Fall Designs for Comfort and Style in Your Backyard Patio

Deep Seating Collections are all the Rage for This Season

Summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye this year. This unprecedented pandemic and subsequent lockdown have made the once glorious months of summer fly by. While we will long for the warm days playing at the beach or camping in nature, we can take comfort in knowing that an even better season has arrived to fill the void. Fall is here in full force and is changing everything in its path (especially the trees).

Fall weather is emblematic of comfort and coziness. The days are beautiful and the evenings are lovely to enjoy in your backyard patio. It is the perfect time to grab a cozy warm blanket, a cup of your favorite hot beverage, and a good book to read while you take in an autumn sunset. The only thing missing from this romantic image of fall is an inviting patio space and comfortable, deep seating furniture collections to enjoy it on. That’s where we come in. Here are a handful of ideas you can use to spruce up your patio and make the most of the changing season.

Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture

There is something so relaxing about lounging outdoors in a comfortable chair. The idea of a hammock has always seemed fun, but they never are quite as comfortable as you hope they’d be. Instead of trying to figure out how to tie a string between two trees, consider investing in an outdoor furniture set that has deep seated comfort built in. There are several options for deep seating, from sofas, to love seats and lounge chairs. These pair nicely with outdoor accessories like ottomans and coffee tables to really tie your outdoor room together.

The Best Bang for Your Buck: Wicker Weave Furniture Sets

Starting our list off strong is the best all-around value set for your backyard. The Frances 5- Piece Wicker Weave Seating Set is not only affordable, it also is made of a weather resistant resin wicker that can stand up to the toughest of mother nature’s elements. The color scheme and design are elegant and neutral, making it perfect for a wide variety of patio designs and decor. The couch offers an incredibly deep-seated comfort and is a great place to entertain guests or relax with your loved ones.

Frances 5- Piece Wicker Weave Seating Set

If you are looking for something that is just a tad more upscale in design and offers the same durability and comfort, check out the Antigua Wicker Deep Seating Set. The PVC-Resin material has an elegance about it that regular plastic lacks. Both come with a 5-year warranty for your peace of mind.

Antigua Wicker Deep Seating Set

Class Meets Comfort: Handcrafted Aluminum Furniture Sets

When it comes to class, quality, and comfort, these handcrafted aluminum furniture sets do not disappoint. The Madrid Cushion 7-Piece Seating Set is the perfect set for backyards set in a hotter climate (or themed decoratively as such). Dark and neutral tones bring out the earthy and outdoor feel of this set. This furniture would feel right at home in a Tuscan or Ranch style patio.

For a more modern approach, take a look at the Trento Cushion 6-Piece Deep Seating Collection. This handcrafted collection features lines and colors that are much more modern. They pop in a beach setting, garden or extremely modern home design and are handcrafted with spectacular style and a modern aesthetic for any patio, terrace or pool side deck.

Trento Cushion 6-Piece Deep Seating Collection

If comfort is more important to you, look no further than the Belle Epoque 5-Piece Crescent Deep Seating Collection or the Madrid 4-Piece Crescent Deep Seating Collection. Madrid is a collection of style, quality, and value for the Old World design.

Versatile Designs: Powder Coated Aluminum Furniture Sets

The furniture sets in this category are the definition of value, versatility, and comfort. These powder coated aluminum structures support a wide variety of comfortable cushions that can be tailored to match the design of your outdoor space. If you are looking for an all-around solution for your patio, check out the Kenzo Seating, Corsica Seating, Lucia Seating, or Lakeside Cushion Deep Seating Collection furniture sets.

Kenzo Seating

One of the more unique and homey-looking sets in this category is the Seattle Deep Seating Collection. The powder coating on this set has been shaped and stained to look like weather faux driftwood and is so kitsch it could be straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie.

If you are going to be entertaining a large number of guests, you will likely need a couch that is big enough to accommodate the extra seating needs. The Urban Retreat 4 Piece Sectional is ready to serve with an extra-long couch and connecting loveseats to ottomans. This is the perfect couch for watching a movie outdoors.

Urban Retreat 4 Piece Sectional

The best part is that all of these furniture sets come with a 15-year warranty, so there is no safer place to invest your patio furniture money for the long term.

Warmed by the Hearth: Furniture Sets for Fire Pits

An ever-popular trend for backyard patios is the fire pit. Making s’mores and telling ghost stories are just some of the fun things you can enjoy when you install a backyard fire pit. There are options for both gas and wood burning pits and you can’t really go wrong with either. The price and construction requirements will likely determine what set up is best for your patio.

Once you have your pit, you’ll need a good hearty patio furniture set that can stand up to high temperatures. The Park Place 7-Piece Cushion Seating Collection is a great set for a patio fire pit. Its handcrafted aluminum frame has been treated to be heat resistant so it’s not only durable, but also resistant to heating up to an uncomfortable temperature. Several fabrics are available which are naturally flame retardant in case of a runaway ember.

Dining in Nature: Outdoor Kitchen Furniture Sets

One of the best parts of having an outdoor patio is the idea of an outdoor kitchen. They come in all shapes and sizes, with varying functions based on your culinary preferences. Barbecues, smokers, grills, cocktail bars; the possibilities are endless. Focusing on the cooking aspect of your outdoor patio kitchen is only half the battle; you also need to consider where you’ll be eating your delicious food.

If you love to cook and enjoy your meals while taking in a breath of fresh air, you’ll need a set of patio furniture that is centered around traditional tables and chairs. Look for a furniture set like The MAD Fusion 5-Piece Lounge Collection to keep you comfortable during your outdoor dining experiences. The stainless-steel frame is heavy and comfortable, improved by the high-density polyethylene lumbar support seating. It has a central table for a focus on food and drink along with a set of chairs that bring the whole group together. Best of all, this product has the longest warranty of all at an astonishing 20 years.

Tying Your Whole Outdoor Room Together

After you have chosen the perfect outdoor patio furniture set for your home, it is time to begin filling in the decorative gaps between the other elements of your yard. Here are some hot design trends for this fall season.

Outdoor Lighting: Proper lighting can really make your outdoor space feel inviting. If you are looking for a more traditional lighting set up, try a ceramic outdoor light. They are affordable, durable, and most importantly, portable. These lights are aesthetically pleasing and can illuminate a large space.

For a more elegant approach, try string lighting. The medium sized round bulbs are a popular trend this year and can make your backyard patio feel magical. The light is also soft and nonintrusive to neighbors.

Breakfast Patio: People are working from home in larger numbers than ever before because of the pandemic. As a result, less people are having to eat breakfast on the way to work or grab a doughnut at the office and can actually enjoy eating a nice meal. Why not enjoy your breakfast and coffee from your own outdoor breakfast nook? A small table, a few comfortable chairs, maybe an umbrella, and you have a cozy little place to start your day off on the right foot.

Unique Seating: Another hot trend right now is adding unique or funky pieces of furniture to your patio. Hammocks are always in for people who enjoy them, but porch swings have seen a recent uptick in popularity. Traditional porch swings are easy to use and pretty affordable, but people have gotten quite creative with what can be used as a swing. While it may not be for your average backyard dweller, swinging sofas have become a thing amongst those who have the proper space for it. It sounds strange, but also incredibly comfortable.

However, you do it, take the time to spruce up your outdoor patio this year. We are all spending more time at home but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Let All American Outdoor Patio help you build your ideal patio space for this fall season and don’t forget to ask about of free custom design assistance.

7 Design Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make with Your Patio Furniture

Choosing the Right Patio Furniture Material is Essential

Most rooms in your home have a straightforward name and matching function. You dine in a dining room, you bathe in the bathroom, you sleep in a bed in your bedroom, etc. Picking furniture and decor for these rooms is usually self-explanatory based on functionality. Comparatively, furnishing your outdoor patio can be a much more complex task.

Personal taste will greatly affect the patio furniture you choose, but there are some basic rules you can follow to guide your decision-making and design. Some enthusiastic DIYers get carried away and forget they are furnishing an outdoor room. You never want your patio to look like you just pushed the living room sofa, lounger, coffee table outside. Even worse would be to use an old indoor sofa in the patio or backyard, something that is all too common.

