Do you park your car in the garage? Would you park your car in a garage if you had the means? If you’re the type of person who likes to be better safe than sorry, or frequently hear yourself saying “nip it in the bud” (yes that’s the real expression), then I’d say you’re a patio furniture cover type of person. Like a car, I can bet you’ve spent hundreds or thousands on your patio furniture. When you spend a high amount of money on an item, you want said item to last; you expect it to last! If we lived in a perfect world, spending a thousand dollars on a wicker sofa would mean it would last you forever without any upkeep. But, we don’t live in a perfect world (*sigh*). You spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a car, and even after all that money spent you still have to put more money into your vehicle to make sure it stays up and running. The same is true when it comes to outdoor furniture. You have to take care of it. The good news is, it’s a lot cheaper to take care of than a car! Cover your club chairs or lounger when the winter rolls around, clean your fabric every so often, and treat it like you would the day you bought it. For those of you who like to live life on the wild side you can let Mother Nature take her course, and have your outdoor furniture fend for itself!
As we enter the fall season, a common concern for homeowners is outdoor patio furniture that can sustains in various year round climates.
In Front Range Colorado, high winds coming off the mountains is common for local homeowners. But in the U.S. and overseas, All Backyard Fun often has customers asking questions like, “I live in a pretty windy area, is this chair going to blow away?” or “I live on the east coast and the summers are brutally humid, how will this material hold up in such a climate?” It’s true, different types of outdoor furniture will hold up in certain climates better than others. Here’s the best type of furniture to buy based on your climate.
HOT AND HUMID?
If you live in a hot and humid area, a great option to go with is cast aluminum patio furniture. This type of material is rust proof which won’t let the humidity take a toll, leaving you with years and years of use. In addition, cast aluminum furniture is best known for its elaborate and intricate styles, so you can have a quite an eloquent design. One of our favorite cast aluminum products is the Sonata High Back Dining Chair from Windward. The Sonata features a sophisticated rolled arm design, and has extra padding for extreme comfort!
WHERE THE WIND BLOWS?
If you live in a windy area, and you’re worried about your patio furniture blowing away, fear not! A good option for windy city dwellers is wrought iron furniture. This material is the heaviest type of patio furniture, so your wrought iron club chair will still be on your patio after the harsh spring summer, and winter storms. Wrought Iron makes for a very heavy and sturdy type of furniture, creating a durable and strong piece of furniture. The only caveat when choosing wrought iron furniture is you may need two people to move around the furniture. It’s heavy, which is why it won’t blow away in a serious storm. If you’re looking for a club chair to stand up against a storm while maintain a classy look take a look at the Venetia Club Chair by Paragon Casual. Its durable, has a beautiful design, and the deep seating allows for great relaxation!
CHILLING BY THE POOL?
Don’t think we forgot about you pool lovers! If you like to relax pool side, a great furniture option is sling aluminum. With sling aluminum, you get all the comfort and cushion of a normal fabric, but the sling aluminum dry’s much faster. When you get out of the pool and sit on a sling aluminum piece of furniture, you won’t have to worry about waiting hours for it to dry. It’s rust proof too! One of our popular items in this category is the Marine Grade Polymer High Back Swivel Rocker. It is padded for some serious comfort after swimming laps in the pool.
If none of these options fit your needs, there is always the choice to go with a wood or wicker furniture set. Wicker and wood are appealing for its warm and timeless styles. What’s great about wood or wicker, is it will hold up nicely in any and all climates. Wicker is always a classic choice that offers a beautiful modern look when it comes to outdoor furniture.
Though, if you’re in very dry areas like Arizona, wood furniture will require a bit more maintenance. Wood is very well known for its’ longevity and durability – just look at your grandma’s picnic table she’s probably had around since you were a baby! One of our favorite wicker collections is the Terrace Curved Sectional. It’s a fun, affordable design that differs from your basic L-sectional set.
Here is part two of our Christmas Patio Gift Ideas for 2014, and this time of year is always exciting to wrap up another year for All Backyard Fun, and to plan for next year. We are in the midst of getting everything ready for the holidays and the end of the year and we want to give you ideas of great Christmas gifts! If you didn’t ready part one, you can find those blog here. Below are the rest of the top 10 Christmas gifts this year.
