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Questions to ask-outdoor furniture

By October 28, 2015INSPIRATION

Ten Questions to Ask Before Buying Outdoor Furniture

 When purchasing outdoor furniture, there are specific questions that you should ask. The answers to these questions will help you determine the cost-effectiveness, longevity, and eco-friendliness of your potential investment. We will show you how to ask about timber, warranties, accents, and purchasing options.

  1. What type and grade timber is it?

Since different types and grades of timber weather differently over the years, it is important to know what your outdoor furniture is comprise of.

  1. Is it natural or treated timber?

The difference between natural and treated timber is crucial when identifying the quality of timber outdoor furniture. For example, if timber is treated with bleach, identifying the true grade would be difficult because bleached B grade teak looks the same as bleached A grade teak.

  1. Is this timber sourced from a plantation?

Timber that is sourced from a plantation is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

  1. Does it come with a warranty, and if yes, what does the warranty cover?

For most outdoor furniture, the warranty doesn’t typically cover changes in the color of the timber. Make sure to ask details about the warranty period and coverage.

  1. What grade is the stainless steel?

If you are interested in outdoor furniture that is comprised of stainless steel, whether a full metal construction or frame, you should know that the grade of the stainless steel has an impact on how often you’ll need to clean it and how long it would last in a marine environment.

  1. Is this cushion made for outdoors use?

Not all cushions are created equal. A cushion that isn’t designed for outdoor use could be susceptible to growing mold.

  1. Is this high or low density synthetic wicker?

High density synthetic wicker is preferable because it offers ease of cleaning and longevity in outdoors environments.

  1. Can you tell me about the joinery?

Machine-made joinery is superior to handmade joinery because machinery ensures perfectly cut timber. Plus, machine-made joinery is also precise in joining the timber, leaving the smallest gap possible between timbers.

  1. Do I get a package discount?

When shopping for outdoor furniture, inquire about a package discount to save money on the furniture of your dreams.

  1. Can I mix and match?

Not all stores offer mix and match opportunities. If this option is available, you will have the flexibility to decorate your outdoor living area to your specific style.


Now that you’ve learned about the questions to ask before purchasing outdoor furniture, you are prepared to shop confidently!




  • Gregory Willard says:

    I had no idea that if a cushion isn’t made for the outdoors, then it could grow mold. We have been wanting to get some outdoor furniture for our patio ever since we completed it. We will have to make sure we find the right material. Thanks,

  • Frank Delaware says:

    My wife and I really want to get some new outdoor furniture for our patio, but we didn’t know how to choose the right set. I really like that you say to find out about what the cushions are made of, and if they are mold resistant. It would be nice to know that you won’t have to worry about water damaging them in the end.

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