The chill is there and yet the outdoors seems to be calling you – come out and enjoy the cold. You step out; walk a few steps up and down and then get inside. You have not bothered to get any patio furniture and dragging chairs from inside is such a botheration!
A very familiar story, but nothing that cannot be rectified. Today, you have all kinds furniture made suitable for outdoor use and if you care to look, you will definitely find something that will suit your budget as well as your social status and your idea about how a patio should look.
Before you start searching for patio furniture, you must decide your budget and also the kind of ambiance you want to create. Wicker furniture is reasonably priced, but most of them create a very casual ambiance.
Of course, wicker sofas are there, but there is nothing like wood patio furniture to provide a touch of understated elegance to the patio. They are a little more expensive the wicker furniture, but worth every penny you spend on them.
Of course, not all kinds of wood is suitable for outdoor use.
Only those, which are naturally protected from weather elements such as water or UV rays and organic elements like mold, mildews and white ants, can be used for such purpose. Today, we have patio furniture made from the following wood:
• Teak is the best but is also the most expensive. However, teak patio furniture can last a lifetime and so worth every penny spent on it.
• Shorea is similar to teak, but since it is more widely available, it is less expensive than teak and so it is more widely used.
• Cedarwood is suitable for outdoor use. Moreover, the wood is said to have a very subtle aroma that draws many people to it.
• Furniture made from eucalyptus wood can also stand up against natural elements and therefore, such furniture is also very suitable for outdoor use.
However, remember that such wood may develop cracks, but it will not hinder the normal durability of the furniture.
Just as spring comes after winter, a chat on patio furniture should be followed by a talk on patio cushions. Such cushions must be made from water repellent materials so that in case they get drenched, they do not take time to dry.
As it is, an outdoor cushion has a far greater chance of being soiled and may need occasional washing. Therefore, water repellency is one attribute it must have.
Then again, such cushions need to be protected against UV rays and be dirt and soil resistant as well. Being UV resistant makes them fade resistant too and helps to keep their color for a longer period.
There can be nothing worse than having discolored patio cushions scattered all over the patio. Unless the patio is aesthetically pleasant, nobody is going to use it and the whole exercise become futile.
A patio umbrella is a next point you should take up. The UV rays of the sun that can discolor your patio cushions may affect your skin too. Such rays can cause premature aging or even many deadly diseases such as skin cancer.
Earlier such rays were stopped by the ozone layer of the atmosphere, but now with increased carbon emission, we have holes in it. That is why you now need outdoor umbrellas to protect yourself and your family from their harmful effect.
That is not all. A cleverly chosen patio umbrella can improve the overall appearance of the patio and make a style statement.
A patio heater too can have a similar effect on the visitors, but more than that, it can make your patio livable throughout the year. Buy a gas outdoor heater, if you are too concerned about atmospheric pollution or even about their running cost.
Liquid petroleum gas, which is used to run such heaters, is the least carbon effusive fuel and very cheap too.
In North America at least, such a devise has become very essential from late autumn to early spring. The weather was always chilly during such a period, but we now have become too accustomed to creature comfort and so cannot tolerate even the slightest chill.
You like it or not, but this is a fact and so if you would like your family to spend some time in the patio, make sure that it is suitably equipped.