Category Archives: Deck and Patio advice

winter blog image

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.

cleaning-patio-furniture_30be60e5331e88e47e47d68bbe817c0f

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.

 

AllBackyard_Fall-logo

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Power with this special designed flower burner for your Oriflamme Fire Table.

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
5 WAYS

5 Ways to Improve Your Patio for Fall

Football season is here, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are cooling down. Fall is here and at All Backyard Fun, we get  a lot of phone calls of people asking what to do with their patio for the fall and how to prepare for the winter.

Fall is still a great time to entertain guests, and often times one of the best times of the year to have guests over because of the temperate weather that the season brings. Pool parties may be winding down, but BBQs and gatherings for sports are still in full swing.

Here are 5 ways to improve your patio for fall!

Outdoor Rugs

Amer_Paz3_Grey3

One of the simplest ways to improve your outdoor space is with an outdoor area rug to go underneath any existing patio furniture. These rugs are made from 100% recycled plastic and are UV protected, and fade proof. These indoor/outdoor rugs are handcrafted by local artisans in India and come in beautiful patterns with vivid colors! They are very easy to maintain and will provide some protection to any deck surface from unwanted leaves and other things falling from trees.

Find these high-quality rugs here:  Our Website

Desert Steel Pumpkin Luminary

10703496_10154587781385114_8204538854570896738_n

Give your patio an update with this class fall icon, the pumpkin.

The Steel Pumpkin Luminary will light up autumn evenings for years to come. This versatile piece is maintenance free and rust resistant. The striking two-toned powder coat appears to glow from within when lit with a candle or light. Celebrate Fall with one of nature’s most iconic figures on your patio, path or as a centerpiece.

Additional Features:

  • Guaranteed Not To Rust
  • Uniquely handcrafted, maintenance free design requires no care or upkeep
  • Powder coated inside and out of pumpkin is durable and weather-resistant
  • Durable galvanized steel structure is guaranteed not to corrode

These gorgeous pumpkins have sold out the last 3 years in a row. Order your Desert Steel Pumpkin Luminary now, in orange or white, tall or squatty.

Concrete Fire Bowls

Our stunning concrete fire bowls will surely make a statement at your next outdoor gathering.

The Patera concrete fire bowl is made with Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) so that it is able to withstand the heat created from the table as well as endure the elements. It offers clean lines with both a modern and industrial style look. And its neutral earth tones makes it easy to pair with most modern patio furniture sets and colors.

At 65,000 BTU’s, the table provides both warm at ambiance and is compatible with both propane tanks or a natural gas line. For the propane option, the table will work with standard 20# propane tanks (same as most barbeque grills).

Terraflame Georgian Lanterns

Terraflame Georgian Lantern from All Backyard Fun

The Terraflame Georgian Lanterns are a smaller item, but create a powerful impact upon any space with their beautifully designed powder-coated aluminum exterior. These lanterns are great on any table or elevated setting and help create a warm environment in any setting. The lanterns feature a beautiful design that will quickly become a conversation piece and people love the ease of use that the SunJel canisters bring too.

You can buy these lanterns here:  Our Website

 Hammered Copper Fire Table from OriflammeHammered Copper Fire Table

Now THIS is how you relax in the cooler months! An Oriflamme fire table shown here in the 42″ Hammered Copper design is absolutely gorgeous and features real 18 gauge hand-hammered copper! These fire tables put out up to 75,000 BTUs on propane and with it’s one of a kind dual propane tank capacity, that is more than enough to keep your warm on those crisp fall nights. If you look closely at the photo, they even have a hidden bottle opener! Additional information about these amazing tables is available at the link below, but take it from us there is no better way to improve a patio or deck than an Oriflamme Hammered Copper fire table. 

Go here for more information and buying options: Our Website

Fire Glass and Fire Beads

sangria luster firebead fire glass_-3Say you’re are crafty or DIY and decided to build your own fire pit like many others have lately and want to improve upon your original design or just add a new flare (pun intended). Sangria Luster fire beads are beautiful glass beads that improve the look of a fireplace or fire pit with their vibrant maroon color. These fire beads are 1/2″ in diameter and can be purchased in 10 lb. or 25 lb. bags and can be shipped out many times same day as your order!

