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What Kind Of Furniture Will Work Best In Your Yard?

By Anna Pavillion

This is sometimes the question asked that helps you determine how to decorate or adorn your garden, backyard or lawn. If your home is situated in a wide expanse of real estate property or even if you have just enough open space in your front or backyard, then wouldn’t it be nice to add a bit more spice to make it more presentable or attractive, especially when that would make you want to spend a little more time lounging in your yard?

It may cost you somewhere around a few hundred dollars to even thousand, however, the choice is yours, and there are a range of options available for every different taste in furniture or theme you could reasonably think of. It’s how you want to see it and how you would want realize your goals, and really the possibilities are endless and you have a lot of options to choose from.

But first things first, it is important to know which types of outdoor furniture you can choose from to not only make your backyard, garden or lawn look great, but one that will also help you make your selections on a more practical side and help you save dollars in the long run. The first thing you need to know about outdoor furniture is that it is designed and built to take a bit more wear and exposure compared to indoor or household furniture.

One of the most regularly noted outdoor furniture in the market called wicker or cane furniture. This is made up of either woven strips of a durable root-based vine called rattan or vinyl-coated plastic strands, since these working materials are water and weather-proof. It can be very easily cleaned using just the regular soap and water, and even more easily with using a pressure washer, but you should only be used in a low setting, or the intense pressure may damage the rattan material or scrape off the coating or varnish that has been painted on to protect it from the weather.

Hardwood outdoor furniture designs are another popular choice, especially those that resist the elements and especially water. Different designs can vary greatly. Some are very intricate with flowers and swirls carved into chairs and tables, whilst it can range right through to simple benches and rough hewn tables. Wooden furniture cannot be left raw so is often painted or varnished with a heavy duty coating to protect it from the elements

Teak and cedar wood are the recognized materials of choice when it comes to outdoor wooden furniture, usually because it can withstand winters and therefore be left outside all the year around. Other woods must be well protected from the elements, especially water, as water can seep into cracks in the wood, and when frozen can cause the wood to crack and become brittle. This leads to more maintenance, which most people would rather avoid.

Aluminum, stainless steel or wrought iron metal furinture are other popular choices. These are usually paired with molded plastic or possibly a wood-based accent that are usually a bit easier to maintain that furniture made of alternative materials such as rattan or wicker, and unlike wood, do not require painting or re-staining to keep it in good condition.

There is also a new development in outdoor furniture that is made of one hundred percent molded plastic, and this represents the most affordable furnitire in the market. There are many designs and colors to choose from since it can easily be molded to create any shape or size you can think of, and can cost less than any other kind of outdoor furniture substance sold in the market. It can be replaced easily due to its affordability, which is always of benefit to the bargain hunters amongst us!

Hopefully this will give you some idea of the different options you have available to you when choosing your outdoor furniture. It really does come down to the basics like your budget, and if you are prepared to maintain your furniture or if you just want to set and forget!

For further information on patio furniture, more of Anna’s great articles can be found on The Gardeners Way

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