How to Find Cheap Patio Furniture

Patio furniture can be expensive. Chairs, tables, umbrella, and a protective covering to keep it safe from the elements can all prove to be a major hit on the bank, and in some cases, it’s necessary. If you have a fancy home, and need something to match the aesthetic and, for lack of a better term, opulence of your home, then you’re looking to shell out a bit of cash to match it. However, if you’re strapped for cash, there are many ways for you to acquire some quality patio furniture without breaking the bank.


When it comes to finding quality items for cheap, Craigslist and online classifieds are your best option. While you’re unlikely to find new patio furniture for cheap, many individuals that sell their used patio furniture typically do so at an incredibly cheap price, though you might need to make a few repairs or restore some of the pieces. If the furniture in question is in good condition, then the price will be slightly higher, yet still much lower than if you were to purchase it new from a store.

If you purchase patio furniture from Craigslist, you should make sure the seller is legit. This means going to their place to test out the furniture and inspect for problems and broken parts. Only give up the money to the seller if anything checks out. Just because you expressed an interest doesn’t mean you HAVE to buy it. The same can be said for all independent sellers. Never ship cash or checks, and always buy locally. A good place to search for cheap patio furniture without the hassle of dealing with an independent seller is a thrift store such as Goodwill.

If you’d prefer to shop new, then cheaper patio furniture that is still relatively decent in terms of quality can often be found at large retail stores such as Target and Wal-Mart. They often have modest selections, but they’re relatively pleasing to the eye and sturdy, and are typically designed in a way to be versatile. They often come with chairs and an umbrella, those they’re typically not what one would call “fancy.” As such, they’re ideal for college students and young professionals on a budget who want something that will last a long time, but won’t prove to be too much of an expenditure.

Finally, one of the best ways to find cheap patio furniture is to purchase on the off season. The Spring and Summer months are typically when people will buy outdoor furniture, so if you purchase during a time when most aren’t using it, then you’re more likely to find better deals, such as close-out deals. Conversely, you can save money year round by scouring the newspapers and even daily deal websites for cheap furniture and coupons to help you with saving money.

Or you could just build it yourself! If you’re handy with a buzzsaw and have the space, you could save upwards of hundreds of dollars by building your own patio furniture. It may not be wrought iron, but if you use the right wood, you could create a beautiful and sturdy picnic tables or bench, perfect for summer BBQs and relaxing with your sweetheart on those warm summer nights.

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM