Best Choices for Outdoor Materials, Rugs, and Planters in the Desert Heat

While searching for Phoenix patio furniture, you’ll probably look for many of the same qualities in outdoor tables, chairs, and sofas that you would in interior tables, chairs, and sofas – durability, comfort, and style, all while meeting your budget. The main distinction you’ll face is that patio furniture must withstand exposure to the elements outside. While there is no such thing as 100% weatherproof outdoor furniture, there are significant variances in the materials utilized.

It’s critical to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the various materials available before making a decision. Assess how well each piece fits into your environment, as well as your tastes and needs. Since each material has intrinsic characteristics, choosing the “best” material for outdoor patio furniture is based on combining your unique demands with the unique properties of each material.

Desert Conditions

Homeowners who have established roots in the desert won’t have to worry about their patio furniture rotting due to dampness or decay. Extreme heat and relentless sun are the significant challenges you’ll face. Temperatures can change fast due to low humidity. The weather may decrease at night, but your furniture will have to resist the sun, wind, and dust throughout the day.

Because your local climate is unique, you should expand your study with knowledge relevant to your region. However, for desert furniture, the most important considerations should be sun resistance, ease of cleaning, and the extent to which the material absorbs heat.

There are many different factors to take into account while choosing your materials. 

Temperature & Sun: If your climate is subject to significant seasonal climate swings and constant direct sunlight, you’ll need to opt for materials that are UV resistant and can endure potentially extreme temperature variations.

Fading: Many materials fade and lose their shine over time when exposed to the light regularly. The visual shift might be attractive (for example, a lovely patina), or it can simply be a loss of brilliance or uneven spots.

Cracks, Splitting, and Warping: When heated or cooled, some materials expand and shrink substantially. However, when exposed to severe temperatures or abrupt changes, they can fracture, split, distort, or become brittle. Furniture can also flex and break due to dry air.

Heat Retention: Other logistical issues may arise as a result of the heat. Patio furniture exposed to the sun may become hot and unpleasant (or even dangerous) to touch. When sitting on or attempting to adjust a poolside lounge chair, no one wants to burn their flesh.

Wind: If you live in an exposed, windy location, your patio furniture must be substantial enough to prevent it from tipping over or blowing away. When confronting Mother Nature, it doesn’t take much to ruin a lovely lightweight deck chair or dining table, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep storing or securing your belongings when they’re not in use.

Durability: Several materials can endure for years under perfect conditions, but they may need to be changed every couple of seasons when exposed to severe weather. Others can resist a variety of factors and still appear brand new after a lifetime. Usage is another factor that affects durability. Your patio dining table will be in better shape than the sun loungers and daybeds that line the poolside of prominent luxury resorts and hotels if you use it a few times during the summer. The materials must be sturdier the more frequently they are used.

Cleaning & Care: How well you care for your patio furniture impacts its aesthetic and practical endurance. Season after season, certain materials require very little maintenance and are quick and easy to clean with just soap and water. Others require more time-consuming maintenance and specialized materials to keep them looking good and functioning correctly. If you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to deal with the bother, use low-maintenance materials.

Eco-Friendliness: Even if they are unaware of the details, everyone is conscious that there is an adverse environmental effect from many manufacturing processes and the use of certain raw materials. When all else is equal, most folks (ideally) choose to be environmentally conscious.

Most luxury outdoor furniture brands have thankfully adopted “green” production processes and use biodegradable, recyclable, or materials approved by eco-friendly groups like the Forest Stewardship Council materials (FSC). However, the renewability of many outdoor materials varies.

Cost:Most people consider the cost of picking one material over another for furniture at the end of the day. You must stick to your budget, but it’s also critical to understand how costly materials are in the long term and how their price compares to the worth of their advantages. Will it need to be changed regularly? Does it demand a lot of time and work to keep it up? These are important financial factors that you could overlook while weighing your options.


For millennia, wood has been a favored furniture-making raw material. It has a natural beauty, is relatively easy to work with, and provides a stable structure for tables, chairs, benches, and other furniture. When it comes to outdoor use, though, not all woods are made equal. Many softwoods, such as cedar, pressure-treated pine, and fir, are affordable and frequently used for interior furniture, but they do not stand up to the weather and must be securely stored while not in use.

On the other hand, hardwoods are far more resilient to weather and may survive for decades if maintained. Unfortunately, they are generally more difficult to mold and shape and more costly than softwoods on the flip side. And they have significant variations between them.


Metal patio furniture is the most durable and robust material for outdoor garden furniture. Metallic frames may be thinner and molded into more intricate shapes than other choices because of their strength, offering manufacturers more stylistic versatility. When combined with other materials with their own practical and aesthetic benefits, metal is an excellent choice.

Metal chairs and tables may be made using various manufacturing processes that do not need bolts, screws, or other fasteners that make other forms of furniture more prone to breakage. Metal, on the other hand, has several disadvantages. When exposed to the sun, it becomes hot to the touch. Certain metals are hefty and challenging to transport, and all metals are susceptible to rust and corrosion to some extent. However, each metal type has its own set of properties.

Resin & Plastic

In outdoor furniture, artificial synthetic materials like resin and plastic are becoming increasingly popular. These polymers may now take on forms and sizes that were previously impossible thanks to new production techniques and hybrid compositions. Synthetics are usually light and affordable, and they may be sculpted to fit any décor style.

In addition, they are fade-resistant and do not require paint or sealants like other materials since the color is intrinsic to the chemical make-up. They’re also simple to clean. There is an increasing number of plastics and resins on the market, but here are a handful of the most commonly used ones.

