Wicker vs. Aluminium

Wicker vs Aluminum

Wicker and aluminum are two of the most popular materials used for patio furniture. These materials offer a lot of advantages especially due to their durability and weather resistance. But how do you decide between the two? We are here to help make that decision a little bit easier.

Resin Wicker

Material
Resin wicker works well in all types of outdoor spaces, as it is not only beautiful but also weather resistant. The fibers are woven by hand around fully welded, rustproof powder-coated aluminum frames, resulting in lightweight and corrosion-resistant furniture that is specifically designed for outdoor use.

Durability
The resin fibers are highly resistant to mildew, fading, staining, tearing, and cracking. High-quality resin wicker is designed to be UV-resistant and non-fading, however, we still recommend covering the patio furniture whenever it is not used for a period of time. Resin wicker is considered to be extremely durable because it can hold up in inclement weather.

Maintenance
Resin wicker is extremely low maintenance, which is why it is so popular for outdoor patio furniture. It is very easy to clean as all you need is mild soap and water. It can also be beneficial to use a dry, clean cloth to dust your wicker furniture on a weekly basis. This will reduce the build up of any debris and will help maintain its shine. We always suggest purchasing a cover to go with your patio furniture to help prolong its lifespan.

Cast Aluminum

Material
Cast aluminum is handcrafted metal furniture made from rustproof aluminum with precision welds and reinforced stress points. The finishing touches are applied by hand which includes fine grinding to ensure smooth joints and an application of a weather-resistant and UV-resistant coating.

Durability
Although cast aluminum is incredibly sturdy, it is also light enough to be easily moved and lifted on your own, which is beneficial if you like to rearrange your furniture. Not only is it durable, it also does not rust which is helpful in areas or cities with high humidity during the summer months.

Maintenance
Cast aluminum patio furniture that is powder-coated is virtually maintenance-free. We suggest that you wash your furniture periodically with a mild liquid soap such as car wash soap. Scuff marks on the frame can be removed with a very light abrasive such as steel wool. We recommend that you protect your furniture and lengthen its life with our patio furniture covers when not in use.

If you are looking for either wicker or aluminum patio furniture, shop CABANACOAST® today!

How to Design Your Patio for the Change of Seasons

Patio for Change of Seasons

The change of seasons gives you multiple opportunities to decorate your outdoor space. Although it is always important to have your staple patio furniture pieces, there are a few things you can easily change during the different seasons. We have provided some tips that can help you design your outdoor space for summer, fall, winter, and spring.

Summer
Summer is peak patio season as it’s the time to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family while hosting barbecues and other outdoor gatherings. To help create shade in the summer, we suggest purchasing an umbrella or a cabana with a canopy. Both are great options that will not only provide some relief from the heat but also to add some privacy. If you are in a hot climate, selecting cushions that are lighter such as white or beige may help deflect the sun a bit. However brighter cushion colors like melon, hot pink, and blue are also good additions to outdoor patio furniture sets.

Fall
Fall brings the cooler temperatures and more subtle tones. Try adding light or dark browns, orange, or even rust color cushions to your outdoor space. Depending on your location, fall may be the ideal time to host outdoor gatherings as the weather is no longer unbearably hot. Even if you live in a cooler climate, fall can be the perfect time to get outside and enjoy your fire pit. Due to Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall is a time to celebrate these occasions by adding fun holiday outdoor decorations.

Winter
Wintertime brings the need for deep green, red, silver, and dark blue cushion colors. These colors will help celebrate the holidays during the winter as it will give it a festive feeling. Evergreen and pine cones can be used as centerpieces for a dining table, side table, or coffee table. Adding some string lights to your outdoor space will also give it that magical look. Your location can really determine how much time you spend outdoors. But even for a cold climate, hosting a winter outdoor gathering bundled up by a fire pit would be a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or evening.

Spring
Lastly, spring can be a great time to celebrate the warm weather outdoors. Adding pastel cushions and pillow colors like light green, soft yellow, soft pink, or a pastel floral pattern can really transform an outdoor space. Coordinate freshly picked flowers with your pastel-colored cushions and pillows to accentuate the feeling of spring.

If you would like to update your outdoor space for the change of seasons, shop CABANACOAST® today!

