If you are planning on purchasing outdoor furniture for your home, you can’t just go to a store or look online and buy the first piece that catches your fancy. One of the first things you will have to do is prepare a plan and think of all the details and factors you have to take into account. Here are 5 common mistakes people make while choosing outdoor furniture.
Mistakes When Choosing Outdoor Furniture
#1 Not Measuring Available Space
This one probably tops the list of mistakes. When you are buying any kind of furniture, one of the first things you have to take into account is the available space. This aspect may not be very relevant if you are going to place the furniture in a large open garden. However, if you are buying outdoor furniture for your deck, patio, balcony or veranda, not taking the measurements can be a big mistake.
You may not feel that a few centimeters here or there matter a great deal; but if your furniture is even a little larger than it should be, it can hamper movement in that space. Before you start looking for outdoor furniture, note the exact measurements of the area you are going to place it in and buy the furniture accordingly.
#2 Relying only on Aesthetics
You want stunning outdoor settings, but that’s not the only aspect you should be focusing on. Just because an outdoor setting looks attractive, doesn’t mean it’s comfortable and functional. The furniture you buy should be creatively built, but should be comfortable too.
This aspect can be very difficult to ascertain when you are buying furniture online. The one way to avoid buying uncomfortable furniture is to stay away from pieces that are unusually-shaped. Opt for furniture that has cushions and standard armrests and back height.
#3 Not paying attention to Materials
When you are buying outdoor furniture, understand what kind of climate it will have to weather and buy the furniture accordingly. Sydney weather can be unpredictable – one day, the skies could be sunny and bright while the very next day, and the rain gods may smile down on us. Its best to opt for all-weather materials for the upholstery and the furniture itself should be made of durable material like wicker.
It can be a combination of wicker and metal that has an anti-rust coating. It’s very important to buy materials that are low-maintenance or else you will find yourself struggling to keep them looking new. Regardless of the kind of outdoor furniture you buy, it will need a certain amount of maintenance and this is something you will have to keep in mind.
#4 Compromising on Quality
At times, you may be tempted to buy cheaper furniture. This can be a bad decision in the long term. Cheap furniture will not be of high quality and you will find it is unable to withstand climatic changes. The fabric may not be weather–resistant and the metal may not be coated with anti-rust materials.
This means, you will end up replacing the furniture much sooner, no matter how well you look after it. The one way to avoid this is to buy high grade furniture. This will be easier to maintain and will last for a number of years too.
#5 Different Styling
Even though outdoor furniture is going to be placed in outdoor spaces, if you buy pieces that are built on a completely different style from the one that your home has, the furniture can be an eyesore. For instance if you have a rustic-style home with earthy colours and you buy chrome and steel furniture, it will look completely out-of-sync with the styling of your home. Keep this aspect in view while buying this furniture.
The bottom line is that when you are buying outdoor furniture; do not do so in haste. Focus on taking the right measurements, look for furniture that is made of high quality, weather-proof materials that are low maintenance. Pay attention to the styling and ensure it matches the décor theme of your home and match the design with that of the landscaping and other outdoor features too. Creating stunning outdoor spaces is a lot about having style sense and avoiding these mistakes.
Thanks for reading,
The Osier Belle Team
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