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Fall Outdoor Entertaining

With chilly nights, changing leaves, and the return of football, fall is officially here! All of that means one thing: fall entertaining with close friends and family! This year more than ever, enjoying good company at home is a great way to get in the fall mood. Here are several ways you can spruce up your outdoor living area for the season:  


Enjoy a bonfire. Crisp fall weather is perfect for gathering around a fire. Furniture of Dalton has a great selection of fire pits to compliment any outdoor area! Whether you will be hosting friends for an outdoor tailgate or gathering with immediate family to roast marshmallows for s’mores, a cozy fire screams fall fun.



Enjoy all of the fall food favorites. Fall food is amazing, and enjoying it outside by the fire makes it even better! Keep it simple with wood-fired pizzas on the Big Green Egg, or take it to the next level with Brown Sugar and Pineapple Roasted Acorn Squash. Serve up warm apple cider to the whole family, or try this delicious spiked Apple Cider for the adults. Don’t forget something sweet! Set up a caramel apple bar and let the kids and adults alike get creative with their toppings.



Host a pumpkin carving party. Once you find the perfect pumpkins in the patch, invite over the neighbors for an old fashioned pumpkin carving! Print out fun design templates for everyone or have fun with the templates that come in your carving kit. Save the pumpkin seeds for roasting and toss them in salads, granola, or use in desserts! Add a little friendly competition by having everyone vote for their favorite pumpkin, or keep it fun and lighthearted by simply admiring all of the awesome creations.


Create a Fall Harvest Centerpiece. This DIY Fall Harvest Centerpiece from HGTV is the perfect addition to any fall get-together! With simple, step-by-step instructions and minimal materials required, this centerpiece is easy to put together and will look great on your outdoor dining set or seating area. Incorporating cinnamon sticks, apples, and fall foliage will set the tone for your fall outdoor gatherings and is sure to impress your guests. 



Enjoy an outdoor Halloween Party. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it is the perfect timing for a Halloween party! No matter how you chose to celebrate the festive holiday, keeping everyone outside not only helps you practice social distancing, but also takes the pressure of cleaning the inside of your house off of you! Serve chili, hot dogs, and other fun finger foods while enjoying all of the costumes and spooky decorations! Check out Furniture of Dalton’s Pinterest for more Halloween Decor ideas. 


Now that you are inspired for your fall outdoor gatherings, visit the Furniture of Dalton showroom today to get your outdoor space ready to go with the perfect fire pit or patio set! We have a huge selection of outdoor furniture and fire pits that you can take home today, so you can start enjoying all of the fun fall activities ASAP. Book an appointment on Facebook or give us a call at (800) 262-3132. Follow us on Instagram for in-stock pieces and more. We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM - 6 PM. We can’t wait to help you get your outdoor area ready for fall! 

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Labor Day Fun Ideas

As the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day is perfect for spending special time with family and friends. Amidst the current social distancing practices, the long weekend presents a great opportunity for small outdoor gatherings, BBQs, camping and so much more. As we embrace our new normal and prepare for all the fun that fall can bring, here are a few fun ideas to make your Labor Day celebrations a blast!


  1. A Classic Cookout- You can never go wrong with grilling out a delicious lunch or dinner spread for Labor Day. One way to ensure that you have the best cookout possible is to start with a top-of-the-line grill. The Big Green Egg is the best kamado grill, ceramic grill & charcoal smoker on the planet, with 7 convenient sizes! While summer gardens are still bountiful with fresh fruits and vegetables, take advantage of the farm to table opportunity and try these Grilled Vidalia® Onion Chicken Peach Skewers or go with a crowd-pleaser like Perfect Ribs. 

  1. Patio Party- Take advantage of the great weather that Labor Day presents with al fresco dining and gathering as we transition into cooler temperatures. Whether your Labor Day plans include a final dip in the pool or enjoying your deck or patio, a great outdoor furniture set can help seamlessly connect your Labor Day festivities from inside to outdoors. Create defined spaces and add a fun pop of color with an outdoor rug! Outdoor gatherings are also perfect for social distancing as they allow for ample space between guests and fresh air.

  1. Outdoor Movie Night! - With movie theaters across the country shut down due to COVID-19, an outdoor movie at home is a fun way to recreate a night out at the movies! Whether you prefer to watch an old favorite or stream a new release, follow these easy steps to setup a movie theater in your own backyard. Be sure to pop some popcorn, have plenty of your favorite candies, and refreshing drinks! 

