take it outside.
Think about some basics: How much will you use your outdoor oasis, how much sun exposure will it get and do you want a patio set or individual pieces?
a table, with no reservations.
Try a bistro table or small square table for small patios. For a larger outdoor area, a round or square table is a good bet. If you're entertaining a more sizable group of friends, look for a long rectangular table. Pair coffee tables with seating, especially if your patio space is too tight for a regular table.
take a seat.
With so much variety in outdoor seating, it's never been more fun to pick a perch that meets your needs. Choose from Adirondack chairs, sofas, chaise lounges, benches and more.
under the umbrella.
Beyond shade, patio umbrellas can bring a punch of personality to your patio space with bright colors and patterns. They're made from a variety of materials with varying degrees of fade resistance, so think about your patio's sun exposure to find the right option.
frame-worthy furniture materials.
From steel to all-weather wicker, patio furniture frames are made in a variety of materials, each with a distinct aesthetic. Use this guide to learn more about each material type to find your ideal patio furniture setup.
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Your patio set's look, durability and maintenance will depend on the materials that make it.all patio furniture
Aluminum is the most durable option among metal-framed patio furniture. It's easy to maintain and clean, and it comes in a variety of colors. Powder-coated or anodized finishes offer added weather protection.
Steel furniture is durable and comes in a range of colors. Look for powder-coated finishes for weather protection and rust resistance. For added durability, look for e-coated steel. This is short for “electrocoating.” E-coating gives the steel an extra layer of protection, even in areas that are typically more difficult to coat.
All-weather wicker (also known as resin wicker), is low-maintenance, long-lasting and highly customizable. Unlike painted natural wicker, it won't peel. Overall, it's extremely weather-resistant and great for most climates.
This tropical hardwood is extremely dense-grained and highly resistant to rotting, warping, shrinkage and swelling. It polishes and takes varnish well—just remove surface resins with a solvent before staining. However, teak's high natural oil content acts as a preservative, requiring little or no finish. Left untreated, teak will weather to a beautiful silver-gray patina. And it's slow to grow, making it more expensive than other woods.
Known for its beauty, mahogany's heartwood (wood from the tree's center) is reddish and darkens to a deep red or brown. Overall, mahogany weathers well. It's one of the most stable timbers and keeps its strength when used in patio furniture. Just remember to keep your wood furniture looking its best by following refinishing suggestions listed in the item descriptions.
Eucalyptus is a strong, beautiful, versatile hardwood that's easy to finish with a stain or varnish. Also, it's naturally resistant to insect infestation and moisture damage. Eucalyptus ranges from pale brown to deep red, depending on which part of the tree it comes from. To maintain the color, refinish periodically. It grows back very fast, making it a more Earth- and wallet-friendly wood option.
There are two main categories of umbrella types—ones that arch over your patio space and others that stand straight up. Remember to close and store your umbrella when the weather gets rough.all umbrellas
curved, cantilever & offset umbrellas.
With curved, cantilever or offset umbrellas, you can get all of the shady benefits of an umbrella without a pole in the way. And, wind vents in the umbrella help keep it stable in the breeze. This type of umbrella requires a heavier stand to keep it upright.
table & freestanding umbrellas.
The poles of most umbrellas are designed to run straight through a hole in the table and into a weighted base below. Another option is to use the umbrella freestanding and set up alongside a table or over a seating area to provide shade with the aid of a heavier base, which will usually be included in your purchase.
ways umbrellas function.
From pushing to cranking, you have options when it comes to deciding how you'd like your umbrella to openall umbrellas
With this type of umbrella, you can simply push it up and click into place, or secure it with a pin.
You can turn a crank to open these easy–to–use umbrellas while seated at the table.
This system is usually found on wood umbrellas with canopies that have a minimum 9' diameter. Simply pull on the rope and the pulley opens the canopy. Once it's open, secure the umbrella with a pin.
push-button (manual tilt)
On push-button or manual-tilt umbrellas, you have to crank or push the umbrella open. Then, to get just the right sun-blocking angle, push the button on the upper pole to manually tilt the canopy up to a 45° angle. Release the button at the desired angle to secure.
Auto-tilt umbrellas rely on only one lever to both open the umbrella and adjust its angle. Simply crank the umbrella open, then continue to crank it to tilt the canopy for optimal shade (tilting up to a maximum 45°).
patio umbrella materials.
Umbrellas are the all-important part of a patio. Because they shade you from the sun, durable, fade-resistant material is crucial.all umbrellas
Solution-dyed acrylic has a luxe texture and is a premium-grade fade-resistant option—meaning it provides the ultimate color protection.
Solution-dyed polyester is a long-lasting, best-grade fade-resistant fabric used on some umbrellas. And its texture is softer to the touch than other materials, like solution-dyed olefin (see below).
Some patio umbrellas are made from solution-dyed olefin, a recyclable, better-grade fade-resistant fabric. It provides noteworthy protection from the sun's color-bleaching rays.
polyester/solution-dyed olefin blend.
Some patio umbrellas are made from polyester/solution-dyed olefin blend; a better-grade, fade-resistant fabric similar to olefin.
Polyester is a good grade fade-resistant option for patio umbrellas. It helps guard against the sun's bright light at the lowest cost and generally fares well outdoors.
Add accessories to give your patio just the pop it needs.
Think about square-shaped gazebos for a casual, relaxing outdoor space. A 10' x 10' gazebo is perfect for a smaller home, while a 12' x 12' will complement a larger home.all gazebos
Don't forget these weighty counterparts. They keep your umbrella upright and stable.all umbrella bases
When the weather cools, cozy up next to a warm fire.all firebowls
When you're not using your beautiful outdoor space, keep your patio furniture safe by storing it.
From outdoor cabinets to storage bins, there are plenty of ways to keep your patio cushions, outdoor lights, firewood, hoses and other outdoor accessories out of harsh weather conditions to help them last longer.all patio storage
Extend the life of your patio furniture by protecting it from the weather with covers that fit snugly or are slightly larger than the furniture. If your climate includes a harsh winter, store your patio furniture indoors during the off-season.all patio furniture covers