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how to create the space of your dreams using outdoor furniture

In the spring, fall, and summer, being outside is always a nice luxury. Especially if you have a beautifully landscaped home with a patio, deck, or just a nice outdoor living space, then you need to consider getting outdoor furniture. Nice outdoor patio furniture will really tie a space together.

What space are you buying outdoor patio furniture for?

When you begin your search for outdoor furniture, you first need to decide where you want to place it. Keep in mind the size of the space. It may be helpful to measure before you come to the showroom because people often overestimate the amount of space they have to work with.

Knowing the space and what exactly you want to do with it, like adding some couches or just some additional chairs, will help guide you in the right direction. Often times when you begin looking at beautiful outdoor furniture, you may lose sight of the space that you have available and just want to buy everything you can. Instead, be sure to know exactly what you want, because it will help to focus your shopping and make sure you get the right furniture for your needs.

Understand your outdoor patio furniture budget

Before you begin your outdoor furniture shopping, it's also important to know your budget. When you are looking for quality products then you'll want to be sure that your budget reflects that. You should also prioritize which items you want the most, and which ones you could add on to your collection as time goes on. Once you see all the beautiful options, it will be difficult not to want to get everything in sight.

What is your style?

Another question you must ask yourself: what is your personal style? Are you looking for something that coordinates with the rest of your home, or are you looking for pieces that make a statement outside?

No matter your personal style, there is outdoor patio furniture for you. If you like modern clean lines, then you can certainly find pieces to match with your taste, perhaps furniture with metal that has clean angles and lines.

Wicker is also a great product that is used a great deal with outside furniture. Wicker furniture tends to have a cozier feel to it, just because of the nature of the product itself. It's important to know that both wicker and metal are very durable and will keep your outside furniture looking new longer, and can be easily cleaned.

What functionality do you want your outdoor patio furniture to have?

When picking out the furniture to furnish your outdoor space, you want to make sure you know what you want to use it for. Perhaps you'd like to add a fire pit element to your backyard space, in which case you should be sure to look at one of the many beautiful tables with a fire element integrated right in. If you are adding chairs near a pool, you may want to be sure they have reclining features in order to allow the best soaking in the sun.

Wanting to feed and entertain guests on a regular basis? Then you'll want to consider a beautiful dining room set and a nice seating arrangement. Whether you are looking for more practical pieces, or over the top comfortable and indulgent pieces, you'll be able to find exactly what are you are looking for as long as you know what you're looking for ahead of time. 

Outdoor furniture is a great way to finish an empty space and extend your living area to outside your home. When the weather is beautiful, there is nothing better than going outside and relaxing. By having outdoor furniture you are adding even more living space to your home, adding another place to entertain guests, spend quiet time reading a book, or just relaxing together. When you are ready to create an amazing atmosphere outside, please contact us.

wow whats that smell did you properly store your patio furniture last winter

The baking heat of summer added to the howling cold winds of winter spell disaster for outdoor furniture fabrics. Tis the time to store the patio furniture before the wet winter accumulations destroy your outdoor fabrics all together. There are a few considerations, though, before you slam the shed door until spring. You’ll need to ensure your patio furniture is mold and mildew free before you store them. Certain conditions could cause mold and mildew to form on your outdoor furniture while it’s in storage. Let’s take a look at what causes mold and mildew and how to prevent it forming during storage.

Outdoor Furniture Fabrics

Chances are good that your outdoor furniture fabrics are synthetic like acrylic or polyester. Canvas and mesh are also popular outdoor fabrics. Synthetics are usually coated with something that waterproofs and weatherproofs them. These coatings frequently last the life of the furniture, if they are properly maintained. However, onslaughts from the weather can and will break down anything left in its path. Outdoor fabrics left in the sun and winter winds generally last only a couple seasons. That’s before mold and mildew sink their claws into the fabric.