  1. Backyard Camping- A great way to enjoy your Labor Day weekend is by getting in touch with nature. If you aren’t ready to fully embrace camping in the woods, your own backyard is a great place to set up a tent, listen to the sounds of nature, and enjoy quality time with family. Gather around the firepit and roast marshmallows while telling funny stories or play a game of Two Truths and a Lie. No need to worry about forgetting a crucial s'mores ingredient or bug spray! When your backyard is the campground, you can always run in and grab what you need. You also have the option to sleep in your own bed if the tent life isn’t your thing! 


With the unusual and challenging year we have had, making plans for enjoying Labor Day is a fun way to lift your spirits and get excited for all that the rest of the year has to offer! One of the greatest takeaways from the new pace of life is that you can have a great time in your own home with a little creativity. Furniture of Dalton is here to help you create the perfect setup to enjoy your Labor Day weekend and beyond. We have a great selection of competitively priced furniture in stock at our 120,000 square-foot showroom. Schedule an appointment today on Facebook or call us at (800) 262-3132. We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm. We would love to meet with you safely to make your home dreams a reality!
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Tips for Enjoying Summer at Home

Summer is officially here! That means lots of pool days, backyard BBQ’s, and fun nights outdoors. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we all may be spending more time at home this summer than we are used to, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun-filled and exciting! We have lots of great tips and ideas for enjoying your summer at home.



  1. Family game night (or day!) In the hustle and bustle world that we live in, the art of family game night has somewhat been lost, but if this new pace in life has taught us anything, it is that spending more time with family and friends really is a blast! And what better way to make the most of family time than with a little friendly competition? Host a game night full of board games, BINGO, card games, and more! Set up different stations for the adults and kids or play a favorite for all ages. 

  2. Bring on the water! If there is one thing that is certain during the summer, it's the heat! No need to stay inside during the hot summer days though. If you don’t have a pool to cool off in, there are so many other great ways to incorporate a water day. Buy an inexpensive blow-up pool to splash around or lounge in. Create a DIY water slide like this one from All Things Thrifty or set up a sprinkler for the kids (and adults) to run through. 

  3. Get crafty. Summer is a great time to try out new crafts. The kids have more free time and crafts are a great way to let them get creative while learning a new skill. Happiness is Homemade has several great crafts including a milk carton birdhouse, DIY sidewalk chalk, and much more! If your kids are older or you want an adult craft, you can take on planting projects or make fun hanging lights from materials you have laying around. 

  4. Plan a staycation! Even if your beach plans were muddled this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great staycation. Enjoying local parks and trails is a great way to explore your own town and see new places that you might not have known about before. Get takeout from local restaurants and enjoy a relaxing evening at home al fresco or indoors if an afternoon shower pops up. Turn your backyard into an oasis complete with lounge chairs, a fun cocktail, and relaxing beach music to recreate the feel of an all-inclusive at a fraction of the cost! 

  5. Spruce up your space. Summer is a great time to work on your home with the extra daylight and gorgeous weather. Whether you want to create an inviting outdoor space, update your bedroom furniture, or replace that mattress that is putting a serious damper on your sleep-in Saturday plans, now is the perfect time to make it happen! 


At Furniture of Dalton, we have everything you need to make staying at home this summer more enjoyable! Take some of our tips for enjoying summer at home and visit our showroom, where we can make all of your staycation dreams come true. Take advantage of our Summer Staycation Financing Event with 0% interest for up to 48 months* going on now through July 31. Click here for financing information. We feel sure that with a little creativity, you can make this the best summer yet!
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Memorial Day Sale: May 21-June 1

Memorial Day Sale
Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner! While plans may look a little different this year, now is the perfect time to create a space for intimate gatherings, long nights by the fire, and family game nights! No matter what your idea of the perfect summer fun is, Furniture of Dalton has you covered. Shop our Memorial Day Sale May 21st - June 1st and save $250 when you spend $1,000 by downloading our digital coupon plus take advantage of special financing. There is no better time than now to get your home and outdoor space ready for summer fun! 


With the extra daylight and perfect weather, summer is a great time to get your outdoor space spruced up. Whether you have young kids who enjoy playing games in the yard or you prefer more relaxed evenings with your spouse and close friends, Furniture of Dalton is here to make this summer unforgettable. With a wide range of patio furniture and accessories, we can help you create a space that is inviting and entertaining!


