The outdoor furniture market has continued to expand over the years with just as much choice available as the furniture you would buy for the interior of your home. The downside to this is that buying suitable outdoor furniture can be difficult as you quickly find yourself with far too many options.
The choice of material is probably the biggest consideration for many so to make your life easier, we’ve put together a handy guide outlining the pros and cons of two of the most common options.
Points for Consideration
When looking for suitable outdoor furniture, you should keep in mind its intended use and whether you have anywhere to store it within your home. From there, you should consider;
- Your requirements for durability as some materials will last far longer than others.
- Your requirements for longevity. Are you the type of person who would prefer to replace their furniture every 2 or 3 years or for it to last a lifetime?
- Your requirements for comfort. Some materials and construction types are simply more comfortable than others.
Wicker Outdoor Furniture
Wicker or rattan furniture is a popular option for those looking for a timeless classic with all of the style to match. Available in a range of colours, desirable properties of wicker furniture include;
- A hardwearing material that will last a lifetime without much trouble. The higher the quality of wicker or rattan you buy, the longer it will last.
- High levels of comfort, both when used in isolation as well as with the addition of appropriate cushioning.
- A range of price options to suit all budgets. Wicker furniture can both be cost effective and very expensive – it all comes back to the quality you desire.
Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak is another hugely popular option for outdoor furniture. We would describe teak outdoor furniture as a little more contemporary in its design compared to wicker, but of course that is purely subjective.
You should decide which material you prefer the look of as well as consider its properties in relation to your requirements. The properties of teak outdoor furniture include;
- A high level of durability and resistance to general wear and tear. The more you pay, the higher the finish of the material so balance your requirements for longevity with your budget.
- A good level of comfort, with or without cushions. It should be said that wicker will always be the most comfortable option.
- Teak is typically quite expensive with an outdoor dining set potentially costing more than a thousand dollars. Lower cost options are available but we wouldn’t refer to them as cheap.
Which Outdoor Furniture is Right for You?
If you’re not convinced by either teak or wicker furniture, there are a few more options open to you. Both aluminium and plastic outdoor furniture can make a great alternative for your garden patio area so it’s down to you to base your decision on your requirements. For a little inspiration, Lavita aluminium outdoor furniture can be viewed both online and in showrooms across Australia. The trick is to view as much furniture as possible to make sure that you’re buying the right type.
Whatever you decide, any modern outdoor furniture you buy will provide you with years of reliable service.