Patio furniture sets are the most popular backyard furniture sold today. Many casual furniture dealers offer outdoor wicker furniture sets with great style, color, and comfort with low or no maintenance. Choosing a set requires finding a style, size, finish color, and cushion fabric that will suit your taste and patio situation.
Patio Furniture Set Layouts
A patio furniture set can take up some room on your patio, so choosing the right set is important. Sometimes it helps to get a paper and pencil and draw a layout of your patio porch or yard area where you want to place the furniture and sketch in your vision of what the perfect pieces of furniture would be for your situation. At this point, you want to scribble down some ideas of the types of furniture you want to consider because many options are available. Make sure you can use a full set or decide to buy just a few pieces you need.
If you don’t already have patio furniture, you don’t have to worry too much about style. You get to pick what you like, but you do need to consider colors. If you already have some outdoor wicker or another type of casual furniture and want to keep it, then you need to think about what styles and colors will go well with your existing pieces.
Patio Furniture Sets
Most standard and deep seating patio sets are sold in a group of four pieces of furniture. You typically get the best price deal when you buy a set. The most common grouping is a loveseat, two chairs, and a coffee table. Some new sets are offering fire rings rather than coffee tables. Wicker sectionals are a new grouping that has become very popular, and there are no real standards for what is being offered with sectional groups.
Box stores don’t usually offer cushion fabric options, but furniture dealers typically do. Choose fabrics that will complement your patio decor and the furniture frame finish.
Work Out A Deal
You can usually work a deal with a furniture dealer that sells the pieces in groups and individually. You should be able to exchange one or two of the chairs for one or two rockers or other pieces of furniture. In fact, working with a furniture dealer, you can usually finagle any wicker set you want. The price might be different than their standard set, but it’s definitely doable, and you save money by buying multiple pieces. Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a big box store, you won’t be able to do that. They sell strictly by the way they buy. As with most box stores, when the season is over, you won’t find any matching furniture to add to your collection. They don’t stock it during the off-season; the next batch of furniture they receive will be completely different from the previous years.
Investigate what is being offered online and in stores. Once you have identified a few likely candidates that meet your liking, lay out these pieces on your diagram. If you can get measurements, use them to accurately lay out the furniture on your diagram and judge whether your choice fits your patio.
Standard and Deep Seating Patio Furniture Sets
If space is an issue, you will need to know that deep seating furniture sets, which are patio sets that include thick seat and back cushions, are generally deeper than standard wicker sets that can be used with or without seat cushions.
When deciding what furniture you want, consider reviewing where you want outdoor furniture, and investigate what wicker sets are available. Deep seating wicker furniture has a larger frame size than standard wicker. Make sure you have the room to place the furniture you want. If a wicker set that a furniture dealer is offering is not exactly what you need, try to work out a deal interchanging one piece for another. The price might be different, but it will still be better than buying individual pieces. Choose cushion fabric that goes with your outdoor decor.