Topic: Outdoor Furniture

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Posted by: Judy Walker (Master Admin)

Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Your outdoor living space is yearning to be decorated and filled with your dream outdoor furniture. But your preference should not be the sole consideration in making your outdoor space a truly inviting haven. Here are some tips to successfully create your own corner of relaxation outside the walls of your home…

Plan Before you Purchase

Plan everything before going to a furniture store to buy all the furnishings you need and make a list of the essentials. This way, you’ll save precious time and avoid overspending. You can always add to your collection over time.

Identify your Outdoor Living Space

Identify the areas where the outdoor furniture will best be placed. Make sure that the furniture pieces you buy would satisfy the needs of the area. For example, the furniture requirements of your patio are different from your outdoor kitchen. Also, be sure to take measurements of the spaces in order to match them perfectly with the furnishings.

Choose the Right Features

Your choice for outdoor furniture should depend on the purpose of the outdoor space and the time and money you are willing to spend for maintenance. Also, consider the form and function of the furnishings that you are most attracted to. Choose those that can be easily moved around, those that are collapsible to save space when they are not in use, and those that are sturdy and weather resistant so they last longer outdoors.

Choose the Right Material
The climate, maintenance, and the look that appeals to you most determine the material that you should select. Some of the furniture options that you might want to consider include:

  • Wicker - lightweight but will weather when left out exposed to the elements.

  • All-weather wicker - synthetic, looks like natural wicker, durable, and withstands weather.

  • Aluminum - lighter than steel and wrought iron. It has a variety of styles and colors and requires low maintenance because of its corrosion-resistant properties.

  • Steel - highly durable and heavier than aluminum. Generally treated to prevent rust, but severe weather condition may require further protection. It may become too hot when exposed to the sun.

  • Wrought iron - heaviest and strongest outdoor furniture material. It is often available in classic styles, durable, and rust-resistant.

  • Wood - varies from light to heavy in weight, and styles vary from classic to contemporary. It has distinctive characteristics, depending on wood species. Some famous wood species are cedar, which is resistant to insects, cracking, decay, and moisture rot; and eucalyptus, a naturally water-resistant wood normally treated with linseed oil to maintain its honey color.

  • Teak - dense, heavy, and hard, with high resistance to rot, bug infestation, weather, and marring. It is normally treated with teak oil to prolong its original color.

Choosing the right outdoor furniture will make your outdoor space more functional, elegant, and cozy. You are also guaranteed many years of enjoyment from your chosen furniture pieces. 

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