For people who like the coolness of a summer breeze, entertaining guests, and the pure pleasure of being comfortable in the outdoors, garden and patio furniture is a requisite. In decades gone by, garden and patio furniture amounted to a vinyl weaved lawn chair, aluminum card table, and possibly a chaise lounge; however, that is not so anymore, far from it.
Today’s homeowner has a big variety of alternatives to choose from. This includes the opportunity to buy a complete set of garden and patio furniture, a choice of various styles, many options of materials, and all within a broad range of prices.
Buying a Garden Set
Garden and patio furniture is no longer an afterthought but an extension of the home decor that just happens to be outside the four walls. So discerning families want to give that garden and patio furniture a complete look by furnishing the patio with a complete set.
A garden and patio furniture set generally consists of a table, four to six chairs, a chaise lounge and a couple of end tables. Optional pieces of the set may include an umbrella for covering and a two or three seat glider.
Themes and Styles
Styles of garden and patio furniture abound, and no matter what the tastes are of those relaxing in the outdoors, there is a style to match. Styles range from: the traditional look of an English garden, a French cafe style, a rustic cabin look, or a Spanish hacienda style.
Styles that are most commonly selected are the English garden look and the Adirondack. An Adirondack chair is constructed using 11 pieces of wood. The back and the seat are completely straight and set at an angle to accommodate the grade of the mountains in the Adirondacks. In addition, the characteristic design includes broad armrests.
Garden and patio furniture is made from a broad variety of materials, such as durable woods like cypress and cedar. Both cypress and cedar are ideal woods for construction of garden and patio furniture, because they can withstand above average heat and humidity. Other materials include wrought iron, cast aluminum, wicker, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
In addition, you may choose to add accessories to adorn your garden and patio furniture. Materials today include acrylics, polyester, olefins, and vinyl. These materials are very popular because of their durability and ease of cleaning.
The cost of your garden and patio furniture is an important consideration in your selection. Ultimately your budget is the overriding factor in determining the style, materials, and number of pieces desired; however, the durability of the outdoor furniture today is measured in a long shelf life. That is why, in shopping for your outdoor furniture it is wise to weigh the cost with the quality and life of the product.