The Ultimate Outdoor Umbrella Buyer’s Guide

No patio in San Diego is complete without an outdoor umbrella. To fully enjoy those beautiful sunny days in your backyard, you’ll want a shady spot to recline and cool off, too. This outdoor umbrella buyer’s guide will help you decide which kind of umbrella is right for your space.

Two outdoor patio umbrellas

Photography by Marissa Anderson

Types of Outdoor Umbrellas

When deciding which type of outdoor umbrella to buy, you’ll want to consider where you’re putting it and how much you’d like to be able to adjust the shade. Here are the main kinds of outdoor umbrellas.

Table Umbrella: Many patio tables come with a 1.75” hole in the center where you can insert an outdoor umbrella. Table umbrellas typically come with a straight pole. The table provides some support for the umbrella, so it does not require as heavy a base as its free-standing counterpart.
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5 Big Differences Between Charcoal, Propane, and Natural Gas BBQ Grills

Deciding which kind of BBQ grill to purchase is an important decision. When looking at different models, you’ll notice there are three main types: charcoal, propane, natural gas grills. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between these three types of fuel sources when you’re shopping for a grill.

Hambuger patties on a charcoal bbq grill

Now we’re cooking! Here you have hamburger patties cooking on a charcoal barbecue grill. Let’s get down to the bottom of this and figure out what type of grill is the best. Photography by Valters Krontals.

Charcoal vs Propane vs Natural Gas BBQ Grills

Charcoal, propane, and natural gas are the most common types of home BBQ grills. Here’s a basic overview of what they are and how they work.

How charcoal, propane, and natural gas grills work:

  • Charcoal – Charcoal grills are the most traditional type of grill. They come in all sizes and shapes, but they all cook food by burning charcoal underneath the grill grate.
  • Propane – This type of grill runs on propane, which ignites the flames underneath the BBQ grates. You’ll need to purchase a separate tank of propane to attach to the unit.
  • Natural gas – These grills cook food in the same way as propane ones—over a flame fueled by gas. However, rather than running off a tank of gas, a natural gas grill is connected to the gas line of your home.

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3 Easy Furniture Removal Pick Up Options in San Diego

If you’re redecorating your space, chances are you might be looking for San Diego furniture removal services. Out with the old and in with the new, as the saying goes. Getting rid of bulky furniture items like beds, sofas, tables, chairs, and dressers can be a pain, though. San Diego furniture removal is not as simple as just setting these items out on the curb with the rest of your trash.

If you’re wondering what your options are for getting rid of old furniture in the area, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled three easy options for getting rid of your old furnishings, including San Diego furniture donation. As a bonus, all of these options involve pick up, which means you won’t have to go to a drop off center—someone will come to you. It’s time to get that old furniture out of your house so you can move on with the new.

San Diego Furniture Removal: Pick-up Only

San Diego Furniture Removal

Schedule an appointment to have your old furniture removed by the professionals at Fine Furniture San Diego.

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San Diego Fire Pit Laws to Know Before You Go

You’re ready to hit up the beach and enjoy an evening bonfire with friends, but first you want to make sure you know the San Diego fire pit laws. You’ve come to the right place! Following these regulations is important for both your safety and that of others. Here’s a summary of the San Diego fire pit regulations so you can enjoy a safe and legal beach bonfire.

San Diego Fire Pit in Ocean Beach

One of 16 pits are available for fires at Ocean Beach.

In case you missed it: 6 Best San Diego Beaches with Fire Pits
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6 of the Best San Diego Beaches with Fire Pits

Sunny afternoons are great for bumming at the beach, but San Diego beaches with first pits are the place to be when the sun goes down. Bonfires are a classic beach activity, whether you want to roast hot dogs with your friends or just plan to hang out around a flickering fire pit. Due to important safety laws, San Diego fire pits are not available on every beach. It’s important to be mindful of the local laws when taking part in this timeless pastime.

Best San Diego Beaches with Fire Pits

Here are the top picks for San Diego beaches where you can throw a bon fire. Fabulous photo courtesy of Ilya Haykinson.

