How to Choose Outdoor Furniture for Real Life Challenges

April 18, 2017

How to Choose Outdoor Furniture for Real Life Challenges

Maybe you spent all winter fantasizing about the backyard parties you’ll throw when spring arrives. Now that it’s finally warm enough to make that happen, you’re ready to buy outdoor furniture. Great! But you’ll want to select pieces that live up to your dreams and stand up to the unique challenges of your family and entertaining space. See if any of these scenarios resembles yours, and use the guidelines to get your backyard party-ready.

If It’s Super Sunny

Wrought iron and cast aluminum are beautiful, but they create literal hot seats. Try materials like synthetic wicker or rattan that are treated to withstand UV rays, or a tough wood, like teak. Shade makers, like umbrellas, sun sails, and even trellises and gazebos are excellent sunny-garden accessories. Use them to create visual interest and colorful cool zones in your yard.


If You Have Kids

Look for sturdy choices, like cast aluminum, in styles without a lot of sharp corners. Think about softer frames, in plastic or synthetic wicker or rattan, for little kids. You could also skip the frame altogether and use outdoor poufs, rugs, and cushions. And of course, you want materials that are easy to clean.

If It’s Crazy-Windy

Try heavier frames like wood, wrought iron, and cast aluminum that stay put in windy conditions. Look for cushions that are firmly attached or go without them. Wind can carry debris, so double-check that your fabric is smooth and stain-resistant.

If You Have Pets

Chewers might find woven rattan and wicker irresistible, so you might want to go with something solid your pet can’t sink his teeth into. Got scratchers? Take note that wrought iron can rust, if you don’t treat scratches. Opt for materials that you can either wipe clean or hose down.

If It’s Woodsy  

Surrounded by nature? Skip frames with lots of nooks and crannies that can trap pollen. Go for styles with clean lines that’ll be easier to wipe down and dust. Mid-century modern designs might be your new best friends.

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