How to Weatherproof Your Patio Furniture

How to Weatherproof Patio Furniture

Inclement weather can cause major problems to a backyard and patio. This is why it is crucial that you weatherproof your patio furniture to prevent any damage. We have provided a few tips below on how to weatherproof your outdoor furniture:

Clean Regularly
Cleaning your patio furniture on a regular basis is extremely important. By thoroughly cleaning your patio furniture a couple times a year and tidying up in between, will help keep your outdoor furniture pieces in tip-top shape. Cleaning your furniture prevents debris, dust, and other items from building up and damaging your patio furniture.

Invest in Covers
We want to stress how important covers really are. They should not be considered just an expense but an investment. They will help keep your patio furniture looking its best as they do a great job at protecting it from the elements. Covers are available in all shapes and sizes so there is no excuse not to have one. Covers will help prevent damage from bird droppings, fallen debris, sun, rain, and winter weather.

Store Cushions Indoors
We strongly recommend storing your patio furniture cushions inside during the winter months. This will give your cushions that extra bit of protection from the harsh weather that is to come. Storing your cushions indoors will also protect them from animals making homes in them.

Drain Your Furniture
Even if you cannot store your outdoor furniture indoors or in your garage, make sure that all water has been drained from your furniture to prevent frame cracking when the temperature goes below zero. To do this make sure you store your patio furniture in an upright position, as there are drain holes in the aluminum.

Overhead Coverage
If you prefer not to cover your patio furniture on a regular basis during peak season overhead coverage or wind protection is a good idea. If you are looking for something permanent, we suggest adding a retractable awning, a pergola with a canopy, or some trees. A sheltered spot is not only great for adding some privacy but also at protecting against wind and dust.

Buy High-Quality
Lastly, buying high-quality furniture is another way that can help it stand up to the elements and last longer. Selecting high-quality furniture that also fits your budget will benefit you in the long run as your patio furniture will not need to be replaced every year or so. Resin wicker, cast aluminum, and stainless steel are durable materials that do not weather easily.

If you are looking to purchase items that can help weatherproof your patio furniture, shop CABANACOAST® today!

How to Extend the Patio Season

Extending the Patio Season

Kicking back on a patio, with friends and family, can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable activities during the summer months. However, when the days start getting shorter and the temperatures drop, many decide to move their social gatherings inside. A lot of time and money is spent to make your outdoor space comfortable, inviting, and stylish, so why not use it a little longer? So how do you make this possible? Here are a few ideas on how to extend the patio season:

1. Fire Pit
If you love entertaining in an outdoor space or just love sitting on your comfortable patio furniture with a good book, a fire pit is a perfect addition to take your space from summer to fall. Since high-quality patio furniture is built to withstand outdoor conditions, it would fit perfectly around a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. This will keep you warm while enjoying those chilly evenings in your luxurious outdoor furniture.

2. Throw Blankets and Pillows
When the sun is setting and the temperatures begin to drop, pulling out stylish throw blankets and outdoor pillows to compliment your favorite furniture could turn your space into a fall paradise. The modern blankets and pillows will not only dress up the already beautiful patio furniture but also provide you with some much-needed warmth.

3. Canopy or Large Umbrella
During the cooler fall months, sometimes an addition of a canopy for your cabana or a large umbrella can help provide insulation and block out a chilly breeze. Whether your space is built for a cabana or a large umbrella, both will provide an entertaining space that can continue to be used after the summer.

4. Outdoor Heater
Adding an outdoor heater to a patio could also provide some additional warmth. Outdoor space heaters come in many different styles and sizes, making them fit well in large or small spaces. Whether you want electric or propane, portable or mounted, all different types can easily be integrated into your outdoor space.

5. Portable Lanterns
One last way to dress up your outdoor space and make it more welcoming in the cooler months would be to add portable lanterns. Not only can portable lanterns be used as stylish decor, but they can also provide light during the darker evenings.

Adding some extra items to an outdoor space can make it much more inviting when the cooler weather sets in. If you are interested in extending the patio season, shop CABANACOAST® today!