Mold and Mildew

Mildew is a plant, a kind of fungus, which then turns into mold. Mold is actually of benefit to the environment, because it breaks down organic matter such as leaves and debris. Once it reduces its prey to its basic denominator, it moves on to adjacent organic matter. Mold spores fly through the air and get on and into everything. Add moisture from heat and humidity to the mix and you have a recipe for brownish grayish stains feeding on your organic materials. Also remember that moisture in the form of sun lotions and bug sprays adds to the problem. Mold and mildew love warm, moist dark places where they can feed and live without being noticed. Most homeowners look for it behind walls, beneath floors, behind the wallpaper and beneath leaky windows, in basements and in attics. The truth is, it can grow anywhere anytime the environment is right.

Cleaning Mold and Mildew off Outdoor Furniture

Modern fabrics are made to be weatherproof, waterproof and colorfast. If homeowners have misplaced the instructions, allow us to give you some cleaning advice. Bleach is the best chemical with which to clean mold and mildew off outdoor fabrics. Test an unobtrusive spot to see if the bleach will fade the pattern and colors. First, rub off and vacuum the outdoor fabric. If it won’t fade, then mix one cup bleach in a gallon of warm water and spray it on the affected item. Note to homeowners: if cleaning mold and mildew is a regular problem, the bleach mixture could very well eat up the textile. If the outdoor cushions become stained and you fear mildew, then mix one teaspoon borax and one teaspoon dishwasher detergent to one quart of warm water and spray on the stains. Give it about 15 minutes and rub off. Dry in the sun thoroughly. If these things are a regular occurrence, then prevention is the key to preserving your patio furniture.

Do This before Storing Outdoor Furniture

Since washing machines, clothes driers and dry cleaners destroy the finish on outdoor fabrics, then cleaning them as we discussed above is better for the longevity of the fabric. Make very sure the items are thoroughly dry. The tiniest bit of moisture could have you gasping for air when you open the shed door next spring. Placing the cushions in a mattress bag will prevent mold from find your dry fabrics. Also placing tins of charcoal or kitty litter in the storage unit helps absorb any moisture in the air.

What’s a Suburban Survival Store without survival tips? When it comes to the outdoors and the tools for the outdoors, we know our stuff! We have known it for over 30 years, and our service guys have yet to run into a question they couldn’t answer! If you need any more information about your patio or deck furnishings, please contact us.

extend-the-lifetime-of-your-patio-furniture-in-a-home-with-pets-reston-vaPets can be a joy to have, but they often come with a lot more mess than in a home without any. If you have a dog or cat that likes spending time in your patio, it’s likely that they’ll find their way on your patio furniture. The problem with this is that they can begin to make your furniture wear down, making it important for you to look into how to best care for your patio furniture.

Designate a Space for Your Pets

The easiest way to prevent your pets from damaging your patio furniture is through simply keeping them away. Dogs are fairly easy to contain with the installation of a dog run or a fence separating your patio from the rest of the yard. In the case of cats, you may want to limit their access to the outdoors altogether for the preservation of your patio furniture and their own safety.

Invest in a Patio Furniture Cover

A great way to keep your patio furniture safe from scratches and pet hair is through buying a furniture cover. These covers are generally waterproof and durable enough to last throughout all four seasons, allowing you to get the peace of mind that your patio furniture will be safe from your pets.

Choose Pet-Friendly Furniture

If you haven’t purchased any furniture for your patio just yet, it may be a good time to consider which materials would be best for your pets. Avoiding sensitive materials and opting for furniture made of wrought iron or wood can ensure that your pets won’t be able to cause any harm.

Feel free to contact us if you need any advice on caring for your patio furniture.

 

consider-your-low-maintenance-options-for-outdoor-furniture-falls-church-vaEnjoying outdoor furniture is easy, but keeping it maintained is often the problem that people have. In many cases, homeowners buy high quality furniture for their patio or outdoor space and after using it a few times, they stop with the routine maintenance and end up with dirty and rusty furniture.

It is best to consider low-maintenance outdoor furniture options to ensure quick and easy maintenance, which will make it easier for a homeowner to keep the furniture clean for routine usage.

Aluminum

Aluminum is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture, especially cast aluminum, and this is because it is not only durable and easy to maintain, but it is also rust proof. All of these benefits are the best you could ask for in outdoor furniture, so the rest comes down to finding the right style and price.

