There are three things you need to consider when making a home investment of any kind: aesthetics, budget, and functionality. Furnishing an outdoor space is no exception – after all, you want your outdoor furniture to complement your home’s style, fit within the limits of your budget, withstand the harsh weather, and be suitable for your family’s activities. That’s why many homeowners opt for timber furniture pieces that are sturdy enough to last for many years to come, and are a smart investment. If the thought of equipping your own outdoor space is making you anxious, here are a few helpful tips.
Consider the Type of Wood
It’s important to note that not all wooden furniture can survive long periods out in the open. Dense hard woods with a closed cellular structure, like for instance white oak or balau are sturdy enough for a harsh outdoor environment. However, teak is the best wood for outdoor use. This tropical wood has a high content of natural rubber and oils which function as Mother Nature’s protection against UV rays, water, rot and insects. So, if you’re looking for an outdoor timber bench seat which will be exposed to the sun 24/7, choosing teak means investing in something that won’t lose its rich look for years to come.
Finishes and Weathering
Whether it’s an outdoor timber bench seat, a coffee table, or a sun-lounger, you need to think years into the future when choosing furniture for your outside space. And since it will be exposed to the elements, the furniture can certainly change its appearance over time. So, you need to imagine how it will probably look a couple of years from the moment of buying. Based on what your expectations are, you should choose whether you want a sealed or a pre-weathered finish, or a natural/unfinished look. Teak, in particular, is known to receive a wonderful natural silver/grey shine over time, which motivates some homeowners to leave their outdoor furnishings unfinished.
Look for Multi-Purpose Pieces
Buying quality outdoor furniture made of wood can be rather expensive. If you’re looking for ways to save a few dollars, consider getting multi-purpose pieces. For instance, a simple outdoor timber bench seat can provide seating space for several people and be a more affordable alternative to buying two or three separate chairs. Also, an Ottoman can double as a coffee table and an extra seating should the need arise.