Choosing the Best Materials For Your Outdoor Space

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.

Bellevue

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.

Wicker

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.

Cushions

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.

Umbrella

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.

Furniture Cover

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?

Outdoor Spring Maintenance

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Wash outdoor light fixtures and yard accents, such as birdbaths and fountains. Mix a 1:10 bleach:water solution to kill mold and algae.

Look Alike Outdoor Sectionals

Look Alike Outdoor Sectional

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 $1,199.

Both have beautiful resin wicker frames and crisp ivory cushions, but one costs 70% less. Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!) 

Four Trends in Outdoor Furniture for 2017

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.

Contemporary Living

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.

Lovin Woven

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.

Lit Up

3. Lit Up & Unplugged

Outdoor lighting is not only practical; it adds style and flare. Look for hanging lights as well as outdoor fixtures.

Mix and Match

4. Mix & Match

Matching sets are predictable, and today’s fashion-forward outdoor spaces embrace the eclectic. Mix materials, colors and finishes.