Your Guide to Different Outdoor Furniture Materials

If you are considering buying outdoor furniture for your home, you will find there is no dearth of materials to choose from. The one/s you pick will be dependent on your personal preferences. In addition to that, there are a number of aspects to take into consideration while buying furniture for your al fresco areas, such as:

  • Is the space completely exposed to the sky?
  • Is the area very sunny or is it shaded?
  • Proximity to the sea
  • Is there a lot of moisture?
  • Will you be able to store the furniture in case of inclement weather?
  • Do you need furniture that can be dismantled?
  • Does the outdoor area have uneven flooring or is it even?
  • Are you looking for something in a single material or a combination of materials?
  • The maintenance requirements and the amount of time you are willing to spend maintaining them
  • Your budget

Different materials

These are the questions you should be asking yourself before you decide which furniture to buy. There are a range of materials to choose from, such as:


This is a good choice if your home is designed on a natural, warm style. Wood is always a great material in an outdoor setting and you can choose from wood species such as pine, oak, cedar, eucalyptus and teak. Most hardwoods are weather, pest and rot-resistant, however it requires a good amount of maintenance. Not all wood varieties will perform well when exposed to the elements.

Wrought Iron

This material looks perfect in settings where a more classic look is required. Wrought iron furniture is available in contemporary as well as traditional styles. Its sturdy and very luxurious looking and won’t really tip easily. It’s a good material for windy areas. It requires a certain amount of maintenance to prevent corrosion and rust.


This is the perfect material for outdoor spaces and it works well indoors too. It can be made from natural materials such as rattan, cane, bamboo etc. It is hardy, but won’t be able to withstand direct exposure to climatic changes. All-weather / resin wicker is made of synthetic materials and more suited to outdoor applications. It’s sturdy, lightweight and easy to maintain and continues to be a very popular material for outdoor furniture.


If you are looking for furniture with a more contemporary touch, aluminium is an ideal choice. This furniture is available in a range of styles and colours. It’s sturdy and lightweight and is easy to maintain and it doesn’t get affected by climatic changes.


This is extremely hardy furniture and the heaviest too. It doesn’t really get damaged by exposure to the elements and is now available in a range of interesting finishes. The only maintenance concrete furniture requires is an occasional scrub with a brush and soapy water.

Mixed Materials

Many people don’t want to be restricted to using furniture made of a single material. It’s not difficult to find pieces made using a combination of materials and it also provides design flexibility to create furniture of distinctive styling.

Create a look of your own

Very frankly, you can be as stylistic and creative as you want to be and mix-and-match different materials – you can pair wicker and glass, or aluminium and glass, wrought iron marble, slate and wood etc. It’s important that you buy furniture that complements the overall styling of your home to create a seamless look on your property.

Regardless of the materials you settle for, if you have cushions on the furniture, opt for all-weather fabric and maintain your furniture well. For any additional information about different types of wicker outdoor furniture, contact Osier Belle. This is the number to call +61 2 9946 9466; if you prefer, send us your queries using this contact us form.

Thanks for reading,
The Osier Belle Team
(02) 9949 9466