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Being able to dine al fresco is one of the best things about Midwestern summers. The temperatures are (usually) just right, and the landscape is plush and in bloom, creating an exceptional setting. Whether you’ve got thick and juicy burgers on the menu or blackened seafood kabobs, serve them up in style by finding just the right outdoor dining furniture set Today’s back yards are quickly becoming comfortable, entertaining extensions of homes. Here are four questions to ask yourself so you can design the perfect outdoor dining area. What’s the size of your patio or deck? Just like one of your interior rooms, the size of your outdoor space will help you determine the size of your dining set. You’ll want to provide enough space around the table for people to move in and out. A good rule of thumb is to give diners 42” to 48″ between the table and the end of your patio or deck. If your space is small, consider a round table, or choose a bench instead of chairs, so you can maximize the area. And create a symmetrical look by choosing a table that mimics the shape of your patio or deck, such as square, rectangular or curved. How many people do you regularly host? Do you need a cozy table for two or a table that can accommodate a crowd? Just like choosing the right dining room or kitchen set, make sure you have enough space for family and friends to dine and linger. A good rule of thumb is to allow each person two feet of eating space. Here’s a great list of options from Houzz: Party of four
- 3′ round table with a pedestal base
- 4′ or 5’ round table with legs
- 4′ long rectangular table
Party of five or six
- 5′ round table with a pedestal base
- 5’ or 6′ long rectangular table
Party of seven or more
- 6′ or 7’ round table with a pedestal base or legs
- 7′ round table with legs
- 7′ to 11’ long rectangular table
How often do you host large groups? While you don’t want to overcrowd your space with future guests in mind, if you entertain often you might choose an outdoor dining table that can extend to accommodate bigger groups. Or choose a set that has stackable seating that can be easily stored away when not in use. What kind of sun do you get? Make sure your outdoor dining area is comfortable by considering the amount of sun you get. If you get direct sunlight, you will want to choose a dining set that has an umbrella that will provide shade. You might also consider seats with cushions or mesh seats that won’t absorb the heat and will provide a cooler place to sit. And if your space gets mostly shade, consider a table with a built in firepit that will take the chill out of a cool night. Once you have the perfect outdoor dining set, it’s time to plan the perfect menu. What’s for dinner tonight?
“Go outside and play” used to something you told your kids, but the beautiful designs of today’s outdoor furniture have adults reclaiming the back yard as a play space of their own. No worries. It’s easy to create a sophisticated patio that’s kid friendly, too. Here are three things to consider when choosing furniture and accents:
1. Durability. Depending on the age of your children, you’ll want to choose furniture that can stand up to their level of activity. Wood, wicker and aluminum are all good choices. You might choose tabletops that are extra sturdy, too, such as wood or tile instead of glass.
2. Style. Today’s outdoor furniture is as stylish as your indoor furniture and you’ll have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Consider choosing cushions and finishes that are darker and can hide stains easier.
3. Safety. If your children are young, look for furniture that doesn’t have sharp edges. Decide if you prefer seating with cushions, which are soft, or sling seats that are easy to keep up. If you decide to purchase a firepit, consider gathering height style that puts the flames up high and choose one that has a removable cover that secures the coals when the fire isn’t in use. And make sure your accents and accessories aren’t breakable.
Follow these tips and you’ll easily create an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by all ages!
The right light can turn a basic room into a stunning space, and these two chandeliers would certainly be up for the task. One is the beautiful geometric Appollo Chandelier from Art Van Furniture, featuring 15 amber glass bulbs and a design that mixes art and science. It retails for $599. The other is the Modo Chandelier from Design With Reach, designed by lighting architect Jason Miller with a display of 10 bulbs. The price tag on this option will set you back $3900.
Why not pick the chandelier that goes light on your wallet – 85% less. You don’t need to give up high style to stick to your budget. Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!)
The best part of summer is dining al fresco – under the sun or under the stars. Make it memorable by bringing home a dining set that reflects your personal style as well as the type of atmosphere you’d like to set.
Here are five things to consider before buying a new table and chairs for your back yard:
How much space do you have?
Just like your dining room or kitchen, you want to make sure the furniture you choose is the same scale as the outdoor area in which it will be used. If you have a small deck or balcony, you’re better off choosing a small bistro set. If you have a large patio, select a larger grouping to maximize the space. Or if you’re creating zones, such as separate dining and seating areas, make sure the sizes complement each other.How many people do you sually host?
If it’s just your family of four, a round table with four chairs is a good choice. You can select a style with stacking chairs to keep on hand for those occasions where you have extra guests. If you regularly host a crowd, consider a large rectangular table, and bench seating, which can make room for more.
What is your interior style?
Your deck or patio should be an extension of your home, so choose lines and colors that blend. From rustic to modern, you can easily find a set that continues your style outdoors.
What kind of weather will your furniture experience?
It can be helpful to choose materials based on the exposure your deck or patio receive. If you have a lot of direct sunlight, aluminum is a good choice. It’s lightweight and rust-resistant, and it’s durable enough to stand up to the elements. Make sure you choose a set that includes a umbrella, so you can get some relief from the heat.
