Let’s face it, one of the most difficult decisions you’ll face when re-doing your patio or building a new patio altogether is picking out the furniture. How many fights do you think have started as the result of outdoor furniture? Why is this something we’re so passionate about as a species? I mean, after all, it’s just patio furniture. Everything from decorations, chairs, recliners, the windows and the table for your patio is something a lot of people are passionate about.
It’s hard to blame them. It’s hard to personally pick out a patio table that matches not only your personality and what you want it to look like but something that personally blends in with the patio. For a typical room, you have the wall color to go off of and other furniture. A patio table is a bit different though. You don’t have any of that to go off of except for personal opinion.
To make things even more confusing, you’re going to come across hundreds if not thousands of different designs out there today. There’s a different design and look for every patio table that could please just about everyone today. So, if you’re researching different patterns and designs, you’re more than likely to find one to suite your taste but what if it’s too much or doesn’t accommodate your patio well? What if it’s too large for your patio or just flat out too expensive? What do you do then?
For example, if you live in a place that receives a lot of frequent rainfall or is very humid all the time, you’re going to look for something other than a wooden material. Overtime, your wooden table will become rotten and even treated wood doesn’t last long in areas like this. So, it’s important to shy away from wood unless you live in a relatively dry place that doesn’t see a lot of rain. Once wood is exposed to rain for a prolonged period of time, it starts to lose the original shape it once had and its finishing.
The climate itself can tear open the wood and cause it to crack. There’s a lot of different materials out there such as plastic, acrylic, wicker, metal, wood or even fiber. Is there any real pros or cons to the materials presented? Well, while it does depend on the weather of the general area you live in, there’s not really much of a difference, it’s mostly just a personal preference issue. This is where a lot of people have such a hard time picking out a patio table.
Things you can consider based on materials though that are relatively important are things such as the style of the table, the durability and the use. Some materials are going to last a lot longer than others and while they may not have the exact look you want, you just have to determine what you’re looking for. Something with perfect style or something with prolonged durability.