Welcome Everyone with Comfort at a Family Reunion
Summer is the perfect time for getting people together, especially kin. So if you’re planning a big get-together for all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, try to incorporate outdoor furniture for all generations.
Shopping for multi-generational patio furniture for family reunions involves having a mix of different types of outdoor furniture, from dining sets to sofas, chairs and lounges. And when you’re considering comfort, the same principles apply to outdoor furniture as for seating pieces inside your home: solid structure and good support.
Furniture for youngest to oldest
An outdoor swing seat with a safety belt, such as SportsPlay’s Safety Belt Baby Seat, is a great choice for the youngest family members. Benches are fine for kids. Add cushions to make them more comfortable. Older family members will need seating that has support for their backs, however. Adjustable chair backs are practical, and recliners are especially adaptable to many people’s needs. For example, La-Z-Boy’s outdoor Dylan Recliner, shown above right, adjusts to three positions. You can adjust it to be upright, elevate your legs or fully recline. It’s upholstered in a quick-drying polyester fabric to make its cushion soft, too.
Lots of plump upholstery or cushioned seating pieces, such as RST’s Cantina eight-piece sofa, club, chair and ottoman set, shown at right, are great for entertaining. The set’s plush, 5-inch-thick cushions provide a level of comfort all your guests will appreciate. For those elderly family members who difficulty bending to sit down and stand up from an upholstered seating piece, include chairs with sturdy armrests that an older person can grab. It’ll make getting up and down easier and safer for them.
A comfortable rocking chair or glider is another great option. The Ty Pennington Glider chair glides back and forth and swivels in all directions. Someone who is comfortably seated doesn’t have to get up to change the view or to join a conversation because the chair has 360-degree swivel rotation.
Furniture for an outdoor family reunion might include bar-height tables, such as International Caravan’s Valencia Outdoor Wicker Bistro Set, shown at right, which has a steel frame for maximum support. But for family members who need to keep their feet on or closer to the ground, a standard-height dining table, such as the 10-pieces in Simply Outdoors’ Jewell Spring Sling Dining Table and chairs, has spring-action seating that is body molded for extra comfort. If someone will be attending the party in a wheelchair, the table, at 27-3/4 inches high, meets the standard required for knee room.