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Best Advice for Preparing your Outdoor Furniture for Winter

While it’s difficult to admit, the weather has been changing and it’s time to start thinking about storing your outdoor furniture for the winter. Before you let your frustration with mother nature get the best of you, take note of these great tips for winterizing your furniture. Come next spring, you will be thanking yourself.

  • Clean it Up!!

There’s no use in properly storing your furniture for an entire season without first cleaning it. You probably invested a good sum of money in your outdoor space, so take note and spend the time to clean the furniture. At best, it’ll be virtually impossible to clean come spring. At worst, it will be covered in mold and rendered unusable, costing you a lot of money and frustration.

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Before getting ready to pack up your outdoor furniture, give it a good scrub down. Usually, a solution of water and dish soap will do the trick and is generally safe on materials such as wicker, mesh, plastic, and wrought iron. That being said, always do a spot test in an inconspicuous area if you aren’t sure.

If you’re tackling wood pieces, it’s best to pick up a specially formulated cleanser that will leave your pieces spotless and condition the wood at the same time. Helpful hint: a toothbrush is a great tool for getting into small crevices that may otherwise have been overlooked.

  • Give it a Rub Down!

Depending on the type of outdoor furniture you have, you will want to add a layer of protection to help keep the integrity of the material. It’s not absolutely necessary, but doesn’t hurt and you will be happy with the results come spring.

For recycled plastic furniture, such as Polywood or Seaside Casual, because it’s made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, it is extremely durable and weather resistant. The most you will probably need to do is wipe it down with a mild dish soap and warm water. Use a clean cloth or soft bristled brush to tackle tough dirt and let air dry. Even though this material can hold up to harsh weather conditions, if you are forced to leave in elements all winter, it makes sense to cover it up for less clean up when the weather warms up.

MalibuRightArmFor wicker furniture, dust it regularly with a soft cloth, and avoid using abrasive cleaners or creams or furniture polish on it. If you see signs of mildew or mold, clean with a strong solution of bleach in soapy water. Otherwise, before storage, clean with a damp not wet cloth. If any piece gets saturated, bring it inside to dry and be careful not to bend, fold or flex any part of it while its wet. For that added layer of protection, paste wax works the best for wicker or rattan furniture.

If you have cast-aluminum or wrought-iron furniture, there are different trains of thought when preparing for winter. Wrought-iron pieces should not be left out, as it can rust easily. Since it tend to be a heavy material, it’s recommended to purchase quality covers that encompass all aspects of the furniture. If rust does appear, sand down any troubled areas and apply a silicone sealant.

Cast aluminum furniture is one of the most durable and weather resistant pieces of patio furniture that you can buy. Cast aluminum is basically rust proof so you don’t need to worry too much about moisture. There are plenty of covers that are available that fit all sorts of different shapes and sizes of patio furniture. Another added benefit of cast aluminum is that it’s super lightweight. If you’re concerned about a big windstorm or crazy snow conditions, it should be easy to move this furniture into a place away from the elements.

  • Go ahead, cover it!

Tagalys Web Banner-Outdoor CoversEven if you’re planning on storing your outdoor furniture in a shed or garage, you need to cover everything up to protect it from dust, moisture, and all those other things that are best avoided. If you’re leaving everything outside, you absolutely need to ensure that the covers you choose are weather resistant and are able to withstand the elements. We have a great selection of outdoor covers for any size furniture, to include fire pits/tables.

Don’t forget your furniture cushions need love too. They should be wiped down with a damp cloth and let air dry before storing for the winter. If you find yourself needing replacement cushions, we have a great selection of those as well and can offer pretty much any size for any brand of furniture.

The key component in prolonging your outdoor patio furniture is yearly maintenance. It’s time well spent when the next season rolls around. Outdoor decor is an investment in your home, and as such you will want to protect yourself in the long term.

 

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Vendor Spotlight: Ratana – Timeless Lifestyle Furniture

Everything we do at All Backyard Fun is in keeping with our customers, making sure that we offer the very best selection of products and follow that up with outstanding customer service. It’s this same philosophy we look for when working with different industry vendors. We always expect the same service and quality of products, so we never miss a beat.

