The average outdoor furniture sale could yield a truckload of affordable options for your patio, but you don’t necessarily want to go with just any items when it comes to decorating your backyard oasis. You want to choose special pieces that are going to stand the test of time, even if they cost a little more up front.

How do you go about selecting the perfect pieces for your patio? There are several factors you need to consider.

Measure and Weigh

Specifications are an important part of choosing the Hanover products that are best for your patio. In most cases, weight isn’t going to pose much of a problem for ground-level patios or sturdy decks, which are capable of withstanding a lot of weight.

However, if you plan to move your furniture much (like into storage in the winter and back outside in the summer), you might want to make sure you can reasonably lift any furniture pieces you select (at least with the help of family members). You should also make sure the furniture you choose will fit in your patio area.  Don’t forget to measure your gate, as well, to ensure that your new pieces can actually make it into your backyard.

Consider Headcount

How many people do you expect to host on a regular basis? If you frequently hold outdoor soirees with dozens of guests, you’ll definitely want to find affordable seating options, not to mention pieces that stack for easy storage when not in use.

For daily use, you should have just enough seating to accommodate your family members and maybe a few guests if you tend to play host to relatives and friends quite a bit.

Comfort and other Features

Once you’ve determined measurements and anticipated usage, it’s time to get your butt in some chairs and find furniture that is comfortable. You should also use this time to ask about additional features. If you live in an area with plenty of rain, for example, waterproof outdoor furniture is a must.


The furniture you select for your patio needn’t be an extension of the style you display inside your home. You don’t even necessarily need to try to match your architecture. Once you’ve met practical considerations you can choose a style that appeals most to your personal aesthetic and the ambiance you’re trying to create in your backyard sanctuary.


There’s no getting around the issue of cost, but there’s something else you should consider. If you purchase cheap outdoor furniture you’re going to end up replacing it sooner rather than later. Higher prices often ensure better quality, comfort, and longevity.   You might want to spring for nicer outdoor seating, or at least wait for a great sale.