Homeowner How-To's: Picking Patio Furniture

By Home Bay

Posted on April 5th, 2017

There are lots of options when it comes to picking patio furniture that perfectly compliments your outdoor space – but how do you decide what to buy? This post will take a look at a variety of popular patio furniture materials and will explain the pros and cons of each.


Types of Patio Furniture

Patio furniture is typically made from metal, wicker, wood or glass. Let’s take a look at some details.

  • Wicker:
    Wicker furniture is made of plaited fibers that give the furniture its distinctive look. Most patio furniture, however, is not made of natural wicker, Instead, it’s made of resin wicker, a long-lasting synthetic material similar to plastic.


    Extraordinarily resistant to the elements, can be easily rinsed, comes in a variety of styles and colors.
    Can be light if the furniture doesn’t have a metal frame – making it susceptible to damage in a strong wind, resin wicker may not be as attractive up close as natural wicker.

  • Glass or Tile:
    While you’re not likely to find entire pieces made out of glass or tile, they often compliment tables made out of metal or resin wicker.


    Protects the underlying material from the elements, gives you an easy-to-clean space to eat off of, tabletops made up of individual 12 X 12 tiles are easily customizable.
    Can get dirty and dusty very quickly, though unlikely, your glass could shatter, if a tile breaks and individual tiles are not replaceable, it can ruin your tabletop, not ideal in homes with pets or small children.

Your choice of materials for your patio furniture is best comprised of combining your stylistic desires with the pros and cons noted above to discover the best one for your home.

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