10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Outdoor Furniture

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Outdoor Furniture

Posted by Lauren Rogers on Mar 3rd 2020

Creating your own backyard oasis is a dream we all have, whether we live in a tiny apartment or a home with multiple acres. We read, sketch out, and plan all the details that will make our outdoor spaces perfectly match that photo we saved on Pinterest. But before you blindly shop online in your excitement, take a second to think about all the details that will make this a lasting purchase. No matter what your living situation currently is, we have furniture options for every size and need.

Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when purchasing furniture for your outdoor area! They can save you money and a future headache.

1. Not buying the right size. Don’t forget the tape measure! This will serve as the tool that keeps you on track and ensures you don’t waste time. Measure the area you’re buying furniture for before heading to the store. Then also measure the furniture in the store to be 100% sure it will match your outdoor area.

Outdoor Dining Set with Swivel Chairs 

2. Buying cheap over quality. “But it won’t be inside my house” is a common response to why people choose to pick the cheaper option over the better option when it comes to outdoor furniture. The truth is that it’s wiser to buy a higher quality the first time instead of something you’ll have to purchase again and again. This especially applies to furniture that will have to weather the elements!

3. Not choosing the correct material. What your furniture is made of dramatically affects how long the piece lasts. Plastic? Aluminum? Steel? Be sure to research what materials will survive the outdoors, as well as how to take care of them post-purchase. The weight of the material is very important to the lasting stability of your outdoor pieces.

4. Choosing style over function. YES the chairs and table set may be white and adorable, but if they’re not made with a lasting quality, you’ll just be replacing it the following year. Keep in mind there are so many options out there! You can find an aesthetic that suits you while ensuring the quality is up to the task.

5. Skipping trying it out first. Don’t forget to take a second to take a seat when you’re at the store! Get a feel for the comfort level of what you’re buying before you head to the check-out line. This furniture is most likely for long, luxurious mornings and afternoons on the patio outside, so you want to be sure it’s comfortable.

6. Ignoring your location. Do you live in a rainy climate? Windy? Sunny? Snowy? Consider the elements of where you live, as well as the actual physical location of your outdoor space. Look around at the trees and other plants around your space to see how it will affect the quality of your furniture over time. 

Round Outdoor Dining Set with Swivel Chairs

7. Not thinking seasonally. That beautiful tree giving you lovely shade during the summer? When the leaves disappear in the fall and winter, you may want to consider the umbrella that comes with the table set! Meanwhile a fire pit table is perfect for winter. Each season brings its own joys and challenges, so think about how all four seasons will affect your outdoor furniture. 

Round Firepit

8. Not also buying protection for your new furniture. Whether you live in a rainy or sunny climate, the weather is going to affect your furniture at some point. Buying protective covering is a great way to lengthen the life of your outdoor pieces. 

9. Forgetting to be sure the chairs legs work well on your patio/area. Sure, those skinny cafe-style chairs are perfect for your French bistro look, but the legs may be too skinny for the wood flooring of your patio. Or for the soft soil your outdoor furniture is on top of.

10. Placing the furniture in the wrong spot. You may have sketched out your perfect layout, but your mind could change based on the furniture you fall in love with. Keep an open mind before, during, and after your purchasing journey!