Not all patio furniture is created equal. Depending on your preference, you can buy new, used or vintage garden furniture in a wide range of materials, like rattan, wicker, cast iron, wrought iron, teak, ipe wood or synthetics. Is it important to choose furniture that is green and eco-friendly, possibly
Those colorful steel lawn chairs that Grandmas sat on while they sipped beverages on the front porch are also known as "motel" chairs for their propensity to show up near pools or outside the front offices of Route 66 motels. Most of the originals were allowed to rust and corrode until it was time for them to be sent to lawn chair heaven. Guess what? They're back.
If Grandma wasn't sitting on the front porch in a motel chair, she was most likely in a wicker chair. Too bad the relic wore out, because it would sure look cool on your front porch. Furniture manufacturers got smart and duplicated the old-style look with new materials, known as all-weather or resin wicker.
Wrought iron is lighter than cast iron, and can be manipulated, bent and welded more easily than its cast cousin. It's been made since the 19th century -- find out why it's still popular.
Ipe is a Brazilian hardwood that is surpassing teak as an outdoor furniture material. It looks good, is relatively easy to maintain, and is FSC certified.