Here are a few ideas on ways to take advantage of the extra daylight and make lasting memories this summer: 


Turn your backyard into an oasis where you and your family can find paradise without ever leaving your house. Add an outdoor dining set to take advantage of cool summer nights for dinner, or incorporate a new outdoor sofa to relax and soak in the sounds of nature while reading a good book. 


Enjoy outdoor cooking with The Big Green Egg, which is perfect for grilling, smoking, and so much more! Check out My Weekly Eats recipe for pizza on the Big Green Egg for an easy and interactive dinner date. Furniture of Dalton has a great selection of EGGcessories to make all of your culinary dreams come true. 


Gather the kids or friends and play an outdoor game or even create a tournament for all-day fun! There are so many great DIY outdoor games that you can throw together with things you already have laying around the house. Game nights are a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather with a small group while having some friendly competition. 


Create a garden with gorgeous flowers or tasty fruits and vegetables. No matter what plants you decide to grow, your outdoor space will be filled with color and fragrance that is sure to brighten your day. Planting and maintaining a garden is also great exercise, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Getting kids involved makes it a fun activity for the whole family! 


Celebrate Memorial Day this year with incredible savings! Be sure to visit our landing page for your $250 off coupon when you spend $1,000 May 21st - June 1st plus take advantage of special financing. Reach out to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment today or visit the showroom during our special Sunday hours just for this sales event, Sunday, May 27th from 1-5 PM. 


At Furniture of Dalton, we want to thank the men and women of our amazing country for making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We salute you this Memorial Day! From our family to yours, we hope you have a great Memorial Day with loved ones! 

 
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Outdoor Living Trends and Ideas

Outdoor Living Trends and Ideas


This year’s outdoor living trends are all about bringing the indoors out! Turn your backyard into an inviting oasis while still maintaining the comfort and ease that you enjoy inside your home. Outdoor living spaces are becoming an extension of the home, taking into consideration the design and style of the home to create a cohesive and seamless feel. 


Incorporating Nature:
One design element that has become prevalent in outdoor living is incorporating natural elements to create a peaceful atmosphere that celebrates nature.  Incorporating potted plants and growing vines on trellises adds color and interest to your outdoor space to create a serene environment. Creating a raised bed garden is a great way to make your outdoor living space inviting and allows you to grow healthy food for family and guests. 


Outdoor Kitchens:
Another popular trend is outdoor kitchens. Homeowners want to have the option to cook and entertain outside. Options range from simple grill stations with prep area to full outdoor kitchens complete with cooktops, wine fridge, seating area, and more. The options are limitless and can be scaled to accommodate all budgets. Adding a dining room set from Lane Venture allows you to bring the dining experience outdoors. 


Fire Pits:
The quintessential picture of outdoor living involves gathering with your guests around a warm fire. An outdoor fire pit provides heat and ambiance for cozy evenings outdoors. Fire pits are a trend that is here to stay and enjoying them has never been easier! Incorporate easy to maintain pieces like the Sun Villa River House Fire Pit paired with cushioned chairs and escape to your own Savannah-inspired night by the river.  


Furniture of Dalton is here to help bring your outdoor living design vision to life with our expansive and beautiful outdoor furniture selection. Call or stop in today to get started creating the outdoor living oasis of your dreams. 

 

Mixing Materials:
Incorporating a variety of materials in an outdoor space can be fashionable and functional. Mixing metals, rattens, and sun and water resistant cushions in a space adds warmth and color while also making the outdoor living furniture durable and long-lasting. Outdoor rugs are a great way to bring it all together while adding a cozy touch and protecting the flooring on your deck or patio. In a smaller space, bringing in simple and functional pieces like a medal swivel lounge chair paired with a wooden end table is a great way to mix materials and create a relaxing area to wind down and get lost in a good book. 


When choosing furniture for outdoor spaces, it is important to pay attention to the quality, durability, performance, and integrity. Furniture of Dalton has a wide selection of high quality products for all budgets. Adding dining tables, chairs, sectionals, rockers, and fire pits will get your outdoor space ready to entertain friends and family and extend the gathering from inside to outdoors! Whether you have a simple vision for your patio or dreams of elaborate outdoor living spaces, we hope these ideas can help you create backyard bliss.
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Small Porch? Perfect Place

Ten ways to make your tiny porch more inviting. 

