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The deck is done, the patio has been paved -- now it's time to furnish your outdoor space and decide on a certain style. How about tropical or Mediterranean? Vintage or eclectic? Palm Springs modern or Victorian? What are your needs, desires, location and size limitations, and do you have a budget? Where do you find furniture and accessories -- retail stores, garden centers, flea markets, or catalogs?

The Top 10 Patio Umbrellas
An umbrella is a must-have for an outdoor space during the summer. Discover our top-10 picks to keep you styling under the shade.

Before You Buy a Patio Umbrella
Before you shop for an outdoor umbrella, you should do some research. Most umbrellas measure anywhere from 5 to 11 feet in diameter. Affixed to a pole, they are placed into a hole that's in your outdoor dining table or anchored by a weighted umbrella base. Using a crank at the top of the pole, you can raise or lower the canopy of the umbrella....

Top Picks in Outdoor Cushions and Pillows
It's like sprinkles or icing on a cake: colorful, vibrant or carefully chosen outdoor cushions and pillows can add oomph to your outdoor deck and pizzazz to your patio furniture. Outdoor pillows and cushions vary in price, depending on the fabric, brand or designer. Garden-variety pillows in solid colors from discount stores are usually more...

Before You Buy a Hammock
The image of relaxing in a hammock under a big tree conjures up daydreams of summer afternoons spent idyllically in your own bird-chirping version of Eden. If you really want a hammock, what do you need to consider before ordering one online or adding it to the cart at your big-box retailer?

How to Reupholster Patio Chair Pads & Cushions
When the cushions and upholstery of your outdoor furniture wears out, your first impulse might be to replace them or have them professionally reupholstered. But who needs another expense? No sewing skills are needed for something simple like replacing the padded seat. Follow these easy steps for making your own chair cushion.

Easy, No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Want a new look for your patio cushions and pillows? But what if you're short on time and can't sew? Follow these easy instructions for quickly giving your outdoor space a little "makeover."

Choosing Outdoor Fabric
Before reupholstering or making new cushions or pillows for outdoor furniture, it's important to pick the right fabric. Follow our tips before you go shopping for outdoor fabric for your next DIY project.

Outdoor Fabric Brands
Get to know the names and brands behind some of the top manufacturers in outdoor fabric.

Where to Buy Outdoor Fabric
Where's the best place to buy outdoor fabric? We've hunted and researched far and wide to come up with a good list of bricks-and-mortar and online retailers who might have the outdoor fabric of your dreams.

Patio Furniture Brands
How do you distinguish one outdoor patio brand from another? About.com has compiled a handy go-to list of garden furniture brands, companies and manufacturers. Explore each company's website to learn more about the products and where you can buy them.

10 Tips for Finding Inexpensive Patio Furniture
Maybe it's time for some new outdoor furniture, but your budget won't bend. Like other potential purchases, you can work more closely toward your goal if you have an open mind and do some creative searching. Stores that specialize in patio furniture year 'round often carry high-end, deep-seating brands, but are less likely to hold incredible...

Field Trip: Antique Store Shopping for Vintage Garden Furniture
If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be the first go-to place for all things vintage, flea markets, online auction sites and sources like craigslist.com have put many antique stores out of...

Caring for Wood Garden Furniture
What's the best way to protect your outdoor furniture from the elements? For wood and hardwood garden furniture, it's a combination of keeping it under cover as much as possible, away from extremes in temperature or moisture. Discover what it takes to maintain your outdoor wood furniture throughout the years, allowing it to retain its strength...

What is Cast Iron?
Metal is metal -- right? Not really. In the context of garden furniture, metal can include aluminum, steel, wrought iron and cast iron. How can you tell one from another? Let's learn more about cast iron, including its history.

What is Rattan?
Is there a rattan plant? Yes, but it's not readily available. Rattan is an exotic vinelike palm that hails from the tropical jungles of Asia. Since the early 1800s, it's been a popular material for making outdoor furniture. Find out why.

A Brief History of Metal Lawn Furniture, aka 'Motel' Chairs
Where did those metal lawn chairs, gliders and other steel outdoor furniture get their start? Did they just appear in front of a motel on Route 66 one day in the 1950s? A Texas company produces powder-coated metal lawn furniture that's built to last.

Where to Shop Online for Inexpensive Outdoor Furniture
Looking for inexpensive outdoor furniture online? You've probably visited the well-known sites EBay and Craigslist, where you can bid on or respond to an advertisement, respectively, for that patio table or lawn chair. But what other online sources are out with the great deals or collectibles that you don't know about? When conducting an...

What is Wrought Iron?
Wrought iron is one of the most popular materials for making garden furniture. What's it's history and why has wrought iron patio furniture been a top choice for so many years? We reveal its secret.

Chaise Lounge or Chaise Longue?
What's the difference between a chaise lounge and a chaise longue? Is it a typo or misspelling? Find out the real story behind this piece of furniture upon which everyone likes to relax.

What is Ipe Wood?
What is ipe wood, and where does it come from? Is it a good choice for decking materials or outdoor garden furniture? Find out what ipe wood is and is not.

What is Shorea Wood?
Shorea is a tropical hardwood that is used for many of the same purposes as teak, including garden furniture. Like teak and other hardwoods, shorea is resistant to damage from insects, fungus and moisture decay. Learn more about this increasingly popular and desirable wood.

Shopping at Flea Markets for Vintage Patio Furnishings
Years before the recession hit, bargain hunters were combing flea markets and estate sales looking for outdoor furnishings. Many weren't doing so out of necessity -- they simply liked the look and individuality of vintage patio chairs, tables, loungers and outdoor accessories. There's an endless supply out there, if you know how to spot the...

