Shopping tips for patio furniture

Posted on 26th July 2011 in Outdoor

One of the most enjoyable spaces in your home is actually outside of its walls, your backyard – and with the right patio furniture, can be the perfect the place to enjoy summer meals and entertaining your family and friends.  There are some key factors you’ll want to consider before making the purchase – budget, climate, lifestyle, and storage/transportability.  Then, a review of the variety of materials outdoor furniture is made from will help to determine the perfect set of patio furniture you and your family are sure to enjoy for a long time.

What kind of material most complements your lifestyle and budget? 

Plastic – If yours is a family with young children and most of your entertaining will include other families for picnics and barbeques, consider plastic.  The material is durable, can be easily cleaned with not much more than a damp rag, and on those rainy days, is quick-dry.  That the material is lightweight makes it easy to move and to store.  The wide array of plastic patio furniture includes dining and side tables, lounge and deck chairs, garden benches, umbrellas and storage units which are available in many styles and colors – making the material an affordable, attractive and useful choice for your backyard.

Synthetic Rattan – this very popular synthetic wicker furniture proves a great option for both casual and more upscale entertaining.  The material is less expensive than wicker, and eliminates the worry of rotting wood ruining its overall appearance.  The weather-resistant rattan frame is woven with synthetic wicker, preventing cracking, splitting and unraveling, and maintenance is the same as cleaning real wood.  Made from high density polyethylene with a polymer extrusion woven over an aluminum frame makes this material truly weather-resistant, standing up to sunlight and rain.  The material can also be painted, and is available in many colors.  You’ll find much variety in the styles of tables, chairs, loungers.

Wrought Iron – this is a sophisticated choice for elegant entertaining and adds charm and drama to your backyard events.  Wrought iron patio furniture tends to be expensive, but can provide many years of use, and with light maintenance, is well worth the investment.  This sturdy material is easily cleaned with warm, soapy water and proves durable in rainy and snowy environments.  Its surface can be painted, extending your own personal style to your outdoor area.  Any chips in the paint should be sanded and repainted immediately to prevent corrosion.  Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner outdoors, an intimate dinner party or relaxing with friends, wrought iron furniture will make a delightful backdrop to your entertaining.

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