Spending time outdoors in backyards is a popular activity for many people. There is a growing trend of designing spaces outdoors for various kinds of activities, from cooking, eating, relaxing, and entertaining. As a result of these trends, there are more and more furniture choices to choose depending on your budget and style. Depending on what you want, consider items like outdoor sofas, tables, bar stools, chaise lounge chairs and portable umbrellas. Make sure measure outdoor patio and deck areas so that you can ensure what you buy will fit with the space you have.
Here is a list of common furniture to shop for with your project.
Wood, aluminum, and wicker are the common types of materials that the framing is made of with outdoor furniture. Each of these has a different look, but the maintenance requirements for wood are much higher than with aluminum.
You should also think about whether you want seating with cushions or not. The cushions have a higher degree of comfort, but have more maintenance to keep them clean from the dust and rain. You might also consider how and where you might store the furniture in the winter time to preserve it.
Here is a great video from Pottery Barn on different materials for outdoor furniture.