It can be overwhelming to try to narrow down what type of furniture you want for your deck. It is an important decision: we Minnesotans love spending as much time outdoors as possible when the weather is nice, so your outdoor furniture has the potential to make or break the summer season.
Thankfully, there are really no wrong choices, though there are better choices for different people depending on your needs. Here are some things to note about the most common outdoor furniture materials.
- Most is powder coated so it won’t rust
- Low maintenance
Storage: Drain out any water that may be caught inside. Can be left outside all winter if covered.
Things to note: Comes in many color options. Gets hot in the sun.
- Low maintenance
Storage: Should be cleaned and stored inside to prevent fading and cracking.
Things to note: Plastic can be made to resemble other materials, giving you all the benefits of plastic but not the look. High quality plastics are extremely durable and won’t fade or crack.
Storage: Can rust if left outside, so store during the winter.
Things to note: Gets hot in the sun. Consider adding cushions for more comfort.
Storage: Synthetic can stay outside all year long. Natural rattan needs to be stored.
Things to note: Can be used both indoor and outdoor, making wicker furniture versatile. Available in lots of colors.
- Won’t get hot in the sun
- Lasts for many years
Storage: Can be left out year round, but should not be covered. Covering can hold moisture, which can cause mold and mildew to grow on the furniture.
Things to note: Expensive. Common wood includes teak, cedar, pine and eucalyptus.
- Will withstand the elements
- Lasts for years
Storage: Remove any rust with a wire brush and cover with a tarp.
Things to note: Susceptible to rust. Can be heavy. Add cushions for comfort.