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Outdoor furniture. a quick guide to your options
Outdoor furniture.
a quick guide to your options

Outdoor and indoor furniture require different properties in order to best suit and withstand their environment. Garden, patio, and all other outdoor furniture can come in all shapes, sizes, colors, weights, and materials. They are also often available in matching sets to complement the outdoor environment.

Types of furniture for outdoor use

The most common outdoor furniture pieces are patio tables with three to six chairs and a collapsible parasol. Other garden furniture includes rocking chairs, benches, arbors (latticed structures providing shelter and seating). Or storage boxes and benches, glider seats, and plant boxes.

When placed outdoors, certain furniture pieces can provide a very practical and attractive centerpiece. These can allow the user to enjoy their garden to its full potential during every season.

For example, an open area in a garden could benefit greatly from a table and set of chairs. That way when the family is outside enjoying the sun. They do not have to come indoors for lunch.

A Table And Chairs Is An Ideal First Piece Of Outdoor Furniture
A Table and chairs is an ideal first piece of outdoor furniture

Extras

Outdoor furniture often comes with available material furnishings such as cushions for seats. You can use parasols for extra shelter. You’ll easily be able to take inside or pack away these items during bad weather. There are no reasons why you should use your outdoor furniture differently to your indoor furniture.

Materials available

The primary concern for consumers is that it needs to be able to withstand weather conditions and last throughout all seasons. The materials most suitable for outdoor furniture are cedar woods, teak woods, cast iron, stone, polyresin, and aluminum. All of these materials can be crafted into almost any shape. With a variety of decorative features, but some are more labor-intensive to create than others are.

Wood

Cedar and teak are easily crafted, both have their own natural oils. These oils help protect against harsh weather conditions, rot, damp, and insects. This makes them ideal for use in areas receiving a lot of rain. They do however require occasional varnishes (every 2-3 years) to seal the wood and prevent it from aging or weathering.

Wood Is A Common Choice For use outdoors
Wood is a common choice for use outdoors

Aluminium

Aluminium and iron furniture is also easily and cheaply manufactured. It is very sturdy and almost completely resistant to scratches, chipping and damp. However, the surface of aluminium can sometimes be damaged by acidic substances and it is only available in one colour.

Stone

Stone is the most labor-intensive material to work with regarding furniture. It is heavy and tricky to sculpt into certain shapes. The end product is very attractive, and unaffected by weather conditions and requires no maintenance.

Stone Can Be Carved Into Simple Or Elaborate Designs
Stone can be carved into simple or elaborate designs

Polyresin

Finally, you could choose the polyresin furniture. This is an environmentally sound material for outdoor furniture. Polyresin is made using recycled plastic. It is incredibly durable, easy to mold into almost any shape or color, and is light in weight and cheap.

This Highwood Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chair from Amazon is made from polyresin and looks very similar to wood.

Whether natural or manmade, placed on a patio or outside a cafe. Outdoor furniture always serves both a practical purpose and an attractive look. You can very easily incorporate these into existing outdoor decor.

In 10 Great Tips On How To Adjust To Rural Living, we recommended building a pizza oven as a great addition to your outdoor living.

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