Let’s discuss some of the areas where you can avoid common mistakes while designing your outdoor patio furniture layout.

1. A Colorful Problem

When it comes to issues with the color of your patio furniture, the most common mistake is using the wrong colors. Either too little color is used, the wrong colors are used (i.e. they don’t match your home), or too many colors are used.  

The majority of patio furniture on the market comes in neutral colors, whites, tan, gray, beige, etc. These colors match with lots of other colors and are more of a universal choice. They can also be loud and vibrant colors, but oftentimes people will fail to match the colors properly and end up with an eye sore of a backyard.

When choosing the color of your patio furniture, focus on options in primary colors or in earth tones. You can mix and match earth tone furniture with a pop of color to great effect. If you want to branch out into more exotic colors, try using analogous colors (colors that are side-by-side on the color wheel). If none of these suit you, then try looking for furniture in your favorite colors!

2. The Wrong Amount of Furniture

When selecting your patio furniture, it is important to have accurate measurements of your outdoor space to properly plan your furniture possibilities. Getting too much furniture or conversely, too little furniture, is an easy way to mismanage your backyard. You don’t want to overcrowd your space or not have enough seating to offer your guests. Plan for the possible activities that might take place on your patio and purchase furniture accordingly.

If you are starting from scratch or are on a budget, you can often find plenty of items in good shape on local online sales websites. Try to aim for pieces that are made of the same materials (such as wood or metal) or come from the same design era. Look for stuff that is specifically meant to survive outdoors.

3. Not Enough Flair

The majority patio furniture available comes in neutral colors and earth tones, which can be quite boring in large quantities. It really does wonders for your backyard to add a pop of flair and personality. Don’t be afraid to add outdoor accessories to spice up your patio design and bring some fun into the mix. 

You can add fun things like statues, candles, lighting, wind chimes, pillows, etc. Just make sure these items can stand up to the elements if they can’t be covered or moved inside. You may also want to approach this step with restraint, as too many flashy accessories can make your space busy and confusing. Just a touch of personality will do the trick.

4. Poor Furniture Arrangement

A common pitfall for patio dwellers is to have a poorly laid out furniture arrangement. Sometimes you can lose half of an area’s visual space by a simple couch being turned the wrong direction. Consider your regular usage patterns of the patio furniture and see if there are any ways to optimize your layout. If you are designing a layout, consider how you and your family will congregate in that space. For example, if you will be eating outside frequently, a large counter or  outdoor table should be your focal point. 

5. Lack of Foliage

A common mistake is to forget to incorporate elements of nature into your outdoor space. Plants are very good at softening the look and feel of an outdoor room. Potted plants, trees, garden fountains, vases full of flowers are all good options for a patio. If you are smart about it, you can get some plants with pleasant aromas to really amp up the relaxation factor in your backyard.

6. Size and Scale

Minimalism is a popular modern style, but if followed too closely, it can leave your patio feeling barren and uninviting. It’s important to have a plan for the furniture you plan to get, especially when it comes to the size and relative scale to your other pieces. Pieces that are too small and spread out can leave a backyard wanting, while mismatching pieces can lead to a sense of overcrowding.

You definitely want to avoid overcrowding your patio with furniture, especially if you are a collector of used furniture. The last thing you want is to have your backyard look like you are having a perpetual garage sale.

7. Using the Wrong Materials

When selecting outdoor furniture, you’re probably going to look for many of the same characteristics that you look for with indoor furniture – durability, comfort, style, and price. The primary difference is that your patio furniture will need to endure regular exposure to the elements. No matter your style, an important consideration is how well your furniture will hold up to weather conditions, including moisture, the sun and strong winds. While there is virtually no 100% weatherproof patio furniture, there are big differences based on the materials used. 

Before you make a purchase, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of the various material options. Choosing the best material for outdoor patio furniture is dependent on matching your needs with the inherent qualities of each material.

Factors to Consider for Outdoor Patio Furniture Materials

When deciding on the material of your patio furniture, there are quite a few factors to consider. The most important factors relate to a material’s ability to survive against constant exposure to the elements. Will the structural integrity hold up? Will the material degrade in the sun? How often will these materials require maintenance? These are the basics, but let’s look at some of the other challenging factors to consider.

Rain & Moisture

If you live in an area where rain is frequent or that has high humidity, you want to be sure that your furniture is resistant to damage from water. Standing water or retained moisture can physically degrade most materials.

Mold, Mildew & Rot

Humid or moist conditions create an environment where various fungi thrive. Organic materials that retain water are susceptible to mold and mildew. Luckily, they don’t damage most materials and can simply be cleaned off. Rot, on the other hand, leads to biodegradation and decomposition of the material.

Rust & Corrosion

Metals that contain iron or steel are vulnerable to corrosion when they are continually exposed to water and oxygen. The corrosive oxidation process slowly weakens these metals, resulting in visible rust and other discoloration. Salt in the air and water accelerate the chemical process, so rusting is often more prevalent in coastal regions or if you have a pool in your backyard.

Warping

Materials that allow water penetration can dry unevenly, resulting in warping of the original shape. It may be imperceptible at first, but over time it can distort the material, misalign seams, loosen screws and other fasteners used to hold the furniture together.

Cracking

Some materials expand and contract when they are heated or cooled. They can crack, split, warp or become brittle when exposed to extreme temperatures or drastic fluctuations. Dry air can also cause furniture to bend and crack.

Wind

If you live in an extremely windy area, it’s important that your outdoor furniture is heavy enough that it doesn’t tip over or blow away. 

Cleaning & Care Difficulty

The look and functional durability of your patio furniture is also affected by how well you take care of it. Some materials require very little attention and are easy to clean with soap and water. Others require more time-intensive care and special products to keep them looking great and working properly. If your time is at a premium, or you just don’t want the hassle, you may want to opt for lower maintenance materials.

Cost

At the end of the day, most everyone looks at the financial implications of choosing one material over another for furniture. You need to stay within your budget, but it’s also important to understand how expensive materials are in the long run and their price versus benefits value. Will it need to be replaced frequently? Does it take an inordinate amount of time and effort to maintain? These are key cost considerations for designing the perfect patio furniture that you might not immediately think of when evaluating alternatives.

How to Create an Outdoor Theater in Your Backyard

Keep the Family Entertained at Home

There is something that is so quintessentially summer about watching a movie outside. For some people, this activity brings back memories of summer camp or neighborhood movies in the park. Others are brought back to the time of drive-in movie theaters (and poodle skirts). However, you experienced it, there is nothing quite like a movie outside on a warm summer’s evening. Personally, I prefer my outdoor movies to happen directly after a hearty outdoor barbecue meal with friends and family.

If this relaxing vision of summer appeals to you, consider adding an outdoor theater to your backyard patio space. It might seem like an unattainable dream to have an outdoor theater, but it is in fact quite affordable, especially if you have a do-it-yourself spirit. If you can hang a white bed sheet, then you’re halfway there! You don’t need expensive audio/visual gear or a high-tech background to create an enjoyable outdoor viewing experience at home. On the other hand, if you want to invest in a more permanent or luxurious theater, there are options to fit your tastes.

Designing and Planning Your Outdoor Theater

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, most movie theaters across the nation have closed and people are choosing to stay at home this summer. As a result, there has never been a better time to invest in upgrading your outdoor entertainment space. A quality outdoor movie theater can actually increase the value of your home, and your design concept doesn’t need to be complex. 

The important aspects to focus on are the location, the audio/video equipment, comfortable seating, lighting, and most importantly, the movie snacks! Let’s dive into the equipment you’ll need, how to maximize your outdoor patio space, and get your outdoor movie theater set up for your next big movie night.

Pick a Practical Location

When planning your outdoor theater, location is very important to consider. If you are planning on a temporary setup, you most likely won’t have to worry about any major backyard renovations. You may need to adjust your furniture arrangement for optimal viewing depending on how many people you have in the audience.

