by Giorgina Devereaux
Welcoming patio furniture into your outdoor space is a fantastic way to dress up the exterior of your home while making it more functional.
If sheer magnificence for your outdoor space is on your mind, then this can easily be accomplished with the right combination of patio furniture pieces.
You wouldn’t believe how the perfect assortment of patio furniture will go a long way in creating a fabulous outdoor space where family and friends can convene in comfort time and time again.
It can even be your own private getaway where you retreat to after a busy day at work or an enchanting place where you enjoy a warm summer evening admiring the moon and the stars.
Appreciating what the outdoors has to
offer can enhance your quality of life because it gives you one more thing to
look forward to.
Although improving your outdoor area
may seem complicated, it really is not. There are many types of patio furniture
to choose from and knowing the different types that are available will make a
world of difference in helping you make the best choices in creating a relaxing,
comfortable, and lovely outdoor space that breathes charm and elegance.
Outdoor Dining (Patio Dining Set) & Outdoor Seating
Outdoor Dining (Patio Dining Set) is available in the following:
Outdoor Seating is available in the following:
Outdoor Dining (Patio Dining
Set): Patio dining sets come as rectangular or round tables
with seating for up to 8 people. Some tables are expandable and have glass top
inserts for easy cleaning.
Another outdoor dining option
consists of a picnic table. These are great additions to any home
Outdoor Seating: For outdoor
seating, you may wish to opt for sectional lounging. Sectional lounging
is a versatile type of patio furniture because it can be arranged in any desired
Sofas & Loveseats: If you
prefer your outdoors to have a living room type feel, then consider
incorporating a sofa and loveseat.
Chaises are beautifully crafted in
materials, such as wood or wrought iron. The wrought iron chaises provide
lasting value and durability because of the frame that offers a support system
and rear wheels for easy repositioning.
This type of patio furniture is perfect for sun bathing in comfort. Some have adjustable back rest positions and a knee bend section for added relaxation. It’s a cozy way to enjoy the outdoors and is available as a single or double chaise.
Bench: Rockers bring timeless charm to your outdoor space and are a
reminder of a long gone era.
A garden bench creates a
tranquil seating area and is the crowning touch to an enchanted garden.
Benches come in a variety of sizes, styles, with or without a back rest. Some feature a quote and come in a curved shape for added interest. Other benches feature a pair of lions that are positioned crouching face forward. Among the finishes available is a lovely green patina that gives the bench a weathered appearance further adding character to your outdoor space. It will definitely make a unique statement in your garden.
A glider bench is a bench that allows you to glide back and forth in a smooth fashion. It is a fun place to hang out with a sweetheart or to rock the baby to sleep.
Nothing adds more beauty than a swing bench. It looks lovely nestled under a tree and brings a hint of romance. Some are designed with ergonomically curved seats for added comfort. They are available in colors, such as brown, green, red, yellow, blue, and white.
Ottomans: An outdoor ottoman
provides a comfortable place to rest your feet or can serve as additional
seating for guests.
Chair cushions are available in the following colors:
A bistro set is ideal for small
spaces and adds a sense of intimacy.
This is a fantastic way to serve up
refreshing drinks and appetizers without needing to go indoors.
type of bar set is a Tiki bar that has a thatched roof. The roof provides much
needed shade on a hot summer day.
The perfect resting place for beverages, food, and reading materials is on an outdoor coffee and end table. These are available in wicker, wrought iron, and wood materials. It will add a lot of beauty to your outdoor seating as well as complement the overall exterior design.
Umbrellas provide a source of shade
and protection from the strong rays of the sun and other elements.
Patio umbrellas are available in different diameters. Umbrella diameters in 30-inch (6 foot) to 36-inch (7 foot) are ideal for bistro tables, while 48-inch (9 foot) to 60-inch (11 foot) umbrella diameters are used to cover larger dining sets.
Some of the types of patio umbrellas include a half, market, and cantilever umbrella. The half umbrella is an umbrella that stands without an attachment flush against a wall, window, sliding glass door, or any vertical surface. This umbrella provides cooling shade and protection from the elements. A market umbrella comes with or without a tilt feature. Tilting allows you to remain in the shade as the sun moves around you.
A cantilever umbrella provides
abundant shade and the head can be tilted in various positions to allow for
added protection from the sun. It can be set any where and is available with an
action crank and cantilever lock mechanism for easy operation and adjustment.
A fire pit adds elegance to a garden
party and makes a great conversation piece.
A patio heater is perfect for a
garden party when cooler weather arrives.
A misting fan helps to dramatically
reduce ambient air temperatures to provide a cooler outdoor environment.
Pavilions provide an abundance
of shade and beauty to the outdoors.
There is something romantic about a gazebo because of its elegant features. Some feature a canopy on top providing much needed shade on a hot summer day.
Outdoor Storage Trunks & Decorative Trash Cans
Outdoor storage trunks are perfect for storing seat cushions, pillows, and other outdoor accessories. They can also be used as a bench or table. Some are available in teak, which is sturdy and resistant to decay.
Decorative outdoor trash cans are
available with a lift-off lid. You can find these in an architectural design
that are durably made of limestone, fiberglass, and a resin composite. The
classical design adds functional style to your outdoor space because it has the
detailed look of a five-star resort that will blend in beautifully with your
Patio furniture is available in the following materials:
Aluminum: Aluminum is lightweight and does not rust or fade. It is available in an assortment of colors and is inexpensive in comparison to teak and wrought iron patio furniture.
Cedar: Cedar is a type of
wood that is durable and very resistant to insects and rot. It can be left
natural, painted, or stained to complement the rest of the patio decor.
Typically, Western Red or Northern White cedar is used for patio furniture.
If you decide to stain the cedar, you can choose from a wide variety of stains. Bear in mind that you will need a deep penetrating stain in order to preserve the wood and retain its natural beauty. To further protect the wood, opt for a stain that has mildew inhibitors and water repellent additives. Since all penetrating stains go deep into the wood and do not form a surface barrier, it eliminates the problem of blistering and peeling. Remember to give this furniture a fresh coat of stain every two to three years.
To clean cedar patio furniture that has a finish, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth at least twice a week.
Pine: Pine is the most plentiful and least expensive of cedar and teak. It is not as resistant to the elements as cedar or teak, but if properly treated, it can last a long time without rotting or warping.
This material naturally possesses
high levels of resinous oil, which functions as an insect repellent (very
resistant to attack by termites), is moisture resistant, and can tolerate the
drying effects of weather. It contains a substance, known as silica that
creates a density to the wood, making it resistant to fungal decay, warping,
rotting, shrinking, swelling, water, and other chemicals.
Furthermore, with time, teak turns a lovely grey color, but it can easily be restored to its natural color by doing a light sanding. The beauty about teak is that it requires minimal maintenance without needing to be sealed or treated on a regular basis. For these reasons, it’s a great choice for outdoor furniture.
furniture made of this material is lightweight, durable, and flexible.
Wrought iron: Wrought iron is
also used for outdoor furniture and accent pieces, and is available in
traditional and elegant designs. The powder coat finish is weather resistant.
As you can see there
is more to patio furniture than meets the eye. You are now ready to
venture out and search for patio furniture that suits your needs and tastes.
Enjoy creating your own paradise where you can enjoy the splendor and beauty of
the outdoors in comfort and style.
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