The options seem endless but a few pieces of deck and patio furniture are definitely functional and desirable. Recently, we purchased a deck umbrella and a storage box for the patio furniture cushions. Both ended up being high-quality products and great buys for us. Here’s a quick review for you.
A few months ago, we found a cantilevered deck umbrella on Amazon; sold by Wayfair. It is a Jordan Manufacturing 10′ Cantilever Umbrella and we really like this addition to our patio furniture. Excellent quality for the price; it was under $100 at the time of purchase. One thing to note, we didn’t use the stand/base that came with it. Instead, I attached a 2″ x 2″ x 4′ square metal railing post to the side of the deck. The round umbrella pole (without the stand) fit perfectly into the square metal post. This post-mounting method also allows the umbrella to be much higher in the air which created a larger room feel. In addition to that, it eliminated the need for the large stand that takes up space on the deck. The powder-coated black metal post resulted in a sleak, clean look for the cantilever umbrella.
We also purchased a Keter Rockwood Deck Box, 150-Gallon which is available at Amazon as well as Sam’s Club. The deck box was on sale for $100 when we purchased it. We are using it to store patio furniture cushions. It is a sturdy container made of weather-resistant polypropylene resin (recyclable material) and it includes an automatic lid. After a good rain, we found everything inside dry but the lid doesn’t close completely tight. For the price, I can’t complain but I did need to DIY a few upgrades.
I replaced a few of the small screws used to hold the automatic lid with larger screws. The small screws that came with it didn’t hold well. They came out after a few uses. Using larger screws on the lid definitely made it sturdier. Also, I added springs and eye-screws on both sides to hold the lid down tight. The far left & right corners on the front don’t close completely tight. Bugs get in. I used eye-screws and hook the springs to hold it tightly closed. In addition, you can just put something heavy on top to hold the lid down tight (i.e., planters, concrete pavers, etc.).
Overall, my review is positive (given the price) and we are glad we purchased this deck box. If you’re not into making a few upgrades as discussed above, don’t buy it.
Patio Furniture: We found a great deal on patio furniture at Amazon; Delano RST patio furniture sold by Wayfair: RST Brands OP-PESS9-DEL-K Delano 9-Piece Corner Sectional Sofa and Club Chairs Set. We are very pleased with the quality of the patio furniture and the customer service provided (highly recommended product).