If you are serious about a more permanent backyard theater, you will need to consider the space carefully for several viewing factors. You will want to consider the square footage, what furniture or ground coverings you will have, where the screen and projector (or outdoor television) will go, an outdoor kitchen (for snacks), etc. You will also want to factor in the natural elements around you such as sunlight, wind, streetlights and so on. 

The Right Equipment for the Job

Tackling the technical side of your outdoor theater is probably the most challenging aspect of designing an outdoor theater. Deciding on how you will view your media and what technology is best suited for your needs is a time-consuming research process. Whatever technology you decide on, make sure to invest in extra-long extension cords and weatherproof power strips to keep them powered and safe.

Outdoor Televisions vs. Projectors 

The largest technological question you will have to answer is whether you want to invest in an outdoor television or a screen and projector combo setup. Both systems are great with their own unique benefits, but your choice will largely depend on the space you have available.

Outdoor Televisions

Outdoor televisions are great if you have an enclosed or intimate area in your backyard. These weatherproof televisions are constructed with temperature-resistant components, anti-glare screens, and heating or cooling systems. They are generally more expensive than an indoor TV of similar size, especially if the TV is designed for use in full sunlight.

A recent popular trend has been to install several smaller outdoor televisions around your backyard to maximize your viewing potential at all angles during all activities.

The Classic Projector and Screen Combo

Instead of investing in an expensive outdoor television, why not attempt to create the feel of an actual movie theater with a projector and screen combo. Projector setups allow for a much larger viewing audience. They are also easier to protect from the elements and move for ideal viewing conditions. You can also install a screen practically anywhere in your backyard on a variety of inexpensive materials. 

If outdoor movies are going to be a regular occurrence in your backyard, invest in an inflatable outdoor screen, standing screen, or a retractable screen. These options will provide a better-quality movie watching experience. 

Video Sources

Choosing how you will play the movie is an important factor in your outdoor theater. Most projectors and TVs can connect to today’s most popular electronic gadgets. Along with the projector, you will need something like a blu-ray/dvd player, a gaming console, or a streaming box such as Roku or Apple TV to stream the media. 

The gamers in your family will love the opportunity to play video games on a large screen outdoors once the movie is over. Just make sure that these devices are in range of your Wi-Fi network and can maintain a signal strong enough to stream high quality movies.

Screens and Sheets 

If you are serious about a backyard theater, find a way to invest in a screen. Even an inexpensive screen will provide a picture that looks way better than projecting onto a bed sheet or shower curtain. A real screen will have less wrinkles in it than a sheet or curtain, which is optimal for your viewing pleasure.

If investing in an outdoor screen isn’t for you, a white shower curtain or bedsheet and some fishing line will do the trick. If you do use a sheet, make sure you pull it super taut when you secure it to either a stand or a vertical flat surface. 

When it comes to screens, size does matter. You do not want your screen to be too big or too small for your space, so make sure you know how much space you have to work with and how far away from the screen your seating will be located before making or purchasing a screen.

Sound System 

For your outdoor sound system, you’ll primarily want to decide between a wired setup or a wireless Bluetooth system. Many outdoor speaker systems involve a complicated setup of wires and extension cords, which can cause power issues and are a tripping hazard, but they offer superior sound quality and stability. Wireless systems are a little more friendly to outdoor elements but can have frequency and interference issues.

Invest in a sound system that is low-profile, high-performance with superior speakers,. Make sure the speakers are loud enough to compete with the outdoor elements, but not so loud that the neighbors call the police with a noise complaint!

Outdoor Seating

Probably the most important non-technical factor to consider is your outdoor seating options. You and your family will be sitting in place for several hours at a time which means you are going to want something comfortable to sit on. If you don’t already own patio furniture, now would be a great time to invest in some quality pieces. Placement of your seating is also important. Most people do not like sitting in the front row of a movie theater or parking in the first rows at the drive-in, so remember that these same preferences will likely hold true for your backyard movies.

Your seating should take into account several factors. If you are planning to have people sit on the ground, you’ll want to consider certain things like wet grass or hard pavement (it’s not great for your back). Can you simply throw down some blankets or will you need to invest in tarps and other materials for optimal comfort? Do you have an automatic sprinkler system that needs to be turned off? Do you have a pest problem that you can proactively spray for? There are even some manufactured turfs you can purchase for comfort while sticking with the outdoors feel.

Outdoor Kitchen for Movie Snacks

What is a movie night without popcorn, candy and hot dogs? Fully capture that movie theater experience by incorporating an outdoor kitchen in your design. Grill up some hotdogs during the game or make some fresh kettle corn without missing a moment of the movie.

Lighting Options

If you chose the projector and screen combo, it is optimal to wait until sundown to begin your movie. It will be quite dark come movie time so you will want to consider adding some outdoor lanterns to prevent stubbed toes and tripped wires. It’s for the same reason movie theater isles have the little lights in them.

String lighting is a popular option as it provides just enough light while really amplifying the ambiance of your backyard. If you are looking for a more stable source of light, try a ceramic base light that you can place strategically in the backyard.

Creating an Authentic Theater Experience

Now that you have your own personal movie theater in your backyard, it is time to fully re-create the movie-going experience. If you have the space, consider adding a countertop hot dog machine and bun warmer. Next to it you should install a popcorn machine and a mini-fridge for sodas. You get extra points for stocking snack-sized bags of candy and other goodies.

Once you’ve done all that, it’s time to enjoy your summer at the movies, at home.

Picking the Perfect Shade for Your Outdoor Patio

How Your Backyard Can Look Elegant and Still Keep You Cool During the Hot Arizona Summers

Summer is the hottest time of year and it is back again in full force. If you are an Arizona native like us, you know that we get some of the hottest recorded temperatures in the United States. If you aren’t a local, then you should know that Arizona’s daily temperature was an average of 110 degrees Fahrenheit last summer, with highs reaching into the 120’s. Now that’s hot!

The majority of people have been and will be spending their summer at home this year, not only to beat the heat, but also to beat the coronavirus pandemic. If you plan to enjoy your outdoor patio space this summer (and you should), you will need to plan properly for your patio shade needs. Nothing helps you enjoy the outdoors and escape the extreme heat better than relaxing in the shade.

There are several options for shading your patio from the sun, from the classic umbrella to fancy-custom, electric, retractable awnings. Let’s take a look at what is available and what you should consider when choosing an outdoor patio shade.

Types of Patio Shades

Three main categories of patio shades need to be considered when making your decision. There are umbrellas, awnings and outdoor blinds, all of which can protect you from the sun in their own way. Let’s break them down. 

Patio Umbrellas

Umbrellas are the quintessential solution for your patio shade needs. Patio umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes and have varying levels of functionality depending on the style. They are also one of the more affordable solutions and add a nice visual element to your outdoor patio design. 

Patio umbrellas are often made with aluminum, but many styles come in exotic woods as well. The color and style options for your umbrella fabrics are endless, but when choosing the right umbrella for your patio, you should prioritize functionality over design. There are three main types of umbrellas to choose from: tilting, wood market, and cantilever. 

Tilting Patio Umbrellas

This style of umbrella allows the user to tilt the upper half of the umbrella toward the sun in order to create shade at the right angle. This allows you to strategically move the shade where you are sitting as the sun travels. There are auto-tilting umbrellas and button-based models, but they both ultimately serve the same purpose. These umbrellas are often made with aluminum and feature a weather-resistant fabric. If you’re looking to avoid the sun’s direct rays, this is the right type of umbrella for you.

Wood Market Patio Umbrellas

The Wood Market style of umbrella is (as the name implies) made of a quality wood. This style of umbrella stands up to harsh weather conditions beautifully and has a longer lifespan than most aluminum models. Most wood market umbrellas do not feature a tilting function and are therefore less flexible to the changing location of the sun throughout the day. This style is often seen in public restaurants and in corporate office spaces, so if that style speaks to you, these patio umbrellas could be your answer.

Cantilever Patio Umbrellas

Cantilever patio umbrellas, also known as an offset or side pole umbrella, provide versatility, form, and function to your outdoor living space. These umbrellas are made from aluminum and feature a cover that is offset from the base of the umbrella stand. They are suspended in the air and supported by a freestanding pole on the side of an outdoor patio area instead of the middle. Cantilever patio umbrellas are very low profile and stay out of the way of other patio furniture. If you have a lot of outdoor patio furniture, this umbrella might be your best option.

