It won’t be long before you can feel warm breezes and relax outdoors again. So, this is the time to get your patio/outdoor space in order!
I have earlier written about the benefits of polywood furniture. But should you need beach chairs, umbrellas, or most anything outdoors now is time to take your pick at Costco. It is an overlooked place for these items. Yes, at the warehouse for toilet paper, paper towels and rotisserie chicken you can score deals on your outdoor space needs.
Cool, new chair pattern
On a recent trip to Costco, I spotted patio umbrellas, conversation sets, outdoor dining, patio cushions and pillows, deck tile, beach carts and of course Tommy Bahama beach chairs. Including this cool, new design. I highly recommend these chairs for the beach. They are very lightweight, comfortable and sturdy. I make them available for my guests and they last multiple seasons. If you are not picky about the pattern, you can often find them on markdown in late summer (this item Costco usually has till the fall).
Tommy Bahama Chairs and Umbrellas
dining and umbrellas
Of course, most of these items, and particularly the larger pieces, are only in the warehouse during the Spring. Costco moves them to make way for indoor furniture in the Summer, holiday items in the fall, etc. So get to Costco now if you are need of these items. Happy shopping!
As the summer season approached we found ourselves needing to purchase our third patio dining set in four years. The shore salt-air makes quick work of the inexpensive aluminum tables and chairs we had been purchasing.
The corroding metal was unsightly but the rust stains left on the deck were even more of a problem. And this is to say nothing of the frustration of assembly and lugging everything up our many flights of stairs. If it was possible to purchase something that would not rust, was simple to care for, could be easily moved yet heavy enough I did not have to worry about it flying off the deck in a storm and would last…then it would be worth a financial investment. So what to purchase?
Pretty quickly I narrowed the choices to Teak or Polypropylene (Polywood). The chart below demonstrates the pros and cons of each type of patio material.
Each characteristic is not equal however, or I would just
buy cheap plastic furniture and replace it each time it became brittle from the
sun or blew off the deck in a nor’easter.
Since that is obviously not a route I could consider, I pretty quickly
narrowed my choices to Teak or High Density Polyethylene or HDPE (eponymously
known by the brand Polywood).
The Teak furniture really spoke to me, but the prospect of needing to oil it on occasion to maintain the rich color seemed too onerous. Polywood seemed my best choice as it would require virtually no maintenance, would never rust or need painting and there was no chance it could blow away. Made of high density recycled plastic milk jugs, polywood offered unparalleled durability and appearance at a reasonable price.
Since our deck is a rather tight space, I spent the entire off-season trying to find a slimmer profile polywood table that could seat six. I found you can purchase polyethylene furniture from Polywood direct, from distributors like Costco, Hayneedle, Wayfair, etc. or other “poly” makers like Breezesta or Luxcraft.
If ordering a table and chairs direct from polywoodoutdoor.com, as was my case, then your order should arrive well packaged on a pallet within ten days. Assembly is very easy. It mostly consists of attaching armrests and table legs.
Care for these items should be very easy. While I recognize there is some metal hardware involved, Polywood uses high-performance marine-grade quality metal which is warrantied. From prior experience with poly furniture I know this can be left out all year (even in a coastal climate) and generally just needs a light wipe with soapy water to remove pollen or residue and then appears as good as new.
The furniture really only needs to last 4-6 years to pay for itself in comparison to the cheap aluminum furniture we had been buying. Here is to hoping this furniture lasts much longer than that!