Patio Furniture for Easy Living

Talk about easy living, and you picture in your mind’s eye a breezy afternoon with you lounging on the patio. Whether it is in a tropical setting or not, having a patio behind your house can offer numerous possibilities for a relaxing lifestyle. Choosing the right patio furniture is important; you should bear in mind your comfort, and ease in maintenance.

Patio furniture comes in all sizes and shapes. There are sofas, settees, sun decks, hammocks, coffee tables and armchairs. Some are hard, some are soft. The hard ones could be made of concrete, marble, wrought iron, or aluminum. The others, especially those from the tropics, are made of wood, wicker or rattan. These are often covered with thick cushions in brightly colored printed fabric. If your patio leads to a pool, then you may need a cabana for changing clothes, tables and chairs for poolside refreshments, and sun decks.

If you have a nice backyard, your patio furniture may come in handy when you entertain friends with a barbecue. They can lounge around for chats, and have drinks while you grill your kebabs, hotdogs, or spare ribs. Judging from the size of your party, you should be ready with enough chairs, sofas, settees, or divans in easy-to-maintain covers such as washable cotton fabric or leatherette. Cleaning up after the party would not be a hassle if your patio furniture are easy to maintain. You should inspect these beforehand, to see if they are in good condition without cracks or splinters.

If you have small children or pets, your furniture might have stains or unpleasant odors. It is therefore more practical to have easy-to-clean furniture that you can wash, wipe, or spray with scented furniture cleaners. Needless to say, your patio floor should also come in easy-to-clean weather-proof material in warm colors that blend with your furniture. Think of dressing up your patio as an enjoyable way of expressing your preferred lifestyle. It is an extension of your personality, your moods, your favorite relaxation area, and pleasant getaway from a hectic working day, so express yourself!

Patio Furniture for Retirees

As you near retirement age, you often dream of long, lazy afternoons lounging in your breezy patio, with a cool PiƱa Colada in your hand. The good news is, this dream may not be out of reach anymore. With the right financial planning, you could go into retirement with enough money to dress up your patio with the desirable patio furniture. Patio lounge chairs, sofas, settees, divans, or even hammocks, can be had for very reasonable prices. You may choose the sturdy kind made of wrought-iron, aluminum or wood; or you may settle for the lighter type, made of wicker, rattan or bamboo.

Wicker, rattan and bamboo furniture come a long way from the East, as far as Egypt and China. Furniture made of these organic materials are noted for their comfort, lightness, and intricate woven designs. Recently, Hollywood star Brad Pitt has even bought a woven rattan bed shaped like a boat, designed by Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Patio furniture made of this type of light material is advantageous for retirees. They are easy to move around, easy to maintain, and are weather-proof too. A lot of modern wicker patio furniture are even made of synthetic materials.

Most retirees nowadays no longer have small children around, save for the occasional visit by some grandchildren. But retirees may have the family dog or cat to think about. Having easy-to-maintain, pet-proof patio furniture is a must for senior citizens. The beauty of having wicker, rattan or bamboo furniture is having separate plump cushions that are usually covered with washable cotton fabric.

The stains caused by spills or pets can easily be washed away. It would also be wise to use bold and bright Indian or Mexican prints if you wish to have a Midwestern motif, or batik prints if you prefer the Southeast Asian motif. These different motifs can be followed through with a colorful rug on the floor, wall hangings of native prints and pottery with bright designs, and wood carvings. For that Asian look, a potted Chinese bamboo in a corner could do the trick.


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