Tips for your Outdoor Living Areas

There are so many options these days for your outdoor living area, manufacturers have started creating durable fabrics, cushions, and rugs that are just as beautiful as your indoor spaces.  We even use a lot of these options indoors because they are more durable and kid friendly.  If they can handle mother nature, we can assume they can handle my toddlers.

Outdoor Rugs

Starting with outdoor rugs, many people ask why?  Will I use my screened in porch as a living room?  Outdoor rugs add color, define the space, and add the comfort we all need with our bare feet to avoid rocks and splinters that may be on your wood deck or patio.  These rugs do very well on covered porches.  If you have a full sun or uncovered space I suggest something with Bella Dura or Sunbrella in the name.  These products are a little more expensive but your color will last in direct sunlight a lot longer.

Outdoor Furniture

Next we go to the furniture – this is where I suggest the investment is made.  You can always switch out your cushions, pillows, and rugs, but you want these furniture pieces to last.  Wrought Iron, teak, and wicker are all types of furniture bases that are coated for outdoors.  Always make sure it says “outdoor safe” on the label prior to purchasing.

Pillows, Cushions, and Draperies, Oh my!

There are thousands of outdoor fabric options.  Again, Sunbrella & Bella Dura have made fabric for most major fabric brands, but every fabric line today has some outdoor safe options.  We do custom cushions and pillows to cater to each specific clients needs, but we also have several in-stock options that range from about $20-$55 per pillow.  Curtains protect your furniture, cushions, and pillows, allowing them to last longer.  On a screened in porch they help to keep the heat out in the summer and trap the heat on the porch in the winter.  Curtains also provide softness and privacy to an outdoor living space.

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