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Should You Buy Your Patio Furniture from a Big Box?
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By: Doug Sanicola Email Article
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You’ve probably seen patio furniture in big box stores. You know those stores … they’re crazy around the holidays. You can buy groceries, electronics and even underwear there!

Typically you’ll see patio furniture popping up around spring time and going on sale by Labor Day in these types of stores. So should you trust big box retailers for patio furniture?

That’s an easy question to answer.

If you’re okay with your patio furniture lasting a season or two, big box stores are great. However, if you’re looking for durable, high quality outdoor furniture, you’ll want to shop elsewhere.

For the best quality, shop at stores that specialize in outdoor living furniture. These types of businesses make their living selling furniture. They strive to carry high quality products because their reputation is at stake.

When you shop at a big box, you sacrifice quality for price. While a low price tag may be appealing. The furniture will not last as long. You’ll end up paying more having to replace the furniture.

According to Home Accents Today, durability is one of the top features consumers are looking for when shopping for furniture. If it’s durability you’re looking for, then you’re better to go with a real furniture store than a big box.

Some customers think that quality outdoor furniture is out of their price range. This is a big misconception. Just because it’s well made doesn’t necessary mean it’s overpriced.

When shopping for outdoor furniture, customers should focus on the value not the price tag. As an example, what’s the better value … a $700 outdoor sofa with free shipping or a $650 sofa with a $75 shipping fee?

The point is to be a smart shopper. Don’t be blinded by bright sale signs at big box stores.

So how do you determine if the furniture is the right quality? Follow these tips.

  • Examine the Materials Used – What types of materials are used? Quality furniture is typically made out solid wood or a high-quality grade of metal or glass. Cheap outdoor furniture will typically be made out of particleboard or even a cheap plastic. Never settle for plastic.

  • Look at the Construction – Look at the joints of the furniture as well as stitching. Does the work seem quality? Cheap, inferior outdoor furniture lacks solid construction. This is one reason why it doesn’t hold up well in comparison to quality furniture.

  • Ask About Weather Protection – Find out what types of finishes and materials were used to protect against the elements. Big box furniture typically goes with the bare minimum. With quality outdoor furniture from a specialty store, you get better protection against sun fading, rust and warping.

  • Find Out About the Warranty – See if the furniture has a warranty. If it does, see what’s covered. It’s important to check on warranty details to ensure that your investment is protected.
Following these tips will help you find quality outdoor furniture. Remember, it’s always better to choose quality over price. In the long run, you’ll save more money and enjoy your furniture longer.

Doug Sanicola is the owner of Outdoor Elegance, a Southern California furniture retailer that specializes in luxury outdoor patio furniture as well as outdoor kitchens and grills. Connect with Doug via his website at

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