Plastic

Although it may not be the fanciest option, you cannot go wrong with plastic for the outdoors. It is often inexpensive to buy plastic outdoor furniture, and it is just so simple to maintain. With a standard hose, you can get practically any dirt or grime off of this furniture, which only takes a few minutes to do.

Wrought Iron

A heavier and slightly more demanding material to consider for outdoor furniture is wrought iron. While not being the easiest to move or clean, the overall maintenance required is quite minimal. Also, if you are looking for pieces of furniture to beautify your backyard, then wrought iron is an excellent choice.

Throughout the years, you will appreciate having furniture to enjoy your outdoor space, and having low-maintenance furniture is the icing on the cake that makes it all worthwhile.

Contact us with any questions you may have about outdoor furniture.

 


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With Lawn & Leisure you'll find a diverse selection of lawn equipment, outdoor patio & deck furniture, and outdoor fireplaces & grills here in Fairfax County. 

We've been in Virginia since 1982 providing quality service and unrivaled, dedication to our customers (both old and new). You can think of us as your suburban survival store, because with the number of products and services we offer, we’ve become your one-stop-shop for outdoor living in Fairfax County. Our selection variety products from top-of-the-line manufactures makes doing business with us worth your time and effort. Not to mention, we always give you the best bargain by selling everything at the very lowest prices our manufacturer will allow. Furthermore, we guarantee our price at or below any competitor’s verifiable price. We go out of our way to keep your wallet fat while keeping your outside living space pristine and relaxing.

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The reason why we’ve been in business so long is because of our unrivaled dedication to our customers here in Fairfax County. While other companies are snoozing, we’re here for you 7 days a week. And, because we are a family owned and operated lawn equipment business, we treat you with the same courtesy and respect we give to our own family.

When you choose to do business with Lawn and Leisure, you’re guaranteed the best selection and the best prices for lawn equipment in Fairfax County. That’s because we sell and service the area’s largest selection of brand name power and lawn equipment. With us, you’ll also have access to the our factory-trained technicians who boast on average over 25 years of experience servicing small engines – a perfect fit for your lawn equipment needs in Fairfax County.

To learn more about why Lawn and Leisure is your source for the best lawn equipment in Fairfax County, click here.

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Comfortable and Stylish Outdoor Patio & Deck Furniture | Fairfax County

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We offer our clients assembly and delivery service for the largest selection of outdoor patio & deck furniture in the DC area. Our customers rave about our service because they know that our outdoor patio & deck furniture is top notch. They also appreciate our extensive knowledge of outdoor patio & deck furniture. There isn’t a question we can’t answer.

Don’t just take our word for it. If you’re not satisfied with customer reviews, we invite you take a look at our photo gallery of outstanding outdoor patio & deck furniture. To see what your outdoor living space could look like after giving Lawn and Leisure a call, click here.

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For Lawn and Leisure, the bottom line is making sure we help our Fairfax County clients make the best choice for the design and construction of their custom fireplace.

We’re the best in custom fireplaces in Fairfax County because we have fireplace experts who have received National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certifications, as well as multiple factory training certifications. With custom fireplaces you can never be too careful. That’s why when we design and construct your very own custom fireplace, the experts we have on hand guarantee that your project is being handled with years of experience. To learn more about our custom fireplaces in Fairfax County, click here.

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Here’s a testimonial from a satisfied customer who enjoyed our selection of outdoor grills:

“We found the store online, called and spoke with Tom, excellent knowledge on Weber's Outdoor Grills. We purchased The Summit by Weber, (luv it) they ordered and delivered unit, kept in touch with us by phone with updates, everyone we spoke with the day we visited store was friendly & helpful, they have been in business over 30 years. Also purchased weber accessories as well as individual covers for umbrellas. Tom is excellent at returning phone calls, we highly recommend this store - keep in mind the day we were there, they were very busy. We drove a little over 2 hours to visit the store, it was well worth the drive. We also purchased the Lava Heat 2G w/remote outside heater and love it. We have called customer service with Lava Heat Italia 3-4 times with questions and to order a cover. They have returned calls, they were very helpful and friendly and encouraged us to call whenever we needed anything or if we had any problems with the unit. We feel confident if we have any trouble or need assistance with the outdoor grill, Tom will be ready to solve our problem.”

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