1. Think function. Consider the size, shape and shade cover of your outdoor space and think about how you’d like to spend your time outside. Are you dreaming of hosting friends for monthly dinners on the patio? Is your balcony the perfect size for a single chair and a small table to set a book or cup of coffee? Or do you have a beloved shady spot that’s begging for a lounge chair?
Taking some time to measure and plan out the different areas and goals you have for your space is a necessary first step in creating the outdoor living area of your dreams.
2. Durability is, well, everything. This means all outdoor pieces should be able to stand up to the elements—whether that means occasional afternoon rainstorms, or a quick hose-down after a messy meal (we’ve all been there).
Outdoor-rated metal and plastic pieces are a safe bet, and waterproof outdoor fabrics are a necessity for any pillows or cushions (true story, our founders have been known to pressure wash their outdoor sofa cushions…). These pieces are well worth the investment and will stand up to years of use (and that means fewer furnishings end up in landfills).