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Modern outdoor furniture is usually weather resistant and comfortable, making it a great addition to the next outdoor family BBQ or summer party. From outdoor sofas to individual patio chairs and outdoor dining furniture, there's no limit to creating the perfect combination of items for an outdoor living area. Outdoor patios are not just dining tables and sofas. Consider adding patio chairs to supplement seating, or a bench to accent an open space. To keep cool in the heat, an outdoor ceiling fan is a must. A variety of lighting fixtures are also required, such as flushmounts, wall sconces, portable lamps, post lights and landscape lighting.
An important first step is to decide where exactly the new pieces are placed. Knowing if the furniture is used for the patio or the deck versus the front porch will help determine what is needed. If furnishings and lighting are already in the outdoor living area, consider coordinating with a similar color palette. Consider the style too—black, white and gray make a minimalist statement, while colorful outdoor sets offer a popping personality. Wooden outdoor furniture is a great choice for matching the natural aesthetic.
Furniture that can withstand the elements and be easily maintained and cleaned is desirable. For wooden outdoor furniture, pay close attention to what types of cleaners are able to be used as there are different suggestions for varying types of wood. For metal outdoor furniture, you use a wire brush to remove any built-up rust. Routine maintenance will keep any furniture looking new and clean.
Frequently Asked Questions About Outdoor Furniture
What are the best materials for outdoor furniture?
The best material is a synthetic, weather-proof fabric. Synthetic materials are hardier and weather-proofing makes the furniture long-lasting. Check out our guide on the best materials for outdoor furniture to learn more.
How to clean and maintain outdoor furniture?
As with all individual pieces, consult the manual for the furniture for proper cleaning instructions.
What is the average lifespan of outdoor furniture?
Though all materials have a different lifespan, aluminum and wicker furniture can last up to 15 years, while iron and teakwood can last up to 25 years.
What are the different types of outdoor furniture?
Outdoor furniture comes in all indoor formats such as loveseats and sectionals as well as several wood material options.
How to protect outdoor furniture from the elements?
Furniture meant for outdoors will have grades of weather-proofing. If the furniture does not, consider a cover or keeping it under a covered patio.
What are the most popular outdoor furniture brands?
Cane-line, Fermob, HiTeak and Vondom will provide the most selection for outdoor furniture, while Ethnicraft is among the best selling.
How to choose the right size of outdoor furniture for my space?
The key is in measurement and understanding the needs of the people using the furniture. Make sure there is space to move around too.
How to choose the right furniture for outdoor spaces?
Try to match the outside with the inside décor of the home. Consider space and functional needs such as number of seats as well.
Are there any eco-friendly options for outdoor furniture?
There are several eco-friendly options such as furniture made of wood. FSC-certified wood is always eco-friendly.
How to store outdoor furniture during the winter?
Either bring the furniture indoors in the winter or use covers that prevent the cold and rain from affecting the material of the furniture.