Any owner of a private home or a country house sooner or later faces a difficult dilemma – the choice of garden furniture. It is necessary to prepare for this process, because the range of outdoor furniture is now widely available on sale. In addition to the visual appeal and compliance with your ideas about comfort and convenience, when choosing furniture for a personal plot or an open veranda, you will need to find out a lot of nuances: resistance to moisture and temperature extremes (for which our country is famous), stability and reliability, weight restrictions, whether it fades in the sun and does it dry out after the rain.
When choosing outdoor furniture, it is important to be guided by the look of the entire garden plot and the design of the building’s facade. It would be logical to purchase wooden furniture for a country house in the country style, erected or finished with wood or its imitation. Wooden furniture is expensive, so with a limited budget, you can purchase plastic models with wood imitation. Many manufacturers have achieved incredible results in plastic garden furniture..
If your country house or urban private household is faced with stone, then outdoor furniture made of natural or artificial stone is the best option (albeit not cheap). Of course, artificial stone for the manufacture of furniture significantly reduces its service life, but it also significantly reduces the price..
A brick façade clad in siding or plastic panels will go well with outdoor furniture made from plastic or wicker chairs and tables. But there are no rigid canons, your imagination, sense of proportion and financial budget will tell you the best choice of furniture for organizing a place for rest, relaxation, receiving guests, gathering family and friends on a suburban area or an open terrace.
But let’s take a closer look at what positive and negative qualities are in the materials from which garden furniture is most often made, what options are best to choose for the unstable climate of our country and how to buy a street furniture set without destroying the family budget.
Garden furniture made of wood
What could be more logical than being in the fresh air surrounded by furniture made from natural materials? It is durable, environmentally friendly, does not harm humans and the environment and, in principle, is resistant to temperature extremes. But when choosing outdoor furniture made of wood, it is important to take into account the quality of the breed, the protective coating and the manufacture of fittings. Any garden furniture made of wood is treated with special antiseptics in order to avoid rotting. The surface of furniture items is coated with varnishes or paints. Obviously, after some time, the treatment will need to be repeated and the coating refreshed. How often you have to carry out such manipulations depends on the intensity of use of the furniture, its location and the frequency of being in the open sun and during the rainy season..
The most durable types of wood used for outdoor furniture are softwood and teak. But they will also require regular updating – opening with varnish or paint.
Wooden furniture can be found both in mobile and stationary versions. The mobile view is certainly preferable, you can bring such tables and chairs into the garage for the winter or hide in the summer during frequent, lingering rains..
Garden furniture made of wood can be combined with plastic, metal or wicker elements. Many models benefit from such combinatorics..
In terms of cost, wooden furniture is not cheap. Only furniture made of natural stone is more expensive than it. But such an investment will pay off with the pleasure that you will experience on your personal plot or on the veranda of a private city house for many years..
Garden furniture: sun protection
As for the burning out of wood furniture in the sun, I must say. That the furniture, coated with special varnishes, tolerates the sun’s rays. Slow burnout will require updating the appearance of the furniture after about 3-4 years of active use.
Despite the coating of wooden furniture with special varnishes, one cannot talk about the calm interaction of the surface of outdoor furniture and moisture. From the rain, the wood inevitably swells, which at first brings only hardening of the material, but over time the surface of the tree is covered with a network of small cracks. This is facilitated not only by rains, but also by long exposure to the sun and testing by sudden temperature changes. But such damage is reparable, we putty, paint over with paint or varnish and garden furniture as new.
It is necessary to wash garden furniture made of natural wood carefully with a mild soapy solution. Also on sale there are special products for cleaning wooden surfaces in the open air. In addition, it is recommended to rub the wood with a special oil (to prevent drying out) about twice a year. Rubbing with oil is recommended for all types of wood except teak. This material has its own way of beautiful aging – over time it darkens significantly, becoming covered with a light patina of silver color.
Metal outdoor furniture
Forged furniture is a versatile option in terms of style for arranging a vacation spot on a personal plot or veranda, it will perfectly fit into almost any design. Metal furniture is not subject to deformation, it is durable and stable. For a long time, it is better not to lose «commodity» view, thanks to the treatment with special anti-corrosion agents. But it is important to consider the following feature of metal furniture – the legs of tables and chairs and armchairs go deep into the loose soil. It is necessary to install wrought-iron furniture only on lined areas, concreted, or better stone surfaces.
There are also a couple of unpleasant disadvantages – in hot weather the metal heats up a lot, in cold weather it becomes very unpleasantly cool, so soft substrates and mats are necessary as a seat. Removable soft pillows can be removed during rains and can be easily washed in the washing machine.
This is not to say that wrought iron furniture is cheap, it ranks third in price after natural stone and wood furniture. But such investments are durable. If you amortize the cost of furniture for several years (and it will serve you for a very long time), then this is an economically viable option..
Forged furniture and sun
Forged outdoor furniture practically does not fade in the sun, which can certainly be written as a plus for this type of material.
Metal garden furniture can rust over time from constant exposure to rain, as well as from morning dew (condensation). But at present, construction stores are full of various paints, using which you can forget about the problem of rusting for several years (forged furniture with an average intensity of use withstands 4 years after painting).
