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Outdoor Living: Buying the Right Patio Furniture

Picking the right furniture for your outdoor space can feel daunting. Here’s how to pick the right pieces for your space

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By House & Garden South Africa | October 5, 2023 | Shopping

Outdoor living spaces have become an integral part of our homes, ranging from gardens and patios to decks and porches.Trends indicate a persistent appetite for investing in outdoor areas, so it's clear that selecting the right patio furniture is essential.Thankfully, we can shop patio furniture online with Cielo, or browse their stores nationwide.

5 Factors To Consider When Buying Patio Furniture In South Africa:

Functionality Comes First

The type and style of outdoor furniture you choose depend largely on the intended use of your outdoor space. Whether it's dining, entertaining, or simply unwinding, prioritize comfort and functionality over aesthetics.

Dimensions Matter

Before you dive into the world of buying patio furniture, take precise measurements of your outdoor space. Consider unique features that might influence your layout, such as focal points or potential barriers. Ensure there's sufficient room for movement and account for the sun's position and shade availability.

Cielo’s Villora Patio Dining Set is a great choice for those who value longevity from their outdoor furniture. Image: supplied

Selecting Quality Materials

South Africa's climate is renowned for its sunny days, but it can also be unforgiving. When choosing patio furniture, opt for materials renowned for their weather resistance and durability. The material of your outdoor furniture not only affects its appearance but also its functionality, longevity, and maintenance needs.

Here are some popular choices:

Metal: Aluminium and steel offer a sleek, modern aesthetic. A powder-coated finish is advisable to prevent rust and corrosion, especially near the pool.

Wood: Natural wood exudes timeless charm. Hardwoods like teak, Eucalyptus, and cedar boast built-in weather resistance and minimal maintenance requirements.

Rattan: Synthetic rattan (HDPE or PE rattan) furniture is gaining popularity for its weather-proof properties, low maintenance, and exceptional durability, especially when framed with steel or aluminium.

Upholstery: Treated polyester offers the best stain and weather resistance. Just remember to store cushions and upholstered items during adverse weather conditions.

Skye Patio Daybed for those who like a bit of upholstery in their outdoor furniture. Image: supplied

Add the Final Touches

Once you've selected your primary patio furniture and materials, it's time to inject personality into your outdoor space. One of the simplest ways to achieve this is by incorporating scatter cushions, outdoor mats, umbrellas, and outdoor storage.

Make Informed Buying Decisions

Purchasing outdoor furniture is an investment in your quality of life and your home's enjoyment.

Take your time to evaluate all the options and invest in the highest-quality patio furniture within your budget. Remember to keep an eye out for specials as we approach Summer and Black Friday.

Vincenzo Patio Lounge Set marries both form and function with upholstered cushions and wood seating. Image: supplied

For a wide range of patio furniture that includes pool loungers, dining sets, hanging chairs, and more, browse the inspiring outdoor range at

Happy shopping, and enjoy the sunshine!