There are so many options when it comes to outdoor furniture, it can be overwhelming. The idea is function and comfort right? The first thing is to decide what you want to use your outdoor space for. Social or intimate family gatherings? A spacious table and comfy chairs is a good start. Then you can think of accents that best suit your style, are you hammock person or perhaps a wicker rocking chair of sofa? Either way, stock these with ample cushions and pillows and they will be inviting no matter what style you go with. These simple things can turn your backyard into a second family room, especially during inviting weather months!
Another thing to consider is how you plan on using your furniture and how much time you want to spend maintaining it. A couple of examples:
- Aluminum, plastic and PVC — These construction materials are rustproof, lightweight, relatively inexpensive and require very little weather treating. You can also wash them easily with a little soap and water.
- Steel and wrought iron — Both are heavy duty and sturdy but will rust if not weatherproofed or painted periodically.
- Rattan, wicker and natural grasses — It’s pretty amazing how well natural materials like wicker look and last outdoors, especially when they are treated with a resin finish. They may require additional weatherproofing every couple of years, though.
- Wood — Natural wood looks very attractive in outdoor furnishings. It makes sturdy furniture that can be as comfortable as anything you use indoors. It does require regular treatment with a preservative and may also require UV protection. Choose weather-resistant woods like teak, redwood, cypress and cedar.
Stay true to your design styles while keeping your eye on functionality. You’ll be sure to end up with the outdoor sanctuary of your dreams.