Other Materials Commonly Found in Patio Furniture

Luxury outdoor furniture, in addition to wood, metal, and plastic, uses a range of additional durable materials in a range of applications. Patio dining tables, for example, might have metal or wooden frameworks with different material surfaces. These materials have various properties that are suitable for multiple practical and aesthetic purposes.

HPL:This material is usually up of kraft paper that has been soaked with resin and aluminum, then heated under high pressure to form a modern layered material. HPL has a sleek appearance and is exceptionally durable, making it stain and scratch-resistant. Melamine can improve the durability of this laminate. In addition, it has antimicrobial and flame-retardant characteristics. HPL produced with pine kraft lignin is ideal for outdoor usage since it has a low affinity for water, leading to swelling, internal tension, and cracking. Although it is more expensive than other materials, high-pressure laminate makes an attractive surface for modern outdoor dining and lounge tables.

Tempered Glass: Because of its resilience to temperature fluctuations, tempered Glass is often used for outdoor tabletops. Glass can be lacquered to enhance its resistance to the weather. At the same time, acid cleaning makes it resistant to smudges and fingerprints.

Its smooth surface has an exquisite feel to it, and the transparency gives it an open, spacious sense. Where there is some cover to prevent the light from bouncing off it and blinding guests, Glass is a fantastic choice for sunroom or screened-in porch dining and coffee tables. Glass may be pretty heavy and difficult to move depending on its thickness.

Concrete: While specific minimalist contemporary spaces may have solid concrete outdoor furniture as a permanent design element, this composite is more commonly used than other materials. It may be used as a stable basis for glass top dining and leisure tables or as a commanding tabletop atop a robust metal frame. Concrete is durable, long-lasting, and can resist the weather for years. It may be poured into a variety of forms and molded into thinner structures when reinforced with fiber. Fibers are made of glass, steel, synthetic, or organic materials, improving the concrete’s structural stability. It also improves the material’s resistance to water and ice.


You can prevent corrosion by treating materials that aren’t inherently resistant to water and rust. For example, aluminum, plastic, and HDPE timber are simple to clean, but teak and wicker require more upkeep. Aluminum is a great inexpensive, long-lasting, and easy to clean material, but it gets hot in the sun.

Consider your particular taste – what is your style? For example, do you like aluminum patio furniture and lumber’s modern designs and clean lines, or do you like the natural feel of teak and wicker? What material complements your desert home’s architecture and ornamental elements?

In the end, your selection will be based on your budget and the length of time you want your outdoor furniture to survive. Start decorating your desert retreat once you’ve decided on outdoor furnishings.

Visit our showroom to shop Phoenix Patio Furniture that is most than just casual.

All American Outdoor Living Memorial Day Sale-ebration

Experience more than just casual outdoor living with up to 70% off our entire catalog 

The month of May is upon us, and with it comes a calendar chock full of reasons to party. May marks the beginning of the end of the Spring season. Star Wars fans will greet you with the customary “May the 4th be with you” on Star Wars Day; Cinco de Mayo is the next day, followed shortly by Mother’s Day, then The Preakness, and Memorial Day wraps up the month in style. No matter where you’re from, there are plenty of excuses to get out in the yard and celebrate! 

People are beginning to gather socially again as our world slowly reopens due to the success of the nationwide vaccine rollout. If you are among the many longing for a return to normalcy, this might be the perfect month to consider hosting a get-together with your fully vaccinated family and friends. The timing couldn’t be better either; it’s never been safer (in the last year) to visit with distant loved ones; there are plenty of holidays to choose from, we have spent over a year in relative isolation. We are all going slightly insane, and the weather is beautiful!

Here at All American Outdoor Living, we see this as a recipe for some long overdue outdoor fun and festivities. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your outdoor living space for maximum comfort and style. To help with your upgrading project, we have a Memorial Day Sale where you can save up to 70% on our entire catalog of elegant outdoor products.

Elegance in the Outdoors

When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, All American Outdoor Living has perfected the formula. We offer a diverse line of patio furniture suited to encapsulate your imagination. From rustic to modern, we are proud to present our customers with a broad, colorful selection allowing your unique ideas to flourish. Need a Fire Pit to complete that patio oasis? Need a Patio Umbrella to save yourself from that pesky sun? All American has got you covered – literally.

Meet Some of Our Partners

We pride ourselves on offering a selection of the finest brands in the outdoor furniture business. We, along with our partners, offer the highest quality products alongside top-tier service. Whether you are simply shopping online or required hands-on assistance upgrading your space, All American Outdoor Living is standing by to help with our premiere White Glove Service. We think it is a service that is second to none. 

Sunset West: An upscale line of outdoor products that include various modern and luxurious pieces that will make you and your family finally make proper use of and enjoy the external areas next to your home. These carefully designed pieces are produced to appeal to your sense of style and fashion so that your body and eyes can relax when immersed within the Sunset West patio furniture collection.

They create a beautiful contrast between the outdoor living area and your outdoor space’s vibrant natural colors and are available in tan, gray, and white. You can place any Sunset West outdoor furniture piece in a covered or open area and integrate it within a modern, traditional, or transitional style to accentuate the beauty of your patio or garden. You can even use these pieces in a commercial area such as a bar or lounge to attract more customers and offer an unforgettable and relaxing experience.

Cane-Line: The Cane-Line outdoor furniture includes some of our most inspiring and modern patio furniture in our collection. Cane-Line chairs are sleek and elegant. The Cane-Line outdoor sofas feature an utterly relaxing piece of furniture that will make your patio or garden seem considerably more beautiful and curated.

