The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Backyard Furniture
What is backyard furniture?
Backyard furniture is any type of furniture that is designed to be placed outside in the front yard, backyard, porch, or patio areas. This furniture is made to withstand the outdoor elements, such as rain, heat and cold and is both functional and decorative in its use. It is often used to allow people to stay outside comfortably for periods of time by providing seating, shade and amenities that would normally be located inside the home.
What are different types of outdoor furniture?
When you are considering purchasing outdoor or patio furniture and have decided what styles of furniture you want, then it is time to consider what types of this furniture is best suited for your needs. Outdoor furniture is made of various materials that are meant to withstand adverse outside conditions but also look attractive.
- Metal - Furniture that is constructed of metal is known for its durability and variety. The two main types of metal outdoor furniture are aluminum and wrought iron. Wrought iron is an attractive metalwork that is heavy and durable and can be treated to be rust-resistant. Aluminum can be a tubular aluminum for a less expensive option or cast aluminum for more design choices. Wood - Wood furniture is a good choice if you enjoy furniture that has a natural appearance. This type of furniture can come in a variety of woods, with the best quality provided by some form of heartwood lumber that has a consistent grain. The best quality woods can be teak, cedar and jarrah, all of which will last for many years outside.
- Wicker - Wicker furniture can come in either regular wicker or all-weather wicker types. Regular wicker furniture needs to be placed in covered areas, while all-weather wicker can be safely placed in any area outside. Regular wicker is constructed with vine, bamboo, or cane fibers. All-weather wicker is constructed with paper-twisted or synthetic fibers.
- Resin - Resin or plastic furniture is an ideal choice if you are looking for inexpensive furniture that will withstand outside weather, but it is lightweight and can be blown around by high winds. Resin furniture can come in a variety of looks and styles.
How do I choose outdoor furniture for my yard?
First, decide on how you are planning on using the outdoor areas. These uses can range from outdoor parties to leisurely sitting around with a book. Once this is decided, then consider features like comfort, design, cost, storage, and care needs. Consider how pieces can serve multiple uses.
How do you care for outdoor furniture?
Store the outside furniture inside during inclement weather. If your meal furniture isn't rust-resistant, you can coat it with a gel. Metal, wicker, and resin furniture can be hosed or pressure-washed, but wooden furniture should be cleaned with a rag and soapy water.