Outdoor Furniture 

When the days start getting longer, the temperature starts getting warmer and the birds start to return, many people think about getting their patio, deck, porch and/or lawn ready for use during the coming warm months.  

There are all types of furniture available for use outdoors.  The materials, styles and prices vary greatly depending on the type furniture you want. 

If you are looking for furniture for your lawn and you want furniture you can fold up easily and store away, then you might be looking for lightweight furniture made of aluminum. Although aluminum is probably the lightest weight garden furniture, it is very durable and built to last for years. Aluminum furniture is easy to clean with a damp cloth. 

Folding furniture is not the only outdoor furniture made of aluminum.  You can purchase dining sets, patio benches and non-folding chairs with weather resistant cushions. 

Another type furniture is made from recycled plastic.  This style furniture is made in one piece and the pieces are designed to stack together to use a small amount of space for storage. This furniture is not as easy to move as the folding aluminum furniture.  Since you may leave this type furniture out in the elements you should get some garden furniture covers to protect it when not in use. 

Teak furniture is also lightweight and is known for its durability and strength.  However, the seats and the backs may be made from heavy-duty woven fabric.  To keep its natural golden finish, teak does require a little special cleaning.  Your local retailer can give you information on the care of teak wood lawn and garden furniture. 

Other wooden outdoor furniture, in addition to teak furniture, may include Brazilian cherry, cedar, mahogany, eucalyptus, alder, cypress, and pine.  You may want to consult with your garden furniture retailer about the best type wood furniture for your area. 

Some woods will take on a rustic look from being seasoned with weather and time. Some woods have a natural resistance to splintering, shrinking and cracking and others have a natural resistance to decay and splitting.  Some wooden furniture is resistant to rot and bugs.  Most wood is durable and with a little care and maintenance may last 20 to 30 years.  Since wooden furniture is heavy to move you might want to consider purchasing garden furniture covers to protect your furniture. 

Cast iron outdoor furniture can add beauty to your garden or patio.  Cast iron furniture is long lasting, reasonably priced, easy to clean and comfortable.  Many families spend a great deal of time on their patio during the warm months and cast-iron furniture can add a new element of beauty. 

In addition to dining sets, outdoor furniture is available to meet your every need.  Furniture is available as conversation sets, additional chairs and tables, swings and hammocks.  Many retailers have outdoor furniture on display so you can easily see what you like and what will fit your needs and your budget. 

Outdoor furniture prices vary greatly.  Do your research and try to find the best quality furniture at the best price.  Your investment in outdoor furniture is a purchase that should last and be serviceable and enjoyed for many years.