If your patio or deck is covered, wood furnishings are a nice (and natural!) choice. The finish can fade if it’s exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, and it requires more maintenance to protect it from the elements, but the beauty and patina will improve over time.
Will your dining area double as a sitting area?
Wicker furnishings make a great choice. Today’s versions are made of resin and are more durable than wicker of the past. This material works best with cushions, which means you can easily update the look and color by swapping them out. And wicker chairs are as comfortable as indoor furnishings, so family and friends will love to linger.
Ahhh … the carefree days of summer. Lounging on the deck chaise. Dining with friends on the patio. Reading a book under the big umbrella. In Art’s Backyard, the items we stock to make your summer carefree are virtually care-free themselves. Designed to be durable, rust proof and weather resistant, you can keep your outdoor furnishings looking like new with some easy maintenance.
As with any piece of furniture, the first step is to read the label and manufacturer’s instructions. Using products that are stronger than needed, such as bleach or harsh cleansers, may not only damage your furnishing but might also void the warranty.
In Art’s Backyard, we offer aluminum and wicker seating and dining groups; both are easy to clean. For aluminum pieces, simply wipe down the frames with mild detergent and water. A light coating of wax will protect aluminum, but be sure to read the manufacturer instructions first.
The wicker pieces we offer are made of a synthetic, all-weather material and will last longer than traditional wicker. Like aluminum, caring for these pieces is easy. All they might need is to be swept with a soft bristle brush. Dirtier pieces might benefit from a rinse with a spray nozzle on a garden hose. You can also use mild detergent and water.
Outdoor cushions are made to stand up to the elements, resisting sun damage, stains and mildew. To freshen cushions, start by sweeping the surface with a soft bristle brush. This will often do the trick. You can also wash with mild detergent and water. For tougher stains, use a soft brush with soap and water.
Caring for umbrellas is similar to caring for cushions; most can be cleaned with a brush, mild detergent and water. Our Treasure Garden umbrellas are machine washable. Simply remove the canopy, toss in the washer with mild detergent, and then replace on the umbrella frame and open for drying. Also, check to see that the frame is operating well. You might need to oil areas to keep it opening and shutting smoothly.
To extend the life of your outdoor furniture and protect your investment, consider a cover that will offer protection from daily sun and downpours, as well as provide an option for year-round outdoor storage. We carry covers that are made from durable Rhino-Weave fabric, which is water resistant, breathable and will not crack or peel. When not in use, the covers easily store inside their own built in pouch. We have sizes available to fit dining tables and chairs, sofas, loveseats, chaises, firepits, lounge chairs, and umbrellas.
Outdoor furniture maintenance is quick and easy, giving you more time to enjoy the weather. Iced tea anyone?
Enjoy the spring weather from the best seat in the house: a lounge chair on your patio or deck. Make sure your view is fresh and nice by doing these three spring-cleaning tasks:
- Pressure-wash your patio and deck to blast away dirt without chemicals. If you don’t own one, rent one for about $75, or put a spray nozzle on the hose and scrub with a 10:1 solution of water-and-dish-detergent mixture.
- Clean your grill while it’s warm (but not hot.) Use a wire brush to scrape off charred food remains. Or soak grill grates in soapy water for a half hour and scrub with steel wool.
- Wash outdoor light fixtures and yard accents, such as birdbaths and fountains. Mix a 1:10 bleach:water solution to kill mold and algae.
Sectionals are a hot look for your patio or deck, but don’t get burned by spending too much! These two sets look strikingly similar. One is the Huntington Sectional from Pottery Barn, selling for $4,095, and the other is the Dover Sectional from Art Van, which retails for $1,099.
Both have beautiful resin wicker frames and crisp ivory cushions, but one costs 73% less. Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!)
Sometimes all you need is a new accessory to give your outdoor space a fresh new feel or a fun new attitude. Here are five can’t-miss items that will add personality to your outdoor gathering.
These metal cranes are sophisticated, bringing an Art Deco vibe to your backyard.
A Bar Cart will get the party started, allowing guests to feel at home.
Chill out with this fun cooler, available in several colors like vibrant green – Pantone’s color of the year!
A beautiful garden stool is so versatile. Use it as an end table, seat or decorative accent.
Heat up summer nights with a firepit, such as this portable wood-burning variety.
It’s spring, and that means it’s time to move the party outdoors! Is you patio or deck ready for a gathering? Outdoors spaces can beautifully complement your indoor style, and furnishings are becoming as beautiful as your inside décor. Furniture|Today magazine has identified four key trends for 2017, and we’ve got the look.
1. Contemporary Living
As more people create outdoor spaces for living, this style captures what is current and brings it outside. Look for simple lines, as well as cushions and fabrics that are comfortable and stylish.
2. Lovin’ Woven
Woven furnishings, such as today’s modern resin wicker pieces, are perennial favorites, translating to any locale – from the coast to the mountains and lakes in between. They bring texture and an organic element to your patio or deck.
3. Lit Up & Unplugged
Outdoor lighting is not only practical; it adds style and flare. Look for hanging lights as well as outdoor fixtures.
4. Mix & Match
Matching sets are predictable, and today’s fashion-forward outdoor spaces embrace the eclectic. Mix materials, colors and finishes.