In your attempt to find the best outdoor furniture to fit your outdoor needs, there are many items to consider. Buying furniture for the indoors is different from buying for your patio or garden. There are many factors to check, including the type of material since your furniture would be exposed to the elements.
When choosing outdoor furniture, you can look for many attributes, such as durability, comfort, style (and, of course, price). But the main difference is that garden furniture has to withstand bad weather outside.
When it comes to deciding on which type of material is best, there are also several considerations:
- the climate where you live
- how often you plan to use it
- your level of skill with tools
- how much time you are willing to spend caring for your new furniture
So with that, let’s help you out more with these three tips on choosing the best furniture for your yard!
Check For Durable Materials
Buying the best material for your exterior furniture is important if you want your furniture to last for long and look elegant. There are a plethora of materials available in the market that you can choose from. Whether you’re buying an outdoor cushion storage bench or an ottoman, the material should be your number one priority.
Materials used for outdoor furniture are made from several materials such as wood, aluminum, iron, steel, etc. Some lamps are made from copper wire that is safer and more durable than any other metal. The plastic finish of many products differs. Hence, it is always recommended to check for the best material before deciding. The most durable ones are those made from hardwood and stainless steel.
Wood has been a popular raw material for making furniture for thousands of years. It has natural beauty, is generally easy to work with, and provides a solid foundation for tables, chairs, benches, and other furniture. Metal is generally the strongest and most durable material for garden furniture. Because of their strength, metal frames can create thinner and more complex designs than other options, giving manufacturers more style flexibility. Metal is a good choice when combined with other materials that offer unique functional and aesthetic benefits.
Consider the Natural Elements
If you are thinking about updating the look of your outdoor living space, you should put the natural elements into consideration. This most especially depends on the type of climate in the area you stay in. The furniture you use in a rainy area might not be the same for a sunny area and vice versa.
If you live in an area with frequent storms and high humidity, you need to make sure your furniture is resistant to damage from various water-related problems. Stagnant water and accumulated water vapor not only impair the physical quality of the material but can also be harmful to health. Wet or humid conditions create an environment for the growth of various fungi.
Organics, including water, are susceptible to mold and mildew formation and can cause respiratory problems, irritation, and other health problems. However, they are generally destructive and can be cleaned. If you live in a sunny location or an area prone to seasonal climate changes, you should look for outdoor materials that harsh UV rays can damage. Constant exposure to sunlight can cause many materials to tarnish and lose their luster over time. Aesthetic changes can be unattractive or simply diminish the brightness or uniformity of the color.
Consider Ease of Damage
You will have to consider the ease of damage when you are picking out your furniture. This goes hand in hand with other factors like materials and weather conditions because poor material would be damaged easily.
Metals, including iron and steel, corrode when in constant contact with water and oxygen. The corrosive oxidation process slowly weakens this metal, causing visible rust and other discoloration. Salt in air and salt in water accelerate chemical processes that can cause more oxidation in coastal areas.
Materials passed through water may dry unevenly and deform their original shape. You may not notice this at first, but over time, materials can deform, joints can shift, and screws and other attachment points used to secure furniture can loosen.
Some materials are strongly attracted and shrink when heated or cooled. Extreme temperatures and sudden fluctuations can cause them to break, rupture, deform and become brittle. Dry air can bend or damage furniture. If you live outdoors and in windy conditions, make sure your garden furniture is heavy enough not to topple over or throw it away.
Another factor to consider is the cost and ease of installation. While installing outdoor furniture, you should check the level of care required to keep it clean. The way to care for a patio storage bench might not be the same as a wooden table. You also need to keep the area where the furniture is to be placed clean all the time. While cleaning the area, you should make sure you avoid staining the fabric.
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