Home Improvement

The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Furniture

Written by Lis Meitner

When you are in the market for some new furniture for your patio there is going to be a whole range of options open to you. In fact, since we live in a digital age, you could probably even buy your outdoor furniture online if you wanted to. The internet does offer you a far greater variety to choose from when you are picking the perfect items for your new patio.

There are a few tips that you can follow in order to ensure that you get the absolute best when it comes to picking patio furniture for your home improvement needs. This is actually going to be quite a delicate process. If you think that it is going to be easy because it isn’t interior design, think again. When you are doing it for the outdoors, there is a lot more that you need to consider.

In addition to the usual worries about the furniture being pretty enough to complement the beauty of your house and garden, you also need to understand that outdoor furniture has to be weather resistant. You can’t just buy a set of normal wooden chairs and tables and keep them on your patio. They need to be specially treated in order to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions. With the blistering heat and the sub-tropical climate Australia is famous for, this is going to be especially true here.

Here are 3 out of the many options that you could choose from for your patio. These are the 3 most popular materials for making outdoor patio furniture that will actually look good and stay that way for a while:

  1. Wrought iron furniture

This is a style that has never grown old. Nothing says classic outdoors than wrought iron tables and chairs. With a set of these on your patio, you won’t have to deal with furniture falling over in windy weather. They are heavy enough to hold their own against the wind, unless it is of gale-strength. However, there is going to be the problem that iron is very vulnerable to rusting in wet or humid weather. Australia is a subtropical country, so this can be a big issue. There are ways to get around this, though. You can use corrosion resistant paint to prevent the wrought iron from rusting during those humid seasons.


  1. Aluminum furniture

While wrought iron does have its own classic charm, the world is a constantly developing place. Aluminum has begun to replace wrought iron as the metal furniture of choice. It is very lightweight, making the items easy to carry around and rearrange. It is also very resistant to rust. This takes away the need for all that touch up paint you would be wasting money on. The problem with aluminum chairs and tables is that they won’t be able to put up much of a fight against windy weather. The slightest tough breeze would cause them to get blown away. However, since it is so light you could simply choose to take the chairs in at night, so that you won’t have to come out the next morning and find them halfway up a tree.


  1. Wooden furniture

Wood is one of the more naturally warm furniture materials out there. It is perfect for a patio because the whole point of the patio is to get in touch with Nature. A wooden furniture set for your patio will do nothing but help you in this endeavor. However, you do need to be careful when selecting the wooden furniture for your home. For example, you need to think about the type of wood. Eucalyptus trees are usually a great option, as their wood is very dense. Since they are native to Australia, they are already resistant to the humidity in our climate. This means that wooden furniture made out of eucalyptus will not need sealing every now and then. An added bonus is KOALAS.


When looking for furniture for your patio, there are going to be a lot of other options for materials to make them with. For example, some furniture is made out of recycled plastic and polymer, in the interest of keeping it green. In addition to this there are so many more options out there. You need to choose one based on personal preference. With the right choice, your patio will be looking magnificent in no time at all.

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Lis Meitner