You can buy these here:  All Backyard Fun  |  Amazon

 

Why We Love Black Friday

Why We Love Black Friday

At All Backyard Fun we are counting down to outdoor patio furniture specials from all our favorite collections including Northcape International, Polywood, Oriflamme and Desert Steel outdoor accessories among others!

Dating back to the early 1930’s, Black Friday was the name given to the first major shopping day for Christmas (which falls the Friday after Thanksgiving). This is the shopping day of the year where most businesses earn their first positive revenues or go from the red to the ‘black’ in their accounting.

Thus it is a popular ritual now where retail stores and online e-tailers are known to offer their most aggressive discounts and sales of the year. ‘Tis the season of buy one get one’s, half off’s, free give-aways, and doorbuster deals.

BLUE PEARL

The savviest shoppers have been researching and planning what they’re going to buy and who they’re going to buy it from. It’s no secret e-commerce has driven retailers to compete with one another to offer consumers ridiculously great sales during the holidays.

Nowadays, .com retailers fight to get their sale out first. For example, Black Friday no longer starts on the Friday after Thanksgiving, instead it starts the Friday before Thanksgiving. So, if you’re an online retailer you better have your sales ready to go, or you’ll be scratching your head when you don’t meet your holiday sales goals.

home-and-garden

We love Black Friday because offering aggressive deals also helps to minimize our store inventory. This in turn helps us lower our overhead and the inventory we will have to do at the end of the year! So for specialty furniture stores like All Backyard Fun this time of season is our ‘slow season’ and the sales offers allows our customers to pick up some of their favorite patio sets and outdoor furniture pits at a great deal. And we are able to make space for everything that will be offered for the spring of the next buying season.

For obvious reasons, sales have slowed compared to in-season sales. Depending on location, most people in the country aren’t buying or even thinking about outdoor furniture during the winter.

Regardless of the time of year, All Backyard Fun is a  small family owned business and always working to offer the best products at the best prices that we believe your whole family will enjoy. That’s why we love Black Friday!

It is the time of season we can offer our customers unbeatable prices on patio furniture, fire tables, and backyard accessories like we never have before. So don’t fret, All Backyard Fun has your patio covered this year with amazing doorbuster deals you won’t find anywhere else!

Shop our Black Friday Specials now!

sunbrella

How to Care for Your Sunbrella Fabric

Have you ever had patio furniture and constantly cleaning up ketchup from burger night? How about that time you were out of town and your cushions were outside during that big thunderstorm? Or even if you avoid the ketchup and the rain, but the sun’s UV rays fade those once vibrant cushions?

As a patio furniture retailer, we have heard of every complaint under the sun it seems and we get asked all the time, “what can I do to better care for my cushions?”. Most times this means putting the cushion covers through the wash and risk having them shrink or fade, and even still they may not look the same afterwards. It’s also unreasonable to keep the furniture covered all the time, because you bought the furniture to enjoy your patio, not just look at furniture covers. One solution that we recommend is making sure you have high-quality Sunbrella fabrics on your patio furniture.

While the care and maintenance of this high grade fabric is fairly low, if you live in a geographic area with 4 distinct season we highly recommend all-weather covers.

Here are some helpful hints for maintaining your Sunbrella fabric:

  • Protect the area around your Sunbrella fabric when using a bleach solution – bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to completely remove bleach.
  • Please be aware of the environment when cleaning with bleach. Bleach can have harmful effects on the natural environment around you. We do not advise using bleach if you are surrounded by a body of water or other environment that could be affected.
  • Sunbrella fabric air-dries very quickly.
  • Machine drying is not necessary.
  • If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic setting. As some irons exceed the recommended temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece.

Sunbrella fabrics are very easy to care for and to maintain and to illustrate this, here is a video show you how easy it is.

Our Terrace Collection line of outdoor patio furniture comes with Sunbrella fabrics, as well as most of our furniture that we sell. We want to give you the best patio experience and that means we choose Sunbrella fabrics!