Patio Umbrella Accessories

Once you have chosen the style of patio umbrella that is perfect for your outdoor space, you’ll need to consider a few accessory options. Most importantly, you’ll need to pick the proper umbrella base (stand) for your unit. You want the base to add as much elegance and functionality as the umbrella itself.

Patio Umbrella Bases

When choosing the right base for your umbrella, consider the design and the weight of the base. Matching your umbrella to the stand design is nice, but more importantly the stand needs to be able to support the umbrella upright, even during windy weather conditions. Look for a stand that is uncomfortably heavy to lift on your own.

Stands often come in brass, concrete (usually with an aluminum shell), and galvanized steel. Also consider if you plan to move your umbrella to different parts of your patio. If so, you might want to look for a base that has wheels built in. 

Patio Umbrella Lighting

Umbrella lighting is the newest trend in patio lighting. Several popular umbrella designs feature built-in ring LED lighting at the top of the umbrella to illuminate your shady space. Newer models have even begun to incorporate Bluetooth speaker systems into the design so you can stay shaded and illuminated, all while relaxing to your favorite tunes. There are also models that are sold separately and can be added to most umbrella designs. 

Awnings

Awnings, sometimes known as an “overhang,” are coverings that are attached to an exterior outdoor wall. In terms of your outdoor patio, these can be elaborate electronic contraptions, or something as simple as wooden slats used to break up the direct sunlight. 

Simple Awnings

In the past, awnings used to be simple fixed structures above your patio (often made out of wood) that offered shade at certain parts of the day. Some models simply diffuse the light (and not very well). Nowadays, awnings are often made of aluminum and covered with fabric and are sometimes retractable. These are generally custom made for your outdoor patio and require the use of a contractor or company who specializes in custom retractable awnings, such as All American Outdoor Living.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings offer widespread UV protection, they help to protect your outdoor furnishings, and they are a great way to keep your outdoor view of nature while still blocking out the sun. When selecting a manufacturer for your retractable awning, look for someone that offers Sunbrella fabrics and optional motion detection systems. Make sure that every product is TUV tested before delivery.

Outdoor Patio Blinds

Also known as Exterior Window Shades, patio blinds work to diffuse the direct sunlight coming into your patio area. They also help weatherize your outdoor patio by protecting your outdoor furnishings from constant, direct sunlight. Outdoor blinds are usually retractable so you can roll them up and enjoy the sun when you feel like it. 

They are also great for reducing the glare of the sun, helping to protect your eyes. With so many people working from home these days, patio blinds have exploded in popularity. Consider these if you plan to build an outdoor patio office while working from home.

When hiring a company to custom make your outdoor blinds, look for designs that feature magnetic weights and cable guidance systems for superior wind stability. Also look for designs that can seal up enough to keep out insects, critters and dirt if so desired. The name of the game for patio blinds is customization, so if you have an idea, it can probably be done.

Relaxing in the Shade

Once you have chosen your preferred method for shading your patio, it’s time to relax under that shade in style. Here are some options for maximizing your newly shaded patio space.

Daybeds

Daybeds are the ultimate in modern-day patio luxury. These outdoor furniture pieces are perfect for lounging around the pool, reclining with a book or cuddling up with your loved ones. When choosing a daybed for your patio, look for models that are made with a strong and durable fabric. Make sure the design is entirely weather resistant and is easy to clean. Bonus points if the bed is made of a water-resistant material or that is quick-drying.

Outdoor Couches and Coffee Tables

A more classic option for utilizing your newly shaded patio space is an outdoor couch, or an outdoor couch and coffee table set. Recreate your indoor paradise outside with furniture that maintains its bold good looks, while keeping you extremely comfortable. Choose from different exotic woods, granite, cocoa, teak, and more. If wood isn’t your style choose something with a more modern style. Set up a couch with adjoining chairs around a coffee table so the whole family can gather around for an outdoor meal or cocktail. 

Beat the Heat

Now, probably more than ever, is the best time to upgrade your outdoor patio space. Whether you get an umbrella or an awning, escaping the summer sun has never been easier. Avoid the Arizona summer heat by staying outside and out of the sun with the help of All American Outdoor Living. Let our experts guide your decisions and help customize the perfect solutions for your outdoor patio space.

Tips for Designing a Relaxing and Productive Outdoor Work Environment

How to Make Your Patio the Perfect Workplace of the Future

One of the silver linings about our current need to shelter in place for our collective safety is the opportunity to create a workspace at home. More and more people are working from home and companies all over are starting to see how cost effective and safe it can be to cut the commute to the office. 

As a result, more people than ever are pursuing the idea of extending their living environment into their home patio and backyard in order to have the space and freedom to work in a peaceful and open-air environment.

An outdoor office helps home-based workers separate their work space from their living space. Research studies show that spending time outdoors helps us think more clearly and be more productive. Employees with views of nature also report they like their jobs more.

Now is the perfect time to consider upgrading your patio into an outdoor office. Let’s look at the things you should consider as you establish your outdoor work space. 

Protection from the Elements 

The outdoor elements need to be carefully considered in order to establish a productive workflow that won’t be continuously interrupted by mother nature. You’ll want to put in a work surface that is both comfortable and resistant to the outdoor elements. 

An outdoor granite countertop or table is a perfect solution for an outdoor work surface. If you’re more inclined to a traditional set up, consider an outdoor patio table, preferably one that is designed for comfort if you plan to work or hang out for long periods of time.

Shade is the most critical element when it comes to being able to work productively outside. You have to be able to easily see your computer monitor and glare on your screen can make it impossible to work and can actually hurt your vision.  Be sure to situate yourself and your equipment to take full advantage of shady protection from the sun. 

You can also conserve energy and lower your carbon footprint by working outdoors with the help of awnings, umbrellas and blinds. 

Patio Awning for Your Backyard 

Your patio awning provides the majority of your shade during the day. If you plan to be outdoors in the evening, you might be better served with an awning that is retractable for when the sun goes down. There are models that are manually retractable and some that are controlled with electronics. Consider your lifestyle when choosing between the two options.

You want to choose an awning that compliments your current design style and can span up to 20 feet. We also recommend looking for one with a 16-foot drop and that employs a magnet at the base of the cable guidance system to allow your fabric to hang flatter. This will keep your awning more stable on a windy day.  

Patio Umbrellas 

Patio umbrellas can be used for cover from shade all year round, but they are critical when it comes to being able to work outside.  

Of course, you want your umbrella to look elegant and match your current patio design style, but also consider that you need a quality, outdoor fabric (such as Sunbrella) that will last a long time and stand up to the sun’s powerful rays. It won’t do you any good to get a fancy umbrella if it doesn’t effectively cover you and your work space. 

Look for an umbrella with the ability to tilt so you can get a good angle of shade any time of the day. Don’t forget to get an umbrella stand that can support the weight of the umbrella.

Patio Blinds 

When it comes to patio blinds, looks are important, but functionality is key. Look for blinds that fit your design style, but also ones which feature an HD magnetic lock system that uses magnets to hold the fabric in place. This will reduce movement in windy conditions and keep your blinds from flapping all over the place.

Another extremely important detail to remember when picking out patio blinds is the fabric retention track shade. A fabric retention track shade holds fabric on the inside of the track and will create a seal, keeping out insects, critters, dirt and weather. 

Outdoor Fire Pits 

Here’s your chance to live the dream of having an outdoor firepit. You may not have it going all day, but what a wonderful and relaxing element to have as the sun starts to set and you are still working.  

You can choose from a vast array of fire pits made from marble, slate, concrete and cast aluminum. Fire pits come in all different shapes and styles.  

Outdoor fire pits are available with natural gas, propane and ethanol to complement any patio furniture setting. They are an amazing conversation piece and a place where your family can join you at the end of a long work day.  

Outdoor Kitchens 

Outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now. Why not incorporate one into your outdoor office so you can cook lunch and do your video conferences at the same time. Add an outdoor bar and happy hour can start early every day!

