Deciding the Best Material for Patio Furniture Pieces

When it comes time to select furniture for your patio or deck, you have a wide range of choices as to the material of those pieces. Each will have its own pros and cons, so note a few tips on how to choose the best material for patio chairs, furniture, and everything else needed to create a relaxing and cosy outdoor space.


Aluminium and steel furniture are very durable, and downright difficult to damage. Aluminium is lightweight and resistant to corrosion, so it's easy to move aluminium pieces when you want to store them away, and the metal is a good choice in tropical areas, where the furniture will be exposed to high humidity levels. Both metals may hold heat and cold, however, so they might be uncomfortable if exposed to the elements, especially hot summer sun.


Wood is cool to the touch, so bamboo, teak, cedar, and other wood furniture are good for patios with no shade overhead. Wood's natural look can offset a concrete pad used for a patio, but note that one wood species for furniture, and other for timber deck slats, can easily clash, so you might choose a different material of furniture for a wood deck. Wood also needs constant sealing, may fade in direct sunlight, and may be more prone to damage, including chips, cracks, dents, and dings.

Wicker and rattan

Wicker and rattan are natural reeds which are woven together to create furniture pieces. This woven look is very relaxing and even a bit rustic. However, this weave design also means that the furniture can get damaged and worn easily, as those strands can eventually sag in the middle or look threadbare and worn. Wicker and rattan may also be difficult to clean, as dirt and grime can get caught in those woven reeds and not rinse away very easily.


Concrete is very versatile and cool to the touch, so it's actually a good choice for patio furniture. Concrete benches can be poured and formed as a permanent fixture on the patio; you can even have these items custom-designed to fit your space, since concrete can be shaped and formed however you like. Consider having an open trench behind a long bench, where you can plant large hedges or flowering bushes, for a welcoming look and privacy from the neighbours. Concrete tables can be formed with wood or metal legs, to break up the look of concrete, and to make the piece very durable.