Guest post by  Peter Jones, Furniture Bank Marketing Volunteer 

Summer in Canada is short and sweet, so we need to make the most of the warm weather while it lasts. One of the best ways to get more from your summer is with a furnished patio. A patio expands your living space making your home feel bigger, and is the ideal place to relax when the days are hot and the sun sets late. Plus, a functional patio is perfect for entertaining guests at home, which is often a cheaper alternative to going out.

In this post, you’ll discover the best places to buy patio furniture online. Buying online saves time, and makes it easy to compare prices and retailers. However, you can’t test the comfort of those patio chairs via your computer, and most retailers charge a $100-$200 delivery fee. Assembly after delivery is often required, but don’t panic, you don’t need to be a licensed carpenter, you just need to be handy with a screwdriver.

Here’s our list of the best places to buy online:

Amazon Canada

Amazon offers an enormous selection of furniture and accessories from full dining sets to decorative pillows. There is something to suit every taste and budget. However, many larger items are sold by 3rd-party vendors, and not by Amazon. Amazon processes these 3rd-party (Marketplace) transactions, but the furniture is shipped and delivered from another supplier. This means quality and service may vary.

Home Depot

Home Depot has great collection of mid-range patio furniture. Most Home Depot furniture is made from metal or wicker, which is typically cheaper than wood alternatives. Expect to pay upwards of $1,000 for a basic dining set.

Hauser

Hauser – Have some extra dollars to spend? Hauser offers an amazing selection of premium furniture, including lots of teak options that you won’t find in many other stores. Prices are high but reflect the quality of the goods. This Canadian company is both a manufacturer and a retailer, so furniture is highly customizable and built to order. Additionally, Hauser has a zero-waste target, meaning “what is not used or re-used through the manufacturing process is recycled”.

Wicker Park

Wicker Park – If you want to support a local business, check out the Mississauga-based Wicker Park. Selection is limited, but the choices available are reasonable. Additionally, Wicker Park offers a delayed-delivery option: buy now, and have your purchase delivered next spring. This allows you to take advantage of end-of-season sales without having to store your brand new furniture over the winter.

Costco

Costco – The range of options is smaller than with other retailers, but you can still find great bargains at Costco if your timing is good. Furniture sets can sell out quickly–particularly when on sale–so keep an eye peeled during spring when most sets are sold. You must be a Costco member to purchase.

Redflagdeals.ca & smartcancuks.ca

www.redflagdeals.ca and www.smartcanucks.ca, are not online retailers, but these sites can help you discover a great furniture bargain. Explore the forums and sign up for the newsletters to keep abreast of the latest deals from major retailers.

When you buy new patio furniture, we can help you get rid of your old items as long as their clean, gently used and can be used indoors. Click here to set up a pick up for your gently used patio furniture and we’ll transfer it to people transitioning out of homelessness & displacement.