Are you a city dweller, enthralled with your balcony view? Or a country kid, caught up in the tiny house movement? For a wide range of reasons, more and more people are forgoing a sprawling house and opting for smaller spaces. These compact homes can be just as cozy as their cousins, with outdoor spaces to suit. The right outdoor area can extend your living space, and quickly become your favorite room in the house. Here, we have tips on how to make your petite porch the place to be.

Table Of Contents

  • Area Rug

  • Oasis

  • Outskirts

  • Think Soft

  • Shoot The Breeze

  • Murphy Bed

  • Stackable Stools

  • Small Footprint

  • Slim Shelves

  • Brighten Up

 

A bright area rug adds a pop of pattern to a small space. Gorgeous rugs can serve double duty, protecting wooden floors or tucking away unsightly tiles. Outdoor rugs are designed to hold up to the elements : synthetic fibers are waterproof and lightweight, while natural fibers provide an eco friendly option. 

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Area Rug


Create an oasis
! A healthy collection of plants makes a small place feel vibrant and alive. Vertical planters take advantage of underused wall space, while rail planters lend more room for lounging. Missing that green thumb? Succulents thrive without regular care.

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Outsmart your outskirts
. Arrange furniture around the perimeter of your space to embrace an open floor plan. L shaped benches take advantage of a rectangular balcony or porch. Look for options that lift up for storage, and tuck away cozy throws for midnight stargazing.

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Think soft
! Cushions will transform any area into a lounge worthy nook. Keep a colorful stack in the corner for visitors - pull them out as extra seating, and delight in a tiny porch picnic.

Looking for more ideas to decorate your tiny porch? Check out some of our favorite pieces in Project Tiny Porch.

Shoot the breeze. Hanging seats are a great way to use vertical space. Install eye hooks onto opposite walls, and string up a hammock for a sunny Saturday swing. Stash away in a snap for Sunday brunch. For a stay-put option, try a hanging nest chair. These woven pieces aren’t just for the birds - kids and adults alike love to curl up inside.

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Do you secretly long for a
Murphy bed? Folding tables and bars are high impact in small spaces. These hinge directly onto a wall or banister, and prop up for meals or mixology. When not in use, they fold flat and out of the way.

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Try
stackable stools to complement your folding bar. Pull these right up to your drink station, and stack in the corner come closing time.

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To maximize space,
select pieces with a smaller footprint. Three piece bistro sets are a great option, providing seating for two while maintaining a slim profile. Varied height options are available: taller tables and stools lend presence without sacrificing foot space. For added versatility, opt for a folding set.

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Folding Chairs

Slim shelves add function to a tiny space. Stash all the necessities here, from bug spray to votive candles. Reserve the top shelf for trailing ferns.

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Last but not least, brighten up! Lighting makes the space, and classic string lights are readily available in outdoor versions. Criss cross bright strands above your bistro set and you’ll have a tiny Paris, all your own.

Large space or small, you can have the outside oasis of your dreams. Try these tips to transform your petite porch into an inspiring space, larger than its parts.

 

Shop Patio Furniture Now!

 

 

Check out our previous blog Outfitting Your Outdoors.
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Time to talk? What to consider when buying a conversation set

Have you caught yourself wondering “what exactly is a conversation set?”You’re not alone!

Confusion reigns, and we’re here to clear the air. A conversation set is simply coordinated patio furniture, designed to encourage great gatherings.

Whether your visit includes two or twelve, these sets turn your outside space into an extension of your cozy living room.

Depending on your needs, 

you can find sets conducive to one on one chats or game night with a crew.

Ready to seek your own set? Consider these options in seating, style, and material.


Table Of Contents

  • Seating

    • Sofa Centric

    • Sectional Focus

    • Special Arrangements

  • Style

    • Modern

    • Rustic

    • Bungalow

    • Coastal

    • Retro

  • Material

    • Wicker

    • Metal

    • Wood

    • Plastic

    • Cushions

  • Furniture of Dalton

 

Seating

Conversation sets are all about gathering. Let your seating style reflect your space and aim.

Prefer individual seating? Choose a group of chairs centered around a sofa.

Want room to lounge? Opt for a roomy, all-in-one sectional.

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SOFA CENTRIC

A sofa seating group consists of a couch that seats two to three, surrounded by individual chairs.

This option allows for shifting arrangements. Options can range from a 3 piece set to a group that will seat 8 or more.

Ottomans make luxurious footrests for a few, or extra seating for a crowd.

