4 Considerations When Choosing Outdoor Chairs

November 30, 2018

Is it in direct sun, does it need to be stackable, is it prone to rust, is it easy to move and store?

These are just some of the things you’ll need to consider when choosing outdoor chairs. While this might seem complicated for a humble chair, outdoor furniture is an investment that can last a lifetime.

Here’s what you need to know about buying outdoor chairs.

Start with Your Space

When thinking about your outdoor areas, give them as much consideration as other rooms in your house. Always start by measuring the area and make sure you choose outdoor chairs that fit within the scale of your space.

Putting a large sun lounge on a small balcony can make the space appear a lot smaller and limit how you can use it effectively. Taking the time to plan your space will leave you with a functional outdoor area that you’ll love; on your own or with family and friends.

Before you start adding chairs to cart, make sure you measure how much space you have and need. When selecting outdoor chairs, don’t forget to leave enough room to pull the chairs out from the table.

Lounging or Lunching

From benches to lounges and chairs to cabanas, there’s no shortage of outdoor seating options. With so much choice, finding the right chair for your outdoor area comes down to function. When you’re choosing outdoor chairs, think about the activities or events you plan to host.

If you’ve got a large outdoor area and you’re big on entertaining, opt for an outdoor table and chair set with a couple of benches for extra flexible seating. If you’ve got a pool and a large lawn, a sun lounger might be a smarter option.

Or, if it’s just the two of you and a cuppa in the morning sun, a small classic table is your best bet.

Consider the Conditions

Outdoor chairs, by design, are meant to stay outside all year round. Before you get seated, consider what conditions your outdoor chairs will be subject to. Elements like harsh sun, wind, frost, excessive rain and proximity to the ocean can all affect the longevity of your outdoor furniture.

As lovely as wood looks, over time, it’ll fade and weather as time goes by. When it comes to durability, you can’t do better than quality cast aluminium. Durable, tough and non-corrosive, aluminium outdoor chairs are purpose-designed for all environments.

Rust and harsh sun aren’t an issue, and unlike plastic or wood, aluminium chairs definitely won’t blow over in the wind. Dress them up with custom cushions or enjoy them as they are, aluminium outdoor chairs are easy to clean, style and care for.

Ongoing Maintenance

Outdoor chairs are as much of an investment as indoor chairs and given they’ll be exposed to rain, hail and shine, make sure you take care of them.

When choosing your chairs, consider any ongoing maintenance. Materials such as wood require ongoing maintenance with a sealant or oil, and some rust-prone metals will need constant cleaning to avoid oxidisation.

Aluminium outdoor chairs, on the other hand, are non-corrosive and hard wearing which makes them suitable for all climates. Caring for them is easy; wash down with water or detergents like washing liquid or car wash and avoiding anything abrasive, like a wire brush or steel wool.

Whether you’ve got a petite patio or a big backyard, outdoor chairs can make or break your alfresco areas. Choosing your outdoor chairs is an investment, and like any other piece of furniture for your home, pick right and you’ll enjoy them for years to come.

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