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Patio Furniture Buying Guide

There's a lot of great patio furniture out there, and it can be difficult to choose. If you're unsure about which direction to take, it may help to keep a few things in mind before you begin browsing our collections. Taking a moment or two to consider the following may prove to be a great help to your Adirondack furniture search.

Where's your furniture going? More importantly, where is it going to stay?

Are you envisioning yourself on an Adirondack chair by the ocean? Great! But if you're not planning to keep your chairs in one place, you'll need portability. That's where wooden furniture will excel. Not only is it generally substantially lighter than Poly Lumber, some wooden chairs are foldable for added convenience.

Materials: The Basics

You may be asking yourself, "What exactly is Poly Lumber, anyway?" It's essentially plastic wood, a material becoming more and more popular today as an alternative to its natural counterpart. Its advantages are twofold. For one, all of our Poly Lumber furniture originates from 100% recycled plastics, so it's an eco-friendly choice. But a more tangible benefit is its customizability – we offer many of our brands in anywhere from eight to fifteen color options.

So if you're planning to assemble your furniture in its permanent location, you may find that the color selection of plastic furniture allows you to more easily find the perfect fit for your unique outdoor space.

That's not to say that wooden furniture can't come with options. See our painted furniture for a variety of colored wooden furniture pieces. But note that these items are painted and kiln-dried by professionals for maximum durability. Painting wooden furniture yourself is generally not worth the headache, as you'll have to reapply constantly – go with one of our painted brands if that's the look you desire.

You may also notice that some of our Cedar furniture is a handsome red, while other pieces have a more natural look. Some of our wooden furniture comes pre-stained, and whenever that is the case it will be noted in the product's description and specifications. You're welcome to stain any unfinished piece, but this is not required to use any of our wooden products outdoors. Without a finish, the wood will weather to a silvery gray.

Whether you go with plastic or wood, it's advisable to perform some simple maintenance upon your products from time to time to ensure lasting beauty. See our care instructions for more information.

Value for Your Dollars

The best way to get the most bang for your buck when you're furniture shopping is to know generally how many pieces you want. Generally, you'll always get the best value when you purchase furniture sets at DFOhome. If you've got a specific look in mind, check out our Specials Page and see if anything catches your eye. If not, be on the lookout for specials – we're always offering deals on furniture combinations.

If you're only looking to pick up a chair or two, we highly recommend looking at Essentials by DFO furniture for wooden products and Pawleys Island Porch Furniture for Poly Lumber. These brands not only offer some of the best quality for the price, they also ship same day out of our facilities if you order before 4pm EST Monday through Friday.

If you've got a specific piece in mind but aren't sure how to look for it, please browse our collections by furniture type. There you'll find simple categories to narrow down your search – and maybe something you didn't know you were looking for! Once you've made your selection, be sure to look at your items' recommended accessories on their detail page, as well as our accessories page for even more possibilities. You may find a pillow there to complete your décor, or cushions made specifically for the product you wish to purchase.

All products we carry come guaranteed with a manufacturer's warranty of at least one year. See Warranty and Returns for more information.

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