Check out our list of the 6 best San Diego beaches with fire pits where you can safely let loose and unwind.
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7 Great Low Maintenance Plants for San Diego Landscapes

While San Diego is known for its incredible weather, the long periods of sunshine and no rain are not always good news for your plants. Landscaping in southern California requires drought-tolerant plants that can survive the dry seasons. Growing plants that fit into the area’s local biome has many benefits. They spruce up your lawn, can make your patio eco-friendly, and overall require less upkeep. Here are some hardy, low maintenance plants that can thrive in San Diego weather.

1.) Mexican Fencepost Cactus (Pachycereus marginatus)

Mexican Fencepost Cactus

Mexican fencepost cactus photo by Chhe

Cacti are the ultimate low maintenance plant. Designed to retain water through long dry spells, these desert plants require little water. The Mexican fencepost cactus can withstand full sun and cold weather down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, making it plenty hardy for San Diego winters. They grow tall and thin; in spring, they sprout stunning blooms.
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Counter Height vs Bar Height Bar Stools

When you’re shopping for stools for your home, you’ll likely run into two terms: counter height bar stool and bar height bar stool. If they’re both bar stools, how big is the height difference? If you choose the wrong size, you may end up slouching down at the counter or straining to reach the bar.

Espresso swivel bar stool

This swiveling bar stool creates conversation all around. It comes in a dark espresso finish with plush upholstered seat backs and bottoms. View more bar stools.

Here’s all you need to know to understand the difference between counter height and bar height stools. Don’t forget to browse Fine Furniture San Diego­™ for a curated selection of bar stools and counter height chairs.

Counter Height Bar Stools

Counter height stools are designed to fit the average-sized kitchen counter. This is pretty clear from the name of the item, but what are the nitty-gritty details? How tall is a counter, and how tall should the stool be to fit it comfortably?

On average, a kitchen counter will measure between 34”-39” tall. To sit comfortably at a counter, your stool should measure roughly 10 inches below this. That means a counter height bar stool will measure between 24-29” top to bottom. This will give you enough space to sit cross-legged if you want. It also ensures that your torso is at the right height to eat or drink comfortably.

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9 Easy Tips to Make Your Patio Eco-Friendly

An important part of going green is ensuring you have an eco-friendly patio. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to make your outdoor space more environmentally sustainable. Whether you’re looking to make small updates or you’re buying new patio furniture, we’ve got 9 tips for making your patio eco-friendly.

Paved backyard patio

Photo credit: Field Outdoor Spaces under Creative Commons license.

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10 Tips to Add Organizational Space to the Home

Do you want to add organizational space to your home, but you’re not sure how? Maybe you already have plenty of bookshelves and storage bins, but you’re running out of floor and surface space to put them on. Where should you go from here?

Here are 10 helpful tips for adding more organizational space to your home, no matter its size. Think of how you apply these tips to organize your home this weekend.

Lift top coffee table with storage drawers

This coffee table is functional with a lifting top to bring your tabletop close to you and has added storage directly below to keep your items neatly tucked away. Evans Lift Top Cocktail Table

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6 Mattress Disposal Tips & Locations in San Diego

The Better Sleep Council recommends you get a new mattress every seven years. If you’re following this advice and decide it’s time for an upgrade, you may be wondering how to dispose of an old mattress. Every day, Americans dump 50,000 mattresses into landfills, even though an astounding 80% of the material can be recycled or re-purposed for other uses.

San Diego Mattress Disposal Truck

Fine Furniture San Diego offers mattress removal services. Schedule an appointment here.

Fine Furniture San Diego offers mattress removal services in San Diego. Submit a service request online or contact us at 1-619-333-6674.

Bye Bye Mattress – California’s Mattress Recycling Program

Bye Bye Mattress

Fortunately, there are several responsible ways to get rid of an old mattress. Because of the environmental concerns associated with mattress disposal, California recently enacted the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act to make recycling mattresses easier.

With the help of the Mattress Recycling Council, they founded the website Bye Bye Mattress to help Californians find a convenient location to recycle their mattress. In California, you pay a $10.50 fee when purchasing a mattress or box spring, which goes to fund these programs. When recycling, you can collect a $3 return at participating locations.

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