The best thing to do is start looking at naturally made patio furniture, if you find a patio furniture that is made of a natural material it is almost surely going to blend in to your outdoor perfectly, and provide a continuing line of style and design to your house outdoor patio. The natural material you might consider can be cedar wood or teak wood, both very popular as outdoor furniture pieces these days, cypress is also becoming very popular, this is because these materials are known as very durable to different kinds of weather, and can be placed in almost any patio, so you will be relatively protected from the elements. Cedar wood and cypress have another good quality of repelling insects which might come in handy at certain times of the year.
Patio furniture comes in all sizes and shapes. There are sofas, settees, sun decks, hammocks, coffee tables and armchairs. Some are hard, some are soft. The hard ones could be made of concrete, marble, wrought iron, or aluminum. The others, especially those from the tropics, are made of wood, wicker or rattan. These are often covered with thick cushions in brightly colored printed fabric. If your patio leads to a pool, then you may need a cabana for changing clothes, tables and chairs for poolside refreshments, and sun decks.
Both rattan and wicker furniture is a less expensive alternative to hardwood, if you want to have furniture that is made from natural sources. These types of patio furniture don't require a lot of maintenance and can be used in or outdoors all year long. It's also possible to change the outlook of Wicker or Rattan furniture by giving the furniture a new coat of color. So, if you're inclined to change the decor of your patio frequently without buying new patio furniture every time, then wicker or rattan furniture would be the best choice for you.
Rattan is a more affordable building material compared to iron and teak. By nature, it is a very tough material. Only with intense heating can it be used as a material for creating furniture. It is flexible enough to take on any shape. Usually, rattan is used with iron, wood or plastic. These materials serve as the solid frame for the cane. The cane is bent over and around these frames, and when cooled, takes on the shape and form of the frame. As rattan is abundantly available, the cost of producing such furniture is low. Hence, it's easier for furniture retailers to make a good profit from such furniture.
So the first thing to do before going out to look for patio furniture and getting all sort of ideas, is to picture your patio furniture and to think about what kind of special needs do you have. The climate in your area is very important for the type of material you will want to have, so you will need to think about the weather, is it very humid, does it rain a lot, is there a lot of sand flying around in the summer or do you have a lot of birds in your garden can all be very important questions for you.
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