Spicing Up Your Yard to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

You don’t have to live in Florida or another area that enjoys tropical temperatures to liven up the outside of your home. The type of investment you put into your home’s exterior could do more than add curb appeal to your home. It could increase the overall value of your property. If you’re at a loss as to where to get new ideas you can use to add more appeal to your yards and gardens, start researching different types of outdoor furniture.

A great way to get ideas on the type of outdoor furniture you want to add to your yards is to take pictures of outdoor furniture you see while traveling. For example, if you travel to different regions of the country while on vacation, pull out your digital camera and take pictures of chairs, umbrellas and tables that catch your eye. Do the same thing while traveling internationally and you could create unique designs outside your home, possibly becoming the talk of the town with people who pass by or visit your residence.

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rattan set (image via http://homfurniture.scene7.com)

The type of material your outdoor furniture is made of can also increase the value of the furniture. For example, you could buy or make your own outdoor chairs and sofas that are made of shipping pellets. This is just what the January 23, 2013 WLNS “Nine Pieces of Furniture Made From Shipping Pallets” article discusses. In the article, it’s shared that, “Shipping pallets are a plentiful source of wood to reclaim and build with.” As with other unique, yet appealing types of outdoor furniture, you might not always consider shipping pallets to be a great source of furniture material.

This is because, as the article further shares, “Since pallets are rough hewn, they lend themselves to rustic pieces of furniture, which happen to be in style right now. With imagination and some basic carpentry skills, you can turn shipping pallets into all kinds of practical and whimsical furniture.” What types of outdoor furniture can you make with shipping pellets? You can use the pellets to make:

· Sofas
· Chairs
· Picnic table
· Farmhouse table
· Coffee table
· TV stand
· Dresser

You probably won’t use the last two items outdoors unless you place them on a sunscreen porch. Other material you can make or buy furniture to decorate your home’s exterior with include metal, plastic and pressure treated wood. To save money, look for furniture that has been treated, furniture that’s built to hold up in the event it gets wet. If you buy large patio umbrellas or plastic coverings for your furniture, you could also keep the furniture from becoming sun scorched or faded. Also, take the time to compare online and offline prices on outdoor furniture, to get the best deal possible. But, keep in mind that if you order products online, you may have to pay shipping and handling. If these costs are steep, you might be better off buying from local vendors and using a truck to pick up your new furniture yourself.

Rhonda Campbell is an East Coast journalist who loves offering tips and advice to outdoor lovers, homeowners and people who want to give the outdoor areas of their home a lift. Her work has been published in national periodicals like USA Today, Yahoo! Education and The Pittsburgh Quarterly.

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