From summer rainstorms to sweltering heat and scorching sun, good outdoor furniture has to battle the elements. Plus, if you plan to leave your outdoor furniture outside year-round (and live in an area with winter weather), it will also have to withstand below-freezing temperatures and ice.
To give your outdoor furniture the best shot at survival, start by choosing materials that can handle harsh weather and temperature fluctuations. Then, invest in covers and storage units to protect pillows and cushions.
How to make your outdoor furniture last
Choose the right materials
When choosing garden furniture, one important factor is opting for materials that are proven to withstand weather and external forces. Many people opt for materials such as steel or aluminium, but there are some fantastic water-resistant materials such as synthetic weather and teak for those who want wooden furniture.
Teak outdoor furniture is incredibly popular, as it’s a tropical hardwood which is incredibly hardy. Although other timbers such as acacia are also great, they do require more maintenance and so are less commonly used.
Invest in furniture covers
Although many products can be left outdoors and will be absolutely fine when left to the elements, it is still good to invest in covers for your outdoor furniture to further protect them.
You can get great water-resistant and waterproof covers for a good price, and these will be great investments if you want to keep your garden furniture looking nice.
Maintain your outdoor furniture
No matter what type of outdoor furniture you end up buying, cleaning it regularly can help it to look good for years. For low-maintenance furniture, a simple wipe with a damp cloth and maybe some soap to remove dirt and debris will keep it looking fresher.
For soft furnishings, give them a wash with detergent once a month if you are using the furniture regularly to keep them looking new and to clean off any dirt that may have dug a little deeper.