So, you’re ready to buy some patio furniture. That’s great! It’s becoming more and more common for people to outfit their outdoor areas with comfy furniture to enjoy. If you’ve just started your search or you’ve been on the hunt for some time, one thing has probably stood out to you: there are a TON of options for outdoor furniture. How do you know what’s best?
Every part of a piece of patio furniture is important and you want to make sure you’re getting pieces that use the right materials. Let’s start with the foundation: furniture frames.
Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes and sizes and is usually constructed of a few different types of materials. What type of frame you choose depends on what kind of style you’re looking for, but you want to make sure you’re getting the most durable and long-lasting pieces you can find.
If you’re looking for metal furniture, your best bet is going to be powder-coated aluminum. It’s lightweight which makes it easy to move, and is incapable of rusting. The powder-coated surface ensures that the frame finish itself is durable and able to withstand chipping, cracking, peeling or fading.
Other available metal frames include powder-coated steel, wrought iron and cast aluminum. These all have their pros and cons, but if you’re looking for furniture that stand the test of time and every day use, powder-coated aluminum should be on your outdoor furniture checklist.
All-Weather Synthetic Wicker
Gone are the days of twisted and cracked natural wicker furniture. Synthetic wicker is actually a wicker resin, dyed and treated to have the same look as natural wicker, but without the durability issues. If you love the earthy look of natural wicker furniture but don’t want to worry about replacing it constantly, synthetic wicker is your best option. It’s specially treated to be UV-resistant as well as being resistant to mildew, staining and cracking.
Wood patio furniture is probably the most maintenance-heavy material on this list. That shouldn’t scare you away from it! There are some truly beautiful choices for wood outdoor furniture, and with a bit of care it will last you a long time. You’ll want to be careful the kind of wood you choose, however, as some is more durable than other. We recommend either teak or eucalyptus.
Teak wood is the most common type of wood for patio furniture. It can come stained different colors or left it’s natural hue. Teak is very durable and offers a more classic patio furniture look. Something to be mindful of: teak will fade to a grey color with prolonged exposure to the sun. If you take steps to protect it with a sealer or cover it, you’ll be able to keep the natural color for longer.
Eucalyptus is very similar to teak wood, in that it is extremely durable and holds up very well when used for outdoor furniture. It is a less expensive alternative to teak wood furniture, since teak is the most durable wood available for patio furniture. Overall, the look of eucalyptus wood is very similar to teak; it just offers a most cost-effective option for those wanting wood furniture without the higher price tag.