Buying Garden Furniture – What’s the Best Material for Your Lifestyle?

By Steven Harrisson, July 9, 2019

Busy lives often make people forget to stop and smell the roses. Literally speaking, one way to achieve that is to spend some more time in your garden where you can relax and take a step back from your tiring everyday tasks. Besides creating a peaceful atmosphere, a nicely furnished garden can also add beauty and value to your home. So, the importance of choosing the optimal furniture pieces is twofold. What follows are a few tips to help you make the right decision.
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Consider Weather Conditions

There isn’t much difference when choosing indoor and outdoor furniture pieces, except for one slightly noticeable consideration: the weather. Is the area where you live hot and dry, or do you live near the coast? How often does it rain? All these questions need to be properly addressed before you make your choice. Note that hot, dry environments can make some wood splinter and crack, strong winds can cause aluminium furniture to move and lose balance, and wet places can make wicker lose its form and function. So, you need to inform yourself properly about the material options prior to making a decision.

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Choosing the Right Materials

  • Wood

Since forever, wood has been a popular choice for many when it comes to furniture, be it for the inside or outside. But since today we are discussing outside garden furniture modern design pieces, the type of wood you should seriously consider is teak. The reasons why this material is highly recommended are more than just a few. First of all, it is very dense and it has a naturally high oil content. These qualities make it strong and very resistant to weather conditions and pests. Moreover, it comes with a beautiful golden tone and fine graining.

Of course, there are other wooden materials that are also great options for garden furniture modern design pieces. Dense hardwoods such as mahogany and eucalyptus are in high demand because of their strong rot resistance. Generally, wood is popular because it’s the material that is closest to nature and the easiest to blend in with the surroundings.

  • Metal

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Metal pieces of furniture are made to last, and can easily be welded or cast in order to create different types of designs – from modern to classic, and everything in between. Out of the many choices, the two most widely used metals for garden furniture modern design pieces are powder-coated aluminium and steel.

Aluminium made pieces will stay relatively cold during hot summer days, and are resistant to rust. What makes them additionally desirable is the fact that they are lightweight and can effortlessly be moved around and stacked. When compared to aluminium, steel is stronger, and it is usually recommended for larger weight-bearing pieces like sofas and sectionals. However, being stronger makes it the heavier option out of the two.

  • Plastic

Nowadays plastic has become very popular in the world of furniture design, and one of the reasons is its initial malleable nature. It allows for the material to be moulded into unusual shapes and sizes that many find extraordinary and fun. Besides that, this material offers a limitless array of colours for you to choose from.

The most common plastic type is polyethylene – in general, and in furniture manufacturing as well. It is a cost-effective material that can be easily transformed and the final result is a strong and appealing piece of furniture. Other types of plastic used for furniture are the polypropylene and polycarbonate. Polypropylene is similar to the previous type in its nature but more lightweight and highly resistant to chemical exposure and heat. Polycarbonate is tough and it is most often used to create pieces that are highly resistant to impact.