Tips for Choosing and Arranging Patio Furniture

Posted on: 27 April 2016

Having a patio provides you a lot of excellent opportunities, from entertaining family and friends, to having a quiet space to enjoy the outdoors. The first thing you need to do with your patio is add furniture. Here are some tips for choosing patio furniture and arranging your patio.

Choose the Main Focal Point

As with your living room, you want to have a focal point, which becomes what your furniture is going to point toward. The layout of your patio and backyard will determine what the focal point should be. For example, if you are setting up a sitting area with the furniture, you might have the furniture gathered around a fire pit in the middle, which becomes the main focal point. In other cases, you have a beautiful fountain in the yard that you might want the furniture pointing toward. Choose something people might want to look at while they sit on the patio.

Narrow Down the Purpose of the Furniture

It can also help to arrange furniture when you know the main purpose of it. If you are trying to set up a dining area where your family can enjoy dinner outside on warm nights, then you should arrange furniture close to the outdoor kitchen or barbecue. With a larger patio, this also means you can have multiple zones with furniture. One zone can be the dining area, while another can be the relaxing spot with a fire pit and string lights to enjoy rest and relaxation at the end of a long day.

Consider Different Patio Furniture Materials

There are many different types of patio furniture styles to choose from. If you want to have high-end wood furniture, go with a nice teak, since it looks great but can also handle exterior conditions. If you are on a tight budget, wicker and rattan are beautiful materials that will be able to handle wind, rain, snow and intense heat. There is also cast aluminium furniture, which is great for outdoor spaces. Aluminium furniture can handle everything from triple-digit heat to ice cold temperatures in the winter.

Don't Forget the Accessories

Decorating the patio also includes adding some accessories. If you are arranging your patio with a large outdoor table, you can add a nice centerpiece and scatter some candle holders. For the centerpiece, fresh-cut flowers work great when decorating an outdoor space. You can also add some lighting to the patio area, including small lamps on side tables, lanterns hung around the patio and string lights around trees or plants. You can also add some ambiance with small tabletop fountains.