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A patio chair buying guide

Whether you're having a cookout or other outdoor get-together or just want to enjoy time to yourself, patio chairs are an ideal option for outdoor furniture. Not only are they sensible, but they also add character and color to your outside living space. When looking for the best patio chairs for your home, it's important to consider the number of chairs you need, different types of patio chairs, patio chair materials and patio sets before making a purchase.

>> Determine the number of chairs you need

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When looking for the best patio chairs, the number of chairs needed is based on your family size, how often you host company and the size of your yard or porch. If you plan to have your entire family outdoors at one time, it's important to get enough seating for everyone. Consider bench chairs that fit more than one person if you have a large family or like a condensed look. For small yards, fewer chairs and two or three outdoor lounge chairs may be all you need for a relaxing time outdoors with a significant other or close friend. For medium-sized yards, buy patio chairs that fill up a little more of the area, such as two to four square chairs set up geometrically. Large yards can accommodate a variety of patio chairs, but for the best patio chairs for a large group, consider buying four to six chairs with rectangular shapes that can fit multiple people. If you only have a porch on which to place patio chairs, one or two folding patio chairs for easy storage or a swinging patio chair might be most effective.

>> Consider different types of patio chairs

Maybe you plan to keep your furniture outdoors all year long or maybe you don't mind putting it up during cold and rainy or snowy months. When choosing the best patio chairs for various weather conditions, consider types of patio chairs based on the materials from which they are constructed. Plastic patio chairs are built to hold up in all weather conditions and are some of the best patio chairs for those who plan to leave their chairs outside all year long. Wooden patio chairs can be found in teak or cherry, and are solid and durable. For a cottage look, consider resin patio chairs made to mimic wicker. For all weather conditions, wicker chairs made from synthetic materials are very durable. Aluminum patio chairs are lightweight, rust resistant and easily maneuverable for multiple decorative options. For the highest in durability, rust resistance and family friendliness, consider iron or metal patio chairs.

>> Consider patio sets

As you determine the best patio chairs for your yard or porch, remember to consider a table to go with your chairs. Patio sets are a great way to go if you are looking for a table and cool patio chairs with the same shape and style. Picnic patio sets are made for a lot of company or a large family; with a rectangular table and six to eight chairs, a picnic set helps create a charming and welcoming atmosphere. For a meal for two, consider a bistro patio set that allows you to escape into a more romantic setting. Bar-height patio sets for your porch, on the other hand, can provide the right amount of casual patio furniture for your space. An oval patio set is ideal for small dinner parties or events and can accommodate six chairs comfortably. For a four-person meal, consider square patio sets that fit four chairs around a square table and are perfect for a small get-together or family of four. If you need more than eight patio chairs, consider a rectangle patio set with a long rectangular table and 12 unique patio chairs. On the opposite end of the spectrum, tea patio sets are ideal for one or two people who want to enjoy a relaxing breath of fresh air.

>> Consider how you will decorate

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Decorating your outdoor living space can be a fun experience as you experiment with different looks and styles. Don't just settle for putting your furniture in one spot; move it around and see what looks best. For a unique look, mix and match unusual patio chair designs. Fill an empty space with a table and place patio chairs around the table in a way that promotes conversation. Allow room for guests to freely move around the chairs without being too close to someone else. Buy patio chair cushions that complement the overall design while adding color and dimension. Also consider accessories and other decor such as vases, flowers or plants that will spice up the look of your outside furniture.

When you buy patio chairs, remember to look for chairs that will add character, dimension and style to your outdoor living space, creating an atmosphere that fits your personal preferences and lifestyle.

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