Iron is probably the most durable material when it comes to outdoor furniture. It has the ability to hold a variety of weights and sizes making it an excellent material for tables and chairs. Wrought iron patio furniture can withstand all sorts of weather elements. The luster of plastic and wicker furniture tends to fade after being subjected to harsh weather conditions. But that doesn`t happen to wrought iron since it has a low carbon content which allows the furniture to remain strong and beautiful even after undergoing adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, iron is so durable that you need not replace your outdoor furniture as often as you would if you had furniture made from a less durable material.
The size you choose is very important. When deciding on size, you need to leave room on the patio for people to move around. This is most important if you entertain regularly. Your guests should be able to freely mingle. A good idea is to make a diagram of your deck to scale and then cut out some pieces of paper to represent your furniture. By placing these cut-outs in various positions on the patio drawing you will be able to see if you have sufficient room. Choose furniture that will not clutter the area. If room is limited then choices like extendable tables and fold up chairs can be the answer. Excess chairs can be folded and stored until needed. Tables can be extended when necessary.
Wooden patio furniture is the most popular. Many varieties of wood are used for making outdoor furniture and some are more durable than others. This means that outdoor furniture made from the less durable varieties will need regular attention like painting, staining or oiling. With some woods, e.g. pine, this maintenance may be as regular as every year. The more durable timbers are jarrah and teak and usually a quick oil or stain every 2 to 3 years is ample. Sometimes, wicker furniture is painted. However, it does not need a great deal of attention.
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