The weather’s on the up and up, so it’s time to purchase your new patio furniture for summer! Styling your outdoor space is a fun process, but there are a few things to consider before jumping into buying your new pieces.

Outer’s mission is to make it easier for you and your family to get outside and enjoy being there! We consider ourselves outdoor furniture pros, so it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about choosing the perfect furniture to make your outdoor space somewhere you love to be.

Here are our top 5 tips for choosing the best patio furniture pieces for your style, needs, and budget.

How To Choose Your New Patio Furniture

Outside wicker patio furniture

1) Measure Your Space

The first step in selecting your new patio furniture is to figure out exactly how much space you have to work with.

There’s no point in doing all of your thorough research, falling in love with a piece of furniture, and then realizing it won’t even fit on your patio.

Take accurate measurements of your total outdoor area’s length and width before narrowing down how much of the space you want to be filled with furniture. Remember: you still need room to move around comfortably without running into a sofa!

If you have a large outdoor space to work with, consider splitting the area into multiple zones, such as seating and dining, to create a functional space.

Our 5-Piece Outdoor Sofa is the perfect outdoor seating set for medium to large backyards, allowing conversations to flow without taking up too much room. If you’ve got a bigger outdoor space to fill, a piece such as our 7-Piece Outdoor U Sectional might be a better fit!

Something else to consider is whether or not you’re styling multiple spaces and how they’ll flow. Even if you’re styling a front porch and a back patio, you’ll want to have some cohesion between the two spaces.

Consider planning ahead to ensure your outdoor areas work well together and provide multiple places for you and your guests to spread out and enjoy your home.

For tips on how to arrange your space, check out this video!

2) Determine Your Needs

Your patio furniture needs will depend on what you’re planning on using your outdoor space for.

Do you have a large family? Do you entertain regularly? How much seating do you need, and which type of seating works best for you? These are all questions to ask yourself when it comes to planning your purchase.

Family dog on patio furniture

Consider the who, what, when, where, and why to help you figure out exactly what pieces would best suit your needs. For example:

  • Who will be using your patio furniture? Is it just your adult friends, or will the kids and pups be tagging along? (Read: potential for more mess!)
  • What will you be using your new patio furniture for? Are you a dinner party host extraordinaire, or are you a lover of those long, lazy afternoons spent lounging by the pool?
  • When will you be using your patio furniture? Do you plan on entertaining every weekend, or is your patio furniture going to be reserved for special occasions only? (We hope it’s the former!)
  • Where do you live? If you’re in a colder climate, your patio furniture may be out of action for a good chunk of the year compared to those living in the warmer states.
  • Why are you buying patio furniture? Are you replacing an old, worn-out couch, or are you filling a new, empty outdoor space?

    If you’re replacing an existing piece, you may already have some idea of the type of furniture you need. If you’re styling a new space, this allows you to branch out and have a little fun with your new outdoor area.

As you can see, you probably have a lot to think about when it comes to determining your patio furniture needs! Start brainstorming, and be realistic about the various ways you want to use your outdoor space.

Feeling stuck? Take our quick Configuration Quiz to help you determine which patio furniture pieces will best suit your space!

And if you’re craving a little customization, why not build your own Outer piece to ensure your new patio furniture is created specifically for your space?

3) Invest In Quality

Whether you’re looking for a spacious outdoor sectional or searching for the perfect outdoor armchair, quality matters!

Investing in high-quality pieces is the key to ensuring you and your new patio furniture live a long and happy life together.

Opting for cheaper patio furniture often means settling for cheaper materials that won’t last nearly as long. This furniture also usually includes cheaper construction, little (if any) warranties, and non-existent customer support throughout the life of your furniture.

All this leads to more outdoor furniture ending up in landfills sooner — and you needing to buy a whole new set again. The cost of quality outdoor furniture upfront saves you money over the lifetime of the product.

During your patio furniture research, keep an eye out for a list of hardwearing materials that will last you for many years to come.

It’s also important to check the warranty of your new patio furniture before purchasing to ensure you’re covered if something were to happen.

All Outer patio furniture is built using hand-woven, all-weather wicker and rust-proof steel legs that can stand up to heat, rain, wind, and snow. That means your new Outer patio furniture isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!

But our quality doesn’t end there!

We designed our cushions to be just as comfortable as your bed on the inside and completely stain-resistant on the outside. So, whether you’ve spilled some of your favorite wine (typically a true horror story!) or your pup snuck onto the sofa with muddy paws, Outer’s got your back.

For peace of mind, you can order swatches directly from us to feel the difference in our cushion cover fabrics for yourself! And, of course, this also helps to make sure you love the color of your new patio furniture before you commit.

As well as being 100% recyclable to help out our planet, all Outer furniture is designed and built to be totally life-proof, because life’s too short to be stressed over cleaning cushion covers!

Grey patio furniture

4) Opt For Low-Maintenance Pieces

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: maintaining your patio furniture. No one wants to think about cleaning, but it’s a necessary evil!

At Outer, we believe your new patio furniture should be effortless to clean and simple to protect. We designed our pieces to make it easy for you to maintain that just-bought look and feel.

You already know our cushion covers are stain-resistant (we’re talking bleach, mold, dirt, UV rays 一 the whole enchilada!). But what you may not know is that all Outer furniture has a hidden protective feature built right in.

Our OuterShell™ cover is tucked neatly behind your patio furniture cushions. To protect your furniture when it’s not in use, simply pull the cover over the top and you’re good to go!

Woman setting up cushions on patio furniture

This keeps your Outer patio furniture clean, dry, and ready to use at the drop of a hat.

If you’re after some extra protection, we’ve also designed all-weather covers for an added layer of defense. Yes, we really have thought of everything!

5) Match Your Accessories

No outdoor space is truly complete without the addition of some functional accessories to add a sense of comfort and bring your patio to life.

The use of bright, colorful throws, blankets, and cushions is a simple way to add personality to your patio furniture. We also love side tables, plants, firepits, candles 一 the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling your new patio furniture!

To tie everything together and bring warmth to your space, our eco-friendly outdoor rugs are a must-have. Not only do they look stylish, but each rug is also made from 1,188 recycled bottles (yes, seriously!), so they’re incredibly durable and great for the planet.

Styling your new Outer outdoor rug is a breeze thanks to its neutral tones 一 it goes with everything and fits with just about every design style out there.

Take a peek at Outer’s virtual backyard Showrooms to explore your furniture options and see how other Outer lovers creatively styled their patio pieces. Warning: exploring these virtual Showrooms may cause major patio envy!

Bring Life Back Outside With Outer

Family enjoying dinner outside on patio furniture

Choosing the perfect patio furniture for your needs isn’t always easy! You’ll want to make sure you’re considering all aspects, from the size and amount of seating you need right down to the ease of cleaning and protection you’re looking for.

Whether you’re relaxing after a long day of work or entertaining your friends and family on the weekend, Outer is here to help you bring life back outside!

Transform your outdoor area with patio furniture like our 5-Piece Outdoor Sofa and our Outdoor Armchairs, paired with neutral rugs and fun accessories to bring your space to life.