This is why we’ve worked so closely with Ratana for the past seven years, and look to continue the relationship for years to come. They have outstanding products and take great care in providing us with the best prices, that we then pass on to our customers.

Ratana, as a company, has been around since 1980 and they signify “elegance in timeless design and exceptional quality of outdoor furniture.” Both their Park Lane Collection and Madison Collection have been mainstays for us because of the quality of construction and how great they look.

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Both collections feature superior aluminum frames that have a 4 step powder coat process. They are hand brushed so they have a wood like finish. Their modular designs allow for flexibility within your space, and the interlocking systems create a sturdy base that withstands heavy winds. Ratana uses Sunbrella fabric in many of their collections, which offers maximum comfort with minimal maintenance.

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Quick dry cushions – Wow! They use reticulated foam that allows for draining and a fast dry time, after inclement weather.

Ratana also uses a very special foam that allows your cushions to dry out faster.   They are more of an open cell structure.   This allows the water to drain through vs. holding onto the water.  In turn, allowing you to use your furinture faster. This will also help maintain the overall cushion shape.

No matter the size of your outdoor space, Ratana offers many different solutions that will make you the envy of your friends and family. We have inventory of both collections that is available to ship in 2-3 business days. Give us a call if you need help designing your space.

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Tips for Buying an Outdoor Fire Pit Table

Founded more than a decade ago, All Backyard Fun was one of the first online casual furniture stores selling fire pit tables, drop in burners and fire glass long before they became a household name.

Today, with many options to buy an elegant fire table or build your own fire pit, the shopping experience can be overwhelming at times. And many of the customers we work with may not consider what they will like or don’t like until after they received the product.

Our mission is to help you decide on a fire table that you and your family will love for years to come. Here’s a few tips we suggest when considering your first (or next) fire pit:

 

  1. BTU Output: The British Thermal Unit or BTU is what measures how much heat your fuel source can put out. Some of our fire tables put out up to 90,000 BTU’s whereas our Crossfire brass burners can put out in excess of 450,000 BTU’s. YoungLife_Golf_gave_away_a_gas_fire_table
  2.  Fuel Source: Wood, Propane or Natural Gas? All of the fire tables we offer have the capacity to work with standard 20# propane gas tanks or you can run your own natural gas line.  For those considering a wood burning fire pit, it’s important to know that wood produces embers and in many cities where they have hazards and danger of wildfires, these type of open flame options are not permitted because you cannot control the flame size like you can with your fire table. Also, wood burning pits produce soot and the smell gets into your clothing and the smoke is not good for children or people with upper respiratory infections.NaturalHammeredCopperFireTable
  3.  Building Material: If you are building your own fire pit stone and brick are the most common finishing material. However, it is important to note what is in your surrounding – materials and colors. Stone and brick are low maintenance and made to be outdoors. For pre-made fire tables, we offer other options such as granite fire tables, hammered copper and cast aluminum depending on what type of look you are seeking.gasfiretablesvanahstone-copy
  4. Fire Media: The “fire media” is the term given to the special material such as lava rock, eco glass beads, tumbled fire glass or faux wood burning logs that you use to fill the burner of your fire table. The fire media helps to further define the look you are going for such as rustic or contemporary.Oriflamme Blue Pearl Fire Table
  5. Height: The height of your table largely depends on application. Standard coffee table height is about 21 ¾” which makes it conducive to having friendly conversation while seating and eating. This is also an ideal height if you just want to sit around your pit in some low seating chairs such as the classic Adirondacks.  You can choose or build a higher pit but take into consideration your fuel source type; ease of maintenance; if it is suitable for conversation to others standing on the other side of the fire pit; and if the heat output will be sufficient.OriflammeTablewithMarshmallows6. Location: Where will you put your fire pit? Depending on your fuel source, it may be a permanent fixture. All of our tables we offer at All Backyard Fun have the capacity to use propane and be converted to natural gas later. This is an important consideration if you are still in the process of redesigning your outdoor living space. However, not all fire tables in the market offer this capacity.Terrace Curved Sectional
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All Backyard Fun at Denver Home Show

Looking for design inspiration? Or a way to give a new look to an old space? Or maybe you want to check out the latest outdoor furniture trends and colors for this season.  Then look no further – the Denver Home Show kicks off today at the NATIONAL WESTERN COMPLEX. More than the 30,000 people are expected to attend the show which runs March 17-19th.

