Sitting in your backyard enjoying the outdoors is a great way to relax, whether you have a patio, veranda or a simple table and chairs set up. Unfortunately, there are some types of furniture that aren’t build to survive the outside for too long, so it’s important to use specialised outdoor furniture if you can. Usually your retailer will be able to suggest some good options for you, but it helps to have some idea about what kinds of furniture are appropriate for use outside. Let’s take a look at a few of your options.
For outdoor furniture, you’re looking for something that is water resistant and able to deal with a great deal of sun exposure without experiencing excessive discolouration. Teak ticks all the boxes; in fact, in years past it was often the preferred wood to be used in the construction of ships and boats.
Teak furniture is one of the most water resistant timbers given its high natural oil and rubber content. It is native to the tropics, so it has also evolved in a very sunny environment; meaning you really don’t need to worry about damage and discolouration
Rattan furniture has a very homey, relaxed feel and makes a great fit in many a back yard. The good news is that you can leave it out without any issues, though it is probably worth covering it up in the winter when you’re not using it. We’d also recommend using a treatment on your rattan furniture to further protect it from the elements. Generally, if you use common sense, take care of it and perhaps bring it inside when the weather is particularly harsh, your rattan furniture is designed to last and it has many other benefits.
Metal furniture is often made out of wrought iron and aluminum, both of which are quite popular options for the outdoors. They look great and the good news is that they are particularly durable, making for the longest lasting furniture. They do however require some care and certain treatments to avoid rusting and we wouldn’t recommend leaving them outside all year around. But if you care for metal furniture it can last decades.
It’s cheap, it’s expendable and it won’t rust or rot. Plastic furniture might not create the same special ambience and isn’t nearly as aesthetically pleasing as wooden furniture does, but it is certainly practical and you won’t have too many problems leaving it outside for long stretches. Just be weary of the fact that in high winds, it can fly off given that it’s quite light.
So there you have it! If you’re looking for durable outdoor furniture that can stand the test of time, these are your best options. It just comes down to which style you like the best.