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What to Look for in Outdoor Sectional Furniture

Whether you live in a city or suburb, gas prices and growing populations make it more and more difficult to find a spot in the sun to relax and enjoy the summer. For those who can’t get away to go to the beach or park, outdoor living spaces are the perfect alternative.

An outdoor sectional set is a great way to bring your patio or deck to life. It offers a place for your family and friends to gather and enjoy the nice weather. When searching for the current outdoor furniture trends, there are a few important factors that you should consider that will help you choose the best outdoor sectionals or outdoor dining sets for your space.



The best outdoor sectional sets are made with high-quality materials that are resistant to the elements. The type of frame and outer materials are two of the most important things to consider.

Several popular options include outdoor wicker patio furniture, teak outdoor furniture and teak and rope outdoor furniture. For the best balance of durability, comfort, and style, we always recommend powder coated aluminum or solid teak wood frames, and all-weather wicker, all-weather rope or solid teak wood outer materials.

Before settling on a frame and outer material, you should also consider the current aesthetic of your patio or deck, and make sure that the two styles will complement each other.

The materials used to make any cushions are very important as well. The foam needs to be made to get wet and dry quickly. Overall polyester fabric should be avoided but does the set come olefin vs. sunbrella outdoor fabric? Sunbrella is typically considered to be the best outdoor fabric


Outdoor Seating

Seating capacity is another important factor that you should consider when choosing a new outdoor sectional. If you have a large family or entertain guests often, you should opt for a larger sectional that provides enough room to comfortably seat everyone. Remember, it is always better to have empty seating than to not have enough!


Shape & Style

Another important factor to consider is the shape of the patio sectional set. By combining modular pieces and extenders, outdoor sectionals can be customized into many different shapes. L-shaped and U-shaped sectionals are always in style and have been two of the most popular styles for decades. In recent years, round sectionals have also become a very popular option.



Be sure to measure the area where you are planning to put your sectional set and think about your preferred layout. If you are placing your sectional on a patio or deck, it is a good idea to leave some excess room so your family and guests can still walk through the area. Our free Try Us At Home Delivery Service ensures the best possible fit of our products in your outdoor space.


Weather Resistance

Like any outdoor patio furniture, sectional sets must be weather resistant. A high-quality sectional should have a frame and outer material that is durable and rustproof. It should repel water, resist rust and mildew, and not be prone to fading.

These virtues are all true with powder coated aluminum frames, all weather wicker, and teak wood. The furniture cushions should drain water, circulate air, and dry quickly.

Since we specialize in outdoor furniture, you can rest assured that all the sectional sets at Madbury Road are built to withstand any climate!


Matching Accessory Pieces

Another important factor to consider is whether you plan to expand your patio furniture set in the future. If so, you should choose a modular set which can be extended and added to. Many of our sets offer extensions as well as an entire matching collection of outdoor dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, lounge chairs, and more. For instance, here are some matching outdoor daybed ideas that would perfectly complement a sectional set while also providing additional seating for family and friends.