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Furnish your outdoor rooms for comfort and style with these design ideas.
This outdoor space is complete with a fireplace, sitting area, dining room, and an outdoor kitchen to make it feel just like home. A weatherproof furniture set comes with a couch, coffee table, two chairs, and an ottoman to create the perfect outdoor living room right next to the hearth. Adding a durable area rug completes the look and helps to define the space. Potted plants and throw pillows bring in an extra layer of comfort.
With only a few pieces of furniture, you can create a tranquil and relaxing space on your very own porch. Incorporate flowers, water, and rocks for a more natural atmosphere. Here, a simple chair and low coffee table are paired with a woven area rug and some simple flowers and vases to create a calming retreat.
When looking for poolside furniture, keep in mind that furniture and fabrics need to be weatherproof as well as chlorineproof. Metal furniture is always a safe option since it won’t rot with regular exposure to elements like chlorine. Consider finding poolside lounge chairs with wheels so they can easily be moved when the sun changes position.
Wicker is made from sturdy stems and vines that are then woven into intricate patterns. The material is ideal for outdoor furniture due to it’s lightweight, airy qualities and the variety of designs and colors it comes in. Synthetic wicker is a little more expensive than natural wicker, but it is more versatile for outdoor use. Made from moistureproof resins and rustproof aluminum framing, synthetic wicker can withstand the elements, while natural wicker cannot.
Add more than just a grill to your patio or backyard and create a full-fledged outdoor kitchen. Here, a U-shape kitchen has a stone countertop, cabinetry, and seating to make the perfect place to congregate and eat. The materials used in outdoor kitchens are the same as those used indoor, but they need to be extra durable in order to stand up to weather.
The workability of cast or wrought iron makes it ideal for creating fanciful forms like the latticework and curved frames of this table and chair set. Black is a classic color for wrought iron, although it can be painted any color. The drawback is that it will rust if the finish is nicked or scratched. But if the painted finish is kept in good shape, the furniture can be left outdoors year-round.
To fit a dining table and chairs on a porch or patio, keep proportion in mind. For a small patio, look for a table and chairs that are thin and streamlined to take up less space. Here, space constraints aren't a concern so a long dining table works perfectly to accommodate a large group. Chairs with tall backs means guests can comfortably stay and chat long after a meal is finished.
When metal outdoor furniture looks sad and dilapidated, think about using paint to revive your favorite pieces. Look for a paint that is easy to apply -- like in a spray can -- long-lasting, and rust-resistant. After applying new paint, consider updating cushions for a total furniture transformation.
Varieties of cedar, like western red cedar and northern white cedar, are known for their durability and resistance to insects. If left untreated, over time the wood weathers to a silvery gray. To keep cedar furniture looking like new, use a deep-penetrating stain with mildewcide and water-repellent additives.
The durability and water resistance of teak make it an excellent choice for poolside furniture and structures. To find the best teak, look for brands made from wood harvested on tree farms that are systematically replanted.
Furniture built from certain woods such as pine, fir, and oak, need to be protected from the weather with an annual coat of stain, paint, or sealer. Oil-base products are tougher than latex, and gloss finishes last longer than semigloss or flat finishes.