Choose Mix-and-Match Pieces
When furnishing your patio, it can be easy to think in terms of 'sets': from dining sets to lounging sets, most patio furniture pieces come in groups or collections. While this makes it so that you don't have to worry about mismatched designs, it doesn't allow for style customization. Not only will picking and choosing pieces from different collections let you make your outdoor space your own, it can also help save you money. For example, if you love the style of a particular 7-piece dining set, but don't plan on entertaining more than a couple guests at a time, you can choose to buy just a couple pieces from the set – and mix-and-match them with a smaller patio table.
Keep Your Layout Options Open
When shopping for affordable patio furniture, quality is everything. Because poorly-made designs – and the time and money it will take to replace them after just a few uses – will end up costing you more in the long run, it's critical to pay attention to the materials used in the construction. Outdoor furniture made from durable metal, wood and even ceramic designed to stand up to all types of weather will help prevent damage and the need for replacements down the road.