There are some practical and affordable all-in-one outdoor kitchen units that can create a luxury outdoor space without the need for a large construction project. They come in designer colors, stainless steel, and realistic wood grains. With a BBQ and bar in your outdoor office, you will have everything you need to create a premier outdoor dining and work space.  

Outdoor Lighting 

Outdoor lighting is available in many contemporary and modern designs. Look for options that are durable and water-resistant to hold up in all climates. Lighting needs to be reliable so interruptions don’t break up your workflow. If you are working around dusk time, you will need extra lighting for your outdoor office. Ceramic outdoor lights are a great choice for this as they are practical and add a “wow” factor to your outdoor office.

Noise or No Noise? 

Do you work better with music and ambient noise or are you better with silence? 

For those who prefer relaxing noise in the background, the easiest way to create a relaxing environment outside is to buy a high-quality portable loudspeaker system with a weatherproof design. 

For those who need a quiet work space, there is no better place to be than outside. Just make sure you can close the patio door and white out the noise from inside the house. If you have noisy neighbors, you may need to consider some noise cancelling headphones.

More Practical Elements 

WIFI is essential for today’s digital work environment. You need to make sure you have a strong signal to the area you will be working in. Range extenders can be useful if your patio is far away from the router.

Plan for your need to access electrical outlets.  Avoid grass areas where landscaping features require regular irrigation. You may need to invest in some extension cords and surge protectors.

Will you use existing outdoor furniture or possibly create an area where you can have a standing desk? Why not plan for both so you can move around every few hours and give your body a chance to stand and sit? 

You will need storage for files that can be portable or you could invest in a cabinet that can be outdoors but covered from the elements. Don’t forget to create a system for yourself where you plan to put away your work at the end of the day. 

How much equipment besides your computer and phone will you need? Maybe your outdoor office needs a printer/scanner. Can you find a safe space to have this outside, or maybe you can keep this equipment just inside the home close enough to access remotely? This design gives you a chance to stand up and move a few times a day which is great for your body.  

Don’t forget to get a small waste basket so you don’t have to keep going inside or create a mess outside.  

Create a Space to be Productive and Relaxed 

Being close to nature is rejuvenating. It makes us happier and healthier and is definitely one of the highlights of having an outdoor home office. If you already have a beautiful landscape in your backyard, you may not have to add anything. 

If nature isn’t nearby, there are always ways to add plants, trees and other decor to bring nature to your outdoor space. You can either create a permanent workspace in your backyard, or an outdoor getaway from the office when quarantine life gets too hectic.

Being able to relax, focus and be productive while connecting with nature is a truly life-changing experience. Once you build your outdoor office, it might be hard to ever go back and work in an indoor office again! However, you choose to design your backyard office environment, your work and health are sure to benefit. 

Choosing the Best Barbecue Smoker for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Summer is here and that means it is time once again to bust out the barbecue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most people will be spending the majority of the summer safely at home. As a result, there has never been a better time or excuse to upgrade your grilling station and expand your barbecue horizons.

Since we’ve no place to go, why not learn to cook low and slow? Smokers are becoming more popular these days and are the perfect companion to your standard grill setup. Smokers come in all shapes and sizes, so we are here to help break them down so you can find the device that is perfect for your outdoor space. Let’s dive in!

What’s the Difference Between a Grill and a Smoker?

First and foremost, it is important to understand the difference between a smoker and a standard grill. As the name implies, smokers use smoke to cook the food (an indirect heat source), as opposed to a grill which uses an open flame (a direct heat source). Smokers are more suited to a low and slow style of cooking, while a grill can bring a piece of meat up to temperature much quicker.

Smokers and grills can both be fueled by electricity, gas, wood or charcoal, but the flavor results will vary greatly between each method. Electric and gas devices are much easier to use, but they lack the punch of flavor that charcoal or wood can produce in your food. Smokers are slightly less flexible than a standard grill as they really only have one mode of cooking: low and slow with internal temperatures ranging from 160 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Backyard grills are capable of using a combination of direct heat and indirect heat with internal temperatures up and above 400 degrees Fahrenheit, but they certainly cannot attain the rich flavor that a smoker produces.

So, what type of smoker is right for you?

The Four Main Types of Smokers

When considering purchasing a smoker, it’s important to know what options and features are available to you so you end up with the right unit. There are four main types of smokers and each has their advantages and disadvantages. The four types of smokers are:

  1. Pellet Smoker (Wood)
  2. Charcoal Smoker
  3. Gas Smoker
  4. Electric Smoker

Pellet Smokers

There is a lot to consider for each type of smoker, so let’s break each of them down.

A pellet smoker is one of the easiest smokers to operate as the entire smoking process is almost automatic. The wooden pellets used in these smokers are made from natural materials and do not contain any filler or additives, adding a mild and smoky flavor to your meat. Pellet smokers provide superior control over smoke production and temperature.

Pros and Cons of Pellet Smokers

Pros: The best part of a pellet smoker is that it is pretty easy to use, even for an amateur. Pellet smokers are extremely efficient, achieving high-efficiency rates of nearly 90%. The pellets used in these smokers are made of natural woods and are carbon neutral, making them incredibly environmentally friendly. The pellets can be easily ordered off the internet and stored for long periods of time.

Cons: While pellet smokers are easier to use, they are a little high maintenance. These smokers need to be regularly vacuumed and cleaned once every three months and most manufacturers recommend having your smoker serviced by a professional on a yearly basis. Another downside is that you pay for the convenience of this smoker in higher upfront costs.

Charcoal Smokers

For many people, when you say “barbecue,” you associate it with the tastes that come from charcoal grills and smokers. While slightly more labor intensive than a pellet smoker, the flavors produced from these devices are second to none. This classic style smoker is sure to be a winner with the whole family if you can learn to master the coals.

Pros and Cons of Charcoal Smokers

Pros: The flavor of your final product is far superior to any other smoker. The coal and/or wood used in a charcoal smoker will define how your food tastes. If you want to experiment, you can use different types of woods to change the flavor of the cooked meat. It is also easier to control the heat in a charcoal smoker as you can add or remove coals as desired.

Charcoal smokers are much simpler in design and don’t contain the small parts you generally find in pellet and electric smokers. As a result, these smokers are pretty easy to maintain. Most are built with a can for catching ash which means that cleaning a charcoal smoker is a breeze.

Cons: While we did just mention that temperature control is a pro, it can also be a con if you are not paying attention. Overcooked meat is a big risk if you aren’t dedicating your attention to the cooking process at all times with a charcoal smoker.

If you plan to use your smoker all year round, you will want to invest in a higher quality charcoal smoker. These smokers can be very affordable, but the cheaper models are often made with thinner layers of metal which causes the internal heat to dissipate quicker. Overall costs for the device and fuel will be higher if you plan to use your charcoal smoker during colder climates.

Gas Smokers

If you are looking for a smoker that is more convenient and healthier for you, look no further than a gas smoker. Gas smokers are perfect for a busy lifestyle as they don’t require your ongoing attention. Food cooked in a gas smoker often has a more natural flavor, as the heat source doesn’t impart its odor into your food.

Pros and Cons of Gas Smokers

Pros: The big advantage of using a gas smoker is it is extremely easy to use. Just set the desired temperature and wait for the food to be cooked. These smokers will maintain the internal temperature without needing any constant adjustments. Speaking of temperature, gas smokers can reach incredibly high temperatures and as a result, can double as an outdoor oven should you need.

Cons: As the name implies, these barbecue smokers run on gas. Committing to a gas smoker means that you will have to refill the canister regularly or keep spare canisters on hand. You may also want to invest in a gas meter to make sure you never run out, but this will increase your upfront costs.

Gas smokers also contain lots of small parts that have a tendency to break, especially if you don’t invest in a high-end smoker. Repair costs for these devices are slightly higher on average when compared to other smokers.

Electric Smokers

If you have used a charcoal grill for years and are considering an upgrade, an electric smoker might be the perfect option for you. Electric smokers are powered by electricity and are incredibly easy to use. An electric smoker is the most effortless smoker available as all you have to do is plug it in, set the temperature and let the food cook. You will never have to worry about fuel or canisters as long as you are near an electrical outlet.

