In the rush to shore up my outdoor furniture this past season I was able to learn quite a bit about the subject. I went to Lowes and Home Depot...looked around all my local stores and realized the subject is vast. The types of materials they are made of alone are worth the investigation. A homeowner should choose according to the amount of use the outdoor area receives. In other words, if your outdoor set gets little use because you are infrequently out of doors, then perhaps you should go with a more economical set of patio furniture. If instead, you are frequently out of doors due to barbecues or pool parties or gettogethers, you should invest a little more heavily. It's important to remember that patio furniture comes in a wide range of styles and sizes: from dining sets and seating sets to fire pit sets and chaise lounges to gazebos and pergolas. In fact don't forget the wide assortment of benches and gliders and the covers you'll need for the patio furniture themselves.
So the best thing you can do as a homeowner is prepare yourself by doing a little bit of investigating. As we've already said you should buy according to the real use your furniture is likely to receive. Next you should look at composition. Because composition dictates a number of things. The first and most basic item composition dictates is how many times the outdoor furniture is moved. In other words, iron or wood would be wonderful choices if you don't plan to move your outdoor patio set very often. If, on the other hand, you plan to do a great bit of moving around, perhaps aluminum or plastic is the way to go. Consider cushions for a moment, if they are exposed to the elements a great deal maybe you should consider buying those items that don't mildew easily. If, on the other hand, they receive little sunlight then you can also buy accordingly. While on the subject of sunlight don't forget that umbrellas and awnings not only shield you, the homeowner, from unnecessary exposure to sunlight, but they protect the long term investment of your outdoor furniture.
Outdoor Furniture Materials - Aluminum
Consider now the composition of aluminum. It is lightweight and doesn't rust or fade. Aluminum requires low maintenance and is available in a wide variety of colors. This would be great for the homeowner who has a colorful yard or home. Perhaps most important of all is that aluminum is durable. Some maintenance tips for aluminum are that a powder-coat finish provides durability. You can use car wax or mineral oil to help protect the surface. As far as cleaning aluminum all you need is soapy water and a rinse. For the conscientious homeowner there's good news in plastic because its components may be of recycled materials and is lightweight. As far as cleaners are concerned, apply those that prevent mildew. Then you can rinse down with water.
PVC is lightweight, low maintenance, and available in many colors. Cleaning only requires a wash with soapy water and rinse. Steel as a component is sturdy and durable. Steel also requires little to no assembly and is comfortable. You can apply a protective finish to prevent rust, then wash with a mild soap and rinse.
Wicker & Rattan
Wicker and rattan are other options in the outdoor furniture market. Wicker and rattan are lightweight and flexible. They are durable and come in a wide variety of colors. And like steel, wicker and rattan are comfortable. Maintenance for wicker and rattan are to dust occasionally and wash with mild detergent and rinse. Wood compositions are available in teak, cedar, cypress, pine, and others. Teak, for example, provides a combination of beauty and durability that is ideal. Perhaps most importantly with wood, is that it won't get too hot or cold. It is sturdy and dependable. As far as painting wood is concerned, use a paint with UV filters to prevent fading. It may require a preservative and you should wash with soapy water and rinse. Much like wood, steel, and aluminum wrought iron is sturdy and reliable. Wrought iron may be mounted on wheels and there are many designs to choose from. With wrought iron you can use paint to touch up cracks and you can also apply rust protection. Like the other composites, all that is required to clean it is a mild soap and rinse.
Also in the patio furniture category come, of course, the various styles of patio furniture. Outdoor furniture comes in as many themes and styles as their compositions. There are dining sets for large outdoor areas like porches and patios. The usual six-piece chair set comes with center table and is available in a wide range of compositions. The beautiful decor of a dining set is nearly self-evident as the grandeur is something to behold. Picture a large, inclusive, and inviting get together set around a wonderful dining set complete with candles and a bar set. Off to the side you may place your bistro set either for extra company or for added ambiance. What a wonderful addition a bistro set really makes if you would like to divide the party or simply make it easier for two people to get away.
Next come the seating sets which are designed at 4 to 6 pieces and are meant for an informal affair just after lunch say. The usual three or five piece seating is meant for company or even perhaps just conversation. The exorbitant cushions and pillows are meant for comfort and relaxation. Place a bowl of apples or candles or some other attention grabber on top the accompanying table and wait the afternoon out peacefully and ceremoniously in the comfort of your own patio.
