Jun 21, 2019 | Carpet One Floor & Home
Alfresco living spaces are here to stay, and summer is the perfect time to incorporate fashion and functionality, creating your perfect gathering spot right under the stars. Carefully chosen furniture and area rugs add instant ambiance to your outdoor haven. A well-dressed patio, deck, or porch is not only inviting but also effectively transitions from the indoors to the outdoors. Whether you are looking for a simple way to freshen an existing outdoor space or planning an envy-inducing outdoor project, we have some helpful tips when considering outdoor furniture and area rugs.
First things first—take a minute to envision how your outdoor space will be used. Would you like to spend your summer evenings dining outdoors? Will you be hosting pool parties? Are you looking for somewhere to escape with a good book in your hand? These are all important questions that will play a valuable role in selecting furniture.
Planning on a sunset dinner? Then, you will need a dining table. Kids running around in swimsuits with pool toys in tow? Then, waterproof items are a must. Do you want the outdoor space to be your escape? Then, you need extra-comfortable furniture—a must for all scenarios.
You must consider what the weather will bring. Are your summer months hot and dry, or are humidity and frequent rainstorms the norm? Why is climate important? Simply put, not all outdoor furniture materials are suited for all types of weather. Stick with this simple guideline:
If rainstorms and high humidity levels are par for the course, rust, mold, and wind are factors that you must consider.
Wind can topple over furnishings, so choose something heavy, and secure throw pillows and cushions.
Protecting your outdoor furniture will add years to its life. Furnishings should be sheltered from harsh elements during the off-season. It is highly recommended to make room in your garage or basement for these furnishings. However, if storage is tight, never fear; there are many foldable and compact furniture options that can fit into small spaces or easily be taken apart.
Keep your patio furniture grounded by placing it on a stylish area rug. An area rug will create visual interest and make your patio feel cohesive and cozy. Advancements in textiles have provided all-weather rugs that can withstand all kinds of elements.
Outdoor area rugs are made of modern fabrications that can weather the elements. Still, every textile has pros and cons to consider.
Consider the size of your deck, patio, or porch before purchasing an area rug. Choose area rugs according to the furniture being placed on them. For instance, a round dining table would look great on a round rug, whereas a group of couches and a coffee table may look best on a rectangular setting.
As a general rule, all furniture legs should sit nicely on the rug. Chairs around an outdoor dining table should be able to be pulled out with all legs remaining on the rug. Allowing for about two extra feet of area rug around the perimeter of the furniture is a good rule to follow.
Shoes, bare feet, and pet paws are bound to track dust and dirt onto your precious area rug. To extend the life of your rug, remove dirt often. A light vacuuming will go a long way, but, if that’s not an option, shake the dirt loose. It is also recommended to flip your rug over once a month to keep the fibers evenly worn.
At the end of the sunny season, make sure to clean your area rug. This will help prolong its life. Area rugs should be properly dried, rolled up, and stored in a safe place during the off-season. This will protect them from the harsh elements as well as unwelcome critters.
Finding the right furniture and area rugs for your airy oasis will ensure that you spend the bulk of your time soaking up the sun and enjoying your relaxing space, not cleaning and maintaining it. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect pairing for a sensory-rich outdoor space.