Wrought Iron Patio Furniture – Worth the Money?
Making an investment in any type of wrought iron patio furniture is usually going to be a little more expensive than many of the other materials used to make today’s patio sets. That is I suppose what you would expect – it even looks more expensive. The question to ask is will it be worth the extra cost? As with most choices you need to consider the long term use, your tastes in design and will your available budget cover the cost.
The material itself is probably the hardest wearing and most weather resistant you will find used for outdoor furniture. You need to consider is the patio set going to be used quite a bit and do you want something to last for many years? Some cheap plastic patio furniture may only last a year or two and even some of the wooden patio sets around will quickly decline when exposed to the weather for a few seasons – depending on your local climate. If you are spending quite a lot of money but the furniture is going to last in excess of ten years then perhaps wrought iron patio sets are the way to go. If you like to have a change of style more regularly then wood, plastic or even resin patio furniture may be your ideal choice.
Contemporary Wrought Iron Patio Furniture
The design and style most associated with wrought iron furniture could be described as classic – old fashioned fairly intricate curling iron work. Today however it is becoming more commonplace to find more modern styles and designs. Don’t rule out iron patio furniture based on preconceived ideas of the old styles, have a look around at the more modern designs on offer, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Perhaps you may consider extending the wrought iron theme throughout your patio and garden area. A range of suitable products are available such as wrought iron plant stands, rails, light units and patio awnings. Perhaps a wrought iron rocking chair or recliner could be your center piece. Other essential accessories may include patio furniture cushions, patio furniture covers and patio umbrellas – all to add to the style and comfort. Have a good look around at just what is available and see how you could make a purchase to create a stunning patio area and have quality that will last into the bargain.
Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture – what exactly is it?
Wrought iron means literally “worked iron” and is actually a type of iron alloy characterized by having low carbon content and a grainy texture almost appearing like the grain of wood. The description of furniture and accessories as made from wrought iron is however a little misleading – the commercial production of true wrought iron ended in the 1960’s and has been replaced by more economical alloys, mainly mild steel. The term is still used to describe the style as much as the actual material, with most products finished with a powder coating, giving the appearance of the old wrought iron. Make no mistake though, the new materials are usually higher quality and better suited for their intended purpose resulting in the hard wearing, weather resistant qualities you would expect.