A new deck isn’t much without furniture and decor to make it functional and more liveable. But how do you know which pieces are best for your deck? From wicker chairs to a full-sized dining table, the furniture you choose should ultimately depend on what you want to use your deck for. Check out these tips on how to design the layout of your deck and make it an outdoor living space everyone in your family can enjoy!
Tip #1: Plan Your Deck’s Functionality
The first step to take when choosing deck furniture is to make a clear and concise list of the activities and functions you want the space to be used for. Will it be a place for family dinners on warm summer evenings? Are your children going to be playing on the deck often? Or will your outdoor space be used more for relaxation? This should all be determined before you start picking out and purchasing deck furniture.
Tip #2: Test Furniture for Comfort
When you’re out shopping for deck furniture, take a seat in the chairs or at the table you’re considering. Imagine yourself and your friends or family members sitting there and make sure you can get comfortable in the different pieces of furniture. The furniture might be aesthetically pleasing and match the chosen theme for your deck, but if it isn’t comfortable, you’ll have regrets in the long run.
Tip #3: Opt for Easy-Care Furniture
Since your deck furniture will be outside, it will likely endure high heat and frigid cold temperatures throughout the year, not to mention rain and possibly snow. Cedar, teak, all-weather wicker and most metal pieces are the least fazed by unfavorable weather conditions. The less time you have to spend maintaining and caring for your furniture, the more time you’ll get to enjoy relaxing on your deck!
Tip 4: Add Some Color
Liven up your deck with colorful furniture that complements the exterior of your home. Get creative by buying cedar chairs and tables and painting them yourself! If you have small children, it can be fun summer project to let them paint any kids’ furniture you have on your deck.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget the Floor
Your deck can become very warm underfoot during the summer months. Opt for an all-weather outdoor rug that is quick-drying and will protect from burns when the deck becomes too hot. A rug can also lend the comforts of the indoors to the outdoor living space of your deck.