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  • Tracy Freese
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Beautiful Free Experiences in Your Backyard

People love spending time outside, whether on their patio, deck, porch or just in the back yard. Minimalist living is centered around spending time with loved ones, not wasting money on material possession. In a recent survey, over 90% of the American population has some kind of outdoor living space to enjoy the sunshine and socialize. There's nothing quite as refreshing as kicking back outside soaking up the fresh air.

Trends in outdoor furniture have changed drastically through the years. At one time, the only lawn furniture that you would see outdoors were the plastic or web lawn chairs or loungers. While many still use varieties of plastic for their outdoor furniture, many other materials and styles are used as well.

To sit back, however, we need furniture of some sort. Your outdoor furniture can be realistically simple or elegantly stylish, as the trends in outdoor furniture have proven.

  • If you're after comfort and relaxation, then wicker may be your best bet. Wicker is made from hard woven fibers, which may be plant-based or synthetic. The main advantage of wicker is its natural "give"--it yields to the shape of your body for extra comfort. The open weave also makes it cool and breathable. Antique wicker is highly valued by collectors and makes great patio furniture. Wicker is also a fantastic storage concept for outdoor areas. From deck boxes to mini tool boxes, wicker can provide not only a stylish exterior but also a functional interior.
  • Plastic or fiberglass furniture is great if you're on a tight budget or just want to use them occasionally. Plastic is lightweight and water-resistant, so it makes sense for poolside sets. If you like to host large backyard parties, try a set of stackable or collapsible plastic chairs. You can fold them up and put them away at the end of the day, or leave them out if the weather is good. Look for UV-resistant plastic to minimize damage from the sun.
  • Most woods can't handle outdoor exposure, but those that can are remarkably sturdy. One example is teak, a hardwood native to South and Southeast Asia. Teak has natural protective oils that make it water-resistant, and doesn't need oil or varnish to maintain its durability. It's also one of the most expensive; a single bench can set you back $800, and a set can cost as much as $3,500. Vintage teak furniture, made from the now-endangered old-growth teak, is one of the most valuable.

Quality always comes first when it comes to outdoor furniture, but that doesn't mean you have to give up style. Even the most expensive wood bench is useless if it doesn't suit your tastes, or if you're not comfortable in it. There is a lot to choose from, so take advantage of your options. If you know what to look for, you're sure to find something that not only looks great, but will stay with you for years.

  • Tracy Freese
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