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SECTIONAL FOCUS

A sectional seating group is made up of linked, modular pieces that join to form a single unit.

Sectionals are great for large spaces and provide ample lounging for small parties, or plenty of seating for the whole crew.

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SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS 

If the gathered group is the main appeal, choose a u-shaped sectional, or a sofa and chair set that will work in the round.

This draws the energy to the center of the group, and makes conversation the focal point.

If your outdoor space includes a great view, like a lush garden or water feature, choose seating to take advantage of the sights.

L-shaped sectionals give everyone the best view in the house.

Symmetrical seating adds a touch of formality, while asymmetrical arrangements are modern and quirky.

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Patio Furniture


Style

When considering a conversation set, you may want to seek a certain style. Here’s a quick offering of options: 

MODERN

Contemporary style conversation sets are often over sized and minimal.

They offer plenty of room for lounging, with streamlined, geometric style.

Common Frame Material: Steel or aluminum

Example: deep set, streamlined sectional

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RUSTIC

This is a cozy, casual style that tends to be warm and welcoming. Cue images of a log cabin retreat, and look for natural materials, including timber, hide, and cotton duck.

Common Frame Material: Weathered wood

Example: Adirondack chair

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Ready to shop for a conversation set? Check out some of our customer favorites 

BUNGALOW

This utilitarian style focuses on simple, sturdy forms. Like the Craftsman home it is designed to reflect, the furniture is well crafted and made to last.

Common Frame Material: Solid hardwood

Example: Oak rocking chair

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COASTAL

A relaxed style, equally at home by the pool or the sea, this type is easy-breezy. Look for lightweight frames with white upholstery.

Common Frame Material: Resin coated wicker or rattan

Example: Chaise Lounge

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RETRO

A contemporary style that reflects a vintage vibe, retro sets usually provide a pop of color and a splash of fun.

Look for mod, geometric shapes that add quirky personality to a space.

Common Frame Material: Powder coated metal

Example: Acapulco Chairs

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Retro Patio Furniture


Material

Because Conversation Sets for the Patio are designed to live outside, make sure to choose materials that can hold up to the elements.

Start with a sturdy frame, and top with all weather cushions. Here are some of our favorite hardy materials:

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WICKER / RATTAN

If you’re after the classic woven look, choose modern patio sets cast or coated in resin.

These are weather resistant and lightweight enough to lug around.

If you live in a high wind area, you may want to head for heavier options.

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METAL

Metal is the longest lasting, most durable frame option around.

Aluminum is the lightest and requires the least maintenance of the metals.

Cast or wrought iron is a great stay-put option due to its heft, and steel makes for the strongest frame you can find.

Look for powder coated, UV resistant finishes that will keep seats cool in the sun while deterring rust. For high quality finds, seek seamless welds.

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WOOD

For a warm, natural look go with wood framed furniture.

Denser woods like teak and eucalyptus resist water and have a long life span.

Cedar is a softer wood with a rosy glow, still known for its durability (see evidence of this in rural cedar fence posts).

Wooden furniture will require some maintenance, including occasional sealants or oil treatments.

Seek sturdy, mortise and tenon joints and avoid furniture held together with glue.

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PLASTIC

This is often the cheapest choice, highly portable, but less durable than other options.

If you’re set on plastic, opt for marine grade polymer, made of High Density Polyethylene. HDPE will hold up to the elements, and is 100% recyclable.

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CUSHIONS

The gold standard of outdoor fabrics is 100% solution dyed acrylic yarn, the foundation of top notch Sunbrella brand.

This material resists UV rays and water, staving off fading, staining, moisture and mildew.

Spun polyester with a UV coating is the next best option, quick to dry but less resistant to fading.

For comfy cushions that hold up over time, choose Dacron- a durable foam padding, wrapped in polyester.

This option keeps its spring better than polyester fill or foam alone.

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 Patio Furniture Set


From arrangement to frame, you are now armed and ready for serious conversation.

However you gather, you can sit in style with this info in hand. Choose wisely, and sit well!

Click on the button below to shop our patio furniture collection at Furniture of Dalton. 

 

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What are the best outdoor furniture materials

We expect a lot from our furniture.

It needs to look nice, it needs to be comfortable, and it needs to be functional.

With outdoor furniture, we expect all of that and more.

We not only need it to be functional, comfortable, and stylish, but it needs to be able to hold up under extreme weather conditions.

If your outdoor furniture isn't designed to withstand the elements, you're just throwing your money away.

