Your patio is the ideal place to kick back and relax after a long day at work. It is also the natural venue for hosting a party with neighbors and for other special purposes. Without the right combination of patio furniture and essential accessories, however, your patio is inhospitable and impractical for use as a relaxation or entertainment spot. Furnishing your patio can empty your bank account, but you can save money and achieve the desired results when you use these money-saving tips.
1. Look for Sales and Promotions
Whether you are shopping for a patio table set, an outdoor living room set, a firepit or other essentials for your backyard, avoid paying full price when possible. Many retailers offer exceptional sales and promotions on these items throughout the year, so you simply need to be patient as you wait for sales. Impromptu shopping for patio furniture can be costly. Always spend time shopping around to compare prices while reading reviews to confirm quality and satisfaction ratings. This will ensure that you get a great deal on excellent patio furniture.
2. Shop During the Off-Season
If you are like most people who have decorated and furnished their backyard previously, the idea of outfitting your patio with new furniture and accessories comes to mind in the spring or summer. Maximizing the use of your patio during these warmer months is understandably a goal, but you may get a better deal on your pieces by delaying your purchase until the off-season. Most retailers offer sales at the end of the summer. Be aware that some retailers remove these items from stores altogether by the fall months, so you will need to time your purchase carefully. The exception to this is retailers who specialize in patio décor and outdoor furnishings.
3. Buy Used Pieces
An alternative to buying new pieces on sale or during the off-season is to look at used patio furnishings. Common ways to find used patio furniture are through garage sales and online listings. Remember that you can invest in new cushions for chairs, and you may repaint some furniture frames to rejuvenate them. When looking at used furniture and accessories, look for quality and style rather than colors. You may find great deals on furniture sets that are damaged, but these may be a waste of money because of their limited remaining life. Because of the limited options available at any given time, plan to be patient while searching for the right used furniture for your patio.
4. Measure Your Space Before Shopping
It is easy to overestimate the size of your patio or to overlook the importance of patio dimensions altogether. You understandably need seating for a specific number of people, and you also may want to place a BBQ grille or other features on your patio. However, overcrowding your patio with large outdoor furniture pieces or more pieces than the area can accommodate can make your space feel cramped and uncomfortable. Before shopping for patio furniture and related items, measure the available space. Creating a layout or floorplan to scale before finalizing purchase plans is a smart idea.
5. Choose Multi-Purpose Pieces
If you discover that space is limited on your patio, look for space-saving items that serve multiple purposes. For example, some patio tables have a built-in firepit feature. Another idea is to look for patio chairs that have multiple configurations for numerous purposes. While the individual cost of these multi-purpose items can be high, they may be more cost-effective than purchasing two or more similar items separately. The alternative to using multi-purpose furniture and accessories is to keep some of your items stored in the garage when they are not needed. For example, your firepit may be stored in your garage until needed. This option can be inconvenient, but it may be necessary if space is limited.
6. Decorate with Cheap Accent Items
Regardless of the cost of your patio furniture, you can save money by using an inexpensive accent or decorative items. You understandably want your patio to have personality and perhaps to express your individuality. Consider purchasing cheap items, such as plastic flower pots rather than ceramic pots. You can invest in a cheap can of spray paint to customize them. Using stencils or other artistic options can add further individuality to your pieces. You may also repurpose items you already own, or you can purchase used items. The right combination of decorative or accent pieces can make your patio décor feel complete even when you purchase minimal furnishings.
7. Buy One Piece at a Time
Even when you apply these tips to your patio decorating efforts, you may still lack sufficient funds to create the gorgeous, functional space that you desire. Remember that you do not need to complete the entire decorating project within a week or two. Instead, you can progressively add one or several pieces to space at a time as funds are available. If you intend to decorate or refinish some of the pieces, this approach gives you ample time to do quality work before moving on to your next furnishing or accessory.
8. Select More Affordable Materials
Buying high-quality furniture that is designed to look great and hold up well to the elements for many years is an excellent way to maximize your financial investment in patio furniture and décor. However, many affordable materials can functionally meet your needs, and they may provide you with many years of use when taken care of. For example, lightweight furniture with an aluminum frame can be painted with a rustproof coating every year or two to keep it looking great and to extend its life. It may cost a fraction of what teak furniture would cost. Regardless of the furniture selected, cover your pieces when not in use, and store cushions in a dry area during the off-season.
Setting a reasonable budget for your patio decorating project is essential, but you can see that there are many ways for you to stretch your dollar. After setting a budget, review patio design ideas online. By having a firm style concept in mind, you can more confidently make purchases that you can appreciate for many years.