Every year, outdoor furniture looks more and more like furniture for the indoors. Different styles and construction materials available allow homeowners to select furniture to complement their personal tastes and extend the indoors to the deck or patio.
- Outdoor Wicker – Traditional wicker looks beautiful on the front porch, but the natural fibers were never meant to stand up to the baking sun and outdoor elements. Today’s outdoor or all-weather wicker is woven using polyethylene resin fibers with coloring built right in. The result is outdoor furniture that has the classic look of wicker and is designed to last.
- Wrought Iron – Today’s quality, powder-coated finishes on wrought iron outdoor furniture retain their painted beauty for years, unlike the iron furniture you remember from your parents’ or grandparents’ patio that required scraping and painting every year. Add bright cushions in an all-weather fabric for a nice pop of color.
- Teak – Used for centuries in ship building, teak contains a high oil content that protects the wood from the sun, wind, and rain, enabling teak outdoor furniture to keep its good looks and resist warping, rotting, and cracking. Over time, the wood weathers to a silvery gray, but polishing and protectants can help keep or restore it its original golden-brown color.
- Aluminum – One of the advantages of aluminum outdoor furniture is it can stay outside all summer and it won’t rust. Aluminum frame outdoor furniture is typically less expensive than cast aluminum, which can have the look of wrought iron and last forever. Both types of aluminum outdoor furniture are lightweight, durable, and require little care and maintenance.
Today’s materials and manufacturing processes result in attractive, durable outdoor furniture that will provide a stylish, comfortable, and functional focal point for your outdoor room.
Image: Adirondack Chairs by Seaside Casual