Outdoor furniture, from the name we know that these all kinds of furniture are placed outside the home. Indeed the meaning of “outside” in this case is an open place which is still part of the house, such as a garden, terrace, balcony and home background.
Of the many home furnishings many of which are designed to be placed outside the room.
Indeed it is made to further facilitate us if outside the room, because of course we need a place to enjoy directly views of the outdoors. So we also need more furniture to place which can give us the comfort to enjoy the scenery.
More than the furniture itself that we can actually make one objects support, which is quite interesting to decorate the outer parts of our house. This is one idea that is interesting by buying some furniture with interesting shapes and unique way to add decorative value on the outside of the house.
Consideration of Outdoor Furniture
Of the many options that we can determine of course we also have to consider a lot of things. One of the most important when we determine the type and form of outdoor furniture is the material.
Because the material which is placed outside the room needs certain types of materials that are vulnerable and not easily damaged when exposed to rain and sunrise.
Among the materials that we can make reference as a base for creating outdoor furniture are plastic, wood, aluminum, wicker, and wrought iron.
When it comes to outdoor furniture, it is essential to choose the right frame material, particularly when it comes to seating. Whether for individual chairs, sofa arrangements, sun loungers or swing seats, a long-lasting, durable frame that can support the weight of those sitting outdoors is a key factor. A wide range of frame choices exists, from natural materials such as wicker and wood, to manmade substances such as aluminium or PVC pipe. Each has its own distinct characteristics in terms of strength, durability and resistance to the elements. Each also provides a distinctive look to an outdoor seating area.
People always confuse synthetic resin wicker furniture with “rattan.” You can learn about the difference between wicker and rattan in my other post. Typically woven in a wicker weave, synthetic resin patio furniture is stylish, low-maintenance, lightweight, and highly durable.
Synthetic resin is one of the best materials for outside furniture. Always purchase High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Wicker and not cheap PVC wickers. PVC synthetics will unravel, become brittle, and crack. HDPE is a much higher grade of material. If you’ve heard of bad experiences with synthetic resins, it’s probably because the furniture was made from low-quality PVC plastic. Synthetic resin wicker is very light-weight and it’s easy to clean.
It must be noted, most synthetic resin furnishings are constructed on an aluminum frame. For this reason, the strength of synthetic resin outdoor furniture is very closely intertwined with aluminum outdoor furniture. Harmonia Living actually makes sectionals that feature thicker, commercial grade aluminum frames that use a larger gauge of aluminum.
Garden and patio furniture is made from a variety of metals, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
Wrought iron looks best in a formal or classic setting. It is a strong, durable material, and furniture designs range from traditional to contemporary. It is very heavy and will not tip over or blow away easily, making it a great choice for windy environments. This type of metal does require some care to prevent rust and increase corrosion resistance. It can be painted to both create a different look and to improve its resistance to corrosion. Some disadvantages of iron furniture include iron’s tendency to heat up and burn when left in direct sunlight. It can also be very cold on cooler days. Without cushions, iron is not the most comfortable choice, and using cushions with wrought iron furniture solves the problems caused by heat and cold. More robust fabrics should be used outdoors, and cushions should be put away after use. Wrought iron furniture can be left outdoors year-round, provided it is cared for properly.
Aluminum will not fade or rust, especially if it has been coated with a powder-coat finish. This metal is usually used in contemporary, streamlined designs. It requires less maintenance than steel or wrought iron and is significantly lighter and easier to move. It also remains cooler in the sun. Aluminum patio sets can be cleaned with soapy water, and applying a layer of car wax will help to keep aluminum look as good as new. Unfortunately this is a more expensive material and high-end sets can be pricey. However, aluminum is corrosion resistant and can survive outside for extended periods. One can find less pricey folding chairs for an inexpensive seating solution, but these should be stowed during bad weather. Costlier, heavier-grade pieces can be left outside.