Our Cane-Line garden furniture comes in brown or other contemporary colors and can be matched with any design style, from modern to casual, rustic, or artisan. In addition, you can place any Cane-Line lounge chair or sofa in an open space without worrying whether you need to anchor it to something else. The captivating design of these chairs and sofas allow them to become accent pieces in any outdoor environment. The Cane-Line patio furniture can seat two people and is made of an aluminum, teak, or wicker frame, combined with a cushion, teak, or wicker seating material.

Ratana: The name Ratana signifies elegance in timeless design and exceptional quality of outdoor furniture, ranging from traditional to transitional and contemporary. Ratana outdoor furniture caters to any style and setting that truly enhances your home and casual living experiences. Our comprehensive line of contract and hospitality specification furniture can be seen worldwide, from 5-star luxury hotels to top-ranked restaurants, from international golf courses to global Olympic venues. Ratana patio furniture pieces are poised to create the ideal setting with premier comfort and prestige to achieve the ultimate relaxation for your luxury lifestyle.

Ratana outdoor furniture pieces are characterized by unique and modern colors such as pink, black, brown, purple, and gray. You can place them in both covered and open spaces to make your outdoor living room more comfortable and extra luxurious. Their sleek and elegant aluminum frames, combined with soft cushions, appeal to your sense of style and allows you to relax in your private oasis.

Fire Pits

Gathering around a fire with friends and family is an unquestionably enjoyable and social outdoor activity. The warmth and light of fire are incredibly soothing, whether you’re making s’mores and sharing ghost stories with the kids, catching up with neighbors over a few drinks, or simply stargazing with a partner.

These types of activities have become so commonplace that purchasing a fire pit has almost become a requirement for homeowners. However, with so many choices to choose from, it can be challenging to know which ones are a worthy investment.

Our line of fire pits is among the most adaptable, well-built, elegant, and efficient models available on the market today. The 42-inch Alumi-Crete Round Firepit is our top seller, and a great example of the high-quality pits open in our catalog. This line of fire pits is powder-coated in aluminum with a Teflon-coated clear finish for a look that is indeed the definition of a modern sheik design. Each model comes with optional fiberglass in an array of colors and reflections to truly elevate the style of your outdoor space. These pits are fitted with stainless steel burners powered by propane tanks, making them easy to maintain and incredibly affordable to operate. Make time this summer to gather with family and friends around your new fire pit and enjoy the best homemade s’mores in town. Just don’t let the marshmallows burn!

Outdoor Couches and Seating

Designed to offer proper outdoor luxury seating, our line of outdoor couches, love seats, and sofa chairs take on proportions and scale usually reserved for indoor upholstery. The collection’s styling is timeless; the comfort is unsurpassed, the only thing missing is the environment in which to place it.

Your patio is supposed to be a place where you can unwind and relax, so some kind of seating is needed. If you have a small yard, luxury comfort chairs are a great choice. Garden chairs come in a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, wicker, and aluminum. You should choose the material based on your budget and needs. If your space is small, two chairs will suffice, but if your garden is more extensive, a collection of four or six chairs is suggested.

Loveseats: Our most popular loveseat combines modern and industrial design elements into one eye-catching piece. Its open silhouette and elegant, angular lines are thoughtfully enhanced by details like beveled extrusion edges and subtle soft curves. The Redondo range, which is made of the highest quality materials for comfort and longevity, will last a long time with little upkeep. It has a powder-coated aluminum frame with a polished burnished slate finish and resin feet to protect the foundation.

Large Sofas: Sofa sets are possibly the best choice for garden furniture if you have a large yard. They provide the utmost relaxation. Your garden will look attractive, classy, and decent with sofa sets. What could be better than sitting outside with your guests and talking while enjoying the cool breeze and the fragrance of fresh plants?

All of our large sofas are handcrafted, fully welded into a heat-resistant aluminum frame, durable, architectural grade, and come with a powder-coated finish. The cushions are made of quick-dry foam and come in a wide variety of colors to match your home’s style. They are also UV and weather resistant. Our Coronado Large Sofa is a popular choice and a great place to start your search for the perfect outdoor couch.

If you have ample outdoor space, consider a more oversized couch to fill the space and expand your hosting abilities. Consider our popular Redondo 3-Piece Sectional for the ultimate lounging experience. 

Chairs: If you’re working with a smaller space or budget, consider one or two small comfortable chairs for outdoor relaxing. The Coronado Club Swivel Rocker is an elegant choice that can add a natural boost of class and comfort to your yard.

Don’t wait; the deals are going fast! Visit our showroom for the best deals and be sure to ask about our new ROMA collection. 

America Gets Ready for Backyard Celebrations Again

After more than a year of lockdown and quarantine, people are anxious to enjoy outdoor living again and experience their first tastes of normalcy as vaccination rates climb across the nation. Movie theaters have available showtimes, concert venues are beginning to sell tickets for future shows, and best of all, restaurants are beginning to reopen and offer indoor dining once again. Businesses are still employing safety protection protocols to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19, but it feels like we are on the path to real life again!

The most exciting part about returning to a new normal is the ability to see our friends and hug our loved ones. Now is the perfect time to start planning your next backyard celebration. While we don’t think you need a reason to get together and celebrate (especially after this last year), we’ve got plenty of good excuses to kick up your heels and be merry. Let’s look at an exciting upcoming event and how you can use your outdoor furnishings to have a backyard celebration that the whole neighborhood will want to attend.