This year’s the show will feature:

  • Fresh Ideas Design Stage which features Celebrity Designers, Speakers and Bloggers sharing their favorite design and home improvement tips
  • Tiny Home Village where you can meet the Diedricksen Borthers of HGTV’s Tiny Home Builders along with more than a half dozen builders for all your tiny home needs from backyard offices to vacation homes.
  • Feature Gardens showcasing over 4,000 sq. ft. of horticultural design including hardscaping, water features, the latest trends and products in landscape design, and more!
  • Sogetu Japanese Flower Arranging –  Learn how to create your own simple, sculptural floral masterpiece from Sogetsu, one of the largest schools of ikebana.
  • Ask a Designer – Bring your swatches, blueprints , interior design questions, swatches, and QUESTIONS to the Denver Home Show, where you can Ask A Designer in a complimentary 10 minute consulting session!
  • And much, much more!

Also, come meet Celebrity Renovation Host –

Matt Blashaw of HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free

 

MattBlashawHouseMatt Blashaw helps couples realize their dream to own a vacation home – mortgage free! He helps them shop for and renovate a home in needs of work in their dream location so they can earn top dollar as a vacation rental.

This allows the couple to rent out the renovated home for the maximum income for part of the year and the rest of the year they live their Vacation House for Free!

Matt will be appearing on the Fresh Ideas Design Stage:

Friday, March 17th at 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 18th at 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 pm

In the Denver/Boulder Metro Area?

Stop by the show and visit All Backyard Fun at Booth #1132!

We’ll be offering some awesome direct from factory pricing on modular outdoor patio furniture and a full collection of gas fire tables.

Hope you will join us!

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Colorado Garden and Home Show Kicks Off Busy Spring Season

The team at All Backyard Fun had a really fun time participating in last week’s annual Colorado Garden and Home Show organized by the Colorado Garden Foundation. More than 50,000 people attended the show and met with representatives from 650 companies, across 25 states and Canada making it the oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show in the Rocky Mountain region.

Proceeds from the event supports horticultural related activities throughout Colorado such as school landscape improvements and community gardens. They also award scholarships to Colorado college students pursuing studies in horticulture and landscape related majors. To date the foundation has awarded grants totalling over $7.2 million.

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Entrance at annual Garden and Home Show. Photo Credit: Colorado Garden Foundation

All Backyard Fun loves that not only we have an opportunity to educate our greater community on the construction of outdoor furniture and how gas fire table works but also that we get to help such a great cause!

During the 9 day event the team at All Backyard Fun spoke to thousands of visitors about our unique collection of beautifully crafted Oriflamme gas fire pit tables. And we also introduced them to some of the most popular patio sets from this season’s Casual Market Chicago furniture industry trade show such as our SunVilla Laurel Deep Seating Collection.

With a ‘mini showroom’ incorporated to our trade show booth, visitors could come and hang out on one of our super comfy deep seating patio sets and see our Oriflamme gas fire tables in action. They could also touch and feel fabrics, frame and peruse a variety of swatch and urban fire glass colors.

Congratulations to all the great folks we met who left with a fun new patio setup like this sweet couple below – testing out their new Northcape Bainbridge 3 piece Sectional featured with the Oriflamme Blue Pearl Granite gas fire table. (Note: Image colors slightly vary because we are indoors).

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Bainbridge 3 Piece L Shape Patio Set with Oriflamme Blue Pearl granite gas fire table

Below, the SunVilla Laurel Collection featured with the Grand Teton gas fire table. At 47″ round and coming in at just under $1,000 USD, this popular table is great for those looking for a rustic look on a big functional gas table with a price that won’t break the bank.

