There are few things more exciting than moving into a house that has a deck or patio, especially if it is the first outdoor living space you have ever had. Even if the move has not happened yet, you are probably already making plans to have friends and family over right away. You picture your family enjoying Saturday morning breakfasts out there while catching up on the events of the week, and you can’t wait to just relax outside after the sun goes down on a super-hot day. Well, you may have lots of plans, but first you are going to need to get that space worthy of entertaining. This means that you need some furniture to sit on!

Measure

When you shop for outdoor furniture, you need to basically follow the same rules that you would shopping for indoor furniture. Measuring is the most important step. Looking at the space and guessing that something will fit could have you feeling a little cramped.

Consider Scale

If you have a small deck, you are going to want less, or smaller pieces of furniture. Of course, if you have a family with several children, you may not be able to really take scale into consideration. Even with a small patio, you will want to make sure that you have enough seating for everyone.

Think About Your Needs

Your first instinct may be to buy a traditional round table and chairs set like you can find at dozens of stores near you, but is this really what you need? When you have people over does your vision have everyone gathered around a table or are you kicked back on an outdoor sofa or chaise lounge? Even if you do want to go with a more traditional approach, so you have a convenient place to eat meals, play cards, etc., you might want to consider outdoor tables with benches, especially if you have a larger family.

Decide on a Style

Do you want a fun, beach-themed patio? Are you drawn to the simplistic lines of contemporary furniture? Maybe the inside of your home is modern, so you want to take a country or vintage approach to your outdoor space. Choosing a style will help you narrow down the selection of furniture.

Shop for Quality

Basing your decision entirely on price will end up costing you more long-term. Cheap furniture generally needs to be replaced seasonally. Even if it hasn’t started to fall apart, it may look like it is about to. Invest in quality pieces that will last through years of entertaining.