How to Make Your Patio More Private

Adding Privacy to Your Patio

A backyard or patio is the perfect place to hold an outdoor gathering and show off your beautiful patio furniture. However, one of the crucial elements of an outdoor space is privacy. Check out 5 ideas on how to make your patio more private below:

Trees
Trees can be a great addition to a backyard to not only create shade but also privacy. By having trees around the perimeter of your property, you are able to create distance between you and your neighbors. The one disadvantage of trees is that is it will take some time before they provide the maximum amount of coverage. If you would like privacy immediately but still want to use nature we suggest planting mature shrubs and hedges. Although they can take up more room on your property, you don’t have to wait years for them to grow.

Fence
Building a fence is another great way to add privacy in the exact spot you need. A fence will create a more intimate patio, backyard, or deck as you will feel more enclosed. Fences will give you more flexibility and can be used in combination with trees and hedges. Make sure that before you put up a fence that your neighbor likes the idea as well.

Umbrella
Adding an umbrella to your outdoor space may be the easiest way you can create privacy. All you have to do is purchase a patio umbrella as there will be no heavy lifting or planting. Umbrellas will, of course, provide lots of shade, but they also will provide privacy during an outdoor gathering. Although this won’t make your entire yard private, it will create a cozy secluded spot. Umbrellas can be used with different patio furniture sets such as dining sets, sectionals, and deep seating. If you want something different than the classic center pole umbrella we suggest trying an offset cantilever umbrella.

Cabana
A cabana is a perfect addition to a backyard or patio to help create a secluded and intimate spot. A cabana can provide lots of shade with its pretty flowing canopy. A cabana can be installed to fit around your existing patio furniture and a few different sizes are available to fit your every need. Adding a cabana can create just as much privacy as adding trees or a fence around the perimeter.

Vertical Garden
For those with a green thumb and a need for some privacy, a vertical garden could be right for you. Although this idea requires a bit more gardening skills and knowledge, it can end up looking terrific. There are many different sizes, plants, and options to consider when creating a vertical garden. One can opt for hanging window box planters or go for the more classic circular pots. One major advantage of a vertical garden is that if you are tight on space for an actual garden this is a great alternative.

If you would like to make your outdoor space more private why not add a couple of patio furniture pieces by shopping CABANACOAST® today!

Top 10 Fall Entertaining Tips

Fall Entertaining Tips

With the beginning of fall comes the start of cooler weather. However, don’t let the arrival of fall and its cooler temperatures stop you from entertaining outdoors. We have provided our Top 10 Fall Entertaining Tips below:

1. Light it Up
Outdoor lighting is extremely important in fall. As the days get shorter, daylight can quickly turn into moonlight. To prepare for this sudden cover of darkness we suggest adding some outdoor string lights, outdoor light fixtures, and a fire pit to your outdoor space.

2. Stay Warm
Fire pits are not only good at providing light but they are also crucial when you need some extra heat. When the sun has gone down, sitting around a fire pit with a couple of blankets and some comfy pillows can be just what you need.

3. Centerpiece and Table Settings
Especially in fall, it is easy to create a beautiful table setting that can help accentuate your beautiful outdoor dining table. We suggest using something from nature such as corn stalks, faux leaves, or apples to create that fall ambiance.

4. Festive Drinks
Fall gives you the opportunity to create drinks that were too heavy for summer. By using fruit such as pear and apple you can create the perfect fall-inspired beverage.

5. Fabulous Fare
When hosting an outdoor Fall party, the food is just as important as the outdoor setting. We suggest serving food that is warm and will accentuate fall flavors such as squash soup or one-pan chicken dinner with roasted veggies.

6. Seasonal Sweets
All we have to say is pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Whether you want to make a pie, a cake, some cookies, or some muffins, we recommend using pumpkin as the key ingredient. Not a fan of pumpkin? Why not incorporate apple or caramel into a dessert.

7. Keep it Comfy
The best way to make sure your guests are comfortable would be to make sure your dining chairs have pillows and that there is lots of extra seating whether it be a sectional, deep seat, love seat, sofa, ottoman, or pouf.

8. Create an Autumn Playlist
Create a playlist that helps highlight everything you love about fall. Some nice background music can be just what you need while enjoying an outdoor fall gathering.

9. Back Up Plan
Since the weather in fall can be unpredictable, you should also have an indoor space ready as a backup. You may have to make some adjustments, so instead of sharing a meal outside you may only be able to have appetizers or dessert.