You also want something that's easy to clean, because you'll be cleaning them often.

In the article below, we list a wide range of the most popular outdoor furniture materials and their benefits so you can make an informed decision when it's time to buy new furniture.

Table Of Contents

  • Aluminum

  • Synthetic Wicker

  • Wood

  • Concrete

  • Recycled Plastic

  • Sunbrella

  • Steel

  • Wrought Iron

  • Choose Wisely

1. Aluminum

Aluminum is the most popular contemporary patio furniture material, and the competition really isn't close.

It resists rust and moisture damage better than most other materials, and a powder-coated finish offers additional protection against the elements.

Aluminum is lightweight but strong, making it dependable and easy to store and arrange.

Tubular aluminum is the most lightweight option, while wrought and cast aluminum are heavy enough to withstand the weather, but still light enough to easily rearrange and store.

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2. Synthetic Wicker

Most outdoor wicker patio sets are made from synthetic wicker.

It's also called resin wicker and is made to look like natural wicker, and it is much more durable.

Natural wicker is made from plant materials and is a technique that has been utilized by cultures all over the world.

The ancient Egyptians even used it to make wicker baskets.

As beautiful as it is, natural wicker is easily damaged in the rain, sleet, snow, and moisture, making it a poor choice for outdoor furniture.

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3. Wood

Not all woods are created equal, but if there is one thing they all have in common, it's the ageless appeal of it's natural beauty.

Pine, cedar, or fir are softer woods with some natural weather resistance, and hardwoods like shorea and teak are known for their exceptional durability and performance.

Wood will lend a warm and casual feel to any outdoor space, and can easily withstand rain, sunlight, humidity, wind, and extreme temperatures.

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Outdoor wood furniture

4. Concrete

You read it right, concrete makes for great outdoor furniture.

No more warping, rotting, staining, sagging or splinters with concrete.

And it won't fall apart if you forget to bring it in for the winter.

Concrete will withstand the worst that mother nature (or you) can throw at it.

Not even hurricanes are a match for concrete furniture.

Concrete truly is the superhero of outdoor furniture.

It's one of the oldest, strongest, and most durable materials that humans have ever made, and if done right it can be very stylish as well.

Concrete furniture will bring style to your backyard, and you'll be able to enjoy it for generations.

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5. Recycled Plastic

Recycled plastic furniture ranks at the top of the list for both style and performance.

Recycled plastic is much stronger than you'd think, and it is extremely durable.

It's resistant to moisture, rotting, and cracking, and it's impervious to saltwater and stains.

It also resists fading, because its color is intrinsic to the material.

And, best of all, recycled furniture can be made to resemble wood, but doesn't come with any of the extra maintenance that wood brings.

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6. Sunbrella

Sunbrella is, by far, the best fabric for upholstered outdoor chairs and sofas.

The fabrics are available in various colors and patterns and are completely durable and fade-resistant.

Traditional dyeing processes only leave color on the surface of the fiber, so they fade fairly easily.

Sunbrella fibers are saturated to the core with UV-stable pigments, making them resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight.

The fabric is also engineered to resist mold and mildew, so you aren't forced to clean them over and over again.

If you want an outdoor space that has the look, feel, and comfort of your living room, sunbrella is the way to go.

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7. Steel

Heavier than aluminum, steel provides strength, stability, and endurance in extreme temperatures.

Powder-coated finishes aid in rust resistance.

Steel is typically used for framing high-end modern chairs and bistro-style seats and is often used for retro designs and zero-gravity loungers.

Its hefty weight provides a sturdy, long-lasting construction, and the classic look of steel lends a clean, sophisticated feel to your space.

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8. Wrought Iron

Wrought iron is beloved for its distinctive appearance and wind-resistant sturdiness and strength.

It's heavier than aluminum, and in its natural state, it's more vulnerable to the elements.

However, most wrought iron furniture is specially treated with weather-resistant finishes that help seal out moisture and prevent rust.

Because of its heavy weight, you don't have to worry about it ending up in a neighbors yard after a storm, and it can withstand even the most direct sunlight without showing any damage.

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Choose Wisely

Even more important than style and functionality for outdoor furniture is its durability.

The best looking patio table or the most functional lawn chair is worthless if it can't stand up to the elements.

Also, be mindful of the climate where you live.

Is the weather dry? Do you live in an area prone to hurricanes? Earthquakes? How harsh are your winters?

