Patio Furniture Buying Guide
Patio Furniture 101
Types of Patio Furniture
Patio Bistro Sets
Patio Dining Sets
Patio Couches & Chairs
Hammocks & Swings
Umbrellas & Sun Shades
Patio Furniture Tips:
• Make sure all fabric labels indicate they have been UV tested
• Super soft cushions are very comfy but they also tend to flatten and sag more quickly than harder cushions
• Use patio furniture to divide your outdoor area into unique spaces e.g. one section for chat, another for dining and a third with an outdoor bar stools for drinks and socializing
Patio Furniture Features
Wood Patio Furniture +
Wood patio furniture offers comfort and will help you create a relaxed, rustic ambiance. Hardwoods such as teak are naturally sturdy and offer greater resistance to the elements. When it comes to fasteners, go with stainless steel to avoid rust. Pressure-treated wood will last a long time, whereas natural wood — though very stylish — is not as durable. Make sure you store wood furniture indoors during the winter months.
Iron Patio Furniture +
Nothing beats iron patio furniture for durability. It's almost impossible to damage and requires only minimal maintenance. If you keep it painted to prevent rust, you should be able to pass your iron furniture on to your children. Look for furniture made of wrought iron as it's more resistant to rust than other types of iron. You'll also appreciate the heaviness of iron furniture. If you bump it accidentally, you're less likely to tip it over, and only exceptionally strong wind could ever blow it away on you. Consider adding cushions for more comfort.
Aluminum Patio Furniture +
Light-weight aluminum patio furniture is a great choice if portability is an issue. Many sets are stackable, allowing you to easily store them away after use. Aluminum is also a durable material that requires minimal maintenance. And although exposed aluminum will oxidize, a coat of paint will protect your new set and extend its lifespan.
Steel Patio Furniture +
If you're going for a contemporary design theme, stainless steel furniture offers an appealing lustre that will brighten any patio or backyard. Unlike most other metals, stainless steel resists corrosion and always looks like new. It's also highly durable and a snap to maintain and clean. In terms of weight, stainless steel falls between aluminum and iron.
Wicker Patio Furniture +
For a natural look, it's hard to beat wicker patio furniture. Lightweight and durable, wicker furniture is usually made from bamboo, cane or rattan vine. It easily creates a warm, comfortable setting and blends well with greenery and colourful flower gardens. All-weather wicker furniture is also available for extra durability. This type of wicker is typically made from twisted paper or synthetic fibres woven around the frame, and then coated with weather-resistant finishes. You can leave it out when it rains without fear the material will be damaged. Add crisp, bright coloured pillows to give your natural-looking wicker furniture a more classic look.
Resin or Plastic Patio Furniture +
Plastic furniture is a great option if you're on a budget. It's also extremely light, so you can rearrange it with ease and store it away with minimal hassle. You can find plastic furniture in a wide array of colours and styles to complement any patio setting. Since plastic is a durable material, plastic furniture is practically unbreakable and very easy to maintain.
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Patio Furniture Maintenance Tips:
• Use gentle cleansers such as diluted dishwashing detergent vs. pine oil or bleach
• Lightly sand or scrub your furniture on a regular basis to eliminate mold
• The more shade you provide your furniture, the longer it will last
• Protect iron furniture with rust-resistant paint every year
• Wipe down furniture immediately after a food or beverage spill
• Wipe furniture after it rains to reduce water exposure