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Here’s How to Choose the Right Outdoor Furniture for Your Patio or Deck

Looking to get more use and enjoyment from your outdoor space? Patio furniture is the solution. A well-designed outdoor deck or patio can extend your living space three seasons of the year. Here are some tips to help you start planning

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Types of Patio Sets

Complete patio furniture sets are great because the pieces all work together, but you can also mix and match to create your own unique look. Here are the main patio furniture categories to consider.

A conversation set


A dining set

A small space set

A bistro set

A patio chair

Buying Considerations

When choosing outdoor furniture, consider how you want to use your space and how much space you have, taking foot traffic into account. Here are the three most important considerations.

Space Planning

Layout planning is essential, whether you’re creating a resort-style retreat in your suburban backyard or a cozy escape on your condo balcony. Mark off your desired furniture arrangement with masking tape to see if it fits your space before buying a specific furniture set — don’t forget foot traffic!

Furniture Construction

Outdoor furniture is commonly made from traditional materials, like wood or wrought iron, or newer fabrications, like plastic, resin wicker, aluminum or stainless steel. Traditional materials are durable with regular upkeep (such as paint or protectant), while newer materials require little to no maintenance

Design Aesthetic

Finally, consider the overall mood you want for your outdoor zone. From sleek and modern to luxuriously traditional (and everything in between), the choice is yours. Traditional pieces tend to be generously sized, while modern ones skew sleek and streamlined. Organic contours channel a boho vibe. The right upholstery colour will seal the deal, so follow your heart!

Outdoor Accessories

Complete your alfresco retreat with finishing touches to add style, enhance your comfort and help extend the life of your outdoor furniture sets. Here are some must-have patio accessories.

Patio Umbrella

Patio Umbrellas

Create a shady spot where you can bask without fear of sunburn. A wide variety of styles and colours are available to complement your décor.

Pergolas & gazebos

Pergolas & Gazebos

Want to carve out a more defined outdoor room aesthetic? Opt for a shady pergola or gazebo, which doubles as protection from the rain

Patio Cushions

Patio Cushions

Choose patio cushions that are specifically intended to be used outdoors. Available in many styles and colours, they’ll be made from durable water-repellent and stain-resistant synthetic fabrics.

Outdoor heater

Outdoor Heaters

Extend your outdoor season with a patio heater, fire pit or fireplace. They come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit outdoor areas big or small.

Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor Rugs

Complete your outdoor room with a stylish rug. Go low-key and neutral or jazz things up with an eye-catching print. These rugs are colourfast indoors or out.

Outdoor Lighitng

Outdoor Lighting

Create ambience, enhance safety and illuminate tasks like grilling. You can do it all with low-voltage and solar-powered patio and garden lights

Outdoor Tableware

Outdoor Tableware

Serve up refreshments on shatterproof tableware. Melamine plates and acrylic “glassware” are an inexpensive investment in style and safety

Outdoor Storage

Outdoor Storage

Extend the life of your patio furnishings by covering them up or moving them into a shed or deck box when not in use.


BBQs & Grills

Feed your friends and family all season long with healthy grilled foods and decadent slow-cooked BBQ.

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