Arizona Restaurant Week 2021

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our progress than enjoying a meal (or seven) during Arizona’s Restaurant Week 2021! Put on yearly by the Arizona Restaurant Association, this statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. So, prepare your taste buds and dig in.

Join the Celebration of Arizona’s Restaurant Week 2021

Let us introduce you to some of the restaurants we are excited to try out this year.

Ajo Al’s Mexican Cafe:

Ajo Al’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant business serving Sonoran-style Mexican food since 1986. All of their menu items are prepared fresh daily, featuring the freshest and finest local ingredients available. Their specialties include smoked street tacos, Mexican pizzas, and their famous frozen margaritas! Visit any one of their four valley locations and find out why Ajo Al’s is no ordinary Mexican Cafe. They also claim to be Arizona’s original Mexican Cafe.

We are excited to try a Mexican pizza not made by a fast-food chain and wash it down with a frozen margarita – which sounds like a perfect meal for a Sunday afternoon get-together.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill:

Thirsty Lion’s culinary commitment is to provide an eclectic variety of multi-cultural cuisines, emphasizing local ingredients, bold flavors, and scratch recipes. Their fresh sheet specials focus on the changing seasons with unique ingredients, including fresh seafood, quality meats, artisan cheeses, and local vegetables & fruits. Their menu selections represent popular and culturally relevant recipe creation, including the infusion of craft beer into the food. They have three locations across Arizona and are offering a special 3-course prix fixe meal for $33.

This eclectic menu has something for everyone and features many trendy offerings. We are particularly intrigued by the Scotch Eggs and Gochujang BBQ Pork and Kimchi Fried Rice – quite the cultural, culinary mash-up!

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar:

Quality, comfort, and value are three key ingredients that make The Keg Steakhouse & Bar experience unlike any other. Highlighted by exceptional service and mouthwatering steaks, The Keg creates an atmosphere that encourages guests to enjoy, relax and be themselves. Whether you’re getting together with friends or celebrating with family, you’ll always be welcomed with a smile.

This classic upscale steak house calls to the carnivore in us. From the Bleu Cheese Filet Mignon to the surf and turf Sirloin and Lobster, there are almost too many decadent options to choose from. Just make sure to practice eating with your pinky fully extended before you arrive.

The Sicilian Butcher:

The Sicilian Butcher is centered upon a build-your-own meal experience featuring gourmet meatballs and charcuterie boards with casual dine-in and to-go services. This modern-casual meatball and butchery-inspired concept are the first of its kind to launch in Arizona. They have three locations across Arizona and offer a special 3-course prix fixe meal that looks out of this world. If you’ve been craving high-quality authentic Italian food, look no further than the Sicilian Butcher.

Dine Out at Home

If you are unable or not ready yet to dine out, consider supporting your local restaurants by ordering take-out from their establishments. This year has been challenging for every American, but restaurant owners and workers suffered by closing up shop. Not only can you celebrate some of the best cuisines that Arizona has to offer, at the same time you can enjoy your fine outdoor furniture while helping your fellow Arizonan business stay open.

Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to have people over and try some exciting new local foods. Here at All American Outdoor Living, we have plans to host a big backyard party catered by some of these participating restaurants. If this sounds like a good time, consider doing the same with your family and friends! Lucky for you, we have all the information and equipment you’ll need to pull off a successful Restaurant Week backyard celebration. Let’s cover the basics for throwing the best backyard bash.

Get Your Backyard Party Ready

Hosting a memorable backyard party is all about providing comfort for your guests. Comfortable furniture, fire pits, good food, and proper protection from the elements are the foundation of your event. Here are some essential items you can add to your backyard to bring the party to life.

Fire Pits

Gather around your fire pit with a delicious Restaurant Week Fire meal and finish it off with freshly roasted s’mores. Fire pits can be custom designed to match most styles using marble, cast aluminum, concrete, and slate. They can also be customized to your gas preferences, whether it’s natural gas, ethanol, propane, or an actual wood-burning pit. 

We suggest getting one that sits above the ground for the first-time fire pit owner instead of committing to a full dug-out pit. Think of it as getting the fire pit equivalent of an above-ground pool; it will do the job and requires a smaller upfront investment and long-term commitment. Concrete fire pits are a great place to start your search. The Round Moderno Concrete Fire Pit is an affordable starting pit and comes with fifty pounds of stunning blue volcanic rock that will make your entire patio pop visually. 

Round Moderno Concrete Fire Pit

If you are looking for a fire pit that is less about functionality and more about decoration, check out the Tavola Concrete Fire Pit below. This pit is perfect for covering large areas of your patio and adding a really elegant ambiance to the environment.

Tavola Concrete Fire Pit

If your fire pit desires are purely about decoration, see the Pentola Concrete Fire Pit below. A few of these strategically placed around your yard will warm your space and make it feel exquisite.

Pentola Concrete Fire Pit

Fire Tables

Fire pits are not for everyone as they can be a big commitment for your patio space and tend to be pricey; if this sounds like you, consider an alternative such as a fire table. Fire tables are functional pieces of furniture that feature a live burning centerpiece. These tables come in various shapes, sizes, and finishes and are usually powered by gas or gel canisters. 

If your family enjoys dinners outside, consider the Trinidad Octagonal Gas Dining Firepit. Its sturdy aluminum frame and powder-coated finish make it ideal for fall weather and are big enough to fit most large families. For those who enjoy a hot beverage in the morning or cozying up and watching the sunset, consider one of our favorite options: The Icon Rectangular Fire Pit Coffee Table. This table can fill your patio space in both form and function, perfect for coffee and snacks.

