- Home Furnishings
Choosing Outdoor Furniture
Dining outside, taking your meals under an overhanging vine
with sunlight shimmering through the leaves is a tempting idea. All you need are some chairs and a table, something
to keep the drinks cool, and a wheeled cart or tray to bring food and drink
from the kitchen. Any lawned area, balcony
or patio can be transformed into a dining area.
The variety of design of outdoor furniture is so wide that you can
complement contemporary or classic garden styles.
Choosing chairs and tables for the yard can be confusing considering the vast array available. Wrought iron and wooden furniture styles are both popular and offer contrasting effects in the garden. Fortunately there is a range of prices in both materials, determined largely by the quality of the materials and construction.
Outdoor Furniture - Materials and Durability
Outdoor furniture is available in all styles, materials, and
prices. You can find tables that can be
left outdoors all year, and chairs that fold up for indoor storage. Lounge or deck chairs offer a relaxed approach
to outdoor life, while classic benches add a olde worlde formality to a
garden. Consider the portability of
outdoor furniture, its durability and maintenance, and shapes and sizes to suit
your families needs.
Will your furniture be placed on a lawn or a paved patio
area? Heavy hardwood furniture can be
difficult to move for mowing; lightweight stacking chairs may be more suitable
for sitting and eating on the grass, if less attractive. Remember that furniture may sink into a damp
lawn if much weight is placed upon it.
Will you be leaving the furniture outside all year? Does that create a security issue? Heavy tables and benches, made from long lasting hardwood, will last well outdoors, need very little maintenance, and are considerably more difficult to steal. Metal furniture needs to be painted to last and will deteriorate within a few years if not of the best quality. Lightweight aluminium furniture can be a good choice for water resistance but it is not always very strong.
Outdoor Garden Furniture
How versatile do you need your garden furniture to be? Buying two smaller tables rather than one
large one may be good option because you can place them around your yard and
put them together to create more dining space for parties. Benches are more difficult to move than
individual chairs but seat more people.
Rectangular tables take up less space but round ones can look more
Wooden garden furniture is usually either oiled or
varnished. Varnishing gives a high gloss
and good protection against the elements but with time the surface coat may
blister and crack. This can be repaired
only by sanding and re-varnishing. An
oil finish, is built up gradually and needs to be maintained by oiling every
year or so, rubbing the oil into the grain with a nylon scouring pad. Alternatively, for a shabby chic look you can
just leave the wood to age on its own, with cracks appearing as it dries out.
Are you concerned about eco sustainability and the materials in your furniture? Garden furniture is often made from tropical hardwoods. It can sometimes be very difficult to find out where the lumber is from, let alone if it was harvested responsibly. Look for wood from sustainable sources. Other options include bamboo and rattan, which are quick growing and sustainable.
Strathwood Outdoor Furniture
English Bay 5 Piece Dining
There are few things more lovely than an English garden in full-bloom! Now, you can feel like you have your own manor in the countryside with this gorgeous outdoor furniture set. Each skillfully handcrafted piece of the 5 Piece English Bay Living Dining Set is meant to create a fresh, elegant look in your garden, backyard, or patio.
Huge Range available here Outdoor Furniture
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