Updated: November 2017
Outdoor Wood Furniture Reviews:I'm not sure about everyone else, but we think that hardwood outdoor furniture is simply beautiful. Unlike other materials (such as wrought iron or cast aluminum), wood patio furniture just looks natural and if put into the right surroundings, seems to blend into the environment. We are in the midst of choosing new backyard patio furniture and wood is at the top of our list. Wrought iron has a tendency to rust and is very heavy while cast aluminum is nice, I don't feel like it would look appropriate in our patio/deck area. We have tried to go with a more natural setting - fountain, vegetable garden, stone pathway, etc. and feel like hardwood furniture fits our overall decor better than any other outdoor furniture would. The real question is - Which wood will last the longest? Do we buy a set or go with individual pieces? Where to buy it at? Lowes? Home Depot? Walmart? How much will it cost? These are all reasonable questions that need to be addressed and will be in our guide down below.
What to look for - The first thing you need to decide on is what type of wood do you want for your furniture - alder, cedar, cypress, mahogany, teak, oak, pine, Brazilian cherry. No matter what type of wood you choose, keep in mind you can stain it or even paint it if you want. Alder is a very hard wood and experts say it's perfect for those that want something that is not only durable but strong. The honey color is quite attractive, although it's possible to stain it. Cedar is perhaps the most popular wood type - one reason is because cedar is resistant to insect damage and can hold up well in bad weather climates. If maintained, cedar outdoor furniture can last up to 25 years. Cypress patio furniture will not crack or decay as readily as other woods and if painted, will look just as impressive. Mahogany is another option, although we found very little selection for this type of wood furniture in our search. Brazilian cherry has great durability (can last up 25 years) so that is why many homeowners consider it. The wood is very dense and has a characteristic of being weather resistant. Teak was a wood we also considered (see Teak patio furniture here), although ultimately we chose to go with cedar. After you have chosen the wood, then you need to pick either a hardwood furniture outdoor set or perhaps just buy individual pieces like chairs, chaise lounges, ottomans, tables, and even benches.