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Patio Timber Furniture Options

July 21, 2022

In Australia, we value our outdoor lifestyle, but it can be challenging to prepare an outdoor space to be comfortable, clean and ready to use at a moment's notice. Thanks to technical advances in fabrics and materials, there are now many beautiful options for all-weather outdoor furniture. Before you invest in new outdoor furniture to spend warm summer days outdoors, there are a few things to consider:

Your choice of outdoor furniture should fit your lifestyle and environment. To choose the right outdoor furniture, it is essential to understand the aesthetics, the space and the use to which the furniture will be put.
Will it be on a new deck area?
Will the furniture be under the cover of a pergola or patio?

 

Patio furniture

Where to start when choosing outdoor furniture?

Before you buy outdoor furniture, there are a few questions to ask yourself to help you make your choice.

  • How big is my outdoor area? Does it have an intimate deck and patio or a large garden? This will determine which pieces of furniture suit your space.
  • What is the purpose of the outdoor area? - Eat and entertain, rest and relax, or both?
  • Does the furniture need to withstand the outdoor elements, such as rain and wind, or should it be protected?

When choosing outdoor furniture, which type is the most durable?

Timber Furniture

Wood can stand up well when left outdoors, but to prevent water penetration, which can cause swelling and cracking, it may need to be treated with a stain to avoid dampness. 

Timbers that are used for outdoor construction are going to be more weather resistant and known for their outdoor functionality. 

Look at timers like Teak or Merbau 

The great thing about hardwood timber is that it does not need to be stained or sealed because it produces natural oils that keep the wood in good condition. 

Untreated timber turns grey over time, a patina that many people love. If you prefer the darker colour that teak or merbia turns when it gets wet, it needs to be oiled regularly. This will keep it looking the deep red/brown hue that you love and keep it protected against the elements and this includes the harsh sun and UV - Not just the rain.

Teak is solid and durable and is perfect for outdoor furniture. Teak is known for its durability and ability to withstand the elements with little maintenance. Its high content of natural oils acts as a natural weather protector. These oils protect against insects, water and rot. 

It has natural weather resistance and durability. In addition, because it is relatively easy to work with, you can find teak tables, benches, shelves and dining chairs for outdoor use.

 

Choice of outdoor furniture

Some of the best materials for outdoor furniture are:

Aluminium: a strong and robust material, lightweight and rust resistant.

Engineered stone stone: It is a stylish and low-maintenance material and an incredibly durable surface that can withstand the outdoor environment and daily use.

Galvanised and stainless steel: These materials are known to last more than 20 years, even when exposed to extreme weather conditions. 

Synthetic wicker: These are UV and fade resistant and can withstand extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions.

Quick-drying foam: This type of foam has large, open pores that allow for drainage and air circulation, so it can be used immediately after being soaked or even soaked.

custom dining table

What is the best quality outdoor furniture?

Quality outdoor furniture is all about comfort because outdoor living is different. Even those who lead busy lives like to take it easy; we get comfortable and spend more time relaxing in an armchair with a good book or lying on a sofa chatting with friends. 

Regarding outdoor furniture design, comfort and durability will always be a bit of a competition. 

The best mesh and quick-drying foams drain more effectively than traditional Dacron foams. 

Which Timber is best suited for outdoor furniture?

Teak and cedar are two of the most popular types of wood for outdoor furniture. Teak is a hardwood that is naturally denser and heavier than cedar. In terms of durability, teak is superior to cedar. However, for several reasons, teak outdoor furniture is more expensive than cedar for the two types wood:

  1. It is the harder of the two kinds of wood and will last longer outdoors than cedar.
  2. It is more expensive to harvest and is not as readily available as cedar.
  3. It is a more valuable wood because of its maintenance-free properties and solid nature.

The best outdoor wooden furniture

Teak is a perfect quality wood for outdoor timber furniture.

The popular saying "You get what you pay for" also applies to patio and outdoor furniture. Plastic chairs may look great on the shelf and last a year or two in the sun, but over time they become brittle and lose their vibrant colour. 

The same is true of some wood and wicker products. If you're on a budget, spend a little more on items you'll often use, such as comfortable patio chairs or a sturdy timber dining table. See here for an outdoor timber dining table that will last the test of time

Know your materials

Outdoor furniture makers use a wide range of durable materials that can be divided into two groups: those that are weather-resistant and retain their original appearance for many years and those that wear out or develop a patina over time.

Can outdoor furniture be left out in the rain?

Materials such as engineered stone , aluminium, stainless steel and teak can get wet. The garden furniture cushions are made of quick-drying foam specially developed for outdoor use in living areas and by the sea. Unlike traditional foam, Quick-Dry foam dries quickly, so the cushions dry quickly even after being soaked and protected against mould and mildew. Outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella®, are resistant to moisture and mildew and will not fade.

How do you care for outdoor furniture?

Looking after your outdoor furniture is essential to make it last longer. You know the material composition of your garden furniture and will also learn how to care for it. Aluminium furniture, for example, needs to be washed with soapy water, rinsed with clean water and wiped down. Please read our complete garden furniture care guide for personal care tips for the material.

The best easy-care garden furniture

Want to find the best low-maintenance outdoor furniture for your space?

Aluminium and stainless steel outdoor furniture: wash with a soapy solution, rinse clean water, and dry.

Outdoor fabrics and cushions: Clean regularly with a mild soap solution and warm water to prevent cracking or hardening. Rinse the materials to remove the soap and allow them to air dry.

Engineered stone : This outdoor furniture material requires minimal care, and wiping with a damp cloth is usually sufficient.

Teak: Like all your indoor furniture, regular cleaning is essential to keep the teak free of pollen and dirt. Brush teak furniture and use a damp cloth. Teak can be refreshed regularly using a suitable teak or deck cleaning solution.

Synthetic wicker and webbing: Clean with a mild soap and water solution and apply with a soft brush.

timber deck

How much to spend on outdoor furniture?

Buying furniture made of high-quality materials will permanently save you money in the long run. The price of garden furniture usually reflects the quality of the materials and, therefore, the durability of the furniture. For example, a high-quality teak table will last for many years and is very weather resistant, whereas a cheaper plastic table will break easily and may not last a season.

Extend the life of your furniture by storing it in a sheltered place during the off-season. 

A garage, basement or shed protect furniture from the elements and prevent further damage or wear and tear. Or you may purchase a weatherproof cover that you can place over your outdoor table and chairs. This will keep direct sunlight off them and keep them dry if it rains.

It will also stop the build up of dirt and leaves. Just remove the cover when you do want to use it.

Even the most durable patio furniture, such as teak chairs or a wrought-iron sofa, will last longer if stored when not in use. 

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