How Much Should I Expect to Pay for Outdoor Patio Furniture?
This is the big question, isn’t it? How much is this going to cost? The answer to this question varies widely due to several factors. In short, expect to pay the same amount or more than what you pay for indoor furniture. Outdoor furniture requires more to prepare it for the elements of sun, heat, wind, cold, dry, and wet extremes. Here are the main ingredients that contribute to how much patio furniture costs:
What it’s made from – aluminum, extruded, cast, wrought iron, steel, recycled plastic, composite plastic, woven material (wicker, rattan, resin, polyethylene, synthetic), wood, teak, or a combination of more than one material.
The thickness of the frame material overall as well as the thickness of the interior sidewalls of any legs or tubular pieces.
The type of finish applied to the metal parts – paint, powder coating, hand applied, machine applied, multiple layers, multiple colors, multiple steps.
How heavy it is.
The labor involved in making it.
Assembly required versus it arrives all in one piece.
Where it’s made.
How many times it’s changed hands between the original manufacturing facility and your back yard.
Welding is more expensive than nuts and bolts.
The type of foam used inside the cushions and the fabric used on the outside of the cushions – Sunbrella, Olefin, Phifertex, other.
The amount of UV inhibitors or UV stabilizers that have been used in the material, if any.
Outdoor patio furniture is one of those items where you get what you pay for. If it’s inexpensive, it is cheap. Every aspect about how the furniture is made and what materials are in it add up to the price tag. In the composite recycled plastic patio furniture category, you can see a direct correlation between the ounces of composite in the piece and the price. The heavier it is, the more expensive it is. The material is molded and made into lumber, then made into furniture. Every granule of plastic that’s processed and put into the lumber counts towards dollars in the price.
You can definitely go to any of the big box home improvement stores, membership clubs, or discount retailers and find patio furniture at very low prices. You might find a dining table and four chairs for $99. This is temporary, disposable furniture. We’ve all bought it. Some cheap furniture is sometimes sold at not-so-cheap prices. Nice, specialty retailers may blend some very inexpensive imported non-Sunbrella aluminum sets right in with their luxury lines and price them at similar price points. Some stores mark up more than others. Some high-end name brands make a very cheap line exclusively for a big box store and consumers naturally assume it must be good because it carries the nice brand name. It can be tricky to figure it all out.
Generally speaking, a quality cushioned chair will cost between $800 and $2,000. A quality sofa will cost $1,800 to $3,000. Look for dining tables between $900 and $2,000 or more. These can vary quite a bit based on design and size. Some stone tops can sway the price quite a bit. You can certainly pay a lot more for each. Swivel rocking chairs and gliders are slightly more than stationary chairs. Dining chairs with no cushion or a thin seat cushion will cost $300 to $600 or more. Chaise loungers range from $600 to $2,000.
Most first time consumers of quality outdoor patio furniture are surprised (and maybe a little confused) by the wide variation in price, and how much they need to spend in order to get quality pieces. Give yourself a little time to do some research and look at the options. Allow the reality to set in and budget accordingly. Once you decide you are buying good patio furniture and you’ve committed your dollars to it, have fun! There are so many fun styles and colors available. Take a chance with a bright color or pattern. Accessorize with accent pillows and a rug. Look for metal art pieces to compliment it elsewhere in your yard. If you love the outdoors, it can be your happy place of luxury and enjoyment for many years.
- Christopher Amos