Living in Southwest Florida means enjoying what feels like an endless summer. So when it comes to planning your outdoor living area–a place where you spend a substantial amount of time–we know that this is an important process that takes time. You have probably spent hours looking at outdoor-inspired Instagram posts or have watched hundreds of HGTV episodes with beautiful transitioned backyards. Maybe you recently visited a friend’s home with a newly installed pool accented with chaise lounges and umbrellas. Wherever your source of inspiration has come from, we know it’s a big decision to plan for your outdoor entertainment area.

Whether you’re looking for a few pieces to add to your existing outdoor patio area or an entire set, it’s important to know what to look for before you hit the stores. We have compiled a handy checklist of must-haves when shopping for patio furniture so you’ll be prepared to bring home some beautiful, new outdoor living furniture. 

1. Measure the space 

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Before you fall in love with those pieces you can’t live without, measure the space where your new patio furniture will go. Better yet, use painter’s tape to mark where you plan to set the furniture on the floor. This will help you narrow down your options when you get to the patio furniture stores since you’ll only be shopping for items that fit your space. It’s also a good idea to start with the largest pieces first to know how much room you have to work with.

2. Discuss with your partner or spouse 

Take some time to discuss your patio furniture plans with your partner or spouse. Determine your budget, which styles you both agree on, the purpose and function of your outdoor furniture, and any other details you need to consider before making a purchase. 

3. Clear out any old furniture

Get rid of any existing patio furniture that you no longer want before bringing home new pieces. Try selling items online if they are still in good condition, give them to a friend or family member who could use them, or donate them to a non-profit organization. In Southwest Florida, many 501(c)3  organizations will pick up the furniture at no cost to you, and your donation is tax-deductible. We also work with several organizations that will pick up your gently used furniture, just ask one of our sales associates for our preferred list.

4. Find inspiration and design elements you like

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Our showrooms are the perfect place to start when you’re planning your outdoor oasis. We have everything you need to get inspired, from furniture and accessories to outdoor rugs, tables, throw pillows, tabletop decor, and wall art. Our sales team is always happy to help you find the perfect piece or accessory to complete your look. And if you’re not sure where to start, we can always help you with that too. Just bring in photos or screenshots from your phone, and we’ll get you started on creating the outdoor space of your dreams.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to complement your existing setup, it helps to have an idea of what you want before you start shopping. That way, you can narrow down your options and make the process less overwhelming. Here are a few other things to consider to help you design your outdoor living area:

  • Are you looking for completely new outdoor living furniture, or just a few pieces to complement your existing set?
  • Do you have a specific style in mind (rustic, modern, etc.), or are you willing to consider anything?
  • What kind of materials do you prefer? (wood, metal, wicker)

5. Plan ahead since time is of the essence

When it comes to purchasing patio furniture, it’s best to plan ahead. With the supply chain crisis facing our country, our custom order quote is now 6 to 12 months. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave any of our showrooms empty-handed. If you see a group of furniture you like, it’s best to go ahead and buy it now. The worst-case scenario is waiting to purchase something you love only to find out that it sold. If you need your furniture held in our warehouse until you are ready for delivery, don’t worry, we can arrange this to accommodate your needs.

Shop Elegant Outdoor Living for Patio Furniture

Now that you’ve checked the boxes on this list and are ready to begin patio furniture shopping, let us help! Elegant Outdoor Living carries the finest, high-quality outdoor furniture and accessories at the best prices guaranteed. Our talented sales team will guide you in your buying process as soon as you walk through our doors. With our most experienced team members dedicating over 20 years with us, we will help guide you into the perfect outdoor patio selections. 

We have measuring tapes, spacing layout guides, and a huge selection of furniture that you can sit and test and feel the style and comfort that best suits your outdoor needs and space. Our sales team is extremely knowledgeable about the brands we offer, and the types of materials that would be best suited for your space. In our retail showrooms, we carry all of our brands’ catalogs and fabrics. Relax in one of our lounge chairs and browse through hundreds of outdoor performance fabrics.

Stop by any of our locations in Southwest Florida, including Sarasota, Naples, and Bonita Springs to shop. We have in-stock and ready-to-deliver patio furniture to meet your budget and style. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team