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Types Of Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets


Outdoor Patio Furniture comes in many different materials; there is a style to suit everyone and anyone. For the rustic appeal try wooden outdoor  sets, for modern try glass outdoor sets; it all depends upon what feel you want for your patio area. The basic types of outdoor sets include wooden, aluminum, plastic, wicker,wrought iron and cafe style. All have good and not so good points and it is mostly personal taste that determines which style you prefer.

Wooden Outdoor Patio Furniture

This can be any type of wood; hardwoods are usually preferred as they last longer and look better. Timber furniture can suit just about any style of yard. Timber is very forgiving; it does not damage easily and can withstand the weather well.  Wooden furniture is great for a natural setting.Annual maintenance checks can keep your wooden outside furniture looking good. The most popular in the wooden ranges is teak outdoor patio furniture, chosen for its hardness and the color as it ages.

Aluminum Outdoor Patio Furniture

Aluminum patio furniture has its place, as it is light, it can be easy to put out, and easy to store. Aluminum is treated to improve its ability to withstand the weather. Aluminum furniture is usually modern in design; so sleek lines, often comfortable cushions, generally tables are made with glass tops, giving a feeling of light and spaciousness to the patio area. Aluminum furniture is usually a lot cheaper than timber, but also doesn’t on average last as long.

Plastic Outside Patio Furniture

Probably the cheapest and most commonly available outside furniture sets. Plastic is great for having around children.Plastic or resin furniture is so easy to pack away and store over winter and very  easy to clean. Plastic doesn’t weather very well and will not last as long as timber, but can be very useful for camping and when you are just starting out and would like to enjoy your yard, but have little money to spend initially. You can always upgrade later.

Wicker Outdoor Patio Furniture

Wicker has a timeless feel about it. There is natural wicker which is expensive and not as commonly available and resin wicker, which looks like wicker, but weathers really well. Resin outdoor patio furniture sets come in variety of styles from traditional to modern, and in a range or colors although off white is probably one of the most popular as it looks best after some time outside!

Wrought Iron Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets

Wrought iron is another style that seems to have maintained it popularity through the years. Wrought iron is treated to make it weather resistant and requires regular checks to keep it looking its best. It is so stylish when accessorized with the correct patio furniture cushions. Wrought iron sets can include less common items of modern outdoor furniture such as lover seats which can make a statement in your outdoor area.

Cafe Style Sets

This can be wrought iron, but can also include mosaic designs which look great in cottage gardens, or just as a few pieces of outside furniture on the veranda or porch.

Buying furniture sets means that you purchase a complete seating or dining set up all together. This is good because everything matches and you have all need, just make sure you buy as many chairs to go around the table as you think you will need, it can be hard to get extra seats later. The term sets means the contents can vary, a dining set can include 6 or 8 chairs and a garden set may or may not include a table. Be sure you know what outdoor patio furniture you are buying in your set and enjoy using it.

Wooden Outdoor Patio Furniture


Outside patio furniture is any furniture that we choose to use outside. It can include, but is not limited to chairs, tables, sets, rockers, swings, gliders, BBQs, umbrellas, chimeras, roman table, day beds, steamers or sun loungers.
Most outdoor patio furniture is constructed from weather resistant materials such as wood especially hardwoods, wicker using rattan, metal– mainly aluminum, wrought iron and stainless steel, plastics, glass and stone.
General
Any wood used for outside furniture needs to be treated – oiled, or stained or painted. Hardwoods such as teak have natural oils; other woods have less effective natural oils and need additional treatment. Not all wood is good for outside use; some wood is more prone to termites and pests than others. Pine is a soft wood and will not last long untreated outside. Kiln dried pine is being coming more popular as a sustainable wood to use for any furniture, although not as insect or water resistant as hardwoods, it is a cheaper option.

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Hardwoods are very popular due to their ability to withstand the weathering outside patio furniture is exposed to.  Wood is naturally resistant to water, pests, mould and mildew. The design of good outdoor patio furniture sets allows the water to drain through the furniture via slits or holes. Wood is also the most natural product to be placed in the outdoor setting, it is lovely to look at and sit on to enjoy the outdoor view, and also it doesn’t get too hot or too cold.

Hardwood patio furniture is often made of teak, a very dense wood with natural oils that help to protect it from the harsh sun and wet weather.  Teak came to be used for outdoor furniture when in England scrap from ship’s decks washed up on shore was salvaged, and tables made. This has been going on for over a century and the teak is never painted. In America using teak for outside furniture is a relatively recent fashion. Some newer woods to be considered are kwela and shorea.  Jarrah is a hardwood from Australia that can also be used. Teak ages gracefully to a lovely silver color, but if regularly oiled maintains its golden brown shade. Teak wood patio furniture is known to last a good many years without cracking or splitting. Teak is usually harvested from ethical plantations which have strict replanting policies. Teak is used for very popular Bali style furniture, which includes the concepts of outdoor rooms and day beds.

Walnut, oak, mahogany and cedar can also be used for outdoor sets, but is not as commonly as they don’t have the longevity compared to teak. Although teak is more expensive than other hardwoods for patio furniture, it will outlast most of the other and the initial investment will prove its worth over the years. Wood furniture from ethical plantations is also more environmentally friendly than all other types of patio furniture.
Soft Wood
Any softwood used for outside will need to be treated. Softwoods are generally significantly cheaper than hardwoods, and are therefore attractive for manufacturers and consumers. Pine is one soft wood readily available, and commonly used for modern outdoor furniture.

For wooden outdoor patio furniture, the best choice for longevity and value for money, and a natural product is teak, but other hardwoods can also be considered. It would be wise to steer clear of softwoods.