Pros and Cons of Electric Smokers

Pros: Electric smokers are extremely user-friendly, especially when compared to a charcoal smoker. With an electric smoker, even an amateur can get perfect cooking results. While electric smokers are expensive up front than other smokers, they prove to be a lot more cost-efficient in the long run. Electric smokers are also much safer than other smokers and are highly recommended for families with lots of pets and kids running around.

Cons: Most people believe that barbecue meat cooked in an electric smoker is not as flavorful as the meat prepared in a more traditional smoker. This is doubly true if you purchase a cheap electric smoker. These smokers are often slightly more complicated when it comes to initial setup and often require you read the entire manual to figure out how to operate them properly. Overall, you will invest more time and money up front for an electric smoker.

Conclusion

If you love barbecue and are looking to take your grilling game to the next level, investing in a smoker is one of the best choices you can make for you and your family. Make sure to consider all factors when choosing the type of smoker to purchase. Consider your available outdoor space, account for where the smoke will flow, consider up front and ongoing fuel costs, plan for storage space, think about what meats you want to cook, etc. We highly recommend getting a warranty with the purchase of any type of smoker. Now that you are versed on all the smoker options out there, it is time to begin your journey to delicious smoked meats.

3 Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas Recommended by the Pros

The kids are out of school, the days are getting longer, and temperatures keep topping the charts. This can only mean one thing: Summer has arrived! The best time of year to spend in your backyard has returned and there has never been a better excuse to consider remodeling your outdoor kitchen.

With concerns about the current COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are choosing to spend this summer in the safety of their homes. Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to stay inside though. Don’t get stuck in the house when you could be enjoying the great outdoors of your patio! Now is the perfect time to enhance your personal sanctuary by upgrading your outdoor kitchen environment.

Considerations for an Outdoor Kitchen

When it comes to creating your perfect outdoor kitchen, it’s essential to focus on personalizing the design to your lifestyle. Consider how you plan to spend time on your patio. Will you be the BBQ master of the grill? The bartender serving up cocktails by the pool? Or maybe you want to do some socially distant entertaining of guests outside. You will be much more inclined to go outside and enjoy your space if you have customized your outdoor kitchen to meet your culinary preferences and entertainment needs.

Outdoor kitchens can be simple in design or quite complex. For some, a simple grill and dining area is perfect, while others may find having an entire kitchen’s worth of appliances an essential factor for an outdoor kitchen. Want to run a load of dishes outside? With the right design, it can totally be done.

Pro Tip: As you create your design, make sure to plan for features that you don’t necessarily plan to build (at least not right away). By doing this, you future-proof the space for additions later on. It can be very expensive to install plumbing and drains or run electrical after-the-fact, so it’s best to lay the groundwork for upgrades in your initial design. Trust us, your future self will thank you.

Here are some of today’s most popular outdoor kitchen design concepts to draw inspiration from.

Outdoor Kitchens for Masters of the Grill

Let’s start with the design that is most common among summer BBQ enthusiasts: The Grill-Master’s Kitchen. Whether it’s grilling up hamburgers or smoking salmon, these designs put the heat in the driver’s seat.

The All American BBQ

An open flame, raw meat, bottles of seasonings, and a cold beverage – what could be more summer than that? But before you can get your grill on, there are several factors you must consider. Do you want a gas grill, or are you a charcoal purist? How big of a grill will you need? Some grills are the perfect size for simply cooking hotdogs, while other grills are large enough to fit an entire pig on a spit inside. Will your grill be free-standing or built into a countertop? Will you also be installing a smoker? It is crucial to consider your available space and grilling ambitions when choosing what grill to install.

If you are looking to up your outdoor cooking game, one fancy addition you can consider is an outdoor burner. Some gas grills come with built in side burners, but with enough space you could consider expanding your cooking potential with a 2-4 burner set up, maybe built into a countertop. You won’t have to limit yourself to just grilling food while outdoors if you add a few burners into the mix.

The Pizza Oven

Grilling isn’t the only way to enjoy cooking with fire in your outdoor kitchen. Enjoy a taste of Italy at home any time with the hot new trend in outdoor kitchens: the pizza oven. There are options for all levels of pizza enthusiasts, from the small personal pizza ovens to the massive woodfire ovens that require a built-in woodpile to keep it burning.

The best part of an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven is that it brings everyone together and gets the whole family involved with the dinner making process. Have everyone custom build their own pizza and then all you have to do is man the oven. Start practicing your pizza dough twirl if you install one of these, because you will never have to wait for a pizza delivery guy again.

Pro Tip: Always be conscious of the placement of your grill, smoker, or pizza oven chimney. It could be disastrous to build your cook station in a poorly ventilated area or near a fire hazard. Try and account for where smoke will flow and if all else fails, consider adding a vent hood to your outdoor kitchen if need be.

Outdoor Kitchen Bars

Next up is the most popular design spaces amongst those who plan to avoid the coronavirus by “partying at the pad”: The Outdoor Kitchen Bar. As the name implies, these spaces are all about the beverages.

The Full Bar

Most outdoor kitchen bar designs feature a sink and a refrigerator, which is the perfect place to start customizing to your needs. The sophisticated wine enthusiast might consider installing a dedicated wine fridge, while beer drinkers might lean towards a beer dispenser (which is the nice way of saying “kegerator”). If you are a cocktail connoisseur then you will definitely want an ice maker, and don’t forget to design in several electrical outlets so you can plug in the blender when it’s margarita-o-clock. With the right bar design, every hour will be “happy hour” this summer.

The Pool Bar

If you plan on beating the summer heat by hanging out at your pool, you’ll want to make sure your favorite beverages are within arm’s reach. When people think of pools and bars, they often think of a “wet bar.” But if you’ve ever been to a wet bar, you know they aren’t extremely practical if you are lounging on a daybed next to the pool. A better and more affordable solution is a rolling cooler. It is the perfect solution to keeping you hydrated poolside all summer long and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Cozy Outdoor Kitchens

Not all outdoor kitchens designs have to be focused on making food and beverages or hosting parties. If you are the type of person who enjoys a quiet evening outside, maybe with a good book, then these designs are for you.

The Fire Pit

Fire pits are strangely magical. There is just something about a roaring fire that brings people together and invokes memories of summer camp. Gather the family around for ghost stories, skits, making s’mores; the possibilities are endless when you have a fire pit in your outdoor kitchen.

The Outdoor Fireplace

Imagine, the sun has set and the warm summer evening is upon you. What could be more idyllic and comforting than curling up next to a fire with a good book? With an outdoor fireplace, you can do just that. You can really cozy up the place with an outdoor couch and ceramic lighting to tie the whole space together.

Pro Tip: Outdoor Televisions

You can really lean into the relaxation with an outdoor television. Mount a screen (or several screens) around your outdoor kitchen area and enjoy your favorite shows while you unwind next to the fire. There are special outdoor covers that you can affix to your televisions to protect them from the elements when not in use.

The Outdoor Kitchen Dining Area

While not technically a category on its own, the dining area is an often-overlooked part of the outdoor kitchen design process. It’s all good and well to be able to grill up enough food for the neighborhood, but what good is that if no one has a place to sit and eat?

Whether you are planning an elaborate design or something more modest, it’s essential to factor in seating. Couches with coffee tables, full outdoor dining tables, bar top counters; the options are vast. One popular design is the half-moon outdoor kitchen island that often wraps around a bar or grilling area. Just make sure that your family has a place to enjoy the food and beverages you’ve whipped up for them in your outdoor kitchen. Throw in a couple of outdoor televisions and you’ll be the talk of the town.

Putting It All Together

So now that you are aware of some options and styles, it’s time to get to work on designing your custom outdoor kitchen. Will you go all out for the grill, or are you going to focus on the bar? Fire pit or outdoor fireplace? The options are endless, but it’s important to take into account your culinary preferences and plan out your party space accordingly. Make sure to plan for all possible appliance additions later on and don’t be afraid to focus your design choices on comfort. With the right design, you could be living the good life this summer in your outdoor kitchen.


Is March the Best Time to Buy Patio Furniture?

