Having a room outside when the sunny days arrive and with good temperatures, surrounded by greenery and under the blue sky, is something that we all dream about. The good condition of the terraces, patios, galleries and gardens, so that we can give them the use they deserve, is absolutely necessary. It is also to equip the garden with the appropriate outdoor furniture that embellishes it and at the same time fulfils the functions, facilitates our lives and gives us comfort. Whether this furniture is beautiful and resistant at the same time depends on the materials with which it is manufactured, which must be specific for the exterior. Following is a review of the different possibilities, which are many and are very interesting.
The materials for garden furniture are attributed usually to the iron and other metals, as well as to the natural fibres like the wicker. Later plastics came with their usual revolution, were cheap and easy to clean. And in recent years we have seen the rebirth of wood (thanks to tropical species, much more resistant) and the appearance of new materials, such as rattan. All of them and some others have a place in our outer space, especially if we take care of them and maintain them properly.
The most classic is wrought iron. Heavy and beautiful, the oldest tend to be carved in attractive shapes, while the modern ones follow a more minimalist trend. Iron is usually painted in classic colours such as black, white or green. It is important that it has a protection (special paints for exterior) so that it does not rust. In any case, iron furniture is not very suitable for very rainy environments or if we have to move the articles frequently since they are very heavy. Many times we see them combined with other materials: iron foot and marble or mosaic top, chairs and iron benches with wooden seat. The combination of noble materials is very attractive.
Aluminium has gained a lot in outdoor furniture, especially in regard to chairs, much lighter than iron and equally resistant to weathering. In addition, the most modern furniture is sometimes made of steel, which gives them an attractive industrial appearance and exceptional resistance to atmospheric conditions. The maintenance of outdoor metal furniture is simply carried out by drying them well when they get wet. At times, when they are not used much (for example in winter), it is best to keep them indoors.
It is becoming more popular due to its low price, it’s attractiveness and it’s lightweight. The advantages of wooden furniture are that it fits well with any type of environment and decoration, and are very natural in the gardens. In addition, its light weight allows you to move them without difficulty. But like everything in this world, they also have their disadvantages, the biggest of which is that over time (if not properly cared for) they end up deteriorating, much faster than other materials. The colour turns off with sun exposure; humidity discolours wood, causes cracks and fissures and deforms it; and the temperature changes break and separate the pieces. Tropical wood furniture can be kept in perfect condition if we apply a special oil such as teak oil mixture from time to time. You also have to dry them when they get too wet and keep them indoors in times of little use. It never hurts to shelter them under a pergola or a porch.
Furniture made of natural and artificial fibres
The outdoor furniture made with wicker, rush, rattan or bamboo is a classic in the gardens and courtyards. Today these materials are still used, although the designs have changed modernizing them. These fibres are much more resistant than wood; In addition, its braided structure allows water to not accumulate in the furniture and does not spoil the fibres. However, they are also less resistant than furniture made of other materials. In addition, to varnish or paint them it is necessary to use sprays or guns since with a brush it is very difficult.
Perhaps the most recent incorporation is that of rattan, a plant native to Indonesia that is very elastic, resistant and durable. In addition, there is also the synthetic rattan, made of wire lined with plastic material that imitates this plant. Synthetic rattan furniture is cheaper than natural, and its appearance is very attractive, being more resistant and durable. They are cheap, very cheerful and original furniture and the most resistant and lightweight.
It is possible that they are the cheapest and most practical option of all, although it is true that they are not as attractive as the rest of the types mentioned above. The plastic furniture, which is usually very light and stackable (in the case of chairs and sunbeds), are cheap and are currently coming out new and original designs. The most common are usually white or green carriage, although they can be improved considerably with cushions, seats and mats (in the case of chairs and chairs). They are cleaned perfectly and there is no problem in leaving them out in the open, although over time they tend to rub and lose their shine. In addition, whites tend to turn yellow. Special products are sold in the DIY centres to recover the brightness of plastics.
Canvases and textiles for outdoor
The fabrics that accompany outdoor furniture, mainly in cushions and mats, must be special to resist the stay outdoors. The most resistant are those of synthetic types, such as those made with polyester, polypropylene or nylon. In addition, if it is printed fabrics it is important that they carry a special printing process with binding additives, which will prevent the sun and water from discolouring the fabric.