Patio Covers

Patio covers are essential all year round, but especially so during the hot Summer months. Protect your furniture patio investment by covering your pieces with patio covers. Rain, persistent dew, falling leaves and branches, and wind are all factors that could damage your property in the long term. It is a good rule of thumb to be preventive about your protection practices instead of reactive. Some damage can’t be undone. 

Our outdoor patio covers are constructed of top-grade fabrics and fibers, made of solution-dyed acrylic and nylon fabrics. Our outdoor patio furniture covers are durable and breathable, water-resistant, and will not crack or peel like vinyl. The patio covers are beige and have various sizes that fit table and chair covers, individual covers like an outdoor sofa or loveseat. We also offer fire pit covers, chaise lounge, and umbrella covers too. Our outdoor patio covers will fit aluminum furniture companies such as Tropitone, Mallin, Brown Jordan, or Castelle, as well wicker manufacturers like Ebel, NorthCape International, and Lloyd Flanders, along with outdoor wrought iron companies like O.W. Lee and Meadowcraft. 

Spring into Summer with All American Outdoor Living, Arizona Restaurant Week, and your long-lost friends and family members.

Winter Patio Heating Solutions

After this unrelenting year of the coronavirus lockdown, many people have taken their personal outdoor spaces as a refuge from always being inside. With the home now serving as your residence and place of business, upgrades and remodels to maximize space have become a top priority. If you happen to live in a climate with colder weather, using your outdoor space year-round is not always an option. However, with proper equipment, furniture, and decor, you can turn even the coldest backyard into a warm and inviting space. Let’s look at how to furnish and warm your outdoor space properly.

Before You Buy

There are many considerations to take into account before making a purchase or commitment to an outdoor heating source. As with any investment, it is essential to do your research and then discuss it with a professional. This is a type of purchase that you’ll want to put the thought in n and get right the first time.

Before you buy, consider the location of the heat source. Ask yourself if there is enough space for the device you want and if it can be operated safely. Make sure to look up and check for what is above your potential heat source to avoid potential fire hazards. Also, consider the weather and if you’ll need to store your heating device during inclement weather. Lastly, factor your budget upfront to have a realistic idea of what you are getting into financially.

Fire Up the Backyard

One of the most idyllic and affordable ways to heat your backyard is using a fire source. It could be a fire pit, a built-in fireplace, or even something less traditional like a pizza oven. Your fuel choice can also impact how much your outdoor heating costs you and should be determined not only by local laws and codes. Check with your city or county for any ordinances you need to be mindful of, such as wood-burning laws and performance standards (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides information and links to many regional ordinances and regulations). Generally, though, the most environmentally-friendly choices are butane or gas, which both need to be hooked up by a professional.

Fire Pits: Arguably the most popular modern fire-based heating source, fire pits earn their reputation by being easy to use, affordable, and in some cases, portable. Fire pits come in a wide variety of styles and can be simple or very complex, even decorative if you desire. Fire pits are highly customizable and can be made to fit any decor or available space in your yard. A popular trend in modern design has been to use concrete for outdoor features, and this has translated very well to the world of fire pits.

Fire Tables: If your yard is not large enough or a permanent pit doesn’t appeal to you, consider an alternative option in a fire table. These outdoor tables come in all shapes and sizes, from coffee tables to full-sized dining tables, and feature a gas-lit fire pit in the center. These options are practical in more than one way and are very aesthetically pleasing, not to mention a great way to make s’mores with family and friends. Fire pits and fire tables are also made in nearly all common outdoor materials, so you can get one that matches your needs and home decor.

Traditional Fireplace: A more permanent solution to outdoor heating is to have a custom fireplace built. As with any construction project, this can be simple or too elaborate, depending on your goals and budget. Even a simple fireplace will add value to your property and is a safe way to experience a traditional fire for warmth. Fireplaces can be fueled traditionally with wood or built with a gas-line for easy and quick use. Make sure to consider all exterior surroundings for potential fire hazards when installing your fireplace. Avoid areas with low-hanging trees, wooden structures above, large shrubbery, or plants. If you want to be considerate, consider the wind and airflow’s expected direction so that you don’t end up blowing smoke into your neighbor’s homes.

Chimineas: Also known as a portable fireplace, chimineas are a hot item as of late. Popularity for these items has surged due to the combination of the pandemic and social media. The good news is that these are the most affordable option on the market in terms of fireplaces. Stylish looking and functional, chimineas are a great way to heat even the smallest of outdoor spaces. These are also great options for homeowners who want a longer-term solution but don’t want to invest in a full fireplace because they blend in and look more permanent than they are.

Cooking Appliances: If you are willing to think outside the box about how you heat your patio, consider installing a pizza oven or large grill in your backyard. Not only will these appliances put off a ton of excess heat (especially the pizza oven), but you get to warm your outdoor space and cook delicious food at the same time! As they say, “two birds, one stone.” These appliances are also great for causing social gatherings and can be built to match and elevate your outdoor decor.

Alternative Outdoor Heating Sources

If messing with live fire is not for you, consider a safer option in an electrically-powered heating source.

Propane Lamp Patio Heaters: Commonly found on restaurant patios or in hotel common- areas, propane patio heaters are a popular and affordable solution for heating your backyard. A few strategically placed heaters could provide heat for your whole backyard social gathering. These perform well on porches, patios, and decks alike. Often equipped with wheels, these lamp-like devices are portable and easily stored in the warmer months.

