If you've got kids, rowdy roommates, or find you're just spill-prone, odds are your furniture sees some serious wear and tear. Personal finance weblog Wise Bread suggests getting more mileage out of your indoor furniture by buying outdoor pieces.
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Wise Bread runs down five reasons why you should be open to moving your outdoor furniture inside. One reason: Outdoor pieces are specifically built to withstand the elements.
I love my outdoor furniture. It wipes clean without any special upholstery equipment, and since it was designed to withstand rain showers and the occasional mud fight, it can handle an unexpectedly leaky diaper like a champ. In a few words: My stuff will look new after many months of wear and tear, and I won't have to scream, forbid fun, or suffer from extremely high blood pressure to ensure it. The same cannot be said for my plush loveseat and sofa. (They smell just like the life they sadly lived for the past few years.)
Of course, because the outdoor stuff was built with, well, the outdoors in mind, you may have to pick and choose among designs that can mesh relatively well when placed indoors since a good number of outdoor pieces may garner a strange look or two when camped out next to your television (assuming you care what others think).
Take a look at the full post for other reasons why outdoor furniture may be better suited indoors, then let us know how you've found success keeping your high-trafficked furniture in good shape.
Five Reasons to Use Your Outdoor Furniture—Inside [Wise Bread]