The Best Materials for Patio Furniture
Quality You Can See and Feel
Buying well-manufactured patio furniture is important unless you want to be replacing products every couple of years. With that said, it’s not always easy to determine what your best choice may be. We’ve put together this guide to give you an idea of what to look for when shopping, so you know you’re getting the best products for your space.
At Fire Pits Direct, we sell only premium patio furniture, so be sure to check out our full selection of products if you’re in the market for new outdoor furniture.
Teak is the most popular wood choice for outdoor furniture. With its high oil content, this tropical hardwood offers natural weather and insect resistance as well as a beautiful aesthetic. This wood makes an excellent option for any space and features an attractive color when new. From there, teak can be allowed to age naturally to a beautiful gray patina or kept looking fresh with a specially formulated teak sealant. Either option can integrate well into your space.
Wicker frames are also a popular option for outdoor furniture. These products are often made from teak, as well, and feature the same benefits as another teak outdoor furniture.
Steel and aluminum frames are also popular thanks to the natural strength of these metals. Steel frames—usually in galvanized, stainless, or powder-coated varieties—offer a heavy frame capable of resisting strong winds on blustery days but may corrode over time and are difficult to move around. Steel can also come with a higher price tag depending on the quality of the materials being used.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, aluminum frames are much less susceptible to corrosion. These tables and chairs are also much easier to move around, but this lighter construction isn’t always a great option if you’re in a particularly windy area. However, aluminum may also be a lower-priced option when compared to similar steel chairs, so budgetary considerations may be a factor, as well.
Cushions and Slings
When buying a chair intended for outdoor use, it can be easy to overlook the importance of the cushions or sling material being used. Unlike an indoor chair, an outdoor chair has to withstand the damaging effects of sunlight and precipitation, meaning you’ll have to consider more than just looks and comfort.
Quick-drying materials and UV resistance are important for resisting mold, mildew, and fading. All-weather material such as Sunbrella is an excellent option for these scenarios.
Many of the same rules that apply to patio seating, also apply to tables. Look for quality hardwood materials like teak to ensure your products will last for many years. Integrated features such as umbrella holders can also be a great option to take advantage of.
For the sake of simplicity, many of our patio dining sets and outdoor seating arrangements pre-select popular furniture combinations to make the shopping experience easier for you. These great options can take some of the guesswork out of the design process to save you time and money.
Relaxing Swings and Hammocks
Shopping for a patio swing is much like shopping for quality cushions or slings. You’ll want to look for quality materials designed to stand up to the rigors of frequent outdoor use. Like chairs, these swings should feature hardwood or similar heavy-duty frame with a premium outdoor fabric.
The same can also be said for hammocks. You’re going to want to make sure these products don’t give out after years of use. One sure sign of quality to keep in mind is weight rating. Our swings and hammocks are rated for hundreds of pounds of use, meaning you’ll usually be able to accommodate multiple people well below the upper weight limits.
Find the Right Products for Your Design
Do you still need help finding the perfect patio set for your home? Let our team of product specialists help you out. Contact us by phone or email to chat with a member of our team between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time and we’ll help you find the best solutions for your outdoor seating and dining needs.