FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPING TIP #9 PULL UP A CHAIR
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
Furnishing your space can be a very satisfying way to improve the function of your landscape and get your family outside. Wood is still a popular choice with sustainably harvested teak pieces being the best material with respect to low maintenance, while composite wood furniture--in classic designs such as Adirondack chairs--provide the look of bright coloured painted wood without the upkeep.
Fabric upholstered couches and chairs using bold colours and patterns are now the trend. This furniture is designed to withstand ultraviolet (UV) light, dry quickly and provide many years of service with little upkeep. Often incorporated into all-weather wicker frames, these pieces can be arranged in a pleasing ‘living room’ style layout.
Metal furniture is still popular too. Sometimes this furniture is finished with woven composite materials - known as sling style - that do not require any maintenance, but are cool in hot weather, quick drying, and comfortable.
If you have a pool, do not forget chaise loungers. These are vital to your poolside retreat. Further, you should consider a good patio umbrella as well. Styles using a heavy base that is set to one side while the umbrella tilts out over the furnished area provide excellent functionality and usually offer better coverage options than standard umbrellas which come straight out of a base or table. Whether your style is sleek and modern or rustic country charm, there are an abundance of furniture options for you to choose from.
Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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