Your choice of outdoor patio furniture can transform your ordinary backyard into a beautiful paradise. But what type of furniture should you choose for your outdoor spaces, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each of the most common patio set materials?
Plastic is a great choice for inexpensive, durable patio furniture. It is lightweight, available in a range of colors and patterns and easy to care for. Owners of a plastic patio set appreciate the fact that their furniture can be reorganized at the drop of a hat with no heavy lifting required. It also resists mildew and can simply be wiped clean. For people with children or those who expect a lot of poolside activity and water play, plastic patio furniture is an excellent buy, because it will last for years even under the most strenuous conditions.
Plastic looks great against modern decor, but may not exactly suit a more traditional patio living space – rustic wood, rattan or bamboo might be a better fit. Wooden patio furniture is a bit more expensive than plastic, but it has a classic look for which there is no man-made substitute. Depending on the type of wood and the finish you select, wooden outdoor furniture can be relatively stain- and water-resistant. With proper care, it will look great for many years and be an enduring component of your backyard or garden decor. Be aware that wood can be vulnerable to damage in a way that plastic and aluminum are not, so make sure to maintain its finish and locate it away from extremely wet areas, such as the side of a pool.
Another option if you are looking for attractive and extremely durable material is aluminum. This metal, which is available in a variety of finishes and textures, looks great and can weather even the most demanding physical conditions. Aluminum patio furniture resists rust, mildew and staining, and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Best yet, it's light as a feather and easy to transport and rearrange. Although aluminum looks especially beautiful surrounded by modern or contemporary decor, its clean lines and low-key coloring help it fit in practically anywhere.