Thursday, August 7, 2014

Important Considerations When Buying Outdoor Wood Furniture

During summer, our patios become an extra room in our homes.. Outdoor wood furniture can be used to give any outside space a natural look, making it fit into the outdoor  environment. The best quality patio wood furniture is made from center-cut heartwood lumber with a consistent grain. Fastenings should be zinc plated, or crafted from corrosion resistant stainless steel. Go with furniture that has screws instead of bolts so that you can tighten the screws when they come loose. Here are some examples to get you started:
This set includes an oval extension table with 4 teak dining chairs, made from genuine Teak and finished with a light teak oil. It also has a 2 inch umbrella hole with solid brass fittings and conveniently designed lower pole catch eliminating the need for an umbrella base or pole weight.

The Luxe Modular Seating Collection exhibits classic elegance with intricate detailing that provides modern comfort. The modular style provides flexibility to accommodate any d├ęcor. Built with extra thick Grade A Teak and Sunbrella cushions to last for generations.

Patio wood furniture is available in numerous types. To choose the best furniture that’s perfect for your patio and pocket, you need to know the main characteristics of these different wood types. Also, you need to look into factors like weather and sun exposure, durability, space available, storage areas, and comfort level. You might want to think about care and maintenance, along with the furniture’s cost and how it aligns with your budget.
Weather Conditions
There are wood and furniture designs that can withstand weather extremes better compared to others. Untreated wood might crack and splinter in hot, dry weather, while constant exposure to moisture can make others buckle and swell. The best way to prevent this is to seal or paint the wood, put the furniture under cover, or condition the wood with oil twice a year.
Durability
Different wood types have different levels of durability. Hardwoods like jarrah, shorea and teak can last up to 50 years while roble and redwood can last up to 25. A longer lifespan usually  equals are bigger price tag, you should only buy more expensive and longer lasting furniture if you are sure that it will never go out of fashion. Nuts, bolts and screws should also be made from a non-corrosive material like stainless steel so they last longer.
Space Constraints
The outdoor furniture that you choose should fit into the space available in your outdoors. However, this is not the only space that you should consider when buying outdoor furniture. Many types of wooden patio furniture should be stored indoors come winter time to lengthen the lifespan. You should take into consideration the amount of storage space when shopping.
Comfort Features
Even when it is beautiful and stylish, patio furniture will be of little use if it is uncomfortable. If the chairs do not come with cushions, you can purchase or make them. When making or buying cushions, make sure that they are able to somehow withstand the stresses of the outdoors. And during winter or when they are not in use, take care to pack them away.
Care and Maintenance
There are some types of wood that require more care than others, something that you need to carefully take into consderation. Generally, treated wood requires less care compared to untreated wood. You should be realistic about the amount of time you have available – along with your level of motivation – for cleaning and taking care of your wooden outdoor furniture.
Cost and Budget
Of course, the cost of the furniture and your budget will ultimately shape your purchasing decision. Doing research regarding the value of outdoor furniture and the different types of wood will give you a better idea of when a bargain really is a bargain. Remember that you get what you pay for, although this is not really the case all the time.
Environment
These days, you can easily own beautiful wood furniture without damaging the environment, thanks to FSC certification. The FSC or Forest Stewardship Council promotes responsible management of the forests of the world by setting standards, certifying and labeling products. Certification is only given once all steps in the manufacturing of wood products comply with the social and environmental standards and requirements of the FSC.
Wooden patio furniture is a great, natural-looking outdoor furniture option. Patio furniture is crafted from a wide range of wood types, including timber from both softwood and hardwood tree species. You should pick wood with the characteristic that are most desirable and one that best suits your needs.

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