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Spring Home & Garden 2017

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Outdoor entertaining areas have

always been popular among hom-


The ability to entertain friends and

family or simply relax by yourself is

something homeowners cherish, par-

ticularly during the warm weather


Finding the right furniture to

match your outdoor area, be it a deck,

patio or pool side lounging area, is

essential to making the most of this

special area of the home. When shop-

ping for outdoor furniture, consider

the following.


Unlike furniture inside

the home, outdoor furniture will be

moved around quite frequently, such

as to protect it from inclement weather

or changing seasons.

As a result, the weight of the fur-

niture bears importance. While you

don't want furniture that’s too light-

weight and will blow away any time

a strong gust of wind comes along, it’s

a good idea to choose furniture that

isn’t too heavy.

This makes it easier to move should

a storm suddenly appear and it won’t

require the entire household to help

move the furniture into and out of

the garage when inclement weather



The whole idea behind

an outdoor entertaining area is to

have a relaxing place to spend time


So be sure to choose furniture

that’s comfortable and can handle

the elements. Metal furniture, for

example, might be durable, but such

furniture can also get very hot if out

in the sun.


Many homeowners

enjoy changing their home’s interior

decor from time to time, and it can be

just as enjoyable to do the same to a

home’s exterior decor.

That said, look for furniture that

can be accented with a variety of ac-

cessories, so you can change the look

of your outdoor entertaining area



Protecting exterior

furniture from the elements should be

a priority. When shopping for outdoor

furniture, figure out if protective cov-

ering is available or if it will need to

be custom made.

The latter alternative can be quite

expensive, so you might want to

consider more generic furniture that

comes with standard protective cover-

ings to make it more affordable.

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What to look for in outdoor furniture

The ability to entertain friends and family or simply relax by yourself is something homeowners cherish, particularly during the warm weather seasons.