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Sunvilla Laurel Collection Deep Seating Patio Set with Grand Teton 47″ Gas Fire Table

The Ratana Wellington crafted with an extruded aluminum frame and the most comfortable Sunbrella cushions ever is awesome for those looking for a patio set with a high back frame that offers great lumbar support.

The set below features Cast Ash cushions and the Tropical Elegance Octagon gas fire table by Oriflamme. The Wellington Swivel Rocker, end table and a bronze Georgia Lantern complete the set.

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Wellington outdoor patio set by Ratana with Cast Ash Sunbrella cushions

Finally, our Malibu curved sectional set with canvas rust cushions is a fun way to kick off the spring patio season along with the newest addition to the Oriflamme fire table collection – the natura hammered copper fire table.

A fire wind guard to preserve the flame during windy days, a wedge table nestled between the 2 curve sectionals and small bronze Georgia Lantern completes the set.

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Malibu curved sectional set with Oriflamme natura hammered copper table

See more fabulous outdoor patio sets on AllBackyardFun.com!

All Backyard Fun wins Best of Houzz Design for 2017

All Backyard Fun of Boulder, Colorado Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World 

[Boulder, CO, USA], January 17, 2017 – All Backyard Fun of Boulder, Colorado has won Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. All Backyard Fun is an outdoor casual furniture retailer and nation’s leading distributor of Oriflamme Fire Tables. The 10 year old firm family owned patio furniture store was chosen by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community and from a selection of more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“All Backyard Fun is truly honored to be recognized by Houzz for the 4th year in a row, stated Jolene Nielsen, Managing Partner at All Backyard Fun. Houzz has set extremely high standards for their partners and we are happy that the design and craftsmanship of our products exceeds the expectations of the Houzz Community.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including All Backyard Fun,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About All Backyard Fun

All Backyard Fun is a family-owned outdoor furniture and gas fire pit retailer based in Boulder, Colorado. For over a decade All Backyard Fun has been the leading distributor of Oriflamme Fire Pit Tables. All Backyard Fun offers high quality, high value, ‘mom approved’ outdoor patio furniture sets, backyard games, gas burners and fire pit tables with drop shipping in the U.S. and select destinations worldwide. www.AllBackyardFun.com

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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All Backyard Fun Wins Best Outdoor Furniture Store in Boulder, Colorado

All Backyard Fun has won the Best of Boulder Award – BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE STORE for the 2nd year in a row, whoop, whoop!

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The award is given to businesses in Boulder County as voted on by the people in our local community. This is a huge honor for us as we are located within a couple of miles of one of the largest outdoor furniture store in the nation and we have multiple outdoor furniture stores within a 5 mile radius of us.

We’d like to thank our local customers for driving off the beaten path to find us.

And thank our national & global customers for keeping us on our toes with their special shipping and outdoor climate questions 😉

We’d also like to thank to some of our awesome partners in kind Designing Fire Inc., Manufacturers of the Oriflamme Fire Tables, Ratana, NorthCape, American Fireglass and Desert Steel for helping to get our customer orders out efficiently!

We  and appreciate you all more than you know!

With Tremendous Gratitude,

The Team at All Backyard Fun

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All Backyard Fun is in the Houzz!

For the third consecutive year, All Backyard Fun has been named “Best of Houzz”. With only 3% of companies affiliated with Houzz winning this award, the All Backyard Fun team has truly separated itself from the others.

WHAT IS HOUZZ?

With over 40 million online visitors, Houzz is a virtual community for homeowners and home improvement providers. It offers visually appealing home design photos for all the areas of your home including indoors and outdoors.

From individual pieces to entire room setups, the platform allows homeowners to get design inspiration & ideas and also connect directly with industry professionals in the home design retail, landscape; or remodeling space. The Houzz platform also gives homeowners the option to view virtual design idea books, mood boards and thousands of cool house design photos that enable them to shop directly from the image. As a homeowner you will be able to see everything from the name and manufacturer of a specific piece of furniture to the color and name of the paint used on a wall within the image.

