You can't expect to fully enjoy your patio this spring (and summer) without the right seating. Whether it's gathering in the afternoon with friends or family, or simply reading a book during the day, the patio is an important extension of the modern-day home. But without seating, it's difficult to enjoy this area of your home. So, what type of seating should you choose for your patio?
Arguably, one of the best all-around types of furniture for the patio is wicker. It's lightweight, inexpensive, and able to withstand the elements better than most other types of furniture. The only real downside to wicker furniture is its susceptibility to damage. Being that it's made of woven organic fibers, it's naturally more prone to damage. Nonetheless, it's still an excellent choice of furniture for the patio and other outdoor living spaces, assuming you choose the right type.
Of course, another idea is to decorate your patio with plastic furniture. It's also inexpensive, but unlike wicker, it doesn't damage easily. With that said, many homeowners believe plastic furniture looks cheap, which is why they tend to avoid it. But if you're looking for a quick and easy seating solution for your patio, you really can't go wrong with plastic. You don't have to worry about it warping or rotting, and you can easily transport it to different areas without any assistance. All of these characteristics make it an excellent choice for the patio.
While most wooden furniture doesn't hold up well in the outdoors, teak wood is the exception. This is because teak contains natural oils that protect against rotting. These oils work by neutralizing the fungi responsible for wood rot. Furthermore, teak wood is actually lightweight, weighing less than traditional hardwood and softwood varieties. You can expect to pay more for teak furniture, however, than traditional wood furniture, so only consider this seating option if you have the necessary budget; otherwise, you should look for alternative seating options for your patio.
Other Tips for Choosing Patio Furniture
- Stick with a similar color scheme for your patio seating and other furniture.
- Choose seat cushions that won't damage when stored outdoors.
- Consider the overall style of the furniture and how it correlates to your patio decor.
- Embrace bright and bold colors to reflect the seasonal transition to spring.
- Choose patio furniture that's low maintenance and easy to clean (for obvious reasons).