Outdoor Furniture Qualities

What Makes Outdoor Furniture So Suitable for External Activities?

If you’ve ever found yourself asking ‘why is outdoor furniture only meant for the garden?’ then you’re certainly not alone. Unfortunately, plenty of people take their enquiry to the next level by trying to bring their interior furniture outdoors, only to find their upholstery battered by the wind, rain and sunshine.

Furniture that’s intended for outdoor uses might not be suitable indoors – but there’s a good reason for that. For a start, these products often use a different range of materials in their construction and it’s these materials that can stand the test of time much better than your average cotton sofa, or tartan rug.

And what are these materials?

Things such as aluminium, plastic and hardwoods have an incredible strength in the face of the great outdoors; including all of the elements that are thrown at them. Aluminium contains a higher chromium content, a type of alloy that’s very effective at deterring rust, making furniture that uses this metal highly resistant to the rain and sunlight.

Then you have plastic; or namely PVC, a resilient type of material that won’t easily become brittle in the sunlight, whilst being entirely waterproof. And although some types of wood can be prone to warping if left exposed to the rain or sun, the same can’t be said for hardwood – or wood that belongs to trees that grows a much thicker grain that your average garden tree.

These are the basic materials used for outdoor furniture and they are often utilised as frames or for support. As you might imagine they can be a bit basic on their own and that’s why they are often combined with other resilient materials to offer comfort, style and aesthetic appeal to outside furniture; the likes of which can keep any garden looking fresh and attractive.