Wrought Iron Patio Furniture
Get familiar with the ornate and durable designs available for wrought iron patio furniture.
Patio furniture options have never been more diverse, and wrought iron's durability and beauty have made it one today's more popular choices.
Wooden patio furniture requires more maintenance and will typically break down over time. Plastic options are often not satisfactory complements to an outdoor space's design. This makes wrought iron a great choice for those looking to add some attractive, long-lasting appeal to their patio.
Blending the Indoors and Out
Don't worry - this wing-back furniture may look like it's meant to stay in a living room, but it's made to withstand rain and other outdoor elements. The Barcelona collection by Summer Classics features upholstered side and back panels in Sunbrella Suntan Textilene fabric.
Swivel chairs may seem old school, but they are sought after by homeowners, say furniture makers. The swivel rocker in Lloyd Flanders' Nova Collection, which was designed by Matthias Hoffman and introduced for 2015, allows people to join the conversation and soak up any water, mountain or other views.
Contemporary styles continue to be introduced as outdoor furniture options, showing the growing popularity of modern elements. The Nova Collection by Lloyd Flanders, for example, features table and sectional legs finished in a metallic silver.
Faux Bois in Fashion
Outdoor tables made of concrete are durable but have the appearance of wood, on galvanized metal bases in a trapezoid shape. It's a blending of modern and organic textures and lines, by Elegant Earth.
Prepared for Crowds
Outdoor dining tables are getting larger, showing the emphasis on entertaining and eating meals al fresco, says Bew White, president of Summer Classics, an Alabama-based outdoor furniture manufacturer. Now tables are able to comfortably seat eight or more people, as long as there's space on a porch or patio.
The new Lilly Pulitzer line for Target, which launches in April 2015 with home decor and other items in lively prints, adds to the bold prints seen in outdoor furniture and textile showrooms at AmericasMart Atlanta.
Consider yourself lucky that manufacturers are coming out each year with new patterns and accessories to update your outdoor furniture. The four-leaf clover is the star of the expanded Trefle collection by Fermob, on its white woven Sixties bench, and yes, the accessories can be used well past St. Patrick's Day.
Wrought-iron patio furniture is generally more expensive than wood or plastic options, but there are several reasons why it's viewed as a good investment.
Firstly, it's very durable. It won't break or damage in almost any weather conditions, and it requires only minor maintenance, mainly in the form of a new coat of paint after a few seasons.
Wrought-iron patio furniture is also quite heavy. You're highly unlikely to find it at the bottom of the pool or in the neighbor's yard after a heavy wind, or even a tropical storm. Despite the fact that it's heavy and hard, wrought iron patio furniture can be quite comfortable through the use of pillows, cushions and throws.
Lastly, because its an extremely shapeable, malleable material, wrought iron can be worked into intricate and attractive designs that can provide a visually interesting complement to any patio.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas