How to Choose the Right Outdoor Furniture

January 30, 2014
How to Choose the Right Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor Furniture is made from a variety of different materials, most buyers are looking for outdoor furniture that will withstand the elements of Mother Nature, and will last and always look new for years to come, with little maintenance. Some materials will withstand the elements better than others, durability and style are the two things that you will need to consider before buying your furniture. Investigate the characteristics of each type of material paying close attention to the retailer’s guarantee of the material. Consider and understand the weather conditions as some materials will be more resistant to rain and wind and others to the sunshine and heat.

The other consideration are the size, weight and the ability to move and store your outdoor furniture when not in use. Also think about the maintenance and care of your tables, chairs or sun lounges.

Timber

Outdoor Furniture comes in a variety of timbers and finishes, and will give your outdoor area or patio a relaxing, natural look and feel.The more popular timbers used are teak, pine, cedar or redwood, and If you are looking for a longer lasting timber, teak or jarrah will be the best choice. Your timber furniture will need to be oiled and sealed to keep it looking fresh and to increase its lifespan.

Wicker

There are two types of wicker furniture a natural woven wood or synthetic poly wicker. Today there are many different synthetic wickers on the market that have the same characteristics as timber but will be more resistant to weather conditions and easier to care for and clean. Natural wicker furniture is made from a variety of woods such as cane, bamboo or rattan, it is lightweight and needs to be oiled and sealed to maintain and keep the wood looking new. Wicker high back armchairs or two seater sofas will give your outdoor area a cosy and rustic feel and would be best on a patio or in a sunroom.

Plastic

Plastic outdoor tables or chairs will be your least expensive option, furniture pieces very portable and often made from recycled materials. Chairs are stackable and plastic comes in a variety of shape and colours. Plastic will crack and fade if left in hot conditions so it always best to store. Chairs are normally stackable, tables can be more bulky. There are different plastic qualities to choose from so ask if the materials come with a guarantee. Maintenance is easy as your furniture can be washed and cleaned with soapy water and the hose.

Aluminum

Can be expensive, however if you are looking for a modern or contemporary style it is a very good choice. Aluminum tables and chairs will not rust or corrode, especially if powder coated. It is a very light material, and very resistant to the sun, and can be easily cleaned with soapy water. Adding a coating of wax will keep your furniture looking new and fresh.

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron is a very strong and durable material, however it is extremely heavy so your outdoor setting needs to be placed in an area where it will always be used. The metal can rust and corrode easily, so it is best painted which will need to be maintained regularly. Iron can get very hot in the sun, so always add outdoor cushions to the chairs which will also add comfort. Intricate wrought iron tables and chairs will suit a classic or formal outdoor area.