By Beth Armijo, Founder Armijo Design Group
When arranging our patios, decks and yards in our creative minds it is important to consider longevity. Pick furniture that is durable and weather proof. Consider your environment and the elements in your climate. Do you live in the snow and need to invest in covers or storage space? Is your outdoor space in direct sunlight which could lead to color wearing and overheating guests? Depending on where you live, you can experience so much of what Mother Nature has to offer which subsequently means your outdoor furniture is in need of protection.
We should also take into account the size and layout of our environment. Think about your needs and what your space will primarily be used for. Are you creating the reading nook of your dreams? Are you designing the best outdoor dining experience for friends and family? Is your home in need of a quiet outdoor reprieve to separate from the inside noise? Look at your space realistically and map out your desires with tape. Estimate where your furniture pieces will live and get an idea of what your able to support in your space.
In considering weather and climate we must take in to account our own commitment to outdoor furniture care and protection. If you know you are not the type to throw a cover over a chair before the storm or take in your cushions it might be best to stay away from certain materials. Wood isn’t always the best in an area that experiences all types of weather and temperatures. We typically recommend aluminum, resin wicker, rotiron or a recycled plastic composite. Wood, such as teak, is timeless and traditional. If you can live with it graying over time and a soft sanding once a year you will benefit from the low maintenance material. The rich, brown deep color can be maintained if you are willing to oil the wood from time to time.
The bone of your seating areas are nothing without sink into comfortable cushions. Cushions can be challenging if you do not take the time to get to know your fabrics. Again, we emphasize, be realistic about how much up keep you will do. A cushion without weather proofing cover that’s been left out in the rain will begin wear in no time. We recommend investing in quality cushions so they look fantastic and stand the test of time and season. Sunbrella has all weather fabrics and a large selection of patterns to choose from. We highly recommend along with a plastic storage bin for when you put the cushions away when not using for longer periods of time.