Editors Note: Updated September, 2018
Frugal shoppers are scouring the net for the best deals on patio furniture asking, “When is the best time to buy patio furniture.” There are a few suggestions for this. Some say the best time to buy outdoor furniture is in May right before the Summer season begins. Others suggest August-September to be the best time to purchase furniture for your porch and outdoor deck.
In my honest opinion, September is the best time to snag the best deals on patio furniture taking all factors into consideration. But don’t take my word for it. Rather than have you search a bazillion different sites, I’ve curated a list of various sources around the web so that you can see what each expert had to say.
What the Experts Have to Say
Alexandra Mondalek from Time.com/Money – August
“Now is the time to buy home furnishings and patio goods.”
Frugal Living.About.com – August
Erin Huffstetler from About.com suggests August to be the best time to buy patio furniture.
Lozo Expert – August-September
“Some experts say that August is the best time to buy patio furniture and others say September. To be honest–they’re both right! It depends on a few factors that will change from year to year:”
- The store (and how much inventory they may have left)
- The weather (nicer weather may mean they’ll try to wait to have more people buy at full price)
- The calendar (Thanksgiving is a key holiday, so when it falls earlier in the year things go on sale earlier)
Business Insider – September
“Outdoor seating typically goes on sale after Labor Day passes. Other experts suggest May as a good time to find patio furniture, before Memorial Day arrives.”
Yahoo Shopping – “Now is a decent time to buy. You might save 20% to 30%. But if you really want rock-bottom prices, wait until August when you see the prices drop by 50% to 70%.”
USA Today – September
“After Labor Day, it’s out with the old and in with the new when it comes to summer’s must-haves. Prices on patio furniture, outdoor accessories and pool supplies will hit rock bottom later in September. The further away from summer we get, the more desperate stores are to unload summer goods and make room for winter gear, which equals lots of clearances and discounts. If you’re thinking of updating your outdoor-living essentials, try to push your purchases as deep into September as possible.”
Deal News – September
“Patio Furniture Deals Are Sitting Pretty. Speaking of patio furniture, it’s finally a great month to buy these items, during Labor Day Sales and beyond. September will see an increase in the sheer number of outdoor furniture sales and deals on seasonal outdoor items.”
Lifehacker – October
“Now that the outdoor season’s really wrapping up, you’ll find the best prices on patio furniture before it all goes away.”
How to Find the Best Deals on Patio Furniture
Working with several furnishing companies, I’ve learned a thing or two about the business and I’ll shed some light on the issue. September is the best time to buy patio furniture because retailers are trying to get rid of old models AND they’re more likely to have it in stock. Waiting to October isn’t bad but if you wait until deeper into Winter, you might into some issues with inventory because they’re not going to be restocking until just before the start of the hot season (April-June).
In September, they need to clear their inventory before next season. Lowering the price is the best way to do so. Their goal is to recoup their money so they can purchase updated models. Sometimes when you see 50%, you really are getting 50% off because they’re usually selling it at cost in an attempt to liquidate product.
There is also much less demand for patio furniture when September rolls around. Less people are searching for patio furniture so prices drop! You can see that from this google trends chart from 2018.
Tips for Ordering Outdoor Furniture in May
While I wouldn’t necessarily say that May or early Spring is a bad time to buy outdoor furniture, I would say that it could cause some complications with logistics. This is one of the reasons I suggest buyers to purchase patio furniture before Summer. For one, this is right before the most hectic season of the year. You may think that you’re beating the crowd by ordering in May but the truth is, everybody is thinking like this. What ends up happening is that many retailers run out of stock and have to place your order on back-order.
This means you could get your patio furniture 2 months later than expected. Not something you want to hear especially when you only have 3 months of summer to enjoy. If you want to order between Winter and Summer, I’d suggest to start shopping in February. Sales are still slow and you can make sure that you receive your furniture on time with a little cushion time for small delays such as custom cushions. It’s also worth spending time thinking about the patio furniture purchase you’re planning on making. There are a huge amount of options and a lot of things to consider. We put together a quick guide to help you navigate the patio furniture purchasing process.
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For more tips and information, you can refer to the suggested articles below. I also put together a list of the best patio furniture brands that I HIGHLY SUGGEST taking a look at. There aren’t too many big brands (of quality) out there so it helps to do your homework.
More Tips on Buying Patio Furniture
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About the Author
Cheryl Khan is able to lend her insight on this topic after spending years in the design field. She has learned that all outdoor furniture is not the same. She is a contributing author to the Patio Productions Blog where she shares outdoor living tips to transform your backyard! Follow her on Twitter.