Choosing Materials For Patio Furniture

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Your deck, patio, or yard shouldn’t just be wasted space next to your home. With the right furniture, you can transform that unused real estate into a valued part of your lifestyle. Indeed, a well-crafted outdoor space can play as much of a role in your home as any interior area. There are pros and cons to different kinds of outdoor furniture materials. Use this guide to help decide what’s perfect for your home.


Patio furniture construction has evolved since the days of cheap plastic. For one thing, it has incorporated the use of recycled materials into its make up, along with the use of resin that is derived from manufactured materials. The result is a material that is designed to stand up to the elements, is lightweight,  and is resistant to fading. In addition, resin is very versatile, made to look just like a natural material, making it attractive as well as high-performing.

Wrought Iron

The benefits of wrought iron are its strength and style. Properly treated and covered during periods of rain or snow, wrought iron can last for a very long time and isn’t likely to break. Adding a coat of wax spray or other protective coating once or twice a year should sufficiently protect it.

Wrought iron can also lend an outdoor café charm to your space. Try not to move your wrought iron furniture around much; it is a bit heavy and can scratch stone or tile if you aren’t careful.


Of all the kinds of wooden furniture materials, teak is the best overall choice for outdoor pieces. It’s durable and doesn’t require as much upkeep as other kinds of wood, plus it’s very versatile. Raw teak, like tree stump coffee tables, has a natural, rustic look, but teak is also beautiful when carved and finished.

It’s strong enough for solid tables and soft enough for seating. With proper care, teak can last for up to 50 years of regular use. All wood comes with the benefit of not absorbing heat like metal or plastic will, so it’s ideal for sunny days.


Another great option for a homey, rustic feel, wicker brings the soft, natural feeling of wood to a space while also being light enough to easily arrange. The mobility of wicker offers a greater degree of flexibility for outdoor entertaining. Natural wicker materials like bamboo are lovely but pricey, so look for synthetic or natural/synthetic mixes to cut costs. Synthetic wicker is also a bit more durable than wood-derived wicker.


For a softer look and extra UV protection, fabric additions to an outdoor seating area provide the best and most affordable coverage. Sun shades and folding fabric seats are typically made from polyester, lending a casual but not cheap-looking aesthetic to the space.

Acrylic materials for everything from pillows to rugs and even leg rests are a bit more expensive than their cotton equivalents in indoor furniture. That extra investment comes with water and stain resistance, plus years of durability and easy cleaning.

Outdoor furniture represents comfort

Just like you wouldn’t choose just one material for your living room or dining room, there’s no reason to stick to just one material for your outdoor space. Feel free to mix and match for your ideal entertaining or relaxing area. With the right selections, your home will gain a room low on stress and full of comfort in the fresh air.


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