Outdoor furniture is a very popular furniture category. These products are sold in many places from patio/hearth shops to domestic retail chains to grocery stores! And, the quality of outdoor furniture changes as much as the placements in which they are sold. This is why specialty patio, department or full-line furniture stores are the suggested places to shop because these places specialise in outdoor furniture or at least have designated departments that specialise in these products. The biggest advantage that these venues provide is their product knowledge and their service after the sales event! Who do you think would know the advantages of aluminum furniture versus wrought iron furniture? Or, what is the structure of a specific cushion material and how do I keep it clean? What is “cast aluminum”? Think about what would occur if you scratch your furniture and need matching touchup paint? Or, what if you need to replace a worn or damaged cushion or sling bucket? Do you think the great retail chains can help you with any of these scenarios or the sales person at the “grocery store”- can he serve you? He’s probably the same guy that cut those rib eyes for you last weekend! I think you get my point.
Consider your options but think about where you feel you’ll have the best service before, during and after your purchase of high quality outdoor furniture.