We talk quite a bit about custom outdoor bar furniture. However something much more common is the mass produced bar that we see advertised all over. We’ll go over the advantages and disadvantages of such a thing for you. We’ll also discuss what you might want to look for when shopping around for less expensive pieces like this. Buying a set like this is not right or wrong, but buying pieces from bad manufacturers or ones that do not fit with your sets can be wrong.
From $100 to $3,000 hundreds upon hundreds of different companies are trying to sell you their line. They have every style that mankind has ever imagined stacked up. You have so many choices it can get incredibly confusing. Staggering even. Add this to all the local stores which may have pieces like this as well and things can get mind boggling.
It’s also quite clear that not all outdoor furniture is made the same. Some pieces may even cost the same amount but have very different levels of quality between them. Be sure to look at each review and see what everyone is saying. The idea is that bad manufacturers will be brought to light but it does not always work that way in marketing. Go over everything and pay careful attention to detail.
A product simply being from a country also matters little these days. The piece made in China contains parts from Europe and America in many cases. So technically barely anything we use these days is actually made in just one place. Companies just like to make you think that it is so that they can build a reputation. It’s not a strong indicator of what you will be getting from it.
The downside of these pieces of outdoor bar furniture is that they are commonly made and spread out all over. You could end with a piece similar to those your neighbors have or even the same piece. Being unique goes out the window in this cause unless you all compare where you bought it and agree not to have it.
Those who are unscrupulous may also send you some pieces which cannot hold up outside after they said it could. Look for fine print in advertising and other notes. Some companies will simply lie to you but others will put a disclaimer up that makes sure their bases are covered. While it is annoying there is little that most of us can do about something like this. You just have to defend yourself from it.
That being said there is one upside to the mass production of outdoor bar furniture: price. Prices are falling all over on pieces and you can pick many of them up on clearance. However you need to make sure that a deal is actually a deal in these cases. If it falls apart a few weeks after you have bought it then it wasn’t a deal at all. Don’t get burned by things like that.