Outdoor Furniture Types
The Different Types of Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes and sizes and with so many unique styles to choose from, we’re sure that you’re keen to learn a little bit about each before making a decision.
What’s the one thing that all outdoors furniture needs to be? Element-proof of course, or at the very least; element-resistant.
With that in mind, it’s no good planning to buy indoor furniture if you’re hoping to decorate your garden space because as soon as it rains, or once the suns’ UV rays are able to bore into the materials; you may well have to deal with warping, colour fading and even rotting!
The different types of outdoor furniture
For those of you that are keen to get to grips with the varying types of furniture available for your garden (be it front or back), we’ve decided to put together an exciting list to help you to decide.
It’s worth noting that there are literally dozens of different types (such as tables, chairs and accessories), but it’s also worth considering that there are also varying materials to consider as well.
Without further ado, here’s a closer look at the types on the market
Okay we know what you’re thinking… surely wood will warp when exposed to water, right?
Well, yes and no. Softwood does – and it won’t take long either. Hardwood like teak, oak, cedar and kwila should be able to stand the test of time; especially if you buy a set of pre-varnished furniture and then make a point of re-varnishing every now and then (once or twice a year should do).
Aluminium contains some of the highest chromium content of all metals, even beating the likes of stainless steel; which is, in fact, less weather resistant than this type of material. As a result, a lot of garden furniture is made from aluminium – typically the frames.
These frames are often coated with outdoor paint to add a little extra durability, too.
If you’ve ever dreamt of sitting back in complete comfort and listening to the sound of the birds in your garden, then sling furniture could well be the way to go. The frames are typically made from hardwood or aluminium and the ‘sling’ material will often consist of strong woven canvas.
The great thing about this type of furniture is that because of its lightweight nature and relatively easy manufacturing process, it’s also very affordable when compared to others out there.
Stainless Steel Furniture
For those of you that want to be able to trust the strength and longevity of your exterior furniture, stainless steel boasts one of the highest element resistances of them all. It’s affordable and can be shaped in a variety of ways – and once set, it offers a very high yield strength capable of holding dozens of kilograms with minimal fuss.
And it can also be paired with synthetic materials such as plastic, wicker, rattan and others to create comfortable furniture capable of standing the test of time.
While we’re on the subject of synthetics; these types of furniture are rapidly picking up pace when considering their popularity. Why is this, you ask? We like to think it’s because they are as affordable as they are versatile and durable.
Take rattan for example; it’s easily capable of withstanding blinding sunlight for years. Wicker is just as durable and plastic can be used to provide additional support to these materials, especially when woven into their composition.
Now here’s a shocking fact; concrete furniture is actually a real thing. Sure, it might not be that popular, but for those that want to ensure that their furnishings last for decades; a concrete table or a set of concrete chairs could well do the trick.
Sure, the material is very heavy so you might need to hire the experts (wink, wink) to come and take care of the delivery, but the great thing about this material is that it’s quite easy to paint and decorate to your heart’s content.
Although becoming increasingly less common, there’s no denying that fibreglass furnishings and fittings still have a particular desire. The material is very affordable and when property treated and manufactured, it can offer one of the highest strengths comparable to reinforced steel, without the price tag.
And as the composition can be dyed and dressed in a range of colours and hues; you won’t have to worry about settling for the mundane, either.
And there you have it – just a short selection of some of the types of furniture that’s suitable for outdoor use. See, there’s a lot more than you initially thought, right?