Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture

Choosing the right outdoor furniture is a case of matching the particular construction materials with the look that you want.

Wooden outdoor settings are the more traditional type of setting but they may not last as long as something that is made from cast aluminum which is the more contemporary material of the two.

Have a think about maintenance

Each material will have its own advantages and disadvantages. Cheap plastic outdoor furniture will require very little upkeep by virtue of the fact that it is inexpensive to buy and easily replaced.

An occasional rinse down with a hose is probably all it will need to get rid of dust, dirt and cobwebs if it hasn’t been used in some time.

Teak on the other hand will go a natural silver-grey color over the time, and if this is the look you desire then obviously nothing further will need to be done.

While teak has a strong history in the ship building industry and is naturally resistant to water, you will have to sand it back regularly and apply teak oil to keep that rich brown color.

Of course, cast iron and steel are prone to rust but a cover or just keeping them sheltered from the elements is an easy way to keep this from happening.


This is another important factor that is often overlooked in favor of aesthetics. Sure, an outdoor setting has to look good but many people will buy based on this impulse alone without actually sitting down and assessing the actual comfort levels before taking out their credit card.

Although it may seem intuitive, some chairs are too high when placed up against the matching table or conversely they may be too low. Poorly fitting chairs will not be conducive to enjoyable entertaining, so keep this mind, particularly if you are mixing and matching your chairs and tables respectively.

Of course any mismatching can be eliminated if you buy paired furniture such as these Strathwood St. Thomas Deep Seat Motion Chair with Cushions with the Strathwood St. Thomas Round Dining Table .

Head “in store”

Whenever possible, actually physically test the furniture in a store before committing to buy. You don’t have to tell the sales person that you are going to buy online anyway, but the obvious benefit is that you can easily avoid a costly mistake by trying before you buy.

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