Outdoor Furniture is Easy on the Eyes – and the Thighs

By: Kathy Moran

Not long ago, outdoor furniture was largely comprised of those flimsy, folding aluminum chairs, with interwoven plastic strips for the backs and seats, that always left little red square marks across the backs of your thighs. Some of the fancier chairs had golden plastic threads sewn through them, which mainly served to enhance the red squares with scratch marks, as they caused an irritating, incessant itch, like the kind you get from the tag in your tee shirt. Most people don’t know it, but that’s what led to the popularity of Capri pants in the ‘60’s. Luckily, outdoor furniture has evolved in many ways, and for many reasons, besides technological advancements in manufacturing techniques and synthetic materials. The growing number of enclosed porches and patios, and the population explosion of gazebos, which are often used as cottages, have effectively eliminated “outdoor season.” This has created a new attitude toward outdoor furniture, which is not only chosen as a part of the décor of a porch, patio, or gazebo, but is expected to provide the same comfort – with the same longevity – as indoor furniture. If that sounds like a tall order, maybe it’s time to visit CedarStore.com, and get acquainted with the new generation of outdoor furniture. From conventional to contemporary, the selection of dining sets, patio chairs, garden benches, porch swings, gliders, ottomans, coffee tables, end tables, and picnic tables, is staggering. The wide variety of materials available is mind-boggling as well. Of course, you can still get traditional wood furniture. After all, you can’t go wrong with cedar, which has natural oils that help to keep it radiant, while protecting it from insects and decay. Treated pine is also a great choice, because it’s kiln-dried before and after treatment, to help it resist decay, warping, and splintering. In fact, you can’t make a bad choice at CedarStore.com, where all of the wood furniture is hand-crafted. Luxurious cherry wood, with its natural decay resistance, also makes gorgeous, easy-to-maintain outdoor furniture. For those who want the ultimate in durable, maintenance-free wood, teak, with its generous supply of natural oils and minerals that make it highly resistant to decay and warping, makes some of the most spectacular outdoor furniture. In synthetics, polywood, which is made partially from recycled plastics, and looks incredibly like real wood, is used to build virtually indestructible outdoor furniture, as is thermo-plastic. Another advantage of these materials is that they are available in a rainbow of beautiful colors. For outdoor furniture that is elegant, stylish, and graceful, yet tough, durable, and indestructible, there’s wrought iron. CedarStore.com has a variety of classic wrought iron furniture, including many tables that are decorated with stunning designs made from hand-set art glass, that have to be seen to be appreciated. Speaking of things that have to be seen, you’ll be amazed at the new aluminum outdoor furniture. Unlike its flimsy, crumpling, disposable predecessors, today’s aluminum picnic tables, dining sets, chairs, and benches, won’t crack, break, bend, or rust. And you won’t believe the array of brilliant colors you’ll find – on the furniture, not your thighs!

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At CedarStore.com, you’ll find outdoor furniture in every size, style, and shape, to fit every space, décor, and budget. They’ll even customize it for you! Visit their website, call 888-293-2339, or e-mail [email protected], for more information.

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