A large patio is a perfect opportunity to create a cozy space to relax and entertain friends. Sectionals have long been a great way to create a seating area designed for comfort and conversation, but most people think of them as a piece of living room or family room furniture.
You might be surprised to learn that there are sectionals available specifically designed for the outdoors, or that will work for outdoor use. Here are some things to keep in mind while you search.
Look at outdoor sectionals first
Yes, there really are sectionals available in outdoor furniture collections. These sectionals aren’t as common, and you won’t have a lot of options. Outdoor sectionals are also more expensive than those you would buy for your living room or family room.
Don’t feel like you have to choose an outdoor-specific sectional, as they are more expensive than indoor models. But looking at these options will give you an idea of what to look for as you browse indoor sectionals for your outdoor space.
Weather and stain-resistant upholstery
After you get an idea of what to look for in a sectional for your patio, you should start your search of all sectionals by looking for stain-resistant upholstery. Stain-resistant fabric and fabric that is resistant to spills will work well for outdoor use.
While they aren’t designed for long-term exposure to the elements, you would have time to cover them to protect them during the rainy season. Of course, any sectional should be stored indoors during the off-season, especially if you live in an area with harsh winters.
Modular sectionals are best for outdoor use
Modular sectionals are those that come in pieces. You can usually pick and choose how many cubes make up the sectional, as well as what shape they will take. The benefit of a modular sectional is that you can easily rearrange it for the occasion, such as creating a conversation pit that harks back to the 70s.
But modular sectionals offer the additional benefit of being easily moved and stored. When you are looking for furniture for an outdoor patio, this is a major consideration. If you have a covered or screened patio, you should be able to leave the furniture in place most of the time. Otherwise, plan ahead where and how you will store it.
Getting the best prices on your outdoor sectional
As already mentioned, you’ll get a sectional much cheaper if you go with an indoor model suitable for partial outdoor use. But you can further save on your sectional by following these tips:
- Watch for retail holidays and clearance sales, particularly if you want an outdoor model at a lower price. You’ll find the most outdoor furniture on sale in late July or August.
- Shop online for the opportunity to get free delivery, which can save you hundreds.
- Find the sectionals you like most through image searches, then check price to find the best site from which to order.