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Have a seat and relax: Patio furniture 101

Outdoor entertaining is one of the most enjoyable aspects of summer! The warmer temperatures, longer days and relaxed atmosphere all align to create the perfect opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space with family and friends. But does your patio furniture measure up? If not, whip your patio into shape with these furniture ideas.

Patio furniture

Whether you have a patio, porch, deck, lanai, balcony, terrace or other such outdoor living space, the right patio furniture can help you enjoy it to its full potential! Here are some suggestions to help you choose the best furniture for your space.

Adirondack chairs

Available in plastic or wood, an Adirondack chair is an inviting, comfortable option for patio seating. The relaxing design helps make it the right choice for porches, decks or other places where a person might want to linger awhile as they enjoy a good book or take in the view.

The bistro set

A bistro set consists of a small round table and two coordinating chairs. The material of choice is usually a base of metal. The somewhat rigid style of this set makes it a perfect choice to enjoy a cup of java and the paper in the morning or a light lunch later in the day with a friend, while the smaller scale easily accommodates outdoor living from a balcony or terrace.

A conversation set

Typically a conversation set is made up of two chairs, a loveseat and a coffee table, although another variation might be four chairs and a coffee table. Whether this set is made of wood, metal or wicker, it will always have plush chair cushions for comfort, which also help encourage conversation among friends. The size of this set will often work on a backyard deck or patio as well as on a front porch.

A sectional set

This set will help turn your outside space into an outdoor living room. There can be a few variations in what pieces are included, but all will include a sectional sofa with comfortable seating for at least four, as well as a coffee or small table. Some sets will offer an additional chair or two as well as a sectional that will seat five or more, so that makes it ideal for larger-scale entertaining. A sectional set works well on a large patio, around a firepit, in front of an outdoor fireplace or when creating an outdoor living room.

A dining set

An outdoor dining set is crucial if you’d like to serve more than a few drinks and small appetizers while entertaining. To enjoy a full sit-down dinner with friends, a dining set is the right choice. An outdoor dining set will be made of weather-resistant materials and often comes with an umbrella to offer relief from the sun. Chair cushions come in a variety of colours and patterns, so it’s simple to find the perfect choice for you.

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