As warm weather sets in, so does the desire to get outside. When shopping for patio furniture for your outdoor living space, you want to make sure you find a set that is perfect for you and you space.

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about patio furniture:

Accessorizing Your Patio Furniture

Here are some perfect patio accessories that will create an outdoor space that’s accommodating for everything.

Patio Umbrellas – There are a few different styles of umbrellas available. Market umbrellas are the popular choice for shade and ease of use. Cantilever umbrellas are ideal for those who want more mobility and shade away from the normal patio dining areas.

Tables – Outdoor dining furniture comes in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and finishes. It’s important to understand the different levels of height because they apply to the table and chairs that go with them.

Here’s a quick overview of the terms used to describe the heights of a patio dining set:

  • Chat height tables are typically end tables and coffee tables, but they can also be smaller bar tables and tables with chairs. They are about 22 inches tall.
  • Dining height tables are about 28 inches tall. Usually, dining height tables are bar tables or tables with chairs.
  • Balcony height is around 36 inches. This height is most common in bar tables that have smaller surfaces. However, you can also find tables with patio chairs that are balcony height.
  • Bar height is a tall option at 40 inches. Yep, you guessed it- bar tables are most commonly bar height, but some dining tables are also available in bar height with bar stools.

Fire Tables – One of the newest trends in outdoor living is fire tables. Fire tables feature colorful, crushed glass or stone called fire jewelry (or fire gems) that decorate the space around the flame. You can even choose the colors to complement your outdoor seating.

Fire pits are available in various sizes to accommodate any living space.

FAQ’s About Patio Furniture

How long should outdoor furniture last?
Since most furniture sets are made with materials that will withstand environmental elements, they will often last much longer than the life of the warranty. You should expect to get many years of use out of a durable, high-quality outdoor furniture set.

Are patio furniture covers necessary?
While covers may not be necessary for all patio furniture sets, they can be beneficial in minimizing the amount of cleaning it requires. If your furniture sits in an area where it can catch water or falling leaves, using furniture covers will protect them from accumulating any extra dirt or debris. Furniture covers will attach securely to the furniture so that they will not move in windy conditions.

Can patio furniture covers be washed?
Yes, furniture covers should be washed to help maintain their integrity. Cleaning them with mild soap and warm water will remove most dirt or stains. Then, they should be laid flat or hung out to air dry. Be sure to review the care instructions for your cover before cleaning them.

What if I have a smaller space?
If you are working with limited space for furniture a smaller seating set (like small sofas, tall dining tables, and bistro sets) will help to maximize seating. Tables with storage (like shelving or console tops) will also help to maximize space.

Cleaning and Maintaining Outdoor Patio Furniture

It’s always a good idea to give your patio furniture a refresher before storing away. So, after you squeeze in the last few days of backyard enjoyment, learn about the best ways to care for your patio set.

Less is More – Non-abrasive soaps and cleaners are the best options to maintain the integrity of your furniture. The best practice is to mix a mild soap or detergent with warm water, wash by hand, and rinse with clean water.

Pillows and Fabrics – If any dirt, leaves, or other loose debris has collected on your furniture, use a dry cloth to wipe it away from your fabrics. Most outdoor pillows and cushions should not be machine washed, so always consult with the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning methods and materials. If you are having difficulty getting dirt, mildew, or other stains out, try a fabric cleaner specifically for patio furniture or outdoor fabrics.

Covers & Storage – It’s important to clean your outdoor furniture before storing/covering it because dirt & debris can turn into unwanted mold or mildew (depending on the type of material). Furniture covers may be helpful in areas that are plentiful with birds or trees. They will protect your furniture from falling leaves, tree sap, and other potential damage. For your other outdoor living space accessories, like hammocks and umbrellas, it’s best to store them in a waterproof area to avoid any mold or mildew.

About Outdoor Furniture Materials

Here’s a guide to the materials that are used in patio furniture:

Fabrics – You’ll find patio furniture with cushion seating and sling seating, which means that it’s a fabric seat with no filling. Sling fabrics are designed to be just as strong as padded seating with the benefit of water resistance.

Poly-Wood – Poly-wood will not splinter, crack, or peel. You can find it in various colors that will not fade against the sun. It’s another low maintenance option that cleans with just soap and water.

Aluminum – Aluminum is a popular furniture material since it is highly durable, rust-proof, and low-maintenance. Cast aluminum is a heavier option, but either choice is low-maintenance and extremely durable against the weather.

Finishes – Most outdoor furniture is finished with a polymer coating that will not blister, fade, or splinter over time. Outdoor patio tables are coated and designed to repel water. The surface may even be slightly raised in the middle so that water drains off easily.

  • Glass & acrylic table tops are common for wicker-style furniture because it creates a flat surface while still being able to see the texture of the resin wicker. Textured glass and acrylic tops are also popular to bring texture to solid pieces.
  • Aluminum table tops can look like faux wood or faux concrete, allowing for some versatility in design. Some aluminum tops will be slatted to prevent them from holding water on the surface. This design feature allows for water to run through the patio table instead of pooling.

Choose the Set That’s Ideal For You

Bassemier’s carries numerous brands like Berlin Gardens, Telescope, Patio Renaissance, Homecrest Outdoor Living, Lloyd Flanders, and more! If you need more options, you can also special order your patio set with us. Shop our current patio furniture, fire tables, outdoor dining sets, and more now!