Metal garden furniture easily tolerates liquid cleaning agents with a low content of alkaline elements, but it is better not to use abrasive substances at all, they can leave small scratches on the metal surface, which can grow in the future.
Garden furniture made of stone
Stone furnishings look incredibly monumental and luxurious. This material is durable and durable, not affected by climatic influences and therefore can serve faithfully for more than one generation of your family. But just like with metal furniture, the stone heats up strongly in the sun and is cold on a cool hike, so you will have to purchase or make soft bedding.
From the point of view of mobility, we can safely say that stone furniture is the most monumental and it will take a lot of effort to carry it (if we are talking about natural stone).
Garden furniture made of stone is the most expensive and this is not surprising, because such investments are made literally for centuries. In addition, you absolutely do not need to worry about caring for stone furniture, protecting it from the weather and cleaning, you can wash the stone directly from the hose.
Plastic outdoor furniture
Of course, furniture for a summer cottage or a personal plot is the cheapest option. Such furniture is characterized by lightness, compactness, mobility and attractive appearance with a wide range of colors. Currently, there are many models of plastic furniture on wide sale that successfully imitate wood, wickerwork from a vine or rattan..
The tallest. Chairs and mini-chairs can be stacked one on top of the other, stowed away in the garage or storage room for the winter. Folding models take up even less space, however, they cost a little more than their non-assembled counterparts. Plastic furniture (especially folding) can be taken with you on trips, to a picnic or the beach, a pair of folded chairs will fit in any trunk.
Sun protection and moisture resistance
Plastic furniture burns out quite strongly in the sun, but it is completely calm about the effects of moisture. But during operation, the surface of plastic furniture quickly becomes covered with scratches and partially loses its presentation.
Can be washed directly from the hose. Resistant to chemicals.
Wicker rattan garden furniture
Rattan furniture for a personal plot looks luxurious both on an open veranda and in a gazebo or outdoors on a special area. But it is important to take into account that rattan furniture (both natural and artificial) is quite capricious and after prolonged use can deform, it is subject to the influence of the sun and temperature extremes. In the cold season, such furniture must be removed to the shelter..
Artificial rattan furniture will cost significantly less than natural material, but it will be significantly inferior in its performance. The cost of rattan or willow wicker furniture varies greatly, depending on the method of weaving, the density of the product, its processing and the manufacturer itself..
Wicker furniture burns out quite strongly, but it happens beautifully. At about 3-4 years of use, the furniture darkens, acquiring a beautiful shade. This certainly does not apply to dyed rattan..
Rattan, vine and willow are quite moisture resistant materials, but it is better not to tempt fate and hide furniture from the rain under a canopy or cover it with waterproof material..
Rattan wicker furniture is difficult to tolerate interaction with household chemicals. It is best to wash these pieces of furniture with a weak solution of water, citric acid and hydrogen peroxide. Wipe all furnishings dry after rinsing..
Wicker rattan garden furniture looks great in almost any color scheme. Against the background of dark shades of weaving, bright pillows and soft removable seats look advantageous. Relaxing compositions made of rattan wicker furniture create the atmosphere of an open-air living room. In such a patio, you can perfectly relax with your family or receive guests. And in the evening, the seating area easily transforms into a party area.
Snow-white rattan outdoor furniture looks weightless and airy. Depending on the type of weaving, on sale you can find completely openwork models of chairs and armchairs, sofas and tables, which in the ensemble will create a unique and inimitable atmosphere of a place for relaxation on your garden plot, in a gazebo or on an open veranda.
Glass, concrete, granite and more
Garden furniture can be made of shatterproof triplex glass, concrete or granite slabs, polystyrene, basalt fiber and other materials. Garden furniture is sometimes provided with lighting, tiled with ceramic tiles – there is no limit to imagination and possibilities in this direction.
Sun loungers, sun loungers and hammocks
The purchase of garden furniture is not limited to the purchase of just a table with chairs or a comfortable sofa with a coffee table. A wide range of outdoor recreation equipment is on sale now, which will not only brighten up the hours of relaxation for you and your family, but also decorate the landscape design of the infield.
The maximum weight that the sun loungers can withstand varies from 60 kg (children’s models) to 300 kg (two-seater sun loungers for adults). A single metal chaise longue is capable of supporting up to 200 kg – the most durable of all options. Wooden and plastic sun loungers for one will hold from 120 to 150 kg. A steel chaise longue covered with polyester can accommodate a person weighing up to 130 kg, and its analogue with an aluminum frame can only cope with a hundred kg. A rattan bed or trestle bed with a metal frame will withstand 115-150 kg, and the frameless version is no more than 85. But before buying, be sure to check these nuances with the seller.
Garden umbrella or tent
When buying an umbrella or a tent for a personal or summer cottage, try to be guided by its strength and weight (so as not to purchase a model that will be easily blown away by the wind). The heavier the umbrella itself, the more stable it will be (it is recommended to purchase umbrellas weighing over 20-25 kg). A steel frame is much preferable to a wooden or aluminum frame, but plastic spokes will last until the first serious gust of wind.
The sailing capacity of the umbrella depends primarily on its size, keep this in mind, if it is often windy on your site, you may need additional fasteners.
And finally, we bring to your attention several images of outdoor recreation places, in the compilation of which pieces of furniture from various materials were used, which made it possible to create interesting, convenient and comfortable compositions with an attractive appearance..