
  2. Test Sit – If you want to buy patio furniture right the first time, don’t buy on line! Many people get stuck with chairs, tables, and couches that are poor quality or too small to provide adequate comfort. Even furniture that looks high end may be completely different in person. Or you may just find it doesn’t personally jibe with your vision and tastes. The best thing you can do for yourself is to go in a store and sit down, relax, and test each piece of potential furniture.
  3. Consider Materials and Colors – One of the biggest (and sometimes most overlooked factors) is choosing materials and colors that work for your lifestyle and existing décor. First of all, consider materials. Aluminum is lightweight, durable, and easy for quick storage or rearrangement. Wrought iron or teak wood may feel more like the furniture you’re used to sitting in, but these materials are heavy and difficult to move around. Also, make sure your colors complement the exterior of your home, tying the whole ensemble together to improve the aesthetic of your outdoor space.
  4. Care and Storage Requirements – That teak table is beautiful and smacks of vintage class, but are you prepared to give it the time and care it requires to remain stunning? We addressed care and cleaning of different patio furniture materials in a recent blog, but we’ll recap here. Aluminum and resin wicker require the least amount of commitment, and are built for longevity. Wood, marble, and tile are gorgeous but require extra care. Some metals, like iron and steel, will rust and may not be worth your time.
  5. Make It Quality – When it comes to buying patio furniture, you really don’t want to skimp on quality. You’ll notice the difference and your guests certainly will. Make sure you invest in comfort, quality, and longevity down to the cushions for long-term enjoyment. To perform a quality test, run your hand over wood to feel for smoothness, inspect metal frames for stability, and check cushions for thickness and plushness. We also recommend that you choose with furniture with stainless steel hardware to avoid oxidation.


Knowing how to choose the best patio furniture for your individual needs and space can be overwhelming. However, using our patio furniture buying guide the next time you go shopping can help make informed decisions. Also, make sure you check out our online catalog to view our vast selection or contact us today with more questions as you select pieces for your outdoor paradise.