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What Kind of Furniture Is Good For Backyards & Patios?

If you want to expand your living space and love being outside, creating an outdoor living space seems like a great solution. The most important thing to a useful and comfortable outdoor living space is high-quality outdoor furniture, but you may not be sure where to even begin looking. There are so many options on the market, and if you’re a newbie, you might have no idea what would work best or what to even get. So, here are a few things to consider and a few pieces that might be perfect for your new outdoor living space.

What Materials Are Most Durable and Last The Longest Outdoors?

Regarding durability, certain materials are leaps and bounds better than the rest. When you buy patio furniture, you’ll undoubtedly be getting something that will last outside for a bit. Still, if you don’t want to replace your furniture each year or have to do constant maintenance, you might need to consider the materials each piece is made from. Here are the pros and cons of a few of the most popular patio furniture materials:

  • Wood - Pros: It has a beautiful classic look and feel, can be painted in any color, and is durable. Cons: It is a high-maintenance material. You’ll need to scrape off old and peeling paint to repaint often. It can crack or rust as well. It can also be costly, fade over time, splinter, and it’s not eco-friendly since you have to cut down trees to make a wooden shed.
  • Resin - Pros: It is very low-maintenance and weather resistant, so it won’t need to be repainted. However, you can still get a tremendous classic-looking resin shed because made out of resin. Resin is also cost-effective, and it won’t crack, rot, rust, or peel. Cons: Some low-quality resin can be thinner and less stable. So, pay attention to the quality of the resin furniture before purchasing.
  • Aluminum/Metal - Pros: It is a very durable material that is easy to clean. Cons: It can rust easily when left out in the elements and dent.
  • Wicker - Pros: Since it’s lightweight, you can easily rearrange your space, and the wicker can be easily dressed up or down with accessories such as cushions. Cons: It doesn’t do as well when left out in the elements, and some people don’t love the look of wicker.

What Patio Furniture Is The Easiest To Clean?

As far as the patio furniture material types go, any materials we’ve mentioned can be easy enough to clean if you maintain them properly and often. However, when it comes to materials that require little to no maintenance, resin, and metal are probably your best bets. Resin doesn’t need to be cleaned often, but when you do, just hosing each item off should suffice. Metal might need to be cleaned a bit more often, but the key to keeping metal furniture nice is keeping it dry so it won’t rust. So, you will need to dry it thoroughly every time you clean it.

The Best Backyard and Patio Furniture for a Refresh

If you’re looking to refresh your outdoor space this spring or summer, you’ll need to add a few new pieces to your yard. You’ll want to consider adding the following:

  • Seating
  • Outdoor food prep space
  • Storage
  • Lighting 

Let’s explore these outdoor elements a bit more and discuss the best options.


When it comes to outdoor seating, are you someone who enjoys an outdoor couch, chairs around a fire pit, loungers for around the pool or a bench for quietly sipping your morning coffee? Whatever your answer, the key thing to remember as you pick outdoor furniture is what you will use the seating for most often.

If you enjoy entertaining the neighbors at a barbecue or simply sitting in the yard just enjoying time with your family, an Adirondack chair is a great option. Keter offers many different styles and colors when it comes to the Adirondacks, so you’re sure to find something that will fit your needs.

If you enjoy sitting by the pool, a sun lounger might be the perfect piece! They recline into four different positions, are durable and even stack if you need to store them. If you like a more practical type of outdoor seating that has more than one use, storage benches are a great option. You can fit two adults on the seat and store large quantities of items inside the bench at the same time it is being used as seating.

Outdoor Food Prep Space

Are you the grilling king on your block? Maybe your specialty is wings, ribs, hot dogs or hamburgers. No matter the food, though, you’ll want to have plenty of room to prepare your food. This isn’t always possible outside because who has a kitchen island sitting on their patio? Now you can have one for a lot less money by getting an outdoor kitchen utility cart. This cart has a bottle opener, storage and a paper towel holder on wheels – it even has a spice rack. So, you’ll be able to easily prepare all of your favorite items in style.

Once you’re done using the cart as an outdoor kitchen prep space, you can simply wipe it down, pull up some chairs and use it as a table for guests. So, it has multiple uses and is sure to be one of your new favorite patio pieces! 


Another great element to add to your outdoor space is lighting. Whether you grab some solar-powered string lights or have an electrician put in a few extra outdoor lights on your home, extra light will always be a winning improvement. By adding lighting to your outdoor decor, you’ll be able to spend more time in your outdoor space. Lighting means you can comfortably stay outside even after dark. Who doesn’t love sitting outside after dark and enjoying nature as well as time with family?

So, if you’re looking for the best patio furniture material, we’d say it’s resin. It’s weather-resistant, easy to clean, has a gorgeous classic look, comes in many styles and colors and will be there for you season after season. You can’t say that about many of the other patio furniture material types. As long as you buy resin furniture for your patio or backyard, you’ll be set with low-maintenance, easy-to-assemble and beautiful furniture that lasts. 


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