Those are all critical questions to ask yourself when you're picking out your outdoor furniture.

The list above gives you eight great outdoor furniture material options that can stand up to even the most extreme conditions.

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  • How To Get Your Deck Ready For Summer

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How To Get Your Patio Ready For Winter

How To Get Your Patio Ready For Winter


Posted on: November 1, 2019

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Summer is over, the leaves are starting to change colors, and the days of relaxing in the sun are behind you.

Now it's time to prepare for winter.

And in some parts of the country, that means preparing for harsh weather, bitter cold, deep snow, high winds, and runny noses.

You won't be able to use your patio the same way you did over the summer, but it's still important to do a few things to prepare your patio for the harsh winter months.

It won't take a lot of effort on your part to winterize your patio, and by doing so, you will protect your outdoor furniture as well as make the space usable during the winter months.

While the mere thought of spending time on your patio during the winter might be unbearable, there are actually plenty of ways you can enjoy your patio during the "off-season."

With just a little effort you can create a space that you can enjoy even after the winter weather arrives.

Continue reading to find out how.

Table Of Contents

  • Put Your Furniture Away

  • Deep Clean The BBQ

  • Clean Up

  • Get Seasonal Furniture

  • Buy Patio Shades

  • Enjoy Your Patio Year Round

 

Put Your Furniture Away

The first thing you want to do before it gets bitter cold outside is to remove all of your furniture and any other large items from your patio.

Put away all of your tables, chairs, backyard tools, and plants.

Give everything a quick rinse and let it dry in the sun before you put it away for the winter.

If you have an outdoor umbrella, take that down and give it an excellent wipedown to remove the dirt that accumulated over the summer.

Now, put everything neatly into garbage bags, and store them in your shed, garage, under a deck, or beneath a large tarp.

While the mere thought of spending time on your patio during the winter might be unbearable, there are actually plenty of ways you can enjoy your patio during the "off-season."

With just a little effort you can create a space that you can enjoy even after the winter weather arrives.

Continue reading to find out how.

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How to winterize your patio

Deep Clean The BBQ

After grilling all summer, your BBQ is definitely going to need a thorough cleaning.

Make sure you give it a good scrub before you put it away for the winter.

It's a dirty job, but it's one that is worth doing so you can get continued use from your BBQ.

Once the ground thaws and the leaves are back on the trees next year, you'll be able to pull your BBQ out and use it right away.

Use an oven cleaner to remove any stuck-on grease, and then use your water hose to rinse everything off.

If you have a gas grill, make sure everything is turned off, and the lines are disconnected. Store your propane in a safe area where it will stay dry and won't get too hot.

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Clean Up

If your patio is surrounded by trees, sweep up any leaves and debris before they get trapped in the snow when winter comes.

Use a patio or driveway cleaning solution with a high powered nozzle to thoroughly wash the cement surface or bricks.

You'll need to make sure that your patio gets a fresh start so once you hear the birds chirping, it'll be nice and clean and ready to be arranged.

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Get Seasonal Furniture

If you'd like to try to spend time on your patio during the winter, you should invest in weatherproof seating that can be arranged easily.

A popular option is a plastic bench made out of recycled materials.

Those benches are usually attractive, easy to lift and move, and can accommodate guests.

If you'd rather not invest any money in a new bench, just leave out a couple of your patio chairs and cover them in a heavy-duty, weather-resistant outdoor furniture cover.

Keep in mind that it gets dark earlier in the winter, so you might need to invest in additional outdoor lighting.

Another fun way to spend time on your patio during the winter is to gather around a fire pit. It will keep the family warm, and you'll create great memories roasting marshmallows and sharing stories.

You can also hang string lights around the patio to make it feel warm and inviting, even if the weather isn't.

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Buy Patio Shades

We can't control the weather, but we can shield ourselves from the wind.

There will likely be plenty of times you'd like to spend time out on your patio during the winter, but the windchill keeps you inside on your couch instead.

That's where patio shades come in.

Floor to ceiling patio shades will shield you from the wind, reduce the windchill, and make it possible for you to enjoy your patio in the winter.

These shades will be an inexpensive addition that will make your space look beautiful and comfortable when you enjoy some time outside in the winter.

You can also keep them up in the springtime when the weather gets warmer.

You won't need protection from the wind, but it's a great way to get a little extra privacy in your outdoor space.