The site is really cool and has a sophisticated search feature and overall provides a great user friendly interface. You can search by many different preferences including design style such as Craftsman, Farmhouse, Beach, Mid Century or Industrial. You can pick one of the styles or a a combination of a few different ones to compare them.

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Whether you are doing a new build or remodeling your space, you are sure to find inspiration in the stories of people who have taken on house makeover projects and how their design journey unfolded.

There are also lots of great design and remodeling hacks throughout the site and definitely no shortage of stunningly beautiful home and room photos. It probably goes without saying that if you are design addict like all of the team members at All Backyard Fun, it is easy to get carried away on that site for hourzzz!!! 🙂

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Best of Houzz 2016, All Backyard Fun

The All Backyard Fun Houzz page includes pages of different styles of outdoor living patio furniture, fabric colors and accessories.  And of course our popular Oriflamme Fire Pit Tables.

Check out the All Backyard Fun Houzz page or visit us online site at www.allbackyardfun.com to see our wide range of all season, all-weather outdoor patio furniture and accessories.

4 reasons why

4 Reasons to Buy Outdoor Patio Furniture From Specialty Stores

Your style is unique and personal, shouldn’t your outdoor patio furniture shopping experience be the same? We at All Backyard Fun take pride in being a small family owned business and outdoor living specialty store. While we have access to thousands of pieces of patio furniture from the leading manufacturers, as well as our brand, we also provide a full service personalized customer experience.

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1. Durability – the reason the price tag is so high at a specialty store, such as All Backyard Fun, is because the furniture will last you for so many years that you’ll be buying a new sectional just because your current one is out of style!

2. Cushions – When you fish out the big bucks you’re also paying for comfort. Brand name furniture, sold at specialty stores, often offers plush yet firm cushions. The cushions are usually about 6”. If you buy from a box retailer, the cushions will usually be about 3”. At All Backyard Fun all of our cushions are made by Sunbrella and are UV & Mold Resistant. They can be power washed and with low maintenance will hold up beautifully for multiple seasons.

3. Warranty – Many brand name companies have over 10 years of warranty! If a company offers a long warranty policy, that means they believe in the quality of their product. Most box retailers offer products seasonally and leave you high and dry with a 1 year warranty and strict specifications.

4. Investing in Your Life – It may seem more cost effective to buy the cheap set today, but it won’t be a financially smart move in a year after you’ve spent hundreds on replacement costs, and will have to eventually buy a brand new set anyways.

BONUS: Benefit from a Personalized Experience – Call our All Backyard Fun Boulder, Colorado designer showroom at 1.800.451.2550 and you will speak to a live person who can support you with everything from choosing a fire pit table or patio set that will match with your pavers or decor and color palette. We can also help you find a speciality color fabric or replacement cushions to freshen up your existing outdoor patio set.

Ready For Spring

5 Ways to Get Your Backyard Ready For Spring Outdoor Living

Alas! Springtime is finally here, and that means it’s time to get your backyard and patio ready for late night cocktail gatherings, soaking up the sun in your lounger, and BBQ’s with the family. Here’s how you can start to get ready to have some fun in the sun!

  1. Survey Any Damage That May Have Occurred During the Winter.
    Is there any molding on your deck? Cracks in the concrete? Does your deck need to be resealed? If so, now’s the time!
  2. Give Those Bushes a Haircut!
    Trim and cut any out of control garden bed. Trimming will help keep trees and shrubs nice and compact. If you want to add a tropical vibe this spring, add some bamboo to your backyard.
  3. Add An Outdoor Heating Source
    It still remains pretty chilly when the sun goes down, so in order to remain an all-year round outdoor entertainer provide heat for your guests such as an outdoor fire pit.
  4. Give the BBQ A Power Clean
    It’s about that time to throw some shrimp on the barby! Start the barbeque season off right, with a clean shiny grill.
  5. Plan For Your Outdoor Furniture Space
    It might be time to replace your outdoor furniture. Maybe yours is worn out or maybe you’re looking for a fresh look this spring. Either way, take a look at the dimensions and plan for your new patio set!

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