An Outdoor Seating Group for Every Budget

Midwest summers are spectacular, and they’re best enjoyed on a patio or deck. You may have seen some inexpensive outdoor seating groups at the grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly. Those cheap sets might get you through a season, but you’ll likely need to replace it next year.

 

Fortunately, Art’s Backyard is stocked with quality sets that don’t break your budget. When you’re ready to shop for a new seating group, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” options that will help you soak up the season in style.

 

Doral

 

Good. The Doral Seating Collection will help you welcome guests to your back yard with casual elegance. It features a welded aluminum frame and removable seat cushions that are upholstered in 100% solution dyed olefin to prevent fading. Complete the look with two toss pillows, two lounge chairs, and a cocktail table with a ceramic tile top.

 

Milano

Better. The Milano Seating Collection features elegant curves, turning your patio or deck into a spot for relaxation. Larger in scale, it is crafted with welded aluminum frames and deep seat cushions that are 100% solution dyed olefin fabric to maintain its color. This collection is sold a la carte, with a sofa, loveseat, lounge chair, swivel lounge chair, ottoman, cocktail and end table, so you can configure your space your own way.

 

Carmel

Best. The Carmel Seating Collection brings your classic indoor style to the outdoors. Hand-woven wicker is fashioned over a commercial grade aluminum frame. The thick weave and variegated color offer all-weather durability. Added design touches, like welting and cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric, make this set both stylish and durable. And the sectional can be used in multiple configurations, allowing you to customize your space.

 

Which collection is your favorite? Art’s Backyard will help you love your patio or deck for years to come.

An Outdoor Dining Set for Every Budget

If you’ve seen inexpensive outdoor dining sets on display at your grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly it’s because you get what you pay for. A $199 dining set probably won’t hold up for more than a season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget-friendly groups that will.

 

When you’re shopping for an outdoor dining set, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” choices from Art’s Backyard, along with information that will help you understand the difference in construction and price.

 

Rugby

Good. The five-piece Rugby Dining Set brings a modern trendy style to any backyard setting. The collection features steel construction with powder coat finish to hold up to the elements. The slat-top steel table comes in square or rectangular versions. And the low-maintenance sling chairs dry quickly, offer a contoured back for lumbar support, and stack for easy moving and storage.

 

Jamestown

Better. If you love to entertain, the Jamestown Dining Set is a beautiful choice. Made of a rust-free cast aluminum frame and a multi-step hand applied finish, it features a thick apron around the table edge that provides outstanding stability. The double hoop design at the table base is not only attractive; it improves durability with welded connection points. Great for busy families, the chairs are rated to a 500-pound static load test.

 

Franklin

Best. The Franklin Dining Collection is not only gorgeous; it’s built to last. The table features an all-aluminum frame, porcelain tile top with an aluminum trim, and a fiberglass resin base for long lasting durability. The woven chairs are beautiful and low maintenance. Quick drying foam cushion are built under the seat, offering the comfort of a cushion chair without separate cushions.

 

Which collection is your favorite? When you bring home a set from Art’s Backyard, you’ll love your patio for years to come.

 

Four Celebrity Back Yards to “Lounge” After

From premiers to parties to A-list status, celebrities live big lives filled with special treatment. But when it’s time to relax, most love to find an oasis in the seclusion of their own back yard. You can live like a star, too, by setting up an outdoor space that pampers you and your friends and family. Take a look at the backyard retreats of these four celebrities for inspiration, and then visit your nearest Art Van Furniture showroom because we’ve got the look:

 

Wayne Gretsky

 

When Wayne Gretzky played hockey, he earned the nickname “The Great One.” Turns out he has great taste, too. Take a look at his Spanish-Mediterranean style home, nestled in Scottsdale, Ariz. One of 13 homes in a secluded development, the property includes this covered poolside patio for outdoor entertaining.

 

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If you like Gretzky’s style, recreate the look by creating a cozy sitting area with four deep club chairs, such as our oversized Brunswick Chairs. The synthetic wicker material is durable and stylish, and the neutral cushions are classic and contemporary.

 

Hilary Swank Backyard

 

Oscar award-winning actress Hilary Swank has created a swanky and relaxed outdoor gathering area in her Mediterranean-style California mansion. Two curved sofas upholstered in sunset orange cushions flank a roaring firepit, creating an intimate spot for nighttime fun.

 

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Create the look in your back yard with our Soho II Collection Sectional. The curved design is striking, while the light blue cushions are on trend.

 

Jodie Foster Backyard

 

Oscar award-winning actress Jodie Foster is known for loving her privacy, and her secluded California home provides just that, sitting on a quarter-acre lot on one of Hollywood Hills’ most famous streets, Flicker Way. With a brick patio, palm trees and gorgeous foliage, the Mediterranean-style back yard is a feast for the senses.

 

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You can easily bring this look to your patio by simply adding the Dover Sectional. The neutral colors can easily be dressed up with toss pillows to reflect your mood or design aesthetic.

 

Johnny Depp Back Yard

 

When you’re an apartment or condo dweller, a back yard can be a rare treat. Johnny Depp’s New York apartment included this hidden gem. With climbing vines and an earthy vibe, this patio is a great spot to start the day with a cup of coffee or end the evening with a glass of wine.

 

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Create Depp’s hip, bistro-style look on your patio by choosing a set of sleek chairs that offer seating as well as style, such as these Golden Beach Chairs. The straight lines are contemporary and classic.

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Dining Space

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. Franklin Dining 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. Lafayette Dining 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. Acadia   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?

Designing a Kid-Friendly Patio

“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:

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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.

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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.

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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!