When looking for outdoor furniture you might like the look of certain materials, but does that mean the material will work with the weather you experience in your area? Does it mean that it will last for the length of time you want it to last you? It’s important to do some research as to whether the material of the furniture will stay looking new over the seasons and whether it is easy to clean and keep well maintained. Here are some factors to consider when picking the material your new patio furniture will be made of.
Wood gives off a warm, cozy and inviting feeling and blends in with the natural look of any outdoor area. Popular choices for outdoor furniture, when choosing wood as a material, include oak, cedar or pine. The benefits of wood are that it’s very durable and incredibly low maintenance. In some cases, the natural oils found in some kinds of wood protect the furniture against harsh weather, extreme temperatures and high humidity.
Wicker furniture gives the feeling of a rustic home, out in the country. This material is lightweight and can be used inside and outside, and it’s made from naturally occurring like bamboo or rattan. Previously, it was only available in neutral colours but with the increase in popularity of this type of furniture it is now available in a variety of colours and styles. This kind of furniture is easy to clean and very sturdy so it will last for many seasons. On the downside, this furniture can be pricey. If you choose wicker furniture, you’ll likely want to dress it up with cushions or throw pillows. This is a fairly inexpensive accessory that will allow you to change the look of your furniture from time to time.
This is a classic material is often used in garden sets and bistro chairs. Due to its weight, and usual intricate designs, it often gives the appearance of luxury and style. Wrought iron garden sets give a great seat to enjoy your surroundings and it doubles as stylish furniture. This material is not a care free as some of its counterparts though – iron can rust so you’ll need to ensure you take proper prevention in order to stop rust from creeping over your gorgeous new furniture.
Mix it Up
If you have a style that doesn’t fit neatly into one material that’s perfectly ok – you don’t need to stop at just one material. Why not mix it up and buy a few pieces of this and a couple of that. If you have separate areas of your yard you can style one area a certain way and another a different way. An eclectic style means you get the best of each material, so you can enjoy your backyard on your terms.
No matter what your style is, or your preferred material you can always find furniture for your outdoor space that suits your lifestyle, your budget and your maintenance preferences.