Large terrace patio with rattan garden furniture in the garden on wooden floor

Everyone loves a great patio.

It’s a place to be outdoors while still at home (who doesn’t love that?). It’s a place to host BBQs, parties, tend to the garden, or watch the kids in the pool.

It’s also one of the top outdoor upgrades you can make to your home, according to realty experts. An 18′ X 20′ patio that costs $7,200 can earn you a 69 percent ROI. That’s a fantastic value to your home.

But, you need functional accessories out there. When’s the best time to buy patio furniture, so that you get the highest quality at the most affordable price?

We discuss the details in this tell-all guide. Grab a fresh-squeezed lemonade and settle in! Soon, you’ll be enjoying that drink on your brand-new patio furniture.

Why March Is the Best Time to Buy Patio Furniture

Arizona is starting to jump headfirst into some beautiful weather. Rather than spending the day indoors, it’s time to deck out your patio with the best furniture and hang out in your backyard. Grab a book, take a nap, or just watch the flames dance in your firepit.  

Whatever your reason for wanting patio furniture, March is the time to buy.

Weather reports show that between February and March, the most significant jump from relatively colder weather to relatively hotter weather occurred. Suddenly, everyone wanted to slide open their doors and breathe in the fresh air.

So, temperatures aside, why else is now the best time to buy patio furniture?

  • To observe and enjoy the changing of the seasons
  • March typically has a surplus of deals available, due to the weather
  • Prices are affordable because they’re not inflating due to supply and demand problems
  • You can avoid shipping delays that are bound to happen in the busier season in spring

If you wait until the heart of springtime, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll face higher pricetags (with fewer specials going on), higher wait times for delivery, and the potential for fewer options. That patio set you’ve had your eye on for weeks may sell out if you don’t invest now.

At All American Outdoor Living, we’re currently offering a St. Patty’s Day special that’ll bring your patio to life without breaking the bank.

Types of Patio Furniture You Need

When it comes to shopping for patio furniture, you have a few options.

You can shop by brand name, getting every piece from that label, or you can mix-and-match various labels. Many brands offer patio collections so that you can choose from an already-curated selection of patio furniture options. These collections make the decision process simple and straightforward, simply:

  • Choose an inspiring collection
  • Mix-and-match different fabrics, finishes, and sets

If you have trouble choosing, that’s what our designs are here for!

What size and type of patio furniture you get largely depends on your taste and the size of your patio. Regardless, you’ll need a few key pieces to tie the whole look together (you don’t want it scattered). Some patio necessities include:

  • Outdoor seating 
  • Patio tables
  • Patio shade, such as umbrellas or retractable awnings

You can even choose to invest in extras like patio kitchen equipment or an outdoor fire pit. Outdoor fire pits are great because you can position the furniture around it, making a beautiful U-shaped layout, for example.

Speaking of accessories, there’s plenty more you can do to beef up your patio along with your new furniture. To make your set-up look natural, lived-in, and unique, consider adding some cool extras. These ideas include:

  • Outdoor cushions (perfect for taking that afternoon nap)
  • Outdoor lighting (a necessity for nighttime hangs)
  • Outdoor rugs
  • Planters
  • Small end tables (for drinks, candles, magazines, plants)
  • Planters
  • Throw pillows
  • Speakers (for all the parties you’ll be throwing!)

If you’re going to get patio furniture, you may as well deck out the whole space while you’re at it.

Where to Get High-Quality Patio Furniture at a Reasonable Price

Now that you’re ready to buy, and you know what you need, how do you know who to buy from? These are valid concerns—after all this, you don’t feel like wasting your money on anything subpar.

Here are a few questions to consider when finding a furniture supplier that can get you what you want:

  • How long have they been in business? Outdoor Living has been in operation since 1973!
  • Do they offer free patio design assistance? This is crucial to those who are at a loss for inspiration
  • Do they provide financing options for those who need or want them?
  • Do they have a large selection of brands, styles, and prices?
  • Do they also sell patio extras, like fire pits, pillows, rugs, and the like?

Outdoor Living has a 12-month, interest-free financing option. It’s incredibly rare to find such a great deal on patio furniture—even when there aren’t specials going on. We also provide free white-glove delivery, another rarity in furniture stores.

Additionally, we have a massive collection featuring tons of high-end brands, as well as unique, lesser-known brands (so you don’t have the same patio furniture as your neighbors). 

The Time Is Now

There’s no better time of year than now.

March offers clear benefits—great selections, great prices, great weather. It’s the best time to buy patio furniture!

We’ve got fantastic deals going on—but you have to act quickly. Our St. Patrick’s Day deals don’t last forever. Until March 31st, enjoy 70 percent off select items. 

After that, contact us for all your patio needs, or browse our various patio collections online. We’re always ready to get you set-up with the best backyard!

2020 Guide to the Best Outdoor Furniture Brands

The warm months evoke memories of spending time with family and friends outdoors, which is why you need to choose patio furniture made by the best outdoor furniture brands in the business.

From conversation sets to lounge chairs, a high-quality piece of patio furniture should always blend style with durability and comfort.

Read on to discover more about some of the best outdoor furniture brands for 2020 so you can find the perfect pieces for your home.

Mallin Casual Furniture Brings Comfort and Style Together

When it comes to comfort and style, Mallin is one of the most respected brands in the industry. Starting at $1,995, Barletta by Mallin features an ultra-plush, modern design that’s perfect for modern patio spaces. This contemporary furniture is in limited quantities, which makes it a highly sought after brand.

The classic sling furniture from Mallin blends timeless designs with reliable, durable construction. You can easily move pieces around your patio, and their deep cushion lounge chairs offer incredible comfort for lounging and spending time outside with family and friends.

For classic modern design that you can add to a patio or deck space, look for the Albany collection by Mallin boasting rich, deep colors. If you prefer something a bit more timeless, the Terraza collection adds a classic element to your favorite outdoor space.

Sunset West: One of 2020’s Best Outdoor Furniture Brands

Sunset West manufactures fine outdoor furnishings that boast ultra-plush comfort and intricate details. Their Monterey collection boasts beautiful, durable aluminum frames featured in a large-scale design.

A blend of casual-cool and laid-back vibes mesh with a touch of modern sophistication to make Sunset West furniture one of the most stylish and timeless brands available. Look for their assortment of comfortable seating options, sturdy tables, and seating pieces topped with thick cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric.

Trending: Tropitone

If you’re looking to spice things up around your patio, furniture from Tropitone is an excellent choice. This highly versatile brand boasts a wide array of styles to choose from that range anywhere from vibrant and tropical-inspired to sleek and contemporary.

Each piece made by Tropitone is crafted of the highest quality with sturdy, weather-resistant frames. Colorful cushions lend a vibrant element to your patio, and you can integrate them into any outdoor space with ease. 

For outdoor dining, Tropitone offers gorgeous sling chairs, sturdy and sophisticated tables, and a range of sizes to suit your needs. Conversation sets boast comfortable seating and some collections include tables with a built-in fire feature for added flair.

Get Modern with Furniture from Kingsley Bate

For those who appreciate contemporary style, Kingsley Bate is one of the best outdoor furniture brands on the market today. This revolutionary brand uses only the finest teak wood and crafts each piece using precise mortise and tension joinery for durability and style.

A combination of modern stainless steel and all-weather wicker gives Kingsley Bate furniture a distinctive aesthetic. Modern silhouettes on chairs and tables will transform the look of your patio with just one purchase. 

The blend of high-quality materials and fine craftsmanship means you’ll get a perfect blend of style and durability with every piece of furniture from Kingsley Bate. Warm wood tones blend beautifully with neutral cushions to give your patio a seamless look.

Take Care of Your Patio Furniture with Treasure Garden

With a wide range of high-quality, custom made and handcrafted patio umbrellas, Treasure Garden is a leader in the industry. The brand combines advanced technology with the newest color and fabric trends so your patio is always on point.

In addition to their stylish umbrellas, Treasure Garden also manufactures a wide range of patio furniture covers to help you protect your investment. Whether you need to protect an outdoor table or enjoy some shade, you’ll get what you need with a purchase from Treasure Garden. Their selection of large cantilevered umbrellas provides amazing cover to keep you cool in the sun.

