Fall has arrived, so the opportunities for outdoor home entertainment are dwindling, but it's never too late to make additions to your home and patio to better enjoy the beauty in your own backyard. Building an outdoor living space is a way to enhance home life and build relationships with friends and neighbors. Bars, ponds, grills, fire pits, fountains, birdbaths and lanterns are just a short list of what is possible with some imagination and a bit of money. Here are some tips to purchasing furniture for your outdoor living set.
Seek out pieces with complementary colors, shapes and textures from various stores and catalogs. Avoid super-trendiness and instead look for timeless pieces that will last a long time. It's exciting to dreams of what your yard or patio could be, but it's easy to overspend, so don't throw caution to the winds. The urge to splurge can be overwhelming, but it must be fought. A nice outdoor table set could cost thousands of dollars, but there are many bargains to be had.
Examine the quality of every potential purchase very carefully. Outdoor furniture is subjected to changing climate conditions and will be adversely affected by them over time. Iron, aluminum, stone and glass are ideal materials. Wood is also good, but some varieties don't have enough density or natural oils to protect them from sun or moisture damage that could result in rotting or mildew development. However, you can treat the wood to help prevent this. Yew, cypress, cherry and mesquite are a few types of wood that will withstand such exposure. Wicker is also an attractive material, but if it's untreated, it's more susceptible to weather damage. To avoid this, choose glazed wicker. You can also glaze your own wicker at home, using spray paint or tung oil.