Our dreams of an ideal home include an open garden in the front, a proud porch followed by a beautiful house, a majestic balcony extending over the porch, a terrace garden of sorts in that balcony and a small kitchen garden in the back. We want a lot of open space in our homes for our kids to run around and play, host garden parties, and star-gaze through the night.
These open spaces are little pieces of paradise we build for ourselves. The gush of cold, clean, crisp fresh air always has a calming effect on our body and soul. When we want to reconnect with ourselves, the nature or universe, or with the God inside, they serve as little corners promoting healthier forms of escapism.
Every now and then, we need a break from our monotonous mechanical life and so, be it your meditation sessions, a cup of coffee in the evening after a long exhausting day, lazy romantic breakfasts on Sunday mornings or aimless barefoot walks on the green garden grass, life happens in these open spaces in more ways than one.
Such important sections of your home need to be primed and pruned to serve all your moods. You can use furniture units to make the most use out of these outdoor spaces. But, not every furniture has the robustness to withstand the extreme weather conditions that an outdoor furniture has to endure.
And so, the material you choose for outdoor furniture has to be different than what you usually allow in your interiors. Naturally, you’ll look for furniture built out of materials that are resistant to wind, high temperatures, fading and is rust proof. While looking for such all-weather materials it is equally important that the material you choose is not just durable but is also comfortable and easy to maintain, and more importantly, is aesthetically pleasing.
Materials that can be used for the structure:
Teak and Sheesham are specialised types of timbers that are heavily used in the furniture industry because they are exceptionally durable and they are, hands-down, the most beautiful and quality rich wood out there. They are not exactly very light and mobility is a bit restricted, but they can be used to make tables for outdoors, like our Dawson 4 Seater Dining Set.
It is advised that you learn to take care of your hardwoods, their cycles of polishing and cleaning have to be regularised because, hello, mounds and mildew! Fetch your cleaning towels. Okay, Bye.
Let’s go back to basic science, shall we? Aluminium is resistant to oxidisation because it develops a sticky coat of aluminium oxide over its clean surface, preventing it from further exposure to air and the subsequent degradation. This makes the furniture, made out of aluminium, durable. Also, Cast Aluminium leads to light furniture that can solve the mobility issues posed by hardwood furniture units.
Wrought Iron is preferred by some people, for manufacturing outdoor furniture fit for balconies, because it provides the scope for beautiful designs and creating a traditional look. While rustic might look good in the outdoors, the aftercare is difficult and the bulkiest stone in our otherwise smooth path of a beautifully decorated outdoor space.
We have a love-hate relationship with Iron because it is prone to rusting and has less life than we would like for our furniture. So, steel, lightweight, rust-resistant beauty that it is, happens to be the perfect solution. It requires lesser attention and aftercare. If budget is an issue then you can easily go for aluminium made furniture because it has all the properties of steel at a much cheaper price.
But wait, what about the upholstery?
If you invest in metal chairs, you’ll need cushions and a soft mattress base to sit upon in extreme winters and summers. You can take these away in the rains. Or you can buy upholstered metal chairs.
For outdoor furniture, see that the upholstery is made of fabrics that are resistant to high temperatures and fading. Fabrics like cotton canvas, duck cloth, olefin fibres, textilene (woven polyester with PVC coating), vinyl, etc., can be used to embellish your furniture.
We hope you liked these tips, and now, whenever you buy outdoor furniture, you can make an informed decision. Let us know what kind of furniture you use for your outdoors. Do share the pictures!