Types Of Wooden Garden Furniture

The quality and durability of your wood outdoor furniture depends on the type of wood it’s made out of. We’ve gathered some of the most popular types of wood used for outside furniture to make sure you are getting the right wood for the job.

Cedars

Specifically the Northern White and Wester Red varieties are the best. Cedars grow native in North America and their durable qualities have long been known. Cedar wood has traditionally been used in boat making and in house siding. At the same time, cedar is also popularly known in the manufacture of outdoor furniture. The reason for why cedars are excellent in making outdoor furniture is because of the fact cedar is lightweight and resistant to splitting, warping. Cedar also has interesting grain patterns, and on top of that, cedar-made pieces of furniture develop an attractive silver-gray patina over time.

Pine

Most often pressure treated, pine is the ubiquitous, low-cost building material used for everything from furniture, to decking, to pool enclosures, to trellises and other outdoor structures. Another great advantage is how plentiful the supply of pine is at the local lumberyard.

 Cypress

Cypress wood is rot and insect resistant attributable to its natural oils. Cypress weathers to a silver gray over time if left unfinished, similar to cedar, and has enough oil content to resist water and rot for a while. The wood is comparable in softness to the various cedars. The cypress heartwood color varies from a light yellow brown, to reddish and dark brown. Aune says “old growth wood has the best reputation. While the wood commercially harvested these days may not be as highly regarded, it is still a viable wood for outdoor use.”

So what makes cypress a great option for outdoor furniture? “Cypress, despite being a softer wood, is still a great option for making outdoor furniture, because it’s a light wood with pretty grain pattern, which makes a great visual impact. Because of its lighter color and gorgeous grain, your choice of stain will really pop once cypress wood has been coated. Cypress is a very pretty option for those who are keen on making their garden furniture stand ou

Teak

Is perhaps the most coveted of outdoor furniture woods and with good reason. It’s a honey brown hardwood that is highly resistant to rot and decay and will last 50 years or longer, even if left outdoors year-round. Teak is now harvested primarily from plantations in Southeast Asia. Dwindling stocks and high consumer demand have combined to make the price of teak soar.

Brazilian Cherry

Brazilian Cherry Adirondack Chair and OttomanBrazilian Cherry is a dense wood that grows in South America. A popular type of wood due to its density and natural weather resistance, it is very sturdy and heavy and will give many years of use in an outdoor environment.

Brazilian Cherry is naturally a deep red color and has a strong grain pattern which, if left unfinished or oiled, will turn silver gray over time. Unlike teak, Brazilian cherry can be painted giving it an extra layer of protection from the sun and moisture.

White oak

Chances are that when you think about outdoor projects, oak is not a wood that comes to mind. Red oak the kind that’s commonly used for furniture and molding in houses—is not suitable for outdoor use. But a cousin to that wood, known as white oak, is an excellent outdoor wood. It’s a dense, durable hardwood that’s very strong.

White oak, as the name implies, has a light color (more tan than white) that is quite striking. The grain pattern is similar to the oak you know, but tighter and without the open pores and wild grain lines you find in red oak. Finishing is a must if you want to preserve the color of white oak. Without a finish, it will weather to a dark brown or even black color, though it will still remain strong.

White oak is a premium hardwood, and carries a price to match. It’s more difficult to cut and shape, too, due to its hardness, but not overly challenging with good-quality tools. If you’re up for the challenges, though, white oak will let you create outdoor furniture that would be worthy of a place indoors.

Pressure Treated Lumber

Treated wood is essentially Douglas fir that has been treated with a copper based chemical to prevent rotting, mold and mildew. Two types of treated wood are incised and non-incised. Incised wood have puncture marks and are ideal for projects that come in contact with the soil. Non-incised lumber don’t have punctures and is good for decking and fencing projects.

Protecting Your Investment

Furniture Covers help extend the life of your outdoor furniture and keep the surface clean, smooth and ready-to-use when warm weather arrives. For painted wood or metal furniture, covers minimize annual maintenance and offer quick clean up. Simply take the cover off your patio furniture in the spring to reveal clean, beautiful, ready- to-use furniture.

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