|Whether you have a beautiful yard and garden or you have visions
of one in the future, one of your biggest considerations is
going to be garden furniture. There are many types to choose
from of course, and you'll need to consider a few things before
you choose your own final pieces.
How will you use your garden furniture? Do you plan to do a lot
of entertaining? Will kids use the furniture often? Will it be
placed in sun or shade? Will it simply be used in a small nook
or get away spot? Is there a specific decorating look, theme, or
style you'd like to have? These questions - and their answers -
will help you choose the right furniture for your garden.
Below are some of the most popular materials used for garden
furniture, and how they fit into the above scenarios mentioned:
Wrought Iron Furniture: Durable and long lasting, wrought iron
is elegant and sturdy. With the right cushions, it can be as
comfortable as the living room sofa. It's durable enough to last
for generations too, so your investment will be returned many
times over. It can get very hot in the sun though, so if you
plan to put your garden furniture in an area that has no shade,
you may want to pass on wrought iron options. If you choose
wrought iron garden furniture though, be sure to clean it
regularly to keep it from rusting. Put a new coat of paint or
clear finish on it every few years to either change the look or
simply keep it looking new. Of course if your decorating goal is
to eventually have a weathered look in your outdoor garden, skip
the paint and finishing. Wrought iron will age gracefully and
provide an elegant charm over time.
Wicker Furniture: Wicker is quite popular because it creates a
relaxed but refined feel, it's light and easy to move, and it's
easy to care for. You might not want to choose wicker outdoor
furniture if you have young children though, because it's easier
to break and wear with rough usage.
Wood Furniture: Natural and rustic-looking, wood furniture is a
long-time favorite. Styles vary from solid, heavy wood to sticks
and limbs placed together artistically. The more solid the wood
of course, the more durable and long lasting the furniture will
be. You'll need to treat it regularly with wood oil and touch it
up every few years with sealant or finish.
No matter what type of furniture you decide to decorate your
garden with, it must be able to handle your particular outdoor
weather environment and seasons. You might not want to move
heavy furniture indoors during the rainy season for instance, so
you should consider that before making your choices. Whatever
furniture you choose though, be sure to follow proper care and
maintenance instructions and you'll have a beautiful outdoor
garden space for years to come.
About the author:
© 2005 Kathy Burns-Millyard - Kathy is a professional
published writer who covers a variety of popular topics such as
health, fitness, decorating, and gardening. Find more home decorating
ideas at The Do It Yourself Home Decorating Network DIYHomeDecorating.com
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