03 May Are You Considering Outdoor Reclaimed Furniture?
If you have a yard, you have an incredible opportunity to extend the square footage of your home. Convert outdoor space into living space, and you’ll suddenly feel like your home is much larger. This is especially true as warm weather rolls around! There’s nothing like hanging out on a patio with friends and family or simply sitting alone with a glass of iced tea. That’s just the thing, though: you and guests need places to sit!
While there’s a lot of things you can do to make the outdoors comfortable, furniture is key to success. It creates a welcoming place for you and your guests to relax. Now, when you start shopping for outdoor furniture, you may find yourself adrift in a sea of options. You’ll find that every color, material, and design vies for your money – and you can end up paying a lot. At the end of the day, you need outdoor furniture that can stand up to the elements for years. You also need furniture that is harmonious with your home’s aesthetic and able to satisfy your seating and comfort requirements.
Before you look at any online catalogs or head to any stores, you need to do some homework. Knowing what you need (and can afford) will give you the clarity you need to navigate all the options and come out the other side with furniture you love. In today’s blog, we are going to share key things you should consider before shopping.
Are you going to use your outdoor spaces to host parties? Are you after a secluded, intimate space where you can sit down with a friend for a quiet talk? Are you planning to incorporate a fire pit or water feature?
These questions will help you determine how big of a space you need. Once you know this, you can choose furniture that will pleasantly fill the space without crowding or seeming sparse. This is a huge money-saving strategy. You would be amazed how many people buy furniture that doesn’t fit. The fact is, it doesn’t really take much to introduce comfort into an outdoor space. Just a simple bench with pillows goes a long way.
Consider mixing styles
Outdoor furniture doesn’t have to match. In fact, your patio offers more flexibility and opportunity for fun than your living room does. Mixing styles not only frees you to create an aesthetic all your own, it allows you to save money by cherry-picking furniture from different places. You can invest more in the pieces that are most important to you and save on everything else. It all depends on your preferences.
Make sure you consider your landscaping, the color of your home, and anything else that will play a part in the aesthetic you’re creating.
Pay attention to quality
Nobody wants their favorite piece of furniture to fall apart after one or two seasons. At Southern Vintage, we painstakingly ensure each of our outdoor pieces will stand up to the elements for years to come. Not everyone invests this much effort into their furniture. Use the following guide to identify good and bad furniture:
Signs of furniture that will let you down
- Nailed or glued connections
- Badly-fitting wood joints
- Pitted and rough metal welds
Signs of furniture that will stand the test of time
- Gap-free and smooth metal welds
- Close-fitting wood joints
- Wood dowels and inset screws
- Mortise and tenon joints
Go after durable materials that you can care for
Even if you can’t afford the toughest materials in the world, you can still buy the best materials in your price point. Look for cedar, teak, and powder-coated metal. There are also tough fabrics and plastics that have proven they can stand up to sun, rain, snow, and usage.
Know what you’ll do with the furniture when the off-season arrives. In the best-case scenario, you would store it indoors. If this isn’t possible, try to get your furniture under an overhang. At the very least, cover your furniture up and remove any upholstery.
We would like to tell you that there is a type of material that never needs maintenance, but we would be lying. Nothing is maintenance-free. Wood needs to be oiled and re-stained after a while, and metal can rust. You can slow these processes by covering your furniture when it isn’t in use.
Feel free to shop around
Depending on how much you love shopping, this tip may make you happy or unhappy. Even if shop-hopping is your least favorite thing, take the time to compare prices at different locations. You can eliminate the drive by shopping online, but it can be difficult to assess size and quality on a computer screen. Fight tunnel vision and visit multiple stores. Your wallet will thank you!
At Southern Vintage, we understand the challenge of finding a great set of outdoor furniture. That is why we work so hard to offer a world-class selection of durable, beautiful pieces. We feature a wide range of world-class furniture and materials. Everything is repurposed and brings its own special story. We don’t just provide complete furniture; we also provide materials you can use for your own projects. Shop our reclaimed barn wood for sale and beyond today!