Outdoor sofas or chairs are great pieces in the home, as they are great for hosting friends and family when they come around.
However, when relaxation matters, no option takes the place of deep seating. Deep seating pieces are designed to offer optimal comfort, thanks to their upholstery and cushion.
But how do you choose the perfect outdoor deep seating?
Different factors play into choosing the right deep seating sofas. While you want to choose one that promises durability, you want to choose the right mix of colours and don't want to skimp on quality.
This piece gives you an insight into what matters when picking the perfect outdoor deep seating:
Prioritize the Right Materials
The material from which your furniture is made plays a huge role in what to expect from your furniture. Hence, it makes sense to choose carefully.
You have a few options when picking the right material for your outdoor seating. Available options include hardwoods, softwoods, aluminium, and wicker.
Remember that your choice of materials will determine your deep-seating furniture's quality, price, and comfort.
Let's take a look at these materials and what they have to offer:
If there is one material to avoid when picking your outdoor deep seating materials, it is softwood. Although softwoods are abundantly available and furniture made from them is affordable, there are better choices than softwoods for outdoor furniture.
Softwoods are vulnerable to elements that outdoor furniture is exposed to. Hence, if you choose softwood, expect your furniture to serve you only for a short time. Your sofa can dent or scratch easily, and preventing this means spending more money on regular varnishing and staining, which mounts on costs.
Hardwoods are a better choice of outdoor furniture materials as they are more durable than their softwood counterparts. However, this doesn't mean they are the best for outdoor seating.
While they beat softwoods off the spot, hardwoods have a lot of maintenance requirements to keep their look, which doesn't help costs either. Keeping hardwood furniture in its best appearance requires varnishing and staining, which is done every couple of years. Plus, doing this doesn't immune your furniture from the impacts of harsh weather conditions.
Teak is a good material to consider for outdoor seating. Although it might be more expensive than softwoods and other hardwoods, its returns overwhelm its cost, as it will serve you for several years.
However, this doesn't mean teak doesn't have its downsides. While this material produces its oil to eliminate the need for varnishing and staining, it is prone to "silver patina", a condition that spoils the look. Considering this issue with the high price of teak furniture, you may want to consider another material.
Wicker makes one of the best materials for indoor furniture. However, this cannot be said of wicker when taken outside. Wicker furniture doesn't perform excellently well outdoors as it easily degrades in value when exposed to outdoor elements.
For example, when used outside, wicker easily gets dirt stuck between the strands, which steals its appearance.
When it comes to durability, you can count on aluminium as a great choice of material for outdoor furniture. Aluminium is on the list of the best materials for outdoor seating for its weather resistance, durability, and low cost.
However, you won't get enough comfort from aluminium like other materials. Aluminium is not ideal for luxurious seating. But other than this, aluminium easily resists outdoor elements, making it a durable deep seating material for your yard or garden.
Check out this Art Leon Outdoor Set made from aluminium.
Durability is important when picking an outdoor deep-seating sofa or chair. Since you will often use your seat to accommodate your loved ones, it makes sense to make your choice with durability.
Of course, your choice of materials will determine your chair's durability, but the build and design also contribute to this. How the manufacturer puts the components together has a say in how the sofa behaves in the long run.
Here is a hand-crafted Swivel Rocker Chairs Ribbon Outdoor Set to consider for your outdoor space.
The best way to know what to expect from your outdoor deep-seating sofa is to check for reviews. Past customers return to drop reviews on their purchases after some use.
Consider Your Space
One common challenge people face with furniture is picking one that doesn't suit their space usage. How you use your space should contribute to your choice of outdoor deep seating. You don't want to choose your furniture only to find out it takes all your available space, leaving no inch for other activities.
The point here is to carefully plan how you will use your space before deciding to buy those pieces. During your plan, measure the available space and assign a portion to every activity that will take place in the space. The remaining space will give you an idea of what size to choose.
Do this by drawing your space on a sheet of cardboard and placing each piece where it will belong when you finally bring it in.
The bonus idea here is to provide convenient pathways of about two to three feet between furniture to aid easy movement.
Consider the Cushions
While the cushion of your furniture might not reflect the overall look, it contributes largely to comfort. And since you are looking for something with support and comfort, you want to make sure you get enough cushions.
Here are two major factors to consider about furniture cushions:
The Upholstery Material: since you are shopping for this furniture to place in your open yard, it makes sent to ensure that the cover upholstery can withstand outdoor elements too. Outdoor performance fabric is the best option for this purpose. It is specially designed for weather resistance- and fade- resistance. Plus, since it can repel rain, outdoor performance fabric gives you peace of mind when you leave your furniture outside all year.
This Art Ribbon Outdoor Set features water-repellent fabric.
Cushion Components: The cushion component will determine the comfort you get when using your furniture. The idea is to avoid cushions with just standard foam and choose a higher-density option with built-in bounce back.
Here is a 2 Pieces Loverseat Outdoor Set - with high-density fabric.