Summer is almost here, and people everywhere are itching to spend more time outside – and more time with people. Back yard entertaining is already seeing a surge in popularity, and will only become more common as weather warms up. If your backyard isn’t equipped to be a main entertaining spot, now’s a good time for an upgrade. Want to avoid the hassle of hiring a contractor? Modular sectionals, tables, and beds come in individual pieces that you can install yourself. Better still, it’s easy to push together or pull apart these pieces as needed. That means they’re a great way to build an outdoor set for all sizes and shapes of entertaining.
What Is Modular Outdoor Furniture?
With modular outdoor pieces, you can build any size or shape sectional you want. If you have a small group, you only need a couple of segments to get a fully functional set. If you have a large party, you can make outdoor seating actually fit everyone; no more needing having to pull out the fold-up chairs when someone visits. It’s a win-win type of furniture that can be as many or as few segments as you want. By purchasing the right combination of center, corner, and side pieces, you can easily assemble a sectional that fits both the needs and dimensions of your space. And since the pieces aren’t built-in, you can even rearrange them on the fly.
What To Look For
Something you want in any piece of furniture, but especially for those meant to be outdoors, is longevity. Not all of us live somewhere sunny, warm, and wind-less all the time; our furniture needs to be able to stand up to the elements and keep its shape and color over time. Look for materials like synthetic wicker, powder-coated aluminum, and Sunbrella or other UV-resistant fabric. The set you choose should be resistant to the type of weather you have (rust-resistant for rain, fade-resistant for lots of sun, etc.). It should also be easy to clean and maintain for maximum longevity without the headache.
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When this post was first written, being able to social-distance was a major concern for anyone shopping for outdoor furniture. But even with less pressure to keep distance between you and your guests, modular outdoor furniture still fills the same important niche: it’s versatile. Whether you want a single large sofa, a wide-spaced seating set, or several smaller clusters of seating, the same set of pieces can do it all. No matter the size or spread of your party, a modular set won’t inconvenience for you or your guests; you can simply rearrange the set to fit your current needs..
Using Sectional Pieces As Chairs?
On their own, individual modular pieces can look a little funky. Because they’re ostensibly part of a larger whole, most pieces can feel a little “incomplete” on their own. In other words, odd or asymmetrical shapes, and a frequent lack of chair arms. If you find this look too off-putting to use your modular sectional pieces individually, you may want to invest in a traditional armchair or two as side pieces for your outdoor seating. The good news? Most sets include matching arm chairs and other pieces (like side tables or coffee tables) to round out the collection. Don’t mind the asymmetry? You can also place potted plants and other furniture on the arm-less sides to create a more purposeful look.
Modular Outdoor Beds
Not all modular furniture comes together to form sectionals; some make other shapes, like outdoor beds. This provides some unique benefits with extra cushion, shade from direct sunlight, and pieces that function like your indoor ottomans (being both seating and a table.) If you’re fond of sleeping outside on nice days, a modular bed may be a better choice than a sectional or hammock. Plus, you still have the all-important pull-apart seating for guests that modular furniture provides.
There’s no better way to get a custom look that perfectly fits your space than with modular outdoor furniture.
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