Outdoor Patio Furniture
Posted by Landscaping Ideas on 19th January 2012
If you are looking for outdoor patio furniture ideas there are plenty from which to choose. You can find patio furniture in all kinds of materials and to suit many different styles and tastes. The most important thing to consider when selecting you patio furniture is finding furniture that you will actually use. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the furniture looks or how well it fits with your overall theme in the grand scheme of things. If it is never used it is a waste of money.
I also highly recommend considering the local climate when selecting your outdoor patio furniture. Some things you might want to keep in mind is temperature, average rainfall, and potential for causing damage with the assistance of wind or being damaged by the wind are a good start for things to consider. You might also want to seriously consider a need for shade. Some choose furniture that will be used on a covered deck or patio while others have patio furniture for the purpose of maximizing sun exposure. Even this type of furniture might be well served with an umbrella in order to provide some shade or shade options from the sun.
Once you’ve tried a few pieces out and found some that you feel will be comfortable for sitting, relaxing, dining, and reclining, you can move into the realm of themes and styles. Even personal preference plays a role when trying to come up with outdoor patio furniture ideas. I have seen all kinds of material from vinyl to wrought iron, and plastic to wood with many different styles and materials in between. I would also add that stone furniture looks quite elegant on some patios though it isn’t something I would consider the most comfortable of choices for patio living.
I happen to be partial to wood. The thing to remember when choosing wooden outdoor patio furniture is the maintenance that will be involved. Wood is not a low maintenance undertaking particularly in climates that experience extreme weather conditions. However, if you happen to be like me and enjoy the beauty and feel of wood furniture, Shorea and Teak are both excellent for weathering not only the weather but also the test of time. Both woods are naturally resistant to water, mold, mildew, and infestation by pests which make them really good choices alone for outdoor furniture. They are also both very beautiful woods that age very well.
If you need more outdoor patio furniture ideas you can always take a walk through the home and garden area of your local home improvement or even pool and hot tub stores. If you don’t like wood there are plenty of options available—many of which are surprisingly affordable. I do love the look of stone, wood, and metal. They are all organic materials that simply ‘fit’ an outdoor living space and are much more comfortable, in my humble opinion, than the typical plastic patio furniture you will find in discount or chain stores. The best advice is to choose comfort first, then style and plan to spend a great deal of time enjoying your investment.