Patio Furniture for Your Courtyard

By: Tatiya Tatiyasopon

A very important part of a house is the courtyard and a beautiful courtyard is a part of every dream house. Adding beautiful patio furniture to a courtyard can enhance the look and is more welcoming for guests. Patio means outdoors and patio furniture means outdoor furniture.

Patio furniture comes in various themes and designs like Victorian, Mediterranean and Oriental. There are many materials which are used to make patio furniture like wood, iron and plastic as well. These can be bought as separate pieces or can be assembled at home with patio furniture kits and sets. It consists of various pieces like chairs and tables which are very popular among people having courtyards. People who like to spend lot of time outdoors in courtyard or have outdoor gathering, patio furniture is best suited for them.

One thing should be kept in mind while buying patio furniture that the furniture is meant for all weather types and you don't need to bring it indoors in extreme conditions. Patio furniture suited for moderate climate is also good but incase of extreme weather conditions like torrential rain, extreme heat or snow fall. If you want to move the patio furniture indoors, then buy those pieces which are moderately weighed and not too heavy for moving them.

Patio furniture accessories like cushions and umbrellas can also be added for more style and design. Getting patio cushion covers also becomes important while buying patio furniture which saves it from normal wear and tear. They also come with 'all weather' tags and can be used in extreme conditions with the patio furniture pieces. The best material for patio furniture is wood in which oak and teak varieties are best suited for outdoor use. Furniture made of oak is of good quality as compared to other wood types. Chinese oak make the best patio furniture piece which is very fine-grained and densely made hardwood. It also has tannic acid which is naturally resistant to fungus and insects. It has same quality as that of the teak and is more durable than red oak.

Cedar is also another popular material used for patio furniture. It also has the same tannic oil which saves the surface from mildew. It is more popular than oak because it is has better durability and is lighter. Red cedar is commonly used for patio furniture and is so much popular that it is reproduced from other materials.

Teak is best suited for those looking for quality, beauty and durability. Teak is tight-grained hardwood having different natural shades. It has natural oil and rubber oils in it which saves it from fungus. It is all weather wood, thus making it best suitable for patio furniture pieces. These can be repainted if required but the paint doesn't stay on the surface for long due to rubber and oil content.

Patio furniture needs to clean regularly so that the beauty is maintained. It is advisable that some type of shed or roof should be installed over the place where patio furniture is kept which is makes it safe from weather conditions.

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