How to Choose the Right Material for Outdoor Furniture

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asked Jul 16, 2021 in H&E by cornersofainshare (180 points)

With Rattan Corner Sofa , you can extend your indoor style to your landscape or try something completely different. You can mix and match for an eclectic feel. One important consideration, no matter your style, is how well your furniture will hold up to your weather conditions, including moisture, hot sun and strong winds. More expensive pieces tend to be of better quality and longer-lasting, but don’t use that as your only guide. Check out how well each piece is made and educate yourself on the pros and cons, as well as the care issues, for different materials.


Teak is easily the most popular wood choice for outdoor Inshare furniture. Its high demand, coupled with limited availability, has pushed the price of this fine-grained hardwood extremely high. Fortunately, teak has many characteristics that make it ideally suited for outdoor use. It is incredibly strong and doesn’t warp, crack or become brittle like many kinds of wood. This is because teak repels most water and does not expand or contract in the drying process. It has a high natural oil content, which makes it highly resistant to damage from rot, decay and insects. This durability against the elements enables teak to last the longest – up to fifty years! Its gorgeous honey brown appearance can be maintained with minimal oiling, or it can patina into an attractive silver-gray over time, if left untreated. Most patio furniture brands have at least a few pieces made from this handsome wood. Scandinavian manufacturers like Skagerak and Skargaarden embrace teak’s natural beauty and utilize its inherent strength to design artistic graceful collections of outdoor lounge and dining furniture. It’s relatively easy to care for and can be cleaned with mild soap and water.


For millennia, wood has remained the popular raw material for furniture. Wood is naturally easy to work with and provides muscle for benches, tables, chairs, and other furnishings. However, when it comes to outdoors not all woods are created the same. Cedar, pressure-treated pine, and fir which are softwoods are inexpensive and widely used for indoor furnishing.

They do not stand up well to weather elements and when not in use require constant protection. On the flip side, hardwoods resist weather damage, are much heartier and if properly treated can last for decades. They are more expensive and more difficult to shape than Softwoods. Hardwoods have major differences too.

Recycled Plastic

For stylish outdoor patio furniture, eco-friendly recycled plastic - i.e., shampoo bottles, made from milk cartons, etc. is a great option. It is resistant to insects, moisture, and mildew, extraordinarily strong, durable, and saltwater.

Though still susceptible to high winds, recycled plastic can be heavier than other plastic materials. It doesn't require much maintenance, crack, or peel. It is easy to clean with soap and water, and stain-resistant.


Lightweight yet sturdy enough to stand up against high winds, aluminum is one of the best, most common outdoor furniture materials. Aluminum is highly durable and rust-resistant, so it's great for use around salt water, which can easily corrode and oxidize other metals. It comes at affordable prices and requires little maintenance. Aluminum outdoor furniture is often finished with a protective paint or powder coating, but it can also be covered with wicker or sling for a softer look and feel.


Steel is the strongest material, but it is also heavy and the more expensive of the metals. Due to its weight, steel furniture is not as easy to move around, but will be more stationary against the wind. Galvanized or stainless steel are the best options for outdoor furniture, as regular steel rusts and corrodes very easily when exposed to outside elements.

Galvanizing introduces a zinc coating to the sheets of steel to protect the metal from corrosion and help it withstand water exposure Stainless steel, however, adds chromium to molten steel, which is resistant to rust and can be exposed to even salt water. This makes stainless steel perfect for marine environments. Do note that steel outdoor furniture, galvanized or stainless alike, will corrode with exposure to chlorine. So make sure any poolside steel furniture has a nice, strong powder coat finish to protect it further.

Rattan furniture has long been a common type of furniture that continues to be preferred by many. No matter what your reason may be for choosing rattan or rattan-inspired furniture, make sure that you put careful thought and consideration to your choice. Insharefurniture is a Modern Leisure Chair Manufacturer which wholsale rattan corner sofa and other rattan furniture, you can click to learn more information, or visit our factory.

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