Before purchasing anything substantial like an outdoor coffee table, it’s best to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the different styles and materials. A way to do this is to find out which options you have available. There are several different sorts of materials that can be used to make outdoor furniture. It’s good to learn which ones interest you and find out a bit about them. This helps to ensure that you and your family enjoy your new table from the time you bring it home onward.
Here is some information to get you started in your research. Below are 3 popular materials used to make an outdoor coffee table.
Wooden tables are a very handsome addition to patios, porches, or other outdoor living spaces, especially when paired with coordinating lounge chairs. This sort of piece is often made from a durable, weather-resistant type of wood such as teak or the similar looking but more affordable eucalyptus. A teak or eucalyptus outdoor coffee table holds up better in outdoor use than some other types of wood. However, to maintain a new, warm appearance, they do need some special care. During the winter and long periods of bad weather, they should be brought in to preserve them longer. Also, to keep the look of a new piece of furniture and to prevent them from weathering to silver-grey hues, oil both woods with teak oil at least once or twice a year.
“Wicker” makes many people think of natural fibers. But wicker actually describes the woven style rather than the fibers used in it. These days, you can find a variety of lovely outdoor furniture constructed from a synthetic resin wicker. This material holds its color well against the sun’s rays and it is generally more weather resistant than the better known natural fiber wicker. As with wooden furniture, a wicker outdoor coffee table can be preserved by bringing it in during the winter and during periods of bad weather.
If you prefer a very low maintenance outdoor coffee table, but still want it to look good, then you may want to consider an aluminum one. Aluminum is rust-resistant, and no oiling or painting is needed – only some cleaning with soap and water. It’s durable and holds up against weather well. Of course, as with any other type of outdoor furniture, you are best bringing it indoors or covering it during the winter to ensure it lasts for a long time.