This is an amazing outdoor space Wamhoff Development and myself collaborated on. Can't overlook the custom Summer Classics furniture!
1) Outdoor furniture doesn't get the comfort of air conditioning
There are a wide variety of outdoor furniture companies that sell products in all sorts of price ranges. Outdoor furniture and fabrics have to endure much more than just normal everyday wear and tear. They have to endure rainstorms, hot hot hot temperatures, and chlorine or salt water from your pool or beach. Take a moment to assess what sort of beatings your furniture is going to take and check out different products and their reviews. What may be great for high heat may not live as well in close proximity to salt water...
Check out Summer Classics for some of my favorite outdoor furniture!
2) Sunbrella, Sunbrella, Sunbrella
If you are getting furniture with cushions, but sure that it is OUTDOOR rated fabric. This will ensure that the color does not fade in the sun, mildew won't grow after a rain, dyes won't run after an afternoon swim and then lounge. Sunbrella is the most popular brand outdoor fabric, and it's my favorite. Their collections have lots of great colors and patterns to chose from. Plus when they get dirty you can literally just hose them off!
3) Know how to take care of your furniture
Outdoor furniture requires a little different maintenance than your indoor sofas and chairs. For example, most manufacturers recommend vertically orienting your cushions after a rainstorm or good washing is the best way to dry the cushions. Make sure to check manufacturers suggestions for cleaning and maintaining your new stuff.
Erika and Erin