10. Additional Decor
To make your outdoors more festive; try adding some fall flowers, pumpkins and gourds on your side table, coffee table, and dining table. Want to really impress your guests? Add some fall colored pillows to your outdoor patio furniture pieces to match the changing autumn leaves.

Are you planning an outdoor fall gathering? If so, shop CABANACOAST® today for all your patio furniture essentials!

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Fire Pit

Outdoor Fire Pit Maintenance

Even though Summer is coming to an end, you can still enjoy the warmth and beauty of an outdoor fire pit. They are the perfect patio furniture piece for entertaining in the Fall. However, to keep your fire pit looking its best it should be maintained on a regular basis. We have provided five tips on how to maintain your outdoor fire pit below:

1. Add a Tray
A tray cover for your fire pit burner is recommended so that it can keep it protected from rain and dirt. Shielding your burner from these elements is an easy way to extend the life of your patio fire pit. Adding a tray is also a great way to add more surface area to your fire pit table when not in use. This means that it can be used as a coffee table to serve drinks and appetizers to your friends and family.

2. Covers
Patio furniture protective covers are the best purchase you can make to help maintain your outdoor fire pit. Rain, snow, ice, and the sun can all take a heavy toll on a fіrе pit if not covered properly. Covers are not only weather resistant, but will help in reducing the amount of cleaning that is necessary. They are available in different shapes and sizes so you will always find one that suits your needs. Make sure to only cover your fire pit when it is fully cooled after use.

3. Keep Fire Glass and Burners Clean
Fire pits using fire glass are much easier to clean than wood burning fire pits because there is no production of messy ashes. They are easy to use and relatively low maintenance. It is still important that the burner is cleaned regularly Ğ°Ñ• insect nests Ğ°nd debris саn саuѕе blockages.

4. Location
It is important that you find the right spot for your fire pit not only to make your outdoor space look its best but also to provide the least amount of maintenance. Some wind protection is recommended to keep your flames in full force, although a wind barrier can also help with the debris. For safety and easier cleanup, overhead trees and branches should be regularly pruned and the area around the fire pit should be kept clear of any debris.

5. Check Hardware
Lastly, to properly maintain your outdoor fire pit you should always check all the hardware before its first use of the season. This means that you should check all fasteners, propane connections, gas flow, and fuel lines. Also as mentioned above make sure that the burners are clean as this could block gas flow. All these connections should be checked frequently if your fire pit is being used on a regular basis.

If you are looking to purchase a fire pit that is easy to maintain and use, visit your local dealer and shop CABANACOAST® today!

Why Add Poufs to Your Outdoor Space?

Patio Furniture Poufs

If you are looking to add some comfort, style, and convenience to your outdoor space we recommend adding poufs! These charming and functional small pieces are a great addition to any space. Below we have provided a few reasons why adding a pouf to your backyard or patio is a great idea!

Easy to Store
One wonderful thing about poufs is that they are extremely easy to store when they are not needed. Since poufs are smaller in size, they can be tucked away and brought out only when extra seating is required because of an outdoor party or barbecue.  Due to this easy storage, it makes it possible to own multiple poufs. This means you can get a matching set or even multiple poufs with different fabrics.

Dress Up
Outdoor poufs can help create a beautiful and expensive looking backyard or patio. You should start thinking about your outdoor space as an extension of your indoor space. With this mindset, you can easily incorporate rugs, comfortable seating, pillows, and of course poufs. You also have the ability to choose from over 200 fabrics, when designing your poufs. This means that whatever look you want to achieve in your outdoor space, newly purchased poufs can help!

Versatile
Versatility is key when looking for pieces to add to your outdoor space. Once you have selected your main patio furniture set whether it is a dining, deep seating, or sectional set, it is important that you start to consider what else you may need. Poufs are extremely versatile as they can act as a stool, ottoman, or even as a side table. This will provide you with so many options and make it that much easier to party plan. They take the stress away from needing to find extra seating or extra appetizer space on the day of a social gathering.

Extras
As mentioned above, poufs can provide extra seating or extra space. Since they are so easy to store, they become the perfect addition to your patio furniture set.  Sometimes during a party or outdoor gathering, you may have a few unexpected guests that did not RSVP. However, with poufs, you do not have to worry about not having enough seating as they can easily be taken out and used for the additional guests. They also work well when you need extra space to put wireless speakers, appetizers, books and magazines, laptops, or other smaller items.

