Looking to turn your patio into a sanctuary for relaxation and quality time with your friends and family? The first step is making your space comfortable, convenient, and inviting. Fortunately, it’s easy to get started on creating the personal oasis you dream of by adding quality patio furniture.

With so many options available, you may wonder how to choose the right patio furniture for your space. Here are the key tips you need to know to find the best patio furniture for your new sanctuary.

Important Questions When Choosing Patio Furniture

Before you start exploring the different types of patio furniture, you’ll want to ask yourself a few crucial questions. Your answers to these questions will help to narrow down your search and make designing your patio setup a simpler process.

Where Will Your Furniture Go?

Choosing a spot for your furniture will give you an idea of what can and can’t fit in your space, and it will also dictate what features you’ll need your furniture to have. 

Modern outdoor furniture set with colorful cushions on a sunny patio

For instance, if you’re looking to place your furniture around your pool area, you’ll want furniture that can handle the chlorinated water that will inevitably splash on it from time to time. 

For salt water pools, we recommend cast or extruded aluminum instead of wrought iron.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to place your furniture on a patio that has some form of protection from the elements, like an overhang or an elevated deck, then you won’t have to worry quite as much about durability and may be able to focus more on aesthetics.

What Kinds of Materials Do You Prefer?

Patio furniture can be made out of all sorts of materials, such as wood, metal, wicker, high-density plastic, wrought iron, and more. You always want to consider durability when choosing outdoor furniture, but because you can find tough pieces made from any of these materials, the material you choose is ultimately a matter of your personal preference and needs. 

outdoor living space with comfortable seating, decorative cushions, and a well-arranged coffee table

Most of the furniture we offer at Galaxy Home Recreation is made of durable materials like cast aluminum or extruded aluminum. Unlike the steel furniture found in most big box stores, these materials are known for their superior quality and longevity— so you can enjoy both style and durability in your outdoor space.

What Do You Want Out of Your Patio Setup?

There are many avenues you can take when designing your patio setup, and deciding what your overall purpose for your patio will be can help you narrow down which furniture items would be best for it.

Do you want to host gatherings? If so, an ample number of chairs around a firepit might be your best bet. Do you want to enjoy some outdoor dining? Go for a large table beneath a shady overhang. Are you looking to relax and enjoy the sunshine? Comfortable lounge chairs and a hammock could be the way to go.

Other Key Considerations

Once you’ve answered these important questions, you can start considering more of the finer details of your patio setup. Other factors you’ll want to think about include:


Not only will a lack of shade reduce the amount of usage you can comfortably get out of your patio furniture, but too much sun exposure can weather your furniture prematurely. Consider providing some shade in the form of a pergola, gazebo, or cantilever.


Ample lighting can allow you to enjoy your patio all night long, and it can also provide a comfortable ambiance. Consider adding string lights, lanterns, or a firepit to create the ideal perfect lighting setup, which can both extend your patio’s usability and elevate the mood it offers.

Cozy outdoor seating area with comfortable chairs, a warm fire pit, and ambient string lights surrounded by lush greenery at dusk


Most of the items you include in your patio setup will have a practical purpose first and foremost, but you can add significantly to the ambiance of your backyard paradise with unique decorations tailored to your style. 

These items should be added once you know what style of furniture you’re going with so that you can make sure that they complement your chosen aesthetic.

Elevate Your Patio With Galaxy Home Recreation

The right patio furniture can take your outdoor space to the next level and help you make the most of your space. You can transform your patio into the number-one place to be in your neighborhood with the help of Galaxy Home Recreation. 

As Arkansas and Oklahoma’s backyard-fun headquarters, we have everything you need to create the patio of your dreams. Reach out today or stop by your nearest location to get started!