The Best Type of Outdoor Furniture

Thanks to a renewed interest in outdoor living globally, forecasters expect the outdoor furniture industry to grow by a staggering $3.4 billion by 2025.

Are you one of those people who can’t wait to maximize your backyard? Have you completed a gorgeous patio, so you can lap it all up?

Now all you need is some outdoor chairs, or perhaps a comfy outdoor love seat to add the final touches. With so many options to choose from, where do you start?

Keep reading for advice on how to find the best type of outdoor furniture for your home.

Picking the Perfect Luxury Patio Furniture

The purpose of your patio dictates its design. If you intend to indulge in outdoor dining on your patio, you’ll need an outdoor table and matching chairs.

Do you simply want to relax? Consider chairs, a coffee table, and side tables with a hammock or swing chair for extra impact. If your patio leads onto your pool, perhaps a lounger or two are just what you need.

One thing to consider is choosing furniture from the same brand. That way you’re assured of consistent quality, and it’s much easier to find complementary colors and styles of furniture.

Make a list of everything you need before you go shopping. That way, you can color-coordinate your purchases from the start.

You’ll find plenty of design inspiration in magazines or online.

Find the Best Type of Outdoor Furniture Material

The best outdoor furniture should last at least a decade or more. That means you need to choose outdoor furniture with a warranty that stretches at least that long.

The best outdoor furniture materials include:

  • Teak, eucalyptus, and cedarwood
  • Plastic, ABS, and synthetic resin wicker
  • Corrosion-treated aluminum, steel, and wrought iron

Some brands,  like Harbor Classic, Terra, and CabanaCoast even make gorgeous patio furniture out of rope.

Wood is a great choice for outdoor furniture, it’s durable and aesthetically pleasing, but you’ll need to varnish it every couple of years to keep it in good condition. Aluminum is another good choice, due to its low mass and modern appeal.

Outdoor fabrics are the top choice for patio furniture. They’re weather-resistant and packed with fast-drying foam to eliminate the chances of mold and mildew growing on them.

If you choose untreated fabric, you’ll need to bring it inside after use and make sure it’s completely dry before you store it. Plastic covers are another durable option, but they aren’t nearly as comfortable as fabric-covered cushions.

Comfort Considerations

There’s only one way to judge the comfort levels of any seating arrangement – take a seat.

If you’re buying an outdoor dining set, make sure the table is at a comfortable height. Make sure there’s enough elbow room for all your diners to eat comfortably and consider the space needed for serving dishes, and table decor, too.

Compare Your Home Design Options

One of the most effective ways to find the best type of outdoor furniture is by comparing product reviews online. These will provide valuable clues about the durability and function of various items.

Are you always looking for ways to upgrade your living spaces? Browse our blog for more ideas to inspire plush home design.

Bella Duckworth

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand, it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” – Zaha Hadid
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