The Oriflamme Gas Fire Pit Tables are internationally known for their design, beauty, and function and as one of the largest Oriflamme dealers in the nation we known fire tables well. The Tuscan features a beautiful textured finish that is made of quartz concrete, and features an aluminum based that has been powder-coated in copper vein color. The base even features a bottle opener if you are ever stuck with a cold beverage in hand and no way to open it! This table comes in 4 sizes and 2 shapes; 38″ round, 42″ round, 48″ round, and 36″ square. Click the photo to learn more about this gorgeous table today.
The Elements Outdoor Torch features contemporary lines and organic materials inspired by the earth’s resources in their purest forms. Naturally finished in rust by the elements of your unique climate and accented with real river rock, each Elements Fire piece is a one-of-a-kind and will blend seamlessly in to any landscape or patio environment. Included with the Elements Oudoor Torch is a mounting bracket and a mounting plate for support. Click above to be taken to our Amazon store listing.
*Note: Sunjel fuel canisters are not included with the Elements Torch.
This beautiful table by Terra Flame is constructed from solid South American Ipe wood accents and features a base made with stainless steel. These carefully selected materials make our firetables the only products of their kind that are beautiful enough to be featured in the most sophisticated living area but durable enough to withstand the harshest outdoor environments.
303 Multi-Surface Cleaner is a specially formulated product that is designed to remove a numerous number of stains, spills, or spots from your outdoor patio furniture. In fact, its the only cleaner product endorsed by Sunbrella fabrics! We use this cleaner on our own Sunbrella fabrics too!
Featuring a sturdy, stable base that allows this table to slide under a sofa, love seat, or club chair; our Terrace Collection Slider Table is the perfect perch for your laptop, a cup of tea, or even a game of cards. Enjoy this table indoors or outdoors as a dinner tray with friends and family. The wicker is 100% high-density polyethylene resin has many attributes of the quality you come to expect from All Backyard Fun.
That’s our list for this year! We have some exciting products and innovations in the pipeline that we can’t wait to tell you about, so watch this space!
As we enter into the holidays and people are doing their Christmas shopping, we get phone calls and e-mails asking if there are gift ideas for the patio this Christmas. We love getting these calls, as our talented customer service and sales team knows our products very well and can recommend a number of products for a patio or deck. I asked them what are some of the more common ideas and what is one or two unique gift ideas. If you have suggestions, please add them in the comments. By no means is this an exhaustive list either, but rather a few suggestions from everyone here at All Backyard Fun.
What’s better than smoked meats? How about the ability to also bake pizzas? This Alfresca Fornetto Wood Fired Oven and Smokers is designed to warm quickly, so this outdoor oven reaches optimal baking temperature in minutes. Adjustable ventilation controls allow precision cooking. Ample shelving and a detachable smoker chip box expand the oven’s versatility, letting you smoke, roast, or bake everything from cookies to pizza, meats to pies.
We’ve all been there, you’re outside and the sun is shining and you decide to have a party. Finding a speaker or system with great sound quality and rugged enough to be outside is hard, so the good folks at Soundcast engineered the Outcast Jr. speaker for all your outdoor music needs. This system is shipped without transmitter so that if you wish to use the UAT or later add a second OutCast Jr. for left and right channel configurations which the system is capable, of you can do so. There is an alternative system that includes the iCast transmitter.
These beautiful lanterns by Terraflame are a popular outdoor accessory for any patio or deck. Accent the outdoor patio or even an indoor table or mantel area. The fluid lines topped by an architectural metal lid completes this amazing indoor outdoor lantern. These lanterns need Sunjel canisters for fuel, which is sold separately.
The Hampton Marine Grade Polymer High Back Chair is made using prime HDPE, a durable material that will not rot, swell, blister, fade or chemically break down when exposed to humidity, water or sunlight. The material is 100% recyclable as well as environmentally friendly. MGP is easy to clean and is proudly made in the USA. Not to mention, this chair is very comfortable! There is a padded sling option, and I would definitely recommend that option as the padded fabric is much more comfortable than the standard sling fabric.
The South Beach Adirondack chair is the perfect recycled plastic Adirondack chair because not only is it stylish, it’s also designed to last for years of comfort! With 13 difference colors to choose from, you can relax in it knowing that you’ve matched it to complement your patio decor. A curved seat-back allows for a more ergonomic feel and additional comfort compared to other Adirondack chairs with straight seat-backs.
As a reminder, if you are placing orders for Christmas be sure to give us 3 weeks from order to delivery. If you are wanting suggestions, please give us a call at 800-451-2550