Topic: Outdoor Furniture

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Posted by: Tanya Zanfa (Master Admin)

Choosing outdoor furniture

Choosing outdoor furniture

Choosing outdoor furniture today can be an overwhelming yet exciting project. There are many products to choose from, including teak, cast aluminum, extruded aluminum, wrought iron, resin, and outdoor wicker.

Here are some helpful tips:

 Know the size of the areas you would like to furnish and give some thought to how you envision using your space.

 Keep in mind you may want an eating area, a seating area, poolside chaises, or a bar area, just to name a few. Not everything has to match, but it should coordinate.

 Shop around and become educated before you commit. A trained salesperson will advise and educate you. It is important to know that the materials used can withstand the elements. Here are some examples:

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum is an aluminum alloy that is formulated to create heirloom-quality furniture that will last for generations. On close examination you will find that this product is finely sculpted, elegantly designed and scaled to be as comfortable as it is beautiful. This product will never rust and has a heavy, solid construction, which is perfect for high-wind areas.

Extruded aluminum

Extruded aluminum is a very versatile, durable and strong product that will not rust through Mother Nature’s ever-changing seasons. Many of the extrusions are proprietary and use internal reinforcing ribs to provide the additional strength expected when purchasing a quality piece of outdoor furniture. Lighter in weight than cast aluminum, this furniture will give you many years of comfort and pleasure.

Wrought iron

Wrought iron is a heavy gauge of hot and cold rolled carbon steel rod and tube. This material boasts remarkable strength and allows for light and airy designs for which traditional wrought iron furniture is famous. Wrought iron can rust; however, high-end companies have made a substantial investment in top advanced polyester finishes that provide the consumer with warranties of up to five years against rusting.


Resin products are virtually impervious to all weather elements while offering sturdiness, relaxation and easy maintenance. Resin is made of 100 percent recyclable material.

Outdoor wicker

There are several categories for this furniture: aluminum with vinyl wrap; aluminum with resin; and aluminum with manmade fiber. All outdoor wicker is the perfect union of revolutionary technology and elegance. It is impervious to weather and built from quality materials. This timeless furniture will provide you with a lifetime of outdoor pleasure.


There is plantation-grown teak and what the industry calls black market teak. Premium-grade teak is straight, has an absence of knots, splits and crack, and has an even overall color. Teak is a closegrained hardwood with a high natural oil content. Teak is resistant to rotting and almost impervious to the effects of snow. These characteristics combine to make it the ideal timber for beautiful outdoor wood furniture. Unlike other materials, teak must be oiled to retain its golden hue. Left unmaintained, it will return to its natural look — a weathered gray.


Fashionable and functional fabric is what you need for outdoor furniture. Durable, 100 percent solution-dyed, all-weather acrylic is ideal. It feels soft and comfortable and retains its color and strength, withstanding years of exposure to sunlight and rain. Select a fabric that resists mildew, rot, chlorine and atmospheric chemicals and is easy to clean.

Mesh slings

Sling fabrics have come a long way from when they were first introduced into outdoor furniture. Today they are a durable heat-sealed PVC with a life expectancy of five to 15 years. Thanks to the heat seal, they are resistant to tearing and fraying. This mesh fabric is a cool and comfortable alternative to cushions.

Follow OLP on our Social Media platforms to stay abreast of the latest happenings.

Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Facebook » Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Twitter » Circle Us on Google Plus Circle Us on Google Plus » Visit our Blog Feed Visit our Blog Feed » See Us on Pinterest See Us on Pinterest »
Get the Latest News and Events from OLP delivered directly to your email inbox via our OLP eNewsletter.

We promise you'll love our content!

  I agree with Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
Subscribe to Outdoor Living Magazine - It's FREE!