Choose Polywood (HDPE) for an Eco-Friendly Choice

If you’re looking for new ways to go green this season, be sure to check out the selection of furniture by Polywood. This eco-conscious brand makes outdoor furniture from recycled milk jugs and plastic bottles, resulting in an extremely strong, weather-resistant selection of furniture.

Polywood offers modern designs and an endless assortment of colors to breathe new life into your patio. Their blend of sustainability and style makes them a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

You’ll find everything from Adirondack and rocking chairs to durable tables from Polywood. Each piece is low-maintenance, resists damage from weather, and uses UV inhibitors to protect your furniture from fading in the sun.

Bring the Indoors Outside with Castelle Furniture

Castelle understands that your outdoor living space is just as important as the indoors, which is why the brand ensures that each piece is crafted of the highest possible quality. All items are inspired by nature, but they’re made from aluminum to ensure years of durable enjoyment.

Look for finishes featuring details like hand painting, hand polishing, and faux finishing that creates unique textures and deep hues for an exotic vibe. The wide selection of styles offered by Castelle ensures that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a trend-setter or a classic furniture fan, Castelle has what you need.

Give Your Patio a Makeover with These Trending Brands

Whether you need a new outdoor dining set or some comfortable seating, browse the best outdoor furniture brands listed above to help you accomplish your goals. Each brand offers durable furniture made with attention to detail, and comfortable cushions allow you to sit back and relax in style all spring and summer long.

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15 of the Best Fire Pit Ideas for Your Home

Archeologists have used radiocarbon dating of charcoal found in old fire pits in centuries-old civilizations.

Fire pits have always been around, but now they are used more and more in the backyard to bring family and friends together.

In short, fire pits are becoming more popular. They bring people together. Fire pits are awesome for smores, for hanging out, for telling stories, and for essential family and friend time. There’s no doubt that fire pits have played a part in helping bring communities and people together for a good time. 

The evolution of the fire pit has made finding a backyard fire pit a bit more difficult. There are different styles along with benefits that come with different fire pits. This is why you need to take your time and examine what kind of fire pit you want in your backyard.

The perfect fire pit provides essential qualities you can’t ignore. 

Here’s a guide on the different fire pits you can invest in that can completely transform your backyard. 

Some Considerations on a Backyard Fire Pit 

Before diving into the style of fire pit you want for your backyard, it’s important to look at what makes a really good fire pit and then dive into the best kind of fire pits. 

An excellent fire pit ranges in height about 20 inches. This is an ideal height for you and your friends and family to enjoy the warmth of the fire pit. 

A well-made fire pit also contains drainage of some sort. For instance, you can have drain holes at the bottom of your fire pit to allow proper airflow and drainage. 

Another consideration is figuring out what to put inside the fire pit. You may want to consider fire bricks, lave rocks or lava pebbles. If you put the wrong material inside the fire pit, you risk the material exploding and causing damage to your fire pit and worse bodily injury. 

Lastly, prevent fire and chemical hazards. You have to be careful of what put into your fire pit because it can be toxin and cause harm to you and your friends or family. 

1. Backyard BBQ

If you’re going to get a fire pit for the backyard and you love to bbq, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting a fire pit that also acts as barbequing. 

A fire pit doesn’t just have to be a place where one gets warm, but it can be a place where one eats delicious barbeque and enjoys a warm fire. 

2. Family Get-Togethers 

If you enjoy family togetherness and love having them outside, then a fire pit is the ideal way to hangout and catch-up with family. You can all sit around the fire in the backyard and enjoy telling stories.  

3. Stargazing

If you are in the mood for stargazing and smores, then a fire pit is a great way to unite both of them. You can enjoy a nice warm fie while you stargaze with a telescope or binoculars. 

4. Pool Fun 

Nothing’s better than enjoying some swimming with friends and set the mood with a relaxing fire pit next to the pool. It gives swimming a calming feeling that makes jumping a pool that much more relaxing. 

You can also enjoy having a fire pit next to the pool. 

5. A Backyard Theme

If you enjoy having theme parties, then you’ll find that there’s nothing like a theme designed fire pit to add some backyard flavor to the theme party. You’ll find plenty of fire pits designed for different themes. 

6. Smores

There’s no better reason to have a fire pit in the backyard than enjoy some good ole smores. These delicious treats are a household delight and are a fantastic reason to have a backyard fire pit. 

7. Backyard Decor

Sometimes it’s nice to have a backyard fire pit just to add to the decoration of the backyard. You may have created a beautifully designed backyard and having a fire pit is just the thing you need to complete the look you’re looking for. 

8. Camping Adventures

If you’re looking to give your kids a backyard camping adventure, there’s nothing better than having a fire pit with smores before you sleep in the backyard with your tent. 

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9. Create a Cozy Atmosphere

There’s nothing better than having some outside furniture to relax around a fire pit. You can create a sleek look around the fire pit and have sofas around the fire pit to make for a very comfortable atmosphere. 

10. A Secret Location

Another great idea for a fire pit is to have it in a secret location in your backyard. If you have a big backyard, you can lead your guest to a part of your backyard that is exclusive for fire pit hangouts. 

Other Fire Pit Ideas

Now that you have some outdoor fire pit ideas and fire pit designs, here are some more backyard fire pit designs that can help you decide what backyard fire pit to buy that can fit into what you’re looking for in your backyard.  

A Stone Stacked Fire Pit 

This fire pit can be created with a set of stones in a circle and is often wider than other fire pits. 

The stone is often made of flagstone, fire brick interiors, and pea gravel. It creates a cozy environment and is perfect for a backyard with lots of space.

An in-Ground Fire Pit 

This fire pit awesome when you looking for an immovable fire pit. You make an in-ground fire pit with large boulders or stacked stones. 

But before you start designing and digging this in-ground fire pit, it’s best to call the number 811 to ensure that there are no power lines where you are digging. 

A Pirate Ship Fire Pit

This is a completely unique fire pit because of its design. 

You can build or buy a pirate designed fire pit that holds wood and has enough depth to create warmth for everyone.

A BBQ Fire Pit

This is the perfect fire pit for the spring and summer, although nobody says you can’t use for fall and winter. 

A bbq fire pit gives you the opportunity to cook hamburgers and or grill anything outside while everyone enjoys a cozy fire. A bbq fire pit is really the perfect multi-purpose fire pit that can be a great addition to a backyard with a swimming pool. 

Fire Pit Tables

A fire pit tables are often rectangular-shaped and provide more evenly distributed heat. You can purchase this type of fire pit in different kinds of stones from concrete to granite. 

Propane Fire Pit 

Any of the fire pits already mentioned can be propane. 

With propane, you don’t have to worry about wood burning or smoke. The fire is also more contained with a propane fire pit than it would be with a wood-burning fire pit. 

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The Benefits of a Backyard Fire Pit

Ultimately, the benefits of a backyard fire pit offer different ways to use fire pits, which include propane or wood. You can have smaller more delicate fires or giants backyard bonfires in your fire pit. 

More importantly, each fire pit offers your backyard something unique, based on what you want your backyard to look like. You can have patio appeal with different types of fire pits that go with some furniture. 

Other benefits of each of these fire pits are that they create evenings with friends and family without having to spend time inside and in front of the TV. Instead, you can spend time outside, gaze at the stars, each smores, and enjoy the company of good friends and family. 

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Why Is Choosing a Backyard Fire Pit So Important? 

The ideal fire pit in your home creates a warm atmosphere in your home. It creates a glow, a friendly environment that encourages people to hang out around the fire. 

Having a perfect backyard fire pit gives you something to do with friends and family all year round. You don’t have to wait until winter for a fire. You can enjoy backyard bbq’s in the spring and summer. 

If you enjoy having a fire pit for yourself, then you can take this time to relax and unwind. It can also help you destress and possibly lower your blood pressure.

A final note on fire pits and why they are essential to your backyard is that they make each day longer. Each day can be longer and more enjoyable with family and friends or even by yourself. You won’t feel that the days are shorter. 

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