People who live in areas where outdoor activity is popular almost year around can extend their entertainment and living spaces by investing in outdoor patio or casual furniture. A covered patio, screened porch or sun room can easily serve as an outdoor room that accommodates overflow crowds when hosting family gatherings. Food service operations have long realized the benefit of using tables and chairs outside to provide extra seating for patrons. In the work place outside furniture may be used to create places to relax or enjoy conversations with co workers during breaks.
Patio furniture has come a long way from aluminum web lawn chairs. Modern outdoor furniture runs the gamut from upscale solid wood pieces to more economical chairs and tables made of plastic or resin. Some resin pieces mimic the look of wood or other natural materials like wicker. When standing a few feet away from these items, it is often difficult to distinguish the lower cost options from their more expensive counterparts.
There are several aspects to consider when choosing outdoor furniture including how the furniture will be used, ability to store the pieces and portability. Outdoor patio furniture should be able to withstand the elements if it will not be stored in a dry place during heavy rains or snow. Pieces constructed of wood may warp, crack, become weak and susceptible to rot and mold when constantly exposed to moisture. Outdoor furniture made of wood will last longer if it is stored in a dry place.
When selecting patio furniture, it is wise to think about how the furniture will be used. Furniture that will be used often such as chairs and tables for outdoor dining should be made from durable, sturdy water resistant materials. For example outdoor patio furniture used by food service establishments is usually constructed of heavy duty wrought iron that is treated to resist corrosion and rust.
Furniture used outside needs to be appropriate for the space. Furniture that is too large and bulky can make an area looked small and crowded. Likewise, small casual furniture may cause a space to feel sparse. The size and design of the furniture should allow for ease of handling, especially if the pieces must be moved frequently.
Homeowners who like the look of natural wicker should consider resin wicker or all-weather wicker. This substitute for natural wicker stands up to moisture. All-weather wicker furniture for a patio comes in various styles that include comfortable sofas, side chairs and lounge chairs.
Adirondack style chairs with low seats and high backs are patio favorites. These chairs can be purchased in bright colors that pop on a porch or deck. Moreover, weatherproof Adirondacks constructed of resin can withstand moisture, so they are perfect for a deck.
Outdoor chairs may be accessorized by adding colorful pillows upholstered in water-resistant fabrics. An outdoor rug can define a conversation space and make a patio feel like an extension of the family room. In cooler climates fire pits are gaining popularity as a necessary piece of casual furniture.