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Our Top 5 Tips for Buying Patio Furniture That Suits Your Space

Creating an inviting outdoor space begins with selecting the right patio furniture. Whether your outdoor area is a small balcony or a spacious backyard, the perfect furniture can transform it into a personal oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Here are our top five tips to help you choose patio furniture that suits your space perfectly at The Fireplace Center and Patio Shop.

1. Make a List of Patio Furniture Needs

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Start by considering how your outdoor space will be used. Is it a place for family meals, or a serene spot for reading and enjoying the view? Maybe it’s a hub for entertaining guests. Listing out these needs helps focus on furniture that aligns with your lifestyle. For dining purposes, a sturdy table with ample seating is essential. If relaxation is the goal, look into loungers, cushioned chairs, and side tables for comfort. Identifying these needs ensures that every piece serves a purpose, maximizing both functionality and enjoyment of your outdoor area.

2. Try Patio Seating Before You Buy

Eclectic boho styled backyard patio set with a mix and match of different wicker patio chairs and a couch.

Comfort is key when selecting patio furniture. Visiting either our Ottawa East or West location to test out various seating options can make a significant difference. Imagine sinking into a plush chair with a cool drink after a long day—testing furniture allows for choosing pieces that not only look good but feel great too. When trying out seating, consider the depth and height of the seats and the firmness of the cushions. Ergonomically designed chairs that support the back can enhance comfort, making your outdoor space a favorite retreat.

3. Go for Easy-Care Outdoor Furniture

A Cabana Coast aluminum patio set in white with light grey cushions and red and white striped accent cushions

Outdoor furniture should be as low-maintenance as possible. Materials such as aluminum, teak, IPE wood and all-weather wicker are excellent choices. These materials withstand the elements and require minimal upkeep, freeing up more time to enjoy your outdoor space. Look for cushions with removable, washable covers and fabrics that resist fading and mildew. Opting for easy-care furniture means spending less time on maintenance and more time relaxing and entertaining in your beautiful outdoor area.

4. Match Colors to Your Outdoor Decor

Wicker patio set with sky blue cushions and bright orange accent cushions. A guitar rests against one of the chairs and orange flowers take up the bottom left of the frame

Harmonizing your patio furniture with the existing outdoor decor can create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. Consider the colors of your home’s exterior, garden, and any other outdoor features. For those looking for a cooler-toned palette, blue hues can make for great accent colors, while earth tones blend seamlessly with natural surroundings. Adding colorful cushions and throws can enhance the visual appeal without overwhelming the space. Thoughtful color coordination can make your outdoor area look professionally designed and welcoming.

5. Search for Dual-Purpose Patio Furniture

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Maximizing space and functionality is crucial, especially for smaller outdoor areas. Dual-purpose furniture, such as benches with built-in storage or ottomans that double as seating and tables, can be incredibly useful. These versatile pieces not only save space but also add practicality. Imagine a storage bench that holds outdoor cushions and toys, keeping the area tidy and clutter-free. Investing in multifunctional furniture ensures that every item has a purpose, making the most of your outdoor living space.

Enjoy Your Patio Furniture Journey!

Choosing the right patio furniture involves a blend of practicality, comfort, and style. By making a list of needs, trying out seating options, opting for easy-care materials, matching colors to your decor, and seeking dual-purpose furniture, your outdoor space can become an extension of your home that you’ll love to spend time in. Whether in Ottawa West or Ottawa East, our selection of patio furniture, grills, and fireplaces is designed to enhance your outdoor living experience. Visit us to explore options that suit your unique space and lifestyle, turning your patio into a personal paradise.

Transform your outdoor area today with furniture that brings together style, comfort, and functionality. Each piece is a step towards creating an inviting space where memories are made and moments are cherished. Enjoy the journey of finding the perfect patio furniture, and look forward to the beautiful outdoor haven you’ll create.

Ottawa’s Fireplace, BBQ & Patio Experts

The Fireplace Center and Patio Shop is your one-stop shop for all your indoor and outdoor essentials. With one of Canada’s largest showrooms, we have over 200 fireplaces on display.

With extensive knowledge in BBQs, heating and cooling, and patio furniture, you can trust our team to provide expert advice, quality assembly and installation. Get in touch with us today!

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