Wooden Outdoor Furniture - Enjoy the Benefits of Wood
The beauty of wood
A classic set of wooden outdoor furniture is the perfect way to complete the look of your yard. Not only will it improve the aesthetic appearance of your property, it also provides the added bonus of outdoor living.
The first outdoor furniture was made of wood, and mainly came in the form of rocking chairs on the front porch of people’s homes – although it also stretched to the odd kitchen chair being left out on the front lawn. This has slowly evolved over time to include every sort of furniture item imaginable being made from wood for outdoor living. These include pieces such as tables, chairs, cooler boxes, loungers – the list is endless!
Benefits of owning wooden outdoor furniture
One of the benefits of owning this type of exterior furnishings is that it is classic and, depending on its design, timeless. It also has a tendency to compliment a wide range of housing styles from modern plaster housing through to country-side manors – it even looks great on modern apartment balconies.
Another benefit of owning wood furniture is that, if undertaken every few weeks, it is relatively easy to clean. Stained and painted sets just need to be washed with soap suds and water, followed by a wipe-down with a cloth to dry it. But with the benefits come the disadvantages, which include some types of timber needing regular maintenance to keep it looking good, and climatic conditions that can ruin it.
Wood such as teak becomes quite high maintenance if you wish to keep its golden-brown color (as opposed to the silver-gray it turns as it ages). It needs to be sanded back regularly with teak oil needing to be applied to the wood every three months.
Wooden outdoor furniture may also be unsuitable in harsh climates where it is exposed to elements such as hot sunshine or heavy rain, unless it is covered when not in use. Some of the finest woods for lawn, garden and patio furniture are teak, shorea, cedar, redwood and cypress.
Teak and cedar are two of the most popular of these timber types due to their timeless and classic appearance and their durability. Another advantage of teak and cedar timbers is that they are hard-wearing and are able to take the thrashing that outdoor furniture is often given.