How to Select the Best Material for Outdoor Furniture
Shopping for outdoor furniture can be challenging and exciting. Before starting your search for your patio furniture, you should answer a few questions to determine the right requirements for your outdoor space.
Style – Your outdoor space is an extension of your indoor space. What is your home decor style? For example, if it is modern, than you might want to consider modern outdoor furniture to extend your space and continue your style outdoors.
Budget – What is your budget for your outdoor space? To purchase outdoor furniture that lasts, it should be seen as an investment. Durable outdoor furniture costs more than lower cost furniture that only lasts a season or two. But it also lasts much longer.
Lifestyle – What activities will you do in your outdoor space? Will you entertain and cook, do you need a lot of seating? Do you need dining and lounging options? Will you need shade and lighting? How will the traffic flow?
Once you have an idea of your style, budget and purpose for your outdoor space, you are ready to select what material is best for your outdoor furniture. There are many choices of materials for outdoor furniture. In addition to the material that you select, you need to consider the maintenance and upkeep for different materials.
Here are a few different kinds of materials for outdoor furniture and examples from Fermob:
Teak – Teak is the best natural wood choice for outdoor furniture. Teak produces its own oil which helps protect it from the elements. It is a hard wood so it is very strong. It can last many more years compared to other types of wood. It does require a higher amount of maintenance and upkeep. Fermob’s new Surprising Teak chair and Somerset bench are made with teak and steel.
Steel – Steel is the strongest material for outdoor furniture. It is heavy and can cost more money but if it is properly coated, it is durable and will last. It is a good choice for climates with high wind. Fermob’s 1900 Collection is made traditionally with hand-forged steel. The Bistro Collection is made with a steel frame. A powder coating helps give it extra weather protection. You must be careful not to scratch it, as the chance for rust increases.
Aluminum – Powder coated aluminum is a good choice for outdoor furniture. It withstands the elements and it is lightweight so it is easy to move around. Aluminum is a great choice for coastal climates as it is protected from rust and UV damage. Fermob’s Bellevie Collection has an aluminum frame.
Synthetic – Synthetic furniture is lightweight, durable and withstands most weather. Available in many weaves and textures, synthetic furniture provides comfortable seating and stylish choices. See Fermob’s Sixties and Croisette Collections for examples.
Once you answer a few questions about the purpose of your space & consider materials and options based on your climate, you will be more informed and educated to search for durable outdoor furniture for your ideal space. Happy shopping!