With cooler temperatures on the horizon, now is the time to rethink your deck or patio. Imagine having an outdoor space that’s comfortable, functional, and inviting for family members and guests. This dream can become a reality as long as you choose the right furniture.

Here are some tips for selecting the best furniture for your deck, as referenced from Better Homes & Gardens.

Brainstorm

Before getting too far ahead of yourself, take some time to think about how you want this space to function. Do you see it being a second dining area on warm nights? On the other hand, would you rather the deck serve as your own private oasis? 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a deck, which is why we suggest listing what you see yourself doing once the project is completed. For example, if you aren’t planning to have the space serve as a dining area, you probably don’t need a large table. That said, if you envision you’ll be hosting on a regular basis, consider looking into comfortable seating and a few side tables.

Try before you buy

It’s one thing to purchase the most stylish deck furniture you can find. What good is the furniture, though, if none of it is comfortable? Here at Ready Decks, we suggest taking a seat before you buy. The more inviting your furniture, the more time you will spend enjoying your deck — it’s as simple as that.

Opt for easy care  

We’re guessing you don’t want to spend what little time you have to enjoy your deck maintaining furniture. Do yourself a favor and make it a point to purchase easy-care deck furniture. Keep in mind that most cedar, teak, metal, and all-weather wicker pieces can handle even the nastiest storms. 

Think about storage

This is a big one, especially for folks in the south. As aforementioned, you get the most bang for your buck when you purchase durable outdoor furniture that’s easy to maintain. But just because you plan to buy all-weather furniture doesn’t mean you should leave it exposed to Mother Nature year-round.

All deck furniture will last longer if it’s placed in storage when not in use. Worried that you don’t have much storage space available at the moment? Then look for pieces that fold or can easily be taken apart for more compact storage.

Be mindful of color

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of comfort in deck furniture, let’s dive into aesthetics for a bit. If you really want this outdoor space to stand out, we suggest adding pops of color here and there. As you can see in the Better Homes & Gardens article, it’s best to “reserve bold splashes of color for cushions and accent pieces.” Doing so helps you keep your deck stylish for years to come.

Avoid skimping on quality 

As a frugal homeowner, you look for opportunities to save money whenever you can. But should you really settle for the cheapest outdoor furniture you can find? The short answer is no.

There’s a reason that plastic resin chairs and side tables are so cheap. Sure, they might look decent for a year or two. It’s not much longer that this low-quality furniture becomes brittle and loses its attractive appearance. Rather than pay for your deck furniture twice, we suggest spending a little more in the first place on top-of-the-line pieces.

Consider ground furniture

Many residential decks can be hard and uncomfortable underfoot. Instead of forcing your guests to tiptoe around this space, think about investing in an all-weather rug. Between their softness and overall beauty, it’s no wonder quick-drying outdoor rugs are increasing in popularity.

Find dual-purpose pieces

It’s okay to get creative with how you use your outdoor furniture! An ottoman, for example, can also serve as extra seating for your next backyard shindig. The same idea holds true with a standalone bench. 

Get in Touch With a Local Deck Builder

Nothing beats spending time on a deck of your own. Regardless of how you expect to use this space, it’s imperative to hire an experienced deck builder to handle the project. This is where the team at Ready Decks comes into play.

Since 2001, no other company has built more decks than Ready Decks. We set out with a mission to provide the highest quality site-built decks as efficiently as possible. Ready Decks has not only achieved that goal, but also expanded to locations in East Texas, Lake Charles, Central Arkansas, Jackson, Alexandria, Livingston, West Monroe, Lafayette, and Shreveport.

The difference of Ready Decks can be summed up in three factors: quality, value, and integrity. When you work with our deck builder, there’s no need to worry about having to settle for low-quality materials. Our premade decks are constructed using premium-grade, treated lumber, as well as ACQ-approved ring-shank fasteners to ensure strength and durability.

In terms of value, Ready Decks offers unmatched value for your investment. We are proud to combine our high-quality materials with an innovative, patent-pending building system you won’t find anywhere else.

Then there’s integrity. At Ready Decks, we’re so confident you will love our products that every deck we build comes backed by a lifetime limited warranty. Additionally, we go above and beyond to ensure the satisfaction of every customer.

Ready to see what our deck builder can do for you? Learn more about Ready Decks products today!