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May 08, 2015

Stacking Up the Deck with Deck Furnishings

Gardens, porches, patios, and decks are a perfect place to hold gatherings, or just to chill out. Monobloc and other plastic furnishings may do well for a temporary solution, but if you like holding outdoor events, those plastic chairs and giant plastic umbrellas just won’t do.

Furnishing your garden is definitely on the expensive side, but you can think of it as an investment to raise the value of your home.  You can also have much more fun in your backyard if you have proper deck furnishings.  Here are some of your options:

  • Wrought iron. Wrought iron furnishings are made from a softer, purer grade of iron that is then processed and shaped to make intricate designs.  Wrought iron is the same stuff used to make gates, window grilles, and other decorative iron items.
  • Concrete and cement are easy to mold into various shapes and sizes.  Chairs, benches, and tables can be made with concrete.  They last long, but once they are poured in place, there’s just no way you can move the items around.
  • Many people like to revert to a back-to-nature approach, and use materials commonly found in the environment to create new furnishings for their homes.  Tree stumps, log sections, and other natural materials can be used to make furniture like stools and tables.
  • Rattan and wicker. When it comes to proudly Philippine-made outdoor furnishings, you cannot go wrong with rattan and wicker furnishings.  Rattan and cane furniture are durable, and can withstand the elements.  Rattan is also lightweight; compared to iron furnishings, concrete items, and wooden chairs and tables, you can move rattan items around easier.  They also look good with plants and trees that grow in your garden.

If you hold a lot of events and gatherings outdoors, deck furnishings may just be right for you.  It may cost you, but it’s definitely a great investment to add value to your home.

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