Garden furniture, also popularly known as outdoor furniture and patio furniture, is mainly required for outdoor settings. These are very useful in arranging seating arrangements in gardens, lawns, hotels, and restaurant settings. A patio set consists of a table, chairs (four to six), and an umbrella or parasol. These can be customized according to requirements of different settings. For example, you can have a fixed or movable parasol as well as a fixed or movable parasol heater to enable people to sit outside during cold weather conditions. Garden furniture is made of materials which can withstand different weather conditions and is durable. The most common materials used are wood, aluminium, wicker, plastic, and wrought iron.
Popular Types of Garden Furniture
Due to the availability of variety of materials, garden furniture is available in lot of different styles to give a garden a new look and feel. Following are the most popular styles.
* Wooden garden furniture: It is popular since the beginning and meets the needs of all kinds of home settings. Popular varieties among wood are teak, acacia, softwood, and hardwood. Teak is very durable due to the presence of protective oils, is very dense and strong as well. Acacia is available in appealing texture and can withstand water apart from being flexible and strong. Hardwood is very strong and durable for all weather conditions. Softwood is light in weight, but is strong and is very useful for movable furniture.
* Rattan garden furniture: It is very durable and attractive and made from woven synthetic plastic. It is light, comfortable, and requires low maintenance. It is also available in various styles, colors, and designs. They are made more comfortable by addition of cushions which also enhance their visual appeal. Rattan furniture is also a very popular choice for conservatory furniture because of its water-resistant quality and resistance to heat.
* Plastic garden furniture: It is another wonderful option for simple and cost-effective setting. It is not too stylish but is quite durable in varying weather conditions as it is waterproof. They are also light in weight, available in many colors, and great for movable furniture.
* Cast-iron garden furniture: It is a slightly more expensive option but is very durable and strong as compared to other options. It also requires very less maintenance and is weather-resistant. It is available in various designs and is quite stylish in looks.
Before shopping for the right garden furniture, it is very essential to analyze the requirements of the place and the type of material which will suit it the most. There are a number of styles and looks available for an outdoor setting with even the living room styles available today with more comfort and durability suitable for all weather conditions. Some other factors to keep in mind are the type of sets available and their cost-effectiveness according to the budget.