Which materials work for outdoor furniture?

When you score a little piece of the outdoors with your home, you want to make the most of the space. The right outdoor furniture can transform this area into a socialising spot or a tranquil lounge – depending on how you want to use it. Bespoke furniture pieces for the garden, balcony or terrace should be weather-friendly and resilient to moisture, hot sun and strong winds. While comfort, climate, durability, budget and aesthetics play a crucial role in picking the right outdoor furniture, the material type is crucial. Let’s understand the strengths and weaknesses of some outdoor furniture materials and what can work best for you:

1. Wood

Wood brings with it an element of warmth and richness, which blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings of the outdoors. Some wood varieties such as teak, red cedar, Douglas Fir, Oak and eucalyptus are sturdy and resistant to warping, thus making them suitable for the outdoors. However, in high-humidity conditions, wood does become susceptible to mould, mildew and termites. The proper treatment can minimise this risk. Our multi-purpose wood and metal Klop-Bench is a good pick as it has different finishes, making it just suitable for outdoor and indoor purposes.

2. Metal & wrought iron

Wrought iron or metal can add a whole new depth to the space and ornate the outdoors while being classy. Luxury outdoor furniture manufactured with these materials cost a bit more but offer more style and durability than traditional cast iron furniture. One should keep the surfaces clean and free from dust and debris to prevent rust. Pick energising colours to enliven the ambience with furniture pieces like the Nofoa lounge chair. It comes with a padded seat to ensure comfort. Another option is the Sinar or Orgu metal chair that features a summery radial thread weaving pattern and is ergonomically shaped to offer optimal comfort.

3. Rattan

Rattan is always trending and readily available in furniture stores. In particular, treated rattan is portable, durable and aesthetically-pleasing too! The versatile material absorbs different kinds of dyes and stains and is low-maintenance. A popular variant of rattan is its synthetic counterpart, polyethylene rattan, which is more resistant to water and UV rays. However, at Alankaram, we rely more on natural rattan resources for making exclusive pieces like the Tiivis – Outdoor sofa to convert your outdoor space into the ultimate lounge.

4. Stone

While the above are popular materials for outdoor furniture, one can consider pieces made of stone too. In particular, centre tables with marble or stone tops and metal bases are functional, resilient to most weather conditions, and easy to maintain. For instance, our Ruudus stone top table has a rectangle metal base with beautifully chamfered edges and an Italian Satavario marble top. Just what you need to complete the outdoor lounging experience!

Go ahead and choose modern furniture designs for outdoor spaces as per your comfort, budget and seating requirements.

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