The most significant benefit of these heat lamps is their immediate effect on the environment. Often activated with a one-button push, these heaters can quickly come up to temperature and directly impact the cold. These devices are not recommended for outdoor spaces that are covered or have low airflow.

Space Heaters: A more personal solution to outdoor heating is to use a personal space heater. More commonly used indoors, these devices are still functional outdoors. While significantly less efficient, a personal space heater placed in front of you can be the perfect companion while you read a book or enjoy a cup of tea on a cold evening.

Luxurious Heating Solutions

While these might not be options for everyone, they are significant considerations for those who have room in their budget to splurge on a luxurious heating source.

Heated Floors: Typically seen in a bathroom, heated floors are gaining popularity in modern home designs. What’s trending now is the implementation and use of heated floors for outdoor patios. Not only are heated floors great for warming up your backyard environment, but they are also great for melting snow and keeping surfaces from becoming icy. If your budget allows, these radiant heating solutions are the pinnacle of luxury and function.

Spas and Hot Tubs: Allow me to paint a romantic picture for you. It’s a cold winter or spring evening, and the stars are shining above as you relax in a perfectly heated hot tub. Of course, there is champagne and caviar next to you as classical music plays, with your butler standing by to refill your drink. Well, the butler and champagne part might be a dream, but the rest could very much be your life if you invest in a spa or hot tub for your backyard. Traditional pools or hot tubs can be a large construction project, but a simple above-ground spa is simple to install. Just make sure to have a warm robe and slippers to wear out of the hot tub, or it will be a cold journey back inside.

Simple Outdoor Heating Solutions

Not all outdoor heating options have to be fire or electricity-based. Sometimes, simple solutions are the best for your needs.

Outdoor Rugs: Give your outdoor space an added comfort underfoot, all while standing up to cold weather. At All American Outdoor Living, we feature incredibly durable, low maintenance, and beautiful, all-weather outdoor rugs that are the perfect addition for any patio, deck, or porch. The simple addition of a carpet can dramatically reduce the cold from the ground and create a

much more comfortable and enjoyable outdoor environment. Rugs are also a great way to improve your exterior decor or express yourself creatively. Avoid rugs that are shag-like or have too many long fibers, or cleaning it will be a nightmare.

Blankets and Throws: Maybe the most straightforward solution on our list is the humble blanket. Blankets and fancy throws can be used to spruce up the look of outdoor furniture and can keep you warm while enjoying your patio all year long.

Pro Tip: Toss your blankets and throws into the dryer for a few minutes before going outside for bonus warmth and comfort.

Preparing Your Backyard Patio for Winter

Winter is here and it is on in full force. As the temperatures drop and the trees shed their leaves, one thing becomes clear: it’s time to prepare for the cold weather. Regardless of the materials your outdoor furniture is made of, be it wood, wicker, metal, or plastic, it’s important that you store your patio set in a dry place where the snow and rain can’t get to it. Leaving your furniture out all winter is a surefire way to ruin it.

Now is the perfect time to either enjoy mother nature at her coldest, or pack up the patio furniture for the coming months and stay inside. Whether you are the type to bundle up and enjoy the winter on your patio or are more inclined to hibernate for winter, we have all the information you need to prepare you patio space for the cold weather ahead. Below is our best advice for making the most out of your patio space in the cold weather, followed by our top tips for safely securing your until next season.

Embrace the Cold Weather

As the saying goes, “some like it hot”. I’m sure Marilyn would agree that this logic would also imply that “some like it cold”. If you are the type of person who loves a hot beverage on a cold winter’s day, then this section of the article is for you. Too many people give up on enjoying their outdoor space in the face of a little cold weather or rain. Here at All American Outdoor Living, we believe you should enjoy your patio all year round. Grab your blankets.

In order to enjoy your patio in the cold weather, you’ll need to consider some weather appropriate additions to your patio space. If you don’t already own a fire pit or a fire table, now would be the time to consider investing in one. A fire pit can warm you and your family on the warmest of winter nights and can add a magical ambiance to your patio.

Imagine spending Christmas Eve roasting chestnuts over a literal open fire. That magical moment is within reach if you install a fire pit. Fire pits are also great all year round. You may be investing in one because of the cold weather, but you’ll still be reaping the benefits of it come summer time. I can smell the s’mores already!

If you don’t have the outdoor space that can accommodate a fire pit, consider an alternative in a fire table. Fire tables are the hot new trend in the backyard furniture game. Small, lightweight, affordable, efficient, and magical are all terms that accurately describe fire tables. You can even get coffee table sized fire tables so you can start your day off with a cup of java next to a warm fire.

Hibernate for the Winter

If you fall into the other camp of people who would prefer to hide away from the cold weather, we can’t blame you. No one truly loves to be cold; some just prefer to bundle up in spite of it. Here is all the information you need to properly prepare your patio for the long winter.

Clean Everything:

Arguably the most important and most often overlooked part of patio maintenance is to simply clean everything. This goes double for packing up your furniture for the winter. It is important to scrape off any mud, dirt, mold, mildew or grime that has built up over time. There’s no sense in covering and storing your furniture if it is dirty, as it will still take wear and tear damage from the dirt over time.

It is also important to inspect any metal furniture you have for rust and oxidation. Addressing these issues before storing them will greatly reduce the odds of the problem getting worse over time. Use steel wool and paint to clean and refinish any areas that might have succumbed to mother nature’s elements.

Patio Covers:

Properly form fitted patio covers are the most important factor for keeping your patio furniture safe this winter. Most manufacturers offer custom fitting covers for their products and are always considered a good investment if they don’t come with the initial purchase. If you can’t get a set of custom covers, invest in a general set of covers that will fit your pieces. Look for covers that offer high quality fabrics made of synthetic fibers.

