A Guide to set up the perfect patio!

You love to enjoy the spring & summer weather and relax outdoors with friends and family, and Sears can offer you the perfect backyard solutions. With rich designs and luxurious comfort, our patio sets offer a stylish place to relax or entertain. These collections of outdoor furniture are great for the backyard, deck, poolside or even a small urban patio — the possibilities are endless.

So before you head out shopping for that perfect set, here are some tips and advice regarding the features and benefits of different styles of patio furniture!

Cushions – Cushions offer comfort and value and are constructed of durable woven fabrics that may be reversible for alternate looks. The all-weather fabrics used in Sears patio sets are UV-protected so they’ll maintain their colors, and they’re easy to clean.

Sling – Sling is low maintenance and airy on hot days. It’s durable, long lasting, easy to clean and UV-protected to maintain colors.

Tempered-Glass Tabletops – These are carefully selected to maximize design and hide table construction. Tempered glass is three to five times stronger than ordinary glass. It’s even safer in pool yards.

Ceramic Tile Tabletops – Ceramic tile is scratch resistant and more durable than glass. Oversized tiles provide a more luxurious feel.

Faux Stone Tabletops – These tabletops are durable and weather resistant.

Cast Aluminum Tabletops – Made of rust-free aluminum, this is the most decorative tabletop style.

Steel Frames – Steel frames are covered with powdercoated paint, which is resistant to chipping, scratching, fading and wearing so they’ll maintain a clean, new appearance.

Wrought-Iron Frames – These frames are also covered with powder-coated paint, which will help them stay looking new.

Aluminum Frames – Aluminum frames are resistant to rust, are covered with powder-coated paint and carry the longest warranty.

So how do you know which is the right one for your space?

Small Spaces – Small spaces need sets with small footprints, such as bistro sets.

Medium Spaces – Medium patios have a larger usable area than balconies, but space limitations still need to be considered. Five-piece dining sets, gathering height and bar sets are ideal for the spaces.

Large Patios (10′ x 12′ or Larger) – Large patios are idea for dining sets that seat six or more.

Even Larger Spaces – Think collections, you can also add coordinating seating, dining and high dining sets for additional seating.

Also one more thing to focus on is the use of the patio space. Are you going to use it for relaxation then seating and conversation groups create an intimate atmosphere for enjoying the outdoors together. If you are going to use it for entertainment, a bar, high dining, or dining set will make it easy to entertain guests.

Extending your patio season

All-Weather Resin Wicker – This style of patio furniture is beautiful indoors and tough enough for outdoor use.

Weather-Resistant Cushions – These are necessary to protect against rain, sunlight and extreme temperatures.

Gazebos and Offset Umbrellas – These provide a covered space to shelter patio seats and help extend the patio season.

Sling Dining Sets – These sets are easy to clean, so they’ll last for seasons to come.

Entertaining outdoors

Small Backyard – All dining sets have a matching umbrella available, making them perfect for shielding the sun during backyard gatherings. Don’t forget an umbrella base as well; this is essential for keeping the umbrella in place.

Large Backyard – Gazebos and pergolas come in a variety of sizes to match customer needs during backyard gatherings.

Patio/Deck – You need the additional storage and beverage station that a bar will provide.

Choosing the right style!

Country style denotes designs that exude comfort and coziness

  • Subcategories: Farmhouse, American country, French country and Shaker
  • Distressed painted finishes with rounded cushions, floral prints, bold stripes, and plaid fabrics
  • Accent items include quilts, braided rugs, and folk art

Traditional style denotes designs and reproductions produced prior to 1940

  • Subcategories: Biedermeier, Chippendale, French Empire and Sheraton
  • Formal, symmetric designs, graceful carved curves, dark polished finishes, rich, mellow colors, and patterned fabrics
  • Accent items include wing back chairs, topiaries, Oriental carpets and vases

Eclectic style combines design elements from several style classifications

  • Subcategories: global and regional, coastal, southwest, Mediterranean, African and Asian
  • Your environment reflects unique personal interests and experiences with textured fabric combines styles and periods with complimentary colors
  • Subcategories: soft modern, hard edge modern, Bauhaus and Danish modern
  • Focus is on function and encompasses all things simple, streamlined, and sleek

Modern style denotes designs and reproductions produced after 1940

  • Subcategories: soft modern, hard edge modern, Bauhaus and Danish modern
  • Focus is on function and encompasses all things simple, streamlined, and sleek
  • Refreshing and uncomplicated, simplified shapes
  • Metal and glass materials, bold colors, sharp lines, minimalist patterns
  • Accent items include large-scale accessories and art pieces

You can also use our patio finder to find the perfect patio for your backyard!


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