Patio Perfect: How to Choose the Right Furniture for Your Patio

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends, How To Guides & Product Care

January 24, 2017

Spending quality time on the patio is one of the greatest pleasures of life in Florida. In fact, wherever you call home, creating the perfect outdoor space can only enhance your home and your lifestyle.

Outdoor Seating
Outdoor chaises are a natural fit for the poolside or patio. The Maui Patio Chair and Surf Sun Chaise are both molded from durable, man-made materials and available in a range of bright, fun colors. The similarly colorful Moma Barstool, companion piece to the Moma Bar Table, is another great outdoor seating option for those in search of a bold finishing touch. For smaller spaces, however, consider a more compact design, like the Tamiami Outdoor Collection by storied design house Brown Jordan.

Patio Dining
The Flight and Swim outdoor dining tables both exhibit great indoor as well as outdoor possibilities. Although designed for the patio, either one would be perfectly at home within the house, giving you the option of putting them to use on occasions when extra guests need to be accommodated. Pair your outdoor dining table with chairs that also work on the patio and in the home, like the Giuseppina Dining Chair, a modern interpretation of the traditional kitchen chair in colored polycarbonate.

Performance Upholstery
Patio furniture has to contend with more wear than even the most mistreated indoor furnishings, especially in our climate, so upholstery that can withstand water, sunlight and grime is a must. Sunbrella is a leading performance fabric brand, and is specifically engineered for outdoor use. Its cotton-like hand means Sunbrella already feels similar to indoor fabrics, from plain weaves to jacquards, and invites you to extend your living space outward. Outdoor drapery, area rugs, throws and pillows are all available in Sunbrella fabrics, making it possible to furnish your patio as if it were any other room in your house.

Outdoor Lighting
Portable outdoor lighting lets you keep the party going as late as you like, wherever you like. Some of our favorites include the pretty Kartell Battery Lamp, the Uma Sound Lantern, and the very large, reassuringly heavy Vases Floor Lamp. Their portability comes from the fact that they are powered by batteries or USB charging, so there is no need for cables. Outdoor lights are also designed to be weather resistant, and most will cope just fine in light rain.

Fire pits
Finally, a fire pit creates a welcoming, attractive focal point for any outdoor space. Styles range from the humble fire bowl to more advanced models that run on clean-burning biofuel. The Equinox Outdoor Fireplace is one of the latter, and provides both a safe, environmentally responsible fire and a low stone surface that can be used as a cocktail table or seat.

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