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3 Tips for Creating a Patio Oasis

Summer is the perfect time of the year to relax outside while soaking up the sunshine. Whether you're wanting to read a book, listen to some jams, or just have a little "me time," the back patio is the place to be. This space effectively functions as another room during the warmer months, so investing in decent outdoor furniture is a must. However, finding the right patio furniture on our budget can be a challenge because many vendors really mark up prices. Here are some easy ways to buy and save on patio furniture. 

1. Measure First, Buy Second

While you definitely should watch the Sunday circulars for upcoming holiday sales, the first place to look for good outdoor furniture is garage sales, Facebook buy/sell groups, Craigslist or classified ads. Before you pull out your wallet to committ, make sure to take measurements of your backyard or patio. Nothing is more frustrating than finding an awesome deal and then discovering that your new hammock won’t fit in that perfect shady destination near the fence.

2. Remember Your Deck-orations

If you purchase your patio set secondhand, consider adding an inexpensive coat of weather-resistant spray paint to help make it your own. Local home improvement stores offer a wide array of colors and textures to achieve the look you're going for. If you’re willing to mix and match styles of chairs, tables and loungers, you can score some even better deals. Add paint, planters, pillows, and perhaps a cheap outdoor rug to tie everything together, and you’ll have a beautiful outdoor oasis in no time.

3. Put It All Together

The best time to pick up outdoor furniture is at the end of the previous summer season, but that won’t help you now. Make sure to check out large department stores and keep your eye on the clearance section at furniture stores. See a floor model you like? Don't be afraid to ask about a price reduction. If IKEA is more your style, you can find an impressive range of styles and prices and is definitely worth checking out – don’t forget to sign up for the free IKEA family card for added savings.

If you and your family enjoy spending time outdoors in the summer and already have furniture you like, consider making some smaller additions that add to your enjoyment, such as an outdoor ceiling fan or a fire pit. Even something as simple as adding a string of pretty lights can make a huge difference.

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