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Enjoy Your Patio Year Round

If you want to enjoy your patio all year, and not just during the warmer months, there are only a few things you need to do to get it ready.

It's really just a matter of getting your furniture put away and getting everything cleaned up.

And, if you pay attention when you're buying your patio furniture, you'll notice that many companies make outdoor furniture that can withstand every season.

Hang a few string lights around your patio, install a fire pit, and you can create a cozy winter wonderland that will almost make you forget how miserable the weather is around you.

A little bit of money and a lot of creativity will go a long way toward making your patio usable year-round.

 
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Set Your Yard Apart With These 5 Landscaping Trends

Set Your Yard Apart With These 5 Landscaping Trends

Posted on: October 18, 2019

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The 2019 landscaping trends are in.

The National Association of Landscaping Professionals found that homeowners today want low maintenance yards that are peaceful, friendly to wildlife, and engineered to entertain.

As our work lives and personal lives are more hectic and stressful than ever, people want to be able to come home and kick back and enjoy their tiny slice of nature.

While we all want mostly the same things when it comes to our yards, we don't all want to be a copy of our neighbor.

So, if you want to stand out from everyone else in your neighborhood, below we will discuss five landscaping trends that will freshen up your outdoor space to make it unique and memorable.

 

Table of Contents

  • Go Pink

  • Stripe Your Lawn

  • Outdoor Metals

  • Multi-Function Landscapes

  • Pergolas For Outdoor Living

  • Peaceful, Functional, and Fun

1. Go Pink

Millennial pink, dusty rose, and earthy coral have been huge trends in the last couple of years.

And, it's only going to get bigger after Pantone named Living Coral their color of the year for 2019.

Pink hues look fantastic against green, creating a huge demand for pink flower beds to go against crisp green grass.

To stretch the pink craze even more, landscape professionals are also expecting that softer, light blush pink tones will become the new neutral.

They expect that people will choose the soft pink tones for flooring materials, surfaces, and finishes to tie in the bolder coral tones.

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Lawn Design

2. Stripe Your Lawn

There's nothing better than a freshly cut, lush, green lawn in the middle of summer.

But that doesn't seem to be enough anymore.

Landscape pros are getting more and more requests to "liven up" their already flawless lawns with stripes and other patterns.

Maybe it has something to do with baseball season in the middle of summer. They want their yards to remind them of the ballpark.

Luckily, lawn striping isn't hard to do.

Most mowers already create a type of stripe as the lawnmower tires, and deck bends the grass in the direction the mower is moving.

But for the people who want an even more intricate or pronounced pattern, rollers and striping kits are available for certain lawnmowers.

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3. Outdoor Metals

Since peaceful, low maintenance yards are what people want more and more these days, metal has become the latest landscaping material of choice.

Metal is extremely durable and low-maintenance, so it's going to last a long time, and you're not going to have to work on it too much.

Metal doesn't require staining, finishing, sanding, or sealing.

You just set it and forget it.

Look for a metal pergola, furnishings, and other outdoor accessories in metal.

Brushed stainless steel continues to be extremely popular, although industrial-looking black metal is also trending.

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4. Mult-Function Landscapes

Nobody wants a garden they can only look at anymore.

Gone are the days of the "off-limits" flower gardens.

Instead, families want practical spaces. The more uses a garden has, the better.

Some of the top multi-purpose landscape trends are:

  • Sitting areas with water features, as well as flowers that butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other wildlife can enjoy.

  • A winding path planted with edible herbs

  • A vertical garden that doubles as a privacy fence

  • Built-in wall seating

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Outdoor Seating Area

5. Pergolas For Outdoor Living

Everyone is trying to bring the outdoors inside.

Merging indoor and outdoor living seems to be high on every homeowner's wish list.

An outdoor structure that creates an extra room also adds to a home's useful square footage, so it's a win-win.

Today's pergolas are more sophisticated than ever.

Some of the top pergola trends include structures with:

  • A fire feature or space heater

  • Luxury outdoor kitchens

  • Seating areas with a large outdoor sectional

  • Roll down windows

  • Lighting features

  • Sound systems

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Peaceful, Functional, and Fun

When you get home from work, you want to come home to an outdoor sanctuary, not a bunch of outdoor chores.

Your yard and outdoor spaces need to be an escape from the hustle and bustle, instead of adding to it.

The five ideas we listed above will give you a feeling of peace and tranquility, and they will help set your yard apart from every other yard in the neighborhood.

 
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