All Backyard Fun Terrace Collection Curved Sectional

All Backyard Fun Terrace Collection Curved Sectional

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.

Barbados 9 piece set from AllBackyardFun.com

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!

Continue reading

All Backyard Fun Wins ‘Best of Houzz 2016’ Three Years In a Row

All Backyard Fun
2400 Central Ave
Suite E
Boulder, CO 80301

January 25th, 2016

Boulder, CO

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.

With the combination of products, pictures, testimonials and tutorials, All Backyard Fun’s portfolio on Houzz is second to none in the outdoor category. “We are very excited and humbled to be honored for the third consecutive year. It is truly a team effort to build our portfolio so our customers enjoy what we offer”, says owner Jolene Nielsen.

Check out their Houzz pages at http://www.houzz.com/photos/query/all-backyard-fun or visit their online site at www.allbackyardfun.com for more info.

The Daily Review – Outdoor Patio

Remodeling and Home Design

 

Recycle Christmas Tree

5 Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

It’s the sad time of year again where using the holidays as an excuse to exempt yourself from reality has expired.  It’s time to answer the email from Janice in accounting, and get back on track with real life. The beautiful Christmas tree in the corner of your family room that majestically transformed your entire house in to a winter wanderlust? Yeah, that has to go. Sad face. So what do you do with the tree you and your family decorated so elegantly? Here’s some ideas!

  1. Rinse, Re-use, Recycle! – Plant that guy right back where he came from. Of course it has to be a living tree with the roots still intact, but channel your inner hippie and enjoy your tree for many more years to come.
  2. Give back to Mother Nature – She has provided you with a glorious tree, now it’s your turn to give back to Mother Nature, and her animal friends. A nice way to get rid of your Christmas tree is by turning it in to a bird feeder. You can put it in the ground, or stay lazy and keep it in its stand. Get the kids involved – make a cranberry and popcorn string, toss some stale bread in and around it and… BOOM! You’ll have chickadees, cardinals, song sparrows, and many other birds of kin taking shelter in your backyard.
  3. Garden galore – Cut off the branches, and use the trunk to edge the garden you’ve been planning for so long now. Hello 2016 garden goals!
  4. Cozy on up – Feeling self-sustaining? Chop the tree up and use it as fire wood, duh!
  5. Recycle the boring way – Many communities will have tree-recycling programs. This is a nice way to give back to your community, as the program will chop the tree up and probably use the wood for parks and public spaces.
4 New Products Added

4 New Products Added to All Backyard Fun’s Catalog

Options, options, and more options!

  1. Terrace Collection High Back 45° Wicker Sectional – For all of the long-legged humans out there, we’ve designed a brand new sectional that will provide full support for your neck and back! Our exclusive wicker sofa sectional features a high back for ultimate comfort. Also, we can’t help but mention the overstuffed Sunbrella fabric cushions that create a plush relaxing experience. Saving the best for last- have you seen the price on this set? Only $1849 (we’re so sad to see Black Friday come and go, we thought we’d hold on to our deals just a little bit longer).
  2. Uptown Collection Wicker Bistro Outdoor Swivel Chat Chairs – Some of us just don’t have the space for a large sectional sofa, and that’s okay! We’ve got you covered with our super-easy-assembly wicker swivel chat chairs. This comfy pair comes in two different fabric colors, ships UPS in 3-5 days, and is the perfect chair to enjoy a morning cup o’ Joe out on the porch.
  3. Terrace Collection High Back 90° L Wicker Sectional – This set is very similar to the Terrace 45° Wicker Sectional, but instead of a curved middle piece, this sectional will feature a 90° L middle piece. It sports the same comfort level, gorgeous design, and unbeatable price point. Did I mention these sectionals ship out in 4-7 business days?
  4. Pacific Rim Wicker Sofa Sectional 3 Piece Sectional – We now have our own line of rounded gray wicker sectionals! This curved sectional, like the rest will come with mildew and stain resistant Sunbrella cushions. It’s a beautiful design that will add a classy look to anyone’s patio or backyard.