Types of Wood Used in Making Outdoor Furniture

Types of Wood Used in Making Outdoor Furniture

Types of Wood Used in Making Outdoor Furniture

For as long as the humanity dates back to its roots, wood has been the primary source of making furniture and there's a solid reason for that. Its adaptability, elegance, and diversity are all alluring qualities, and they haven't lost any of their allure over the years. Wooden outdoor furniture, with its eye-catching textures, flesh tones, and customizable designs, makes for the ideal look for any outdoor space. However, which types of wood are thought to be the most suitable for use in the building of outdoor furniture?

No matter what your taste is, there is a wide variety of material that may be used to fulfill your requirements. In this post, we will discuss the most common wood types, as well as how to properly prepare them so that they have a long lifespan. When we talk about furniture for the outdoors, we're referring to any piece of furniture that may be found on a deck, patio, or in the garden.

Following are the types of wood, widely used for making outdoor furniture.


1.     Cedar

cedar chops

cedar focus

Cedar is a gentle, lightweight, and straightforward material to work with. Brands like Creekvine Designs, specialize in outdoor furniture and they frequently use cedar for the composition and it is safe to say that their furniture is one of the best. Handling cedar may be difficult at times due to the general suppleness of the wood, which makes it less capable of retaining screws securely than other types of wood. Despite this, it is resistant to decay, termites, and powder beetles, which makes it a useful material for making patio furniture.

The majority of those that are indigenous to North America have outstanding resistance to decay and the majority of insects. Cedar is such a durable wood because it contains natural resins, which makes it an excellent choice to be used in patio furniture. It is not necessary to paint, stain, or otherwise cure the wood, although doing so will prolong the amount of time it can withstand exposure to the outdoors.


2.     Teak

teak woods

teal wood

It is not only long-lasting but also impervious to water, sturdy, straight-grained, and extremely eye-catching. Teak is about as near to flawless as anything else can get, therefore it would be irresponsible of us not to include it despite the fact that it is somewhat pricey. Because it does not draw in dust and is not susceptible to infestation by insects, it may be kept outside even in the harshest weathers. 

Teak is originally a golden light brown color, but as it ages, it gradually becomes a shade or two darker. The more time passes, the better it becomes. Because of its relatively high cost, many individuals choose not to use teak, which is quite acceptable given the circumstances. On the other hand, considering that it is the king of all outdoor woods, you may think the price is reasonable.


3.     Acacia


Acacia is a dense and robust hardwood that has a high percentage of oil. This hardwood is not susceptible to rot, decay, or insect infestation in any way. Because of its high availability, acacia is considered to be one of the most cost-effective choices.

If you are concerned about the effect that your wooden furniture will have on the ecosystem, you might consider purchasing items made from a quick-growing hardwood such as acacia. It can withstand wear and tear and holds up well against the weather. Acacia has a color that is deep, almost black, and golden in tone.


4.     Cypress


Because of the inherent oils in cypress wood, it is less susceptible to decay or insect infestation. Cypress, like cedar, can become a silvery gray color over time if it is not polished, and since it has a sufficient amount of oil, it will withstand moisture and rotting for a period of time. The wood is not much softer than any of the many types of cedar.

The color of the wood of cypress may range from a light yellowish brown to a darkish brown or even touch a reddish tone. Cypress, although being a lighter wood, is still a fantastic choice for creating patio furniture as it is a lighter wood with a gorgeous grain pattern, which provides a great aesthetic impression. This makes cypress an excellent choice for constructing patio furniture.


5.     Red Wood

red wood tree

red wood wood

Because of its inherent resistance to insects and dampness, redwood is the material that is most often used in the construction of patio furniture. Because the structure of redwood contains very little pitches and resins, it takes finishing very well.

However, those who are concerned about the environment should steer clear of this wood because redwood trees mature so gradually and there is only a finite amount available. Because of the great features it has, redwood is considered to be more of an opulent wood, and it may be a costly material to get. It is an option for live edge furnishings and any job that demands a great broad board.


Outdoor furniture needs to be resilient, moisture, and decay resistant which is why these were 5 of the most common and widely used woods for outdoor furniture making.

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