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Finding Lasting Outdoor Furniture

What some people call outdoor furniture is more commonly referred to as patio furniture. While a concrete patio is ideal for metal chairs and tables, anything meant for a deck or porch would fall into this category. The need is for furniture that is comfortable but is able to withstand exposure to the elements. Certain materials can endure exposure to moist air, while natural materials are best for indoor use.

If a porch has an overhanging protection from rain, then it is feasible to place indoor furniture in this relatively protected space, but it would still become wet from high winds and the moist air during winter. Some molds thrive in cool, wet weather and would damage material such as leather and natural fiber. There is, in fact, an entire category of cushy outdoor seating that uses synthetic fiber to withstand wet weather.

Sitting on a soggy cushion is always unpleasant, but sofas designed for the outdoor simply do not deteriorate like furniture meant to remain dry and at room temperature. They can withstand both the heat and the cold and only need to be covered in order to stay protected. They typically come with a cover that is sufficient to preserve them for years and even decades.

The most popular outdoor furniture styles are usually made from plastic or metal. These are the cheapest as well as the most durable. Because they do not have cushions and have flat surfaces, they withstand rain very well and dry quickly. They are most convenient for places that are frequently exposed to rain and are relatively comfortable when a lounging person brings their own towel and pillow.

Metal chairs are sufficiently comfortable to seat a person for hours, although they are not plush by any means. They are resilient and can withstand high winds and even dings from roughhousing and sports objects. Hail and snow have little impact on metal chairs, and plastic chairs can take a beating as well.

In fact, plastic patio furniture can be both durable and comfortable. Plastic is not entirely rigid and bends slightly when body weight is applied. It flexes slightly, and a person who sits down with some force is less likely to experience pain. Plastic is so versatile that much outdoor furniture uses plastic to some extent. The frame could be covered in plastic, and the stuffing in the mattresses is likely a plastic substitute for cotton.

Synthetic materials can approximate cotton and leather very well, and they are much more suitable to the outdoors. It is probably best that plush seating is protected from direct rain in some way, but moisture will not ruin them. Just as a plastic bottle can hold spring water for years without fail, synthetic fiber will not rot or host mildew. It is not nice to set on, but will remain very comfortable in dry climates.

There are many styles to choose from. Some seats use wickerwork for the frame, which is both attractive and durable. Luxury outdoor furniture will use wood that is covered with a durable stain. Such furniture might need to have a new coat of stain after a decade, but it can last for years. Many styles resemble indoor furniture and speak of luxury but are specifically tailored to outdoor conditions.

A good retailer has a wide selection and uses materials that are designed to last. Some of the better furniture in this niche can cost a few hundred dollars, but attractive patio accessories can be worth the money. Since they are designed to be resilient and can be used in many places, it is a worthwhile investment.

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