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Outdoor Patio Furniture Needs to be More Than Form & Function

January 14, 2010
Outdoor Furniture with CHEAP, basic fabric
Outdoor Furniture with CHEAP, basic fabric

As we are gearing up for the summer months, there needs to be more than just form and function taken into consideration when purchasing outdoor furniture.  The tried and true adage of, “You get what you pay for” certainly holds true for outdoor furniture.  Typically the “lowest cost” upholstery will be delivered with basic white muslin fabric.   However this simple, cheap (yes, I said it CHEAP) fabric was not made for constant outdoor usage and direct sunlight.  There is no UV protection in inexpensive fabrics, so usually within 1 year of exposure to sunlight and weather elements, the interior foam in the cushions will disintegrate.  Thus costing MORE money to replace not only the upholstery, but foam inserts as well.

The same goes for outdoor area rugs. Most “outdoor” area rugs are made for spaces that are still partially protected by Mother Nature, such as under a pergola or patio cover.  They really are not made for areas with full and direct sunlight for more than 2-4 hours per day.  Colors will fade much faster and the fibers of most natural woven rugs will break down.  Find outdoor area rugs that are either synthetic fibers or natural rugs that have a rubber backing to better hold the fibers together longer.
Platinum Home Staging, Inc.
Platinum Home Staging, Inc.

If you’re going to make the investment in outdoor patio furniture, spend the few extra dollars on a higher grade upholstery fabric and weather treated furniture.  Don’t trip over pennies today when it will save you dollars in the future. What many people don’t know is that Professional Home Stagers also make GREAT Interior / Exterior Designers.  If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Platinum Home Staging, Inc. Design Representative, please click herePlatinum Home Staging, Inc. is the only Preferred Interior Design Company endorsed by Pottery Barn in Southern CA.

After Platinum Home Staging, Inc.
After Platinum Home Staging, Inc.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2010 12:05 pm

    Good advise! Spending a bit more for something that is not only going to last longer but look great is good common sense. I’m shopping for patio furniture soon and this is always a good reminder.

  2. January 25, 2010 7:12 am

    No doubt, one needs to spend a bit more on decent fabric outdoor furniture. Weather can severely damage low quality fabrics
    Cheers O

  3. June 25, 2010 4:04 am

    Great info, I like it…

  4. November 18, 2010 7:58 am

    the patio furnitures that we use at home are leather covered and they are really nice -‘,

  5. stacy permalink
    March 19, 2012 12:03 am

    I love how you can arrange different styles with one set, we got ours for urban wicker and it changed the look of our backyard by night and day.

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