If you are interested in adding poufs to your outdoor space, shop CABANACOAST® today!

L-shaped vs Curved Sectionals

L Shaped vs Curved Sectional

 

The traditional L-shaped sectionals have always been popular as they are a great piece that can utilize corners, provide lots of seating, and create eye-catching layouts. However recently there has been a spike in interest in the curved sectionals. So what is better for you? Although everyone has different tastes and preference we are going to try and help you answer that question.

Corner Fit
As mentioned above, an L-shaped sectional is a perfect piece to fit in a corner of a patio. This is because it is able to use the space much better than other types of patio furniture. It will make use of every square inch of the corner so there will be no wasted space.

Socializing
While both the L-shaped and curved sectionals are great for socializing as guests are able to stay close together, the curved sectional may be better. This is because as the curved sectional faces inwards it helps facilitate conversation as guests are face to face with one another.

Space
While curved sectionals still provide lots of space, L-shaped sectionals provide more functional space. If you want to relax and sprawl out, this outdoor sectional may be best for you. The straight lines provide room to stretch out comfortably compared to a curved sectional.

Fitting In
Curved sectionals are perfect for rounded walls or to highlight other rounded edges. Whether you want to showcase a circular rug, round fire pit, or round coffee table , a curved sectional can easily do this. While a backyard or patio that features straight lines with additions of rectangular or square coffee tables and linear fabric patterns, would go well with an L-shaped sectional.

Size
The size of your outdoor space may determine what type of sectional you will want to purchase. With L-shaped sectionals, you are able to control the size a bit more as you can add or take away slipper chairs which can create extra length. However, with a curved sectional you are not given as many options as you need to add as many pieces to at least create some type of curve.

Soft and Subtle
The popularity of the curved sectional comes with the idea that it creates softer lines compared to the blunt lines of the L-shaped sectional. A curved sectional may be considered unique, with a subtle design which gives an outdoor space more dimension.

Both an L-shaped sectional and curved sectional are great options, however, to decide it depends on what your outdoor space looks like and how you intend to use it. Shop CABANACOAST® today if you are interested in purchasing a patio furniture sectional.

How To Keep Your Outdoor Furniture Looking Its Best

Keep Patio Furniture Looking Its Best

Summer is the time to enjoy your patio or backyard with your friends and family, whether it’s a low-key social gathering or a large summertime soiree. Whatever the case, you want to make sure that your outdoor patio furniture is looking new and fresh so it can be enjoyed. Below we have provided a few tips on how to keep your outdoor furniture looking its best:

Keep it Clean
If you regularly entertain guests it is important to get into a routine with cleaning your patio furniture and outdoor cushions. A quick clean before and after events and in between will keep your furniture and cushions looking in tip top shape. To clean wicker patio furniture we suggest spraying off any dirt or debris with a hose and wipe dry with a soft cloth. For cast aluminum patio furniture we recommend that you wash your furniture periodically with a mild liquid soap such as car wash soap. Lastly, the best way to clean your outdoor cushions would be to brush off any loose substances like dirt or fallen leaves and clean with warm water and mild natural soap.

Added Protection
Although keeping your furniture clean will help it look its best, it is also important to have some added protection. When using liquid detergent to clean your patio furniture cushions,  it may be necessary to re-apply a water repellent treatment, such as 303 Hi Tech Fabric Guard or a similar product. Make sure that they are completely dry before you apply any type of water repellent treatment. Even though high-quality cushions are water-repellent, it can never hurt to have that extra bit of protection.

Store and Cover
To ensure that your patio furniture looks good year in and year out, one of the most important things is what you do with it in the off -season. If your patio furniture will be stored outside or in other cold areas it should be drained of any water to avoid ice damage in the tubing of the furniture. We also recommend covering patio furniture if it won’t be used for extended periods of time in the Summer and if it is being left out in the Winter. Cushions should not be left outside during the Winter as they are not made for harsh Winter conditions.

By doing one thorough annual cleaning and touch-ups in between, your patio furniture will continue to look great. Treat it with the care it deserves and you will be enjoying it for years to come. If you are looking to purchase patio furniture, shop CABANACOAST® today and make the most out of the Summer season!