Patio Buying Guide

Add style and functionality to your outdoor space with the addition of patio furniture and outdoor accessories. Get inspired with the latest trends here.

When it comes to outdoor entertaining there a few things to consider when you are investing in a new patio set. Follow our guide to help get your outdoor living space perfect for whatever oasis you are hoping to achieve whether it is an outdoor office or a new area for summer entertaining for years to come.

Before you buy, ask yourself these questions:

How much space do I have for patio furniture?

How do I plan on using the outdoor space – summer entertaining or quiet nook for reading?

What materials offer low maintenance and durability for the style I want?

Take a seat before you buy

Just like the purchase of a new couch for the inside of your home, you want something comfortable and functional for the outside. It is worth looking for pieces that have a dual purpose such as an ottoman that can be used as seating and for storage.

Provence Patio set by Modus Lifestyle
Photo courtesy of Modus Lifestyle

Invest in quality

You spend enough time taking care of your garden and hosting; find a patio set that lets you put your feet up and relax.

Consider weather; cast aluminum, cedar, and all-weather wicker pieces are sturdy enough to hold up to direct sun and rain. Not only are these pieces low maintenance, but they will also continue to look good for years, so you do not need to worry about changing out your set yearly.

Plain and simple; you get what you pay for. We go into more detailed explanations on our website.

What materials to buy?

Materials can be a confusing aspect when it comes to purchasing patio furniture. Look for UV-resistant fabrics to prevent damage and create a longer lifespan.

Powder coated sets are chip resistant and won’t diminish or rust compared to painted sets which can be damaged over time. Outdoor wicker sets made out of resin (PE) and UV inhibitors will not fade, versus PVC which can have a shorter lifespan as it can become brittle and tear.

Our in-store experts would love to show you some options that will work best for your budget and needs. We are here to help you make your outdoor oasis dreams come true. When you find the perfect patio set for your home or cottage, we offer delivery and setup services for a small fee.

Have a small outdoor living space? Don’t let it make you feel restricted!

Let your balcony be an extension of your highrise living situation.

Photo courtsey of Carlos Osorio Toronto Star
Photo courtesy of Carlos Osorio Toronto Star

Container gardening is one of the biggest trends; we would love to help you create a floral design with your favourite colours, or let us do all the dirty work with our custom design services.

Small space gardening is not limited to plants; many people are starting a herb and veggie garden on their balcony. The Elho Green Basics Grow Table is lightweight and durable; you can plant all of your favourite herbs, lettuce, and even

tomatoes (exclusive at all Sheridan Nurseries locations). Get inspired by this article by The Toronto Star ‘Make balcony a summer extension of your condo’s interior’.

Outdoor accessories

Fire pit by O.W. Lee
Photo courtesy of O.W. Lee

If you want a unique focal point or accent in your space take a look at garden ornaments.

Bird feeders, fountains, statuary pieces and gazing balls are some great options to add. Outdoor rugs have grown in popularity over the years; their rich texture and colour make a bold impact on your patio space.

You can choose colours that bring out hues in your cushions. Adding a fire pit will extend your outdoor living enjoyment from early spring to late fall.