You can always tell when summer is around the corner, because umbrellas begin to appear on patio furniture all over the neighborhood.
The typical patio fare is a large table and chairs for eating outdoors, complete with a large umbrella canopy to offer shade.
Within that single formula, there are a whole host of materials and styles that can make your patio unique and beautiful. We have a couple of ideas in patio furniture for you right here, in materials that you may never have thought of for outdoor patio furniture before.
Cedar can create a wonderful outdoor patio set for a number of reasons. First, cedar is relatively inexpensive; making it a perfect choice for families who want a pretty outdoor space without spending a lot of money.
Cedar is also weather resistant so you can use it in any number of locations in your yard without the worry of too much exposure to sun and rain. Cedar won't crack and it remains cool to the touch even in the hottest weather.
Finally, cedar repels a number of different kinds of bugs, so it is ideal for your outdoor dining. If you are looking for a new set of outdoor furniture, check out your options in this beautiful, fragrant wood.
Teak is considered one of the best choices in patio furniture due to its durability and the fact that it is highly resistant to the elements and to a variety of insects.
Teak is a tropical wood that is found in the southern regions of Asia. While some types of teak are considered endangered, the common teak is easily accessible and primarily the one used in patio furniture.
That does not mean that teak comes cheap! If you opt for furniture of this wood, be prepared to pay for the many benefits that you will enjoy. Still, from a value standpoint, teak will give you your money's worth in durability and beauty.
Any type of hardwood that is left outdoors will require regular maintenance, and these two woods are no exception to the rule. Each spring, it is a good idea to wash your furniture with soap and water or mineral spirits and apply a fresh coat of paint or stain as necessary.
Cushions should be spot cleaned and brought indoors during the winter months to extend their life. By properly maintaining your patio furniture, you will be able to enjoy it for a much longer period of time.
Outdoor furniture that will withstand the test of time and look fabulous in your backyard, consider a teak or cedar set. You will have a lovely spot to dine al fresco for many years to come.
Outdoor Patio Furniture
Gather friends, family, and refreshments and a enjoy a little patio retreat fully furnished with this four-piece outdoor patio furniture set from Strathwood.
The Brentwood collection includes two arm chairs, a coffee table, and a loveseat. Designed to withstand the elements, the furniture's frames are constructed of powder-coated steel in an attractive black with bronze flecks.
Powder coating gives the furniture great protection against rust. Comfortable, durable seat cushions are upholstered in fabric also designed for outdoors.
The loveseat, measuring 29 inches deep by 49 inches wide by 33 inches high, includes a single, smooth seat cushion and two back cushions in tan fabric.
Piping all around adds a finished look to all the cushions and each is secured to its frame via Velcro straps.
Four throw pillows are also included in the set for comfort and great looks. The pillows feature a striped pattern in dark and light blue, tan, white, navy, and khaki.
Each arm chair measures 29 inches deep by 24 inches wide by 33 inches high, and includes one seat and one back cushion. The glass-top coffee table features a smooth top with a textured layer underneath giving, it a frosted, opaque appearance.
The table measures 36 inches long by 22 inches wide by 18 inches high. The coffee table weighs 37 pounds, chairs are 18.5 pounds each, and the loveseat is 34 pounds.