Tips For Purchasing Outdoor Furniture

Tips For Purchasing Outdoor Furniture

5th Jan 2023

Everyone wants to get the most from their patio. Some people use it for entertaining, while others favor it for relaxation. Then there are those who are lucky enough to have great views from their property, and for these folks, their patios are an ideal way to enjoy them. And on it goes. If you look hard enough, you'll probably discover there are nearly as many patio goals as there are patios, and outdoor furniture is an important part of the enjoyment equation. There are plenty of options out there, but you need to know the lay of the land. To get the best possible outdoor furniture for your situation, there are some important things you need to know, so let's review. What follows is a breakdown of the most important factors that are involved, along with some specific recommendations for some great sets that you're sure to love. 

If you're considering buying new patio furniture or actively shopping, you probably know most of what you need to consider. They include the materials the furniture is made of, along with the functionality of the set. There's also the issue of the piece or pieces you're buying, along with the level of comfort you want. Cost and size are important, too. In many ways, all these different factors are the same things you'd consider when buying regular furniture, but the rest of the shopping process for outdoor furniture is considerably different. 

Consider your weather and environment 

With lesser quality outdoor furniture the weather and environment are a big concern. Too much UV exposure will fade fabrics, splinter & degrade plastics, and wood can become bleached. If it’s too moist you might see mildew take over a once beautiful set and wood start to rot. All of these are things that you shouldn’t have to deal with when choosing furniture that’s best for your outdoor space. 

That’s why all the furniture pieces and sets you’ll find at Tortuga Outdoor are made with durability in mind. From hearty all-weather resin wicker pieces like the Rio Vista family of items to the naturally resistant alure of the Jakarta Teak collection, everything is made from only high quality, long lasting materials so you can relax with confidence. With the right pieces proudly filling your patio space you won’t have to worry about the weather ruining your outdoor oasis. And why should you? Outdoor furniture should adapt to your life, not the other way around. 

That’s why choosing pieces that have fade and mildew resistant fabric, UV protection, and more built in is such an important consideration when designing your ideal outdoor life. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the weather at all when picking the right set for your patio. Little things like cushion ties, solid frames, and removable slipcovers will go a long way in making your patio more accommodating. This is especially so if you live in an area with high winds where a storm could blow away your cushions or the chair all together. That’s why it is always good to make sure your furniture is prepped and ready for whatever comes your way. 

Know about the materials 

Another factor you need to consider is the materials from which the patio furniture is made. As mentioned previously, lesser quality furniture will be prone to decay over time. However, with the right craftsmanship and expertise you can have pieces that are not only highly durable and weather-resistant, but also look great and are super comfortable. Here are a few featured materials: 

All-weather resin wicker: Used in all Tortuga Outdoors’s wicker pieces it has a classic, handwoven style that’s hard to match. With loads of color options to choose from, each with a super smooth feel, this material is the natural evolution of wicker furniture. 

Powder Coated Aluminum: Lightweight, durable, and resistant to all kinds of weather, this unassuming material packs loads of subtle personality. With its more modern look and sleek style, it easily blends with existing furniture and is sure to be a favorite with anyone craving a more updated feel. 

Jakarta Teak: Made from grade “A” teak wood, this material is considered by many to be the premier hardwood. Guaranteed to be free of defects like knots, streaks, and white spots, it is sure to look great for years to come with its subtle glow. Plus, it’s naturally weather resistant to boot.

Decide on placement 

Many people overlook the shape and size of their patio when it comes to matching it up with outdoor furniture to create the ideal space. To some extent, that space will dictate what you buy. That’s why you’ll need to pick the pieces that fit best in your patio space and leave room to walk around. 

For smaller spaces the Sea Pines Outdoor Wicker Two-Piece Bar Set may be more viable than a regular dining set because of its slimmer build and comfortable, yet space conscious stools. It may be more compact, but it still offers plenty of serving room to accommodate two people.

Another set suitable for smaller spaces is the Rio Vista Three-Piece Bistro set. The set has two outdoor swivel glider chairs and a side table that can easily be shifted around. It offers loads of soothing swivel motion and easily fits most outdoor areas. On the other hand, if you have plenty of space available consider the 9PC Melbourne Deep Seating Sofa & Loveseat Set. It’s ideal for anyone who wants plenty of comfortable seating to accommodate guests. Plus, it features a modern style which goes a long way in making the patio feel more open. 

Balance your budget 

Many people go hunting for bargains when they shop for outdoor patio furniture, but this is often a mistake. From lesser quality materials that are easily damaged by the weather to flimsy frames that don’t hold up over time, going with the cheaper option often means it will need to be replaced more often. Quality products that will stay the course can be more expensive, but if you average out the costs over the years, they can end up being a tremendous bargain. 


The information presented here should be more than enough to help you find the outdoor furniture that fits your life. From the right materials, environment, craftsmanship, and price, there are a lot of things you need to consider before making a decision. However, with a little bit of know-how discovering your perfect piece will be easy.  Feel free to contact us once you have, and we'll be happy to answer any questions.