Garden Furniture Materials: The Best And Worst

by Editor on May 8, 2013

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When purchasing garden furniture for improving your home exterior, you need to make sure that you are picking a set that matches your garden, space and price range. I have put together a guide to the pros and cons of the various garden furniture materials that are out there.

Green plastic

When you think of garden furniture, you tend to think of the traditional green plastic table and chairs. These old favourites have their benefits in that they are waterproof and easy to clean, however green plastic is not the best looking garden furniture out there and it is not the most stable or long-lasting.


Wooden garden furniture looks stylish and can provide a great rustic look to a garden as well as the rest of the home exterior. However, wood may not be the best material for outdoor furniture as it can decay when it is exposed to the elements. Because of this, wood needs to be treated in order to prevent it from rotting, swelling and warping.


This type of wood is commonly used for garden furniture, as it naturally contains silica. Silica makes teak resistant to rotting, swelling, warping, fungal decay and chemical damage. Teak is probably the best wood for garden material as it is resistant to fire and you can purchase special teak oils to make it weather-resistant.


You can buy aluminium garden furniture in a variety of styles, so you’re bound to find one that suits your garden. It is generally robust and can last a long time, however if the protective coating decays it will corrode and go rusty.


Modern wicker garden furniture is made from synthetic resin, which can come from recycled plastic. This makes it more environmentally-friendly and longer-lasting. When I was writing this article, I came across an interesting web page about garden furniture that discusses the origin of wicker furniture.

Wrought Iron

Similarly to aluminium, wrought iron garden furniture comes in many designs. It is heavy, so it won’t blow away in the wind and it is durable, so it can be left out all year round without wearing. It is also easy to clean and extremely comfortable, because it is moulded and shaped to support the body.


Rattan garden furniture is very stylish and does not absorb moisture. It is lightweight – meaning it is easy to handle – however it is still solid. It’s very easy to clean, long-lasting and colour-fade resistant. 

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Becky was looking for some elegant garden furniture that was still practical. She decided to purchase some rattan garden furniture from

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