The idea of creating outdoor living spaces is certainly not new. The Chinese have been doing it for thousands of years with their beautiful courtyard architecture and outdoor living space. In fact, cultures all around the globe have seen the value of spending time cooking, socializing, and gathering outside the confines of four walls. Outdoor patio furnishings make those spaces much more than just an open space. When you add the right table or chair to the space, you suddenly have options. That’s what I like most about it. Options for dining, visiting, or doing activities like games and other hobbies or crafts.
I am happy to say that my parents have finally got with the times. Now their outdoor patio furnishings make it so pleasant to spend time with them, especially in the cool summer evenings. In fact, I started thinking that I needed to get some as well. So I started looking into what is available and have found out that there are a huge number of options on the market. What follows is a brief discussion of what I have discovered. Hopefully, you can glean some ideas to help you decide what you might like for your patio, deck or porch.
Wrought iron is classic and durable, but tends to be a little formal for many people’s taste. There isn’t a rule that says that outdoor patio furnishings have to be cheap or boring, and wrought iron is neither of these! Wrought iron furniture is available in a wide variety of styles, configurations, and prices. How about a nice bar stool and tall table, or maybe a bench or a full dining set. The options are endless, as most wrought iron tends to be custom or hand made.
Another popular choice in outdoor patio furnishings is plastic or resin. These require no sanding, painting, or staining to keep them fresh. They withstand the weather and are quite durable. They tend to be less expensive, but can be covered with colorful cushions to spruce them up. And, of course, wood and wicker are also popular choices. Solid teak, low maintenance cedar, or even painted pine or hemlock are attractive and functional materials that will give you years of satisfaction.
Beyond the materials that outdoor patio furnishings are made of, it is important to also remember some of the other things you can add to that outdoor living space. How about an outdoor patio fire pit, hammock, or patio umbrella? If you have children, you can also find furniture that is specially made for people their size. With all the many options, you can make your patio a wonderful extension of your living space. Go for it!