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Choosing patio furniture

Although summer is about to leave us, here in our sunny climes that doesn't mean the patio no longer get used. What with cricket, rugby, tennis and so many other sports still to come our way, there's always an excuse for a braai or get together with friends.


If you need to think about replacing your garden furniture, before you do, first prepare a plan or drawing of your patio area complete with exact measurements. You don't want to end up with furniture that is too big, or too small, for the space that you have available. If you do not have enough space then maybe you should plan to build a bigger deck or patio first.

There are plenty of different materials used to make patio furniture. Remember what your main use of the patio will be, that will help you decide on your purchase. How much care do you want to put into looking after the patio furniture? Do you want to put it away every night? Most people want to leave their patio furniture right where it is all summer. Therefore, you will need something that can stand up to the elements.





  • Wooden patio furniture needs protecting with oil regularly unless you choose to paint it or perhaps you will decide to keep that rustic grey 'weathered' look. Teak has natural oils that protect it from the environment, combining durability, beauty and quality great looking outdoor furniture. Teak will naturally weather to a beautiful silver-grey.
  • Additionally, the density of the grain prevents it from splintering. That is the reason why ship builders used it for the ships decks. You can keep the golden appearance of new teak patio furniture by simply oiling the teak every year if you do not wish for it to turn a silvery grey.

  • Steel furniture, such as aluminum, is lightweight and is perfect for a low maintenance patio setting, while wrought iron patio furniture is an old favourite and suitable for almost any patio setting.

  • Wicker outdoor patio furniture coupled with the long lasting qualities of resin is also an option. Cafe style, patio furniture is great for a quick break from your gardening.

As you can see, there are many choices to make when selecting patio furniture. Always have a plan before you go shopping. Patio furniture can really enhance your outdoor living space.

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