Fire piece sets round out the traditional table and chair patio furniture and generally come in 5-piece sets. The fire pit allows for an inviting and romantic setting as four people may sit around the fire pit table and enjoy wonderful evening company and perhaps cocktails. Enjoy the stimulation of a roaring fire out of doors and do so either alone or with company. Let the experience of a fire pit linger with you as you will likely linger all night long to the tune of a roaring fire. Your patio or deck will thank you for the added touch of class and elegance. Think of your summer and winter evenings being spent by a wonderful fire. Your guests will likely praise and revere you as a great host. The investment of a fire pit table is second-to-none.
The next piece of outdoor patio furniture you will likely not be able to live your spring and summer without is a chaise lounge. A chaise lounge accompanied with a table allows you the privacy and serenity of an entire afternoon alone or with a good book.
Your outdoor life will never be the same with a patio set consisting of a dining set, seating set, or fire pit set. Revel in the appeal and wonderful addition. Decorating your patio will no doubt be tops on your list once you get a look at this wonderful outdoor furniture. Your gettogethers and parties and time poolside will never be the same. The moments will stick with you a lifetime as you use and enjoy this wonderful furniture. Dining sets, seating sets and fire pit sets are meant for social occasions. Use them as such in the example of a family dinner.
The dinner itself will be presented on a dining set table, perfect for six (plus the two who will enjoy the bistro set), so a total of eight. Is there anything more convenient, likable, or manageable than outdoor furniture? Is there anything more that speaks of class and taste than a seating area for a few guests? What better undertaking could you think of than to have a handful of special guests accompany you and yours to the tune of dinner on the porch and sitting under the gazebo afterward? So there is certainly no better use of time. No better place to be than your very own home with its wonderful outdoor space. It is this very outdoor space, after all, that makes possible this dinner. Without the porch there would be no dining and bistro set. Without the porch there would be no glider with pergola. The gazebo sitting on the outside deck is a wonderful attachment all unto itself. The after-dinner drinks and conversation alone are enough to strike satisfaction in the heart of the most sullen guest. So let it all take place under the stars and under the watchful and protective eyes of your home. The dinner itself—turkey—should be well placed as the center piece of the dining table. The adjacent candles should accent nicely. The chairs themselves should speak for themselves as they don't get any more comfortable. And the bistro set should get good use for two who would like to participate, but also would like their privacy.
So with everything planned and everything thought of ahead of time all should go as planned. You will undoubtedly remember the first guest to enjoy the glider and pergola combination. The glider by itself offers untold hours of enjoyment and now combine that with a pergola and the relaxation and satisfaction is endless. They also make a nice getaway for someone who may be too overwhelmed by the formal dinner and would simply enjoy being by themselves for a few minutes. So all bases are covered of course. Of course. The three-piece bar set was also a nice investment for the porch as dinners inevitably lead to after dinner drinks. The beautiful wood and leather set offers two very happy people seating accommodation. The coffee and accent tables should be wonderful for playing cards and holding drinks or a potted plant. Don't be afraid to move poolside and take advantage of the gorgeous gazebo sitting adjacent to it. With the flower garden in view the gazebo surely speaks for itself. How many times do you get to entertain this many people and do so successfully? The dinner will likely go off without a hitch. The after dinner gazebo refreshment hour should likewise be successful. A couple of hours of sitting under it with the mosquito net in place will surely enthrall the most ardent vegetarian you had for dinner. And don't forget the flower garden again. Surely a small walk to it would not be a lot to ask with a guest or two.
Standing under the trellis will surely enliven the most melancholy of spirits. Standing and enjoying the nighttime sky has surely never been easier or better. Daisies, marigolds, petunias, impatients, all there and all presented beautifully through your careful and watchful eye. And the wood and metal garden bench was a nice addition as it affords seating for two or three people ready for a garden view. Stepping on the path between flowers, one can surely see the amount of work and time that went into cultivating the soil and preparing the flower beds. Surely your hand at outdoor space was not limited to the porch, for there was the gazebo and now the flower garden to impress the guests. And all was kept safe and secure with the lovely walkway lighting you recently installed. Can anything be more rewarding or satisfying? Can any other type of event go on so perfectly, than entertaining those you know and care for? Your style and outdoor décor has never been more at a premium. Your taste and elegance surely speak for themselves. And all was very simply began and undertook by researching outdoor furniture. The outdoor furniture surely blossomed into accent décor and lighting. The bar has never received more use and you yourself have never received more compliments.
So be proud and be fruitful of your outdoor accomplishments. Share them again and again with your guests and neighbors. Share them on into the night and on into one another's company. Relax your time and your night as your guests did. Relax it with your favorite outdoor furniture.