All it takes is 120 minutes outside per week to significantly boost someone's well-being. Even if you don't go for a hike or visit your local park, going outside at home can provide these benefits.
One of the best ways to encourage spending more time outside is to create a backyard oasis complete with beautiful, comfortable outdoor furniture. Wood makes an excellent choice for a warm and timeless look. Yet, there are some factors to consider before selecting these pieces.
Here's what you need to know about the different types of outdoor furniture and what to consider to ensure their longevity.
Factors to Consider When Shopping for Outdoor Wooden Furniture
People have been using wood to create furniture for centuries, passing down these quality pieces from generation to generation. An antique wooden table can become the centre of family dinners for three generations or more.
However, using wood furniture inside is a little different from outdoor wood furniture. Patio and deck tables and chairs are continually exposed to the elements, including harsh UV rays from the sun, strong winds, rain, humidity, and more.
You want quality wood pieces that can withstand the elements and last for years, not fast furniture that only survives a season or two.
So, what should you consider when selecting wooden furniture for Melbourne or other areas in Victoria? Start with the location, surface, climate, and budget.
One of the most important factors is where you're placing the furniture. For instance, are you buying an outdoor lounge chair to go next to the pool that's fully exposed to the elements? Or are you looking for outdoor side tables and chairs to go in a gazebo or another partially protected spot?
Outdoor areas that are mostly enclosed protect the wood against threats such as fading from UV damage and rain. So, wood is perfect for outdoor lounge chairs and tables that are partially covered.
If you're looking for furniture that can withstand the elements, you can still choose wood. However, you'll want a harder species, such as Teak wood. Softer wood, such as pine, is best for protected or indoor furniture.
Placing an outdoor side table or chair on a soft, grassy surface puts the furniture at risk of threats like mildew and rot. It's easy for moisture to soak the bottom of your furniture and ruin it.
Plus, softer surfaces aren't as level or safe. Drinks or other items might tilt or slide off the surface.
Whether you're a restaurant, bar, resort, hotel, or homeowner, it's best to place wooden furniture on a hard, dry surface. Wood, concrete, or natural stone surfaces work best. The clean, hard look of stone pavers or tiles complements the warmth of natural wood furniture very well.
Wood and water don't mix, and that's a well-known fact. However, that doesn't mean you can't have elegant wooden lounge chairs in outdoor spaces.
Humidity, moisture, and rain all affect wood, as it's hygroscopic. That means that moisture affects the strength of the wood. As a result of moisture and humidity in the air, wood will expand or shrink.
Depending on the climate and type of wood, outdoor furniture requires extra care and maintenance or additional protection. For instance, you may have to move the furniture into the shade or somewhere where the wood will stay dry.
Some species are more forgiving, such as teak. For example, our Catania Lounge Chair for outdoor use is made of A-Grade teak, perfect for waterside or by the pool.
The price of outdoor furniture varies greatly depending on the wood used, the size of the piece, the style, the materials used, and more. Therefore, you must consider your budget when selecting furniture.
That said, quality high-end furniture lasts longer than cheap pieces. When you buy cheaper furniture, it will only last for a few years. While it might seem like a deal upfront, it won't endure.
Wooden furniture should be an investment that you can enjoy for years to come and pass down. Luxury furniture also lasts longer with proper care.
For instance, if you're looking for outdoor side tables, our Catania Outdoor Marble Table is specially designed to withstand the outdoor elements. Pair it with our Catania Lounge Chair for a complete set that looks elegant by the poolside.
How to Protect Outdoor Wood Furniture
To extend the lifespan of your wooden outdoor furniture, place it in a protected area. At the very least, ensure it's in the shade to protect it against the sun. Covered patios and gazebos are the perfect locations for wood furniture.
Teak oil is often used to protect teak wood against the elements. It is strongly suggested that teak outdoor furniture gets a fresh coat of teak oil every 6 to 12 months.
Another tip to prolong your furniture's life is to store it when it's not in use, such as in the off-season when you're not outside as much.
Don't forget about the cushions or pillows. Although most outdoor fabrics are water-repellent, you may need to use a special spray that shields against water, fading, yellowing, and more.
Consider investing in outdoor furniture covers to prevent damage from rain and UV rays. Alternatively, bring the furniture in if the weather gets bad.
Get Quality Outdoor Wooden Furniture From Larkwood
Wooden outdoor furniture has a classic and elegant appeal that can significantly enhance any backyard or lounging area. Whether you plan on soaking up the sun or relaxing by the pool, you can enjoy the outdoors in style.
Are you ready to find the perfect outdoor furniture in Victoria? Browse Larkwood Furniture's selection of luxury wooden furniture. We offer a variety of stunning styles, including our French Modernist Armchair and our Catania Lounge set.