Settle down in the great outdoor (furniture)
The word to look for when shopping for outdoor furniture is “sturdy.” You want chairs and tables that won’t blow away at the slightest breeze, and certainly won’t disintegrate with the first serious summer rainfall.
Happily, we’ve come a long way these days when it comes to weatherproofing everything from our cushions to our tables. No need to put up with rust and mildew if you do a bit of research.
Powder-coated metal, a bit more expensive, will last longest. If you’re in love with wood, look to something a bit more expensive, like teak. And there’s nothing wrong with plastic, but don’t expect it to last long.
In a word, you really do get what you pay for with outdoor furniture.
How about a 12-year guarantee on a sturdy classic? This weathered acorn Adirondack chair promises to keep that classic look for years, whether you set it on your porch, or in your back yard. Highwood USA Weathered Acorn Adirondack Chair, $289, lowes.com
We love the classic look of these sling stacking chairs. Sure, they’ll do just fine sans padding, but if you’re looking for comfort, you have plenty of options. Threshold Bryant Sling Stacking Chairs, $33.75 on sale, target.com
No matter how sturdy your furniture, cushions will need to be replaced every few years. We love this 2-piece outdoor cushion set. They come in a multitude of colors, and fit most patio chairs. Threshold Belvedere 2-Piece Outdoor Replacement Patio Club Chair/Loveseat Cushion Set, $69, target.com
If you have the chairs but lack the table, take a look at Hampton Fall River Dining Table. Its rust-resistant steel framing with withstand all kinds of weather. And there’s room for plenty of friends and family around this piece. Hampton Fall River Dining Table, $159, homedepot.com