Wood Patio Furniture Can Really Enhance the Look Of Your Patio
With summer almost here, homeowners who have patios and gardens are working hard at making their outdoors liveable again. Many are adding wood patio furniture where previously was none, or they are upgrading the old ones from some cheap aluminium or plastic for a greater elegance and style outdoors.
Let’s face it, wood is always in style. Whether you use it for staircases, for your flooring, for your kitchen chairs or patio furniture, wood is timeless, and it can greatly add value to any home. Of course, wood is somewhat more expensive than hard plastic, but a true homeowner who cares about his house will show his or her respect for beautiful and elegant things that can enhance the decor of their home.
The wooden patio furniture has an added benefit of being able to easily blend in with the rest of the surrounding. Green and brown are great complementary colours that simply go well together. So whether you buy your wood furniture for your patio or your garden, you will make a great choice.
However, in order for your wooden furniture to really last you long, you need to properly care for it. And this doesn’t only mean you need to dust it now and then.
Wood is a great material, but it needs some extra care. After all, it’s hardwood we are talking about.
First you need to clean your wood patio furniture regularly
Let’s face it, this type of furniture is usually outdoors, whether in your garden or on your patio.
So, it is usually at the whims of the weather, be it strong sun or winds or a heavy rain or even merciless snow. You can’t just take it always in when it’s raining.
What happens if you’re not home at that time? So the wood needs to be properly protected for best and long lasting results – maybe inside a conservatory? (A “standard” lean to conservatory is likely to have a simple flat sloping roof).
However, choosing the right protection for your furniture depends mostly on the type of weather that you have in your parts of the world.
You might live in the South where the sun is shining almost 300 days a year, or you might be up North, where it’s usually cold, windy, rainy and it snows half of the year.
For example, for rainy and snowy areas you can use oil based sprays that protect the wood from the moisture. If you are living in a sunny area, something that has UV protection is the best to buy.
However, no matter what you do, the wood patio furniture is still outdoors and at the mercy of the weather.
While people protect the furniture top, they usually forget about the legs. And furniture on shaky or rotten legs is not long lasting at all. What I usually do is get rubber soles that keep the legs completely protected, at least during the wintertime. This way when summer is upon us again,
I can take off the booties, clean the entire table or chairs including the legs, and enjoy the summer afternoons outdoors without a care in the world.