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Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Imagine oufitting a convenient porch with a bamboo sofa and a classic wicker rocking chair, both filled with generous cushions.

Doesn’t this sound an idyllic picture? This is how your porch and second family room should look like during the summer days. Don't overlook the choosing of your outdoor-living materials for balconies or for pocket gardens, because good patio furniture will bring comfort and function to your outdoor spaces as much as the right decoration would bring comfort to your bedroom. Check out the following tips for choosing the best patio furniture material for your space. The right choice will ensure that your outdoor living space is heart melting and welcoming for all your visitors.

Natural materials

Wicker: Wicker is the most common material for outdoor furniture, and it refers to reeds knitted together to make baskets chairs and tables. Wicker can be made of cane, willow or rattan. Wood (Teak):Teak is the most luxurious of all woods used for outdoor furniture; it is naturally stable and resistant to decay, even when exposed to extreme weathers. Cedar: Just like a Cedar tree, furniture made of Cedar is highly resistant to weather changes and would last many years without rotting. With time, Cedar wood will transform into a silvery-gray color. However, in order to maintain its original rich color, apply protective oil annually. Pine: Just like cedar, pine is weather resistant and, if treated with a protective finish, discoloration will be prevented.

Man-made materials

Aluminum: Aluminum furniture could be finely made with details just like wood crafting. Iron: Due to its high glass content, iron has a natural resistance to rust, and it is also available in a wide variety of styles and patterns. Plastic: It’s cheap, light, and UV protected; it can also be found in many styles. Maintaining plastic furniture simply requires warm water and detergent to rinse. Resin: It’s a type of wicker but due to the fact that it is man-made, it’s more durable and easier to maintain than natural wicker. It is also available in many styles and colors.