Ahead of National Small Business Week (April 29-May3), we’re learning about some of the small businesses that offer a variety of goods and services around Winston-Salem. Casual Furniture World is sharing some advice on creating your perfect outdoor space this Spring. Come see all they have to offer at Business Before Hours on May 4th. 

What trends are you seeing in outdoor furniture for 2018? 

Outdoor kitchens are more popular than ever; firepits; sectionals, including wicker/woven, aluminum, or composite.  Accessories are more important than ever, with lots of fun & funky pillows. People are really embracing the idea of their outdoor living area being as large as the indoor area. 

What is important to know before buying outdoor furniture? 

Before shopping for outdoor furniture, plan out your space and consider which types of seating you would like. Take measurements of the area ahead of time-it will save a lot of headaches when you get to the store. It is also important to consider how much direct sunlight your furniture will be exposed to since some furniture can stand up to the sun exposure better than others. 

It seems like a lot of local businesses now have outdoor seating; do you sell commercial outdoor furniture as well as residential? 

We do have a commercial division in addition to our retail stores.  Many of our lines can be used in either application, but we offer some that are specifically designed for commercial use.  When considering furniture for a business, it is even more important to invest in quality since it tends to be used (and abused) more than in a residential setting.  We anticipate opening a commercial showroom at our Winston Salem location in May. 

There are lots of stores in the Triad that sell outdoor furniture, as well as online options; why should someone come to Casual Furniture World?

At Casual Furniture World, we provide an experience as well as a product that is different from the big box store.  Our sales staff is extremely knowledgeable, and we have a wide variety of furniture as well as umbrellas, grills, and firepits in stock.  Our customers appreciate quality and value; they know the furniture they purchase will last for many years.  We frequently have customers who bought furniture from a big box store a year or two ago, and now it’s broken or the cushions are worn out.  Our furniture typically has warranties from 5-20 years, and we’ll take care of any warranty issues you may have.  We provide white glove delivery service, so the furniture arrives fully assembled and our drivers will place it to your specifications.  We also offer complimentary design services to help create the look you want.

The Chamber’s Keep it Local initiative promotes community support for local business ventures. Spending locally creates a strong economy and a sense of place which gives our town its unique lifestyle. The Keep it Local campaign will feature a different segment of businesses each month in 2018. April is Small Business Month.