Thursday, December 19, 2013

Backyard Furniture Ideas

Extend your living space to include comfortable backyard furniture.

Backyard living has become an extension of indoor comfort with the choices available for outdoor furniture. Colorful cushions are made in acrylic fabrics that are resistant to mold and rot with polyester filling that drains water and dries quickly. Outdoor lighting now has weather-proof shades and all-weather bulbs. A portable fire pit adds to the ambiance of the time spent in your comfortable backyard setting. Does this Spark an idea?


Polyresin is the most common plastic used for outdoor furniture, according to the Plastic Patio Furniture website. It is made from a combination of resin compounds and polyester fibers, giving it strength and durability. It is inexpensive, available in a variety of styles and colors, resistant to moisture, ultraviolet rays, rot and insects, and cleans with a mild soap and water. Outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic is also available. It is not as durable as polyresin but is resistant to moisture, rot and insects. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for preparation and use.


Two metals for outdoor furniture use are aluminum and wrought iron. Aluminum is lightweight and resistant to rust, according to the Outdoor Furniture Site. Portable folding outdoor furniture is made from molded hollow aluminum for easy transportation. More standard aluminum outdoor furniture is made using a cast construction of solid aluminum, making it more sturdy and durable. Wrought iron outdoor furniture is a standard favorite, states the HGTV website, and is now made with a powder coated finish instead of paint, making it weather resistant with little maintenance. Wrought iron outdoor furniture is available in a variety of styles.


Cedar and teak are two woods used for outdoor furniture. Cedar furniture is naturally resistant to rot, fungus and insects, according to the Outdoor Furniture Site. It can be left natural, painted or stained. Cedar furniture is available in a basic country style with plain clean lines. Use mild soap solution to clean unfinished cedar furniture, and it will last up to 10 years, explains the website.

Teak furniture is exceptionally dense and durable, resistant to decay and rot. It may be cleaned with mild soap and water, but is care free and will last "forever," according to the HGTV website. Teak furniture is available in a timeless look.


Two substances used to make wicker outdoor furniture are real wicker and resin wicker. Real wicker is made from woven strands of rattan or bamboo, states the Outdoor Furniture site. These materials do not hold up well to moisture or weather and can become unglued, unraveled, peeled or flaked if left out in the elements. Resin wicker is made of woven resin strips that resist weather, rot and insects. Colored dyes may be added to the basic resin material to make the furniture available in popular shades. Clean resin wicker furniture with mild soap and water.

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