All American Outdoor Living outdoor patio covers are constructed of top-grade fabrics and fibers, made of solution dyed acrylic and nylon fabrics. Our outdoor patio furniture covers are durable and breathable, water resistant, and will not crack or peel like vinyl. The patio covers are beige in color and have a variety of sizes that fit table and chair covers, individual covers like an outdoor sofa, or love seat; also available are fire pit covers, chaise lounge and umbrella cover.

Our outdoor patio covers will fit aluminum furniture companies such as Tropitone, Mallin, Brown Jordan or Castelle, as well wicker manufacturers like Ebel, NorthCape International, and Lloyd Flanders; along with outdoor wrought iron companies like O.W. Lee and Meadowcraft.

Stack It Up:

One way you can approach you patio shutdown is to think of it as way challenge to save space. In doing such, you’ll find that stacking matching chairs can save space and make it easy to cover with a single large tarp or cover. You can also flip small tables upside down and stack them on each other. Wrap any glass pieces in blankets and/or towels to keep them from getting too cold and shattering when you bring them back out the following season. Also, check the storage area for potential leaks and flaws in the structure that might allow rodents or water to get inside.

Wicker Weatherproofing:

Here is a great tip for owners of wicker furniture. Use a bleach and water solution to brush over the surface of your furniture. In doing so, you will prevent mildew from growing which can occur even with a cover over it. There also solutions you can purchase to repel moisture on the legs of wicker chairs and tables. Apply a water-repellent finish to reinforce furniture and protect it from any moisture that might find its way into the storage space.

Wash Your Fabrics:

If your patio featured furniture with lots of cushions, you’ll want to remove those and take them inside for cleaning and storage. Pay attention to the specific cleaning and care instructions provided with your covers as not all materials can simply be thrown into the washing machine. Use a color safe bleach to kill any mold or mildew that may have grown while outside.

If your patio cushions cannot be taken apart, use a mild detergent and soft brush to clean the exteriors. You can then leave them hanging to air dry, which should happen rather quickly in the cold weather.

Hide Your Plastic:

If you have any furniture or decor that is made of plastic, consider moving it inside for the winter. Plastic furniture is extremely resistant to the rain and snow, but the cold it becomes, the more brittle it is. Plastic furniture can be covered, but doing so will not guarantee that the structural integrity of the piece will stay intact. Move your furniture somewhere warm and dry or you might accidentally shatter the furniture into pieces the next time you go to use it. Also, fix any cracks you find in plastic furniture however minor or the cracks will likely spread until they’re too large to repair.

Wax Your Aluminum:

It might sound odd, but good old fashioned car wax is the perfect defense for your aluminum furniture against the cold harsh weather. Wash down any aluminum furniture you have and completely dry before apply a layer of automotive wax. This will help keep water off the aluminum and protect the paint from inclement weather.

If you experience any paint chippings, you can also use car touch up paint to fix any unsightly blemishes on your furniture. Who knew automotive products would be so handy for protecting your patio!

Seal Your Wood:

If you have any furniture that is made out of wood, you’ll want to consider using a sealant to protect it from moisture and rain. Sealing the wood will prevent the wood from expanding and becoming misshapen. If you have teak furniture specifically, this might be less of an issue for you. Teak is naturally full of resin and oils which prevent winter from permeating the surface. Considering teak is the most popular wood in outdoor furniture, this may apply to you. Either way, double check your wooden furniture and see if adding a coat of sealant might just extend the life of your patio furniture.

Stop in one of our All American Outdoor Livingv locations or shop online to find the best outdoor products to protect your outdoor living room!

Weatherproof Your Patio for Fall and Winter Weather

Patio Covers

Fall is in full force here in the United States and Winter is just around the corner. This magical time of year is best enjoyed with family, friends, and loved ones. In a year that has been defined by a worldwide pandemic and nationwide quarantines, most of us have been rediscovering the love for our outdoor space at home. As the much-needed holiday’s approach, now is the perfect time to update your outdoor patio for maximum comfort.

If your patio is already in tip-top shape, now is the time to consider making some seasonal adjustments to your yard. Not only is it a great time to bring out the box of holiday decorations, but it is early enough into the season that you can take some proactive steps to weatherproof and protect your outdoor furniture and accessories. Let’s take a look at some of the options for preparing your yard for Fall and Winter.

Lodge Redwood Outdoor Rug

Outdoor Rugs

A lot of Americans spent their Summer upgrading their backyard space due to the quarantine and all the extra time spent at home. If you did this, you may have overlooked adding an outdoor rug to your patio since it wasn’t necessary during the hot months. Now that the weather is cooling down, you might find walking around your outdoor space a less enjoyable experience for your uncovered feet.

Cold concrete, wet grass, and dirt becoming mud are all problematic during the colder months. If you want to take a simple step to really improve the quality of life in your outdoor space, invest in a couple of high-quality outdoor area rugs. Not only will they keep your feet warm and dry, but they can add a pop of color or class to your patio space.

All American Outdoor Living has a wide selection of rugs to fit your design tastes. From rustic styles like the Lodge Redwood Outdoor Rug, classy and contemporary patterns like the Florence Mocha Outdoor Rug, to laidback Hawaiian beach vibes with the Maui Silver Outdoor Rug, there is surely something to fit your style.