American Flag Etiquette
The American flag decorates porches, entryways and homes throughout the country. But do you know the proper way to care for and display the stars and stripes? Learn how.

The Top Patio Dining Sets
Think about it. An outdoor dining set is like the anchor or hub of an outdoor room. You've got your burgers, marinade and some sort of grill. You can't just hand someone a meat patty and expect them to wander aimlessly throughout your yard. Enter the outdoor dining set. It lures you and your guests outdoors and keeps you there. If it's...

2013 Best Patio Furniture Finalists: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Meet the three finalists vying for the title of Best Patio Furniture 2013 in this year's awards contest.

Outdoor Patio Furniture -- Best Seats Outside of the House
The heat may be luring you outside, but with no place to sit except a couple of rump-sprung beach chairs or a low retaining wall, you'll soon find yourself heading back inside to enjoy the recycled air conditioning. Maybe it's time to get serious about buying some attractive outdoor seating for your patio, deck, porch, lawn, balcony or whatever...

Outdoor Lights: What are Rope Lights?
The clear, white or colored tubes of light that wrap their way around porches, deck railings, columns and are parts of a landscape have their advantages and disadvantages. Find out if rope lights are something in which you might want to invest.

25 Gift Ideas Under $25
Stumped on gift ideas for the home and garden lover? We've researched 25 gift ideas under $25. You can thank us anytime.

Marissa Mayer and the Lounge Chair
By now, you've heard about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's controversial photo in the September 2013 issue of Vogue. Mayer was photographed in a form-fitting blue dress and stilettos on an outdoor lounge chair. Reactions have been mixed but mostly unfavorable. But what about that lounge chair? We reveal the truth behind that sensuous outdoor upon which Mayer poses alluringly.

Dwell on Design 2013: Highlights from Dwell Outdoors
During Dwell on Design is the largest design event in the U.S. Check out highlights from a dazzling showcase on display at the 2013 show's Dwell Outdoor.

Emerald Green Patio Furniture and Accessories
How will Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, look in your outdoor room? Guess what: It already is outside, growing in your garden and reflected in the water of your pool or pond. It's just a matter of adding a few touches here and there as accent pieces. Take a look at the Emerald patio accessories we've found for your garden.

Patio Table Picks 2012
Outdoor side tables need to be repaired, replaced or updated every few years or so. Some advice: buy a side table that is built to last, is from a reputable retailer or manufacturer, and store it during the winter. Check out our 2012 patio side table picks.

Outdoor Chair Picks for 2012
Warmer temperatures may be luring you outside, but with no outdoor furniture you'll soon find yourself heading back inside to enjoy the recycled air conditioning. Maybe 2012 is the year to get serious about buying some attractive outdoor seating for your patio, deck, porch, lawn, balcony or whatever you call your outdoor living space.

The Winner, Best Patio Furniture 2012: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Announcing the winner of Best Patio Furniture for the 2012. Congratulations to Brown Jordan, for a second year of earning the most votes from the readers of About.com's Pool and Patio site.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Outdoor Patio Furniture
Nominate your favorite brand of patio furniture in About.com's Readers' Choice Awards 2012. Some materials - like wood, the original and very basic decking material - have remained the same, while others have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and include recycled plastics and wood fibers.

Dwell on Design 2010: Modern Outdoor Garden Furniture, Eco and Pre-Fab
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by "Dwell" Magazine is now billed as the West Coast's Largest Design Event, and is a mecca for top modern and eco designers, speakers, exhibitors, tours, parties, etc....

Garden Statuary & Outdoor Furnishings from Michael Jackson's Neverland
One of the volumes for the auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate features garden statuary and outdoor furniture. While Neverland is nevermore, back in its heyday, the 2,500-acre compound boasted an amusement park, zoo, statuary and patio furniture. On opening day of the Jackson collection’s preview exhibit in Beverly Hills, the...

Q&A With Julien's Auctions CEO Darren Julien: The Michael Jac…
No. 1 of the five-volume catalog set for the auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is entitled Garden Statuary & Outdoor Furniture. While Neverland is nevermore, back in its heyday, the 2,700-acre compound boasted an amusement park, zoo, gardens, statuary, furnishings and outdoor art. The auction was a chance to own a Neverland patio chair or statue.

Apparently, the singer had a "chan…

Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Hot Tub/Spa
Vote for your favorite brand of outdoor patio furniture in this year's About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Outdoor Patio Furniture Finalists -...
About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Outdoor Patio Furniture Finalists. Vote for the five finalists for Best Outdoor Patio Furniture. Contest ends March 8, 2011.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Outdoor Patio Furniture Finalists -...
About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Outdoor Patio Furniture Finalists. Find out which of your nominees made the cut. Who makes the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, according to our readers?

Garden Benches: Ideas, Inspiration and Pictures
Do you need ideas for outdoor seating? This gallery of garden bench photos features various types and styles sure to suit everyone's taste.

The Best Free Plans for DIY Outdoor Projects
Our free DIY projects for your yard include deck, playhouse, treehouse and garden bench plans. Projects are for beginning to advanced skill levels.

The Prettiest Outdoor Tablecloths
A good tablecloth will cover and protect your patio dining table. But attractive ones aren't easy to find. We've tracked down some of the prettiest.

Must-Have Outdoor Dishes and Tableware
Before you buy more paper plates, you might want to look at the beautiful outdoor tableware we found this season.

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