Florence Mocha Outdoor Rug

Patio Covers

Rain, hail, snow, high winds, and in certain areas, even sunshine can be problematic during the Fall and Winter months. Rain and snow can rust your furniture, high winds can whip your patio accessories around or carry them off, and hail can cause physical damage to your property. If you’re an Arizona local like us, you also know that the sun doesn’t leave in the winter months, making your patio vulnerable to sun damage and discoloration all year round.

Your patio is most likely exposed to the elements in some way, even if you have custom retractable awnings installed. Investing in proper or custom fitting patio covers will save you money in the long run and keep your investment in top shape.

All American Outdoor Living outdoor patio covers are constructed of top-grade fabrics and fibers, made of solution-dyed acrylic and nylon fabrics. Our outdoor patio furniture covers are durable and breathable, water-resistant, and will not crack or peel like vinyl. The patio covers are beige in color and have a variety of sizes that fit table and chair covers, individual covers like an outdoor sofa, or love seat; also available are fire pit covers, chaise lounges, and umbrella covers.

These outdoor patio covers will fit aluminum furniture companies such as Tropitone, Mallin, Brown Jordan, or Castelle, as well as wicker manufacturers like Ebel, NorthCape International, and Lloyd Flanders; along with outdoor wrought iron companies like O.W. Lee and Meadowcraft.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting for your patio is not only essential during the Fall and Winter if done properly, but it can also turn your plain space into a magical winter wonderland. As the sun sets earlier and the night comes sooner, you’ll want to plan for proper lighting in all spaces of your yard. Technically speaking, most lamps that can be used indoors can also be used outdoors, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are suited for the outdoor conditions. If you are looking for an all-around solution to light a large space, look for ceramic lights. These lights are built with a hearty exterior that is meant to stand up to tough weather conditions.

As mentioned above, it is cheap and easy to turn your backyard into a winter wonderland. String lights are incredibly popular and have been for the past decade or so. These simple light strings can elevate your space from bland to magical. Installing string lighting around the upper areas of your patio can transform your yard into a space fit for a magazine cover. String lights are an affordable solution to add light and ambiance to your outdoor patio space.

Outdoor Blinds

When you think of blinds, you generally think of them as a way to block out the sun. When you discuss blinds in the context of your outdoor patio, however, they actually serve multiple purposes. If you’re on the west coast, outdoor blinds can absolutely help you stay in the shade during the day. Once night comes though, outdoor blinds serve a different purpose: blocking the wind. If you experience windy nights as the temperature drops, consider strategically installing outdoor blinds to drastically reduce airflow and windchill. Outdoor blinds can also assist in protecting your outdoor furniture from rain, hail, and snow.

All American Outdoor Living offers custom outdoor blind solutions. Featuring magnetic locks, guided tracks, and the ability to roll up and disappear, these blinds are second to none. Outdoor blinds are also seen as a valuable investment as they can increase the value of your home.

Protective Cleaners

Now that you’ve invested in proper covers for your patio furniture, it’s time to consider protecting the furniture while it is in use, as well as the covers while the furniture is not in use. All American Outdoor Living offers a wide array of outdoor furniture cleaners and protectants for your patio furniture. Originally created to withstand aviation weather conditions, the Indoor/Outdoor Protectant™ formula is strong enough to protect all the stuff you use every day. And because it’s water-based, this premium protectant is safe for use on virtually any material. Maintain colorful umbrella awnings, cushions, and slings. Keep finished powder-coated aluminum, outdoor wicker, and wrought iron looking beautiful year after year.

If your furniture is fabric heavy, consider cleaning it with 303 Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner and then protecting it with the 303 Fabric Guard. 303 High Tech Fabric Guard is safe for the finest fabrics, wool, silk, and fine leathers, including suede. When used on outdoor fabrics, 303 High Tech Fabric Guard restores lost water repellency and stain repellency to factory new levels. 303 High Tech Fabric Guard resists soiling, impedes mildew formation and helps protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Proper maintenance with 303 Products will add to the life of your fabrics and save you money.

Once your furniture is cleaned and guarded, consider adding the 303 Aerospace Protectant into the mix. This solution is the equivalent of adding SPF 40 sunscreen to your furniture, protecting it from sun damage and discoloration.

Outdoor Cushions and Poufs

An often-overlooked aspect of weatherproofing your patio is that of your personal comfort. There is lots of information and solutions to protect your patio furniture, but what about protecting yourself while enjoying your patio in the cold weather? Consider sitting down at your outdoor dining table during winter. If your furniture is made of anything other than plastic, it is very likely going to be cold and unpleasant.

Avoid sitting on cold metal furniture by adding cushions to your outdoor seating. All American Outdoor Living has options and styles for all types of patio furniture. Choose from chair cushions, chaise lounge cushions, cushions for benches, and for loveseats

Outdoor Fire Pits

Outdoor Fire Pits

There is no better time of year than the cold Fall and Winter nights to sit around a fire with your loved ones. Fend off the cold nights around the fire with snacks, warm beverages, and good company. Looking for some real authenticity? Try roasting your own chestnuts over an open fire this year with an outdoor fire pit.

Here at All American Outdoor Living, we have a selection of pits to fit your space and design tastes. This year, the Moderno style concrete pits have been incredibly popular due to their design and how little space they take up. The volcanic rock options can also add immediate class to your backyard space. If you are looking for something a little bigger and to be more of a centerpiece, consider the Flo fire pits.

If you don’t have the space to install a permanent fire pit, consider a fire table, a new option that is more available and affordable. These tables offer the luxury of a fire pit but don’t require a large investment or a ton of space. These tables can also be customized with volcanic rocks to really add some class to your outdoor space.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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 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.