Using Handcrafted Solid Wood Furniture Outdoors
Solid wood furniture is an elegant choice for inside your home, so it is natural that people would to want to use it outside as well. When you’re investing in quality-made handcrafted furniture, however, you don’t want to risk having items of heirloom quality ruined by poor weather.
While there’s always a risk that any furniture can get damaged when used outside, this shouldn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to have beautiful solid wood furnishings for your outdoor space. By following a few simple precautions, you can easily enjoy getting the most out of your backyard without destroying a quality investment.
The Dangers of Extreme Weather
A large part of your ability to keep solid wood furniture like a fine cherry dining table in good condition outdoors will depend on the particular climate that exists where you live. It should be obvious that any extreme weather conditions can have a severely negative impact on handcrafted wooden furniture.
For example, extreme heat and extreme cold can damage even the most resilient stains and varnishes. If your temperature fluctuates too quickly, wood furniture can become at risk of cracking. Unless you live in an area that remains fairly temperate all year long, you probably don’t want to leave fine solid wood furniture outdoors permanently.
If you’d like to leave your wooden furniture outdoors on a long term basis, you’ll have to keep a close watch on weather conditions in order to prevent damage from occurring.
Many houses contain a covered area, which can help to protect your solid wood furniture from rainfall which can damage the stain. If you have an area that contains a covering in your yard, then this is the perfect place to set up a dining area. Alternatively, you could consider installing an awning.
Occasional Use During Special Events
If you’re hosting an event to celebrate a special occasion outside, like a wedding, then it makes sense to use your best dining table outdoors. One of the easiest ways to protect your outdoor furniture is to simply move it to a protected location indoors whenever extreme weather arrives. In this case, it’s a good idea to ensure that you can easily move your furniture.
A large and elegant dining table like the Broadview Dining table might work perfectly for serving meals in your yard, but if you need extra people to help you move it, you may only end up destroying it as it rains. Instead, you could opt to purchase a smaller item like a natural wood coffee table that can easily be transferred inside or into storage.
Protection and Repairs
Weather is unpredictable, so you’ll always be taking risks with your furniture when you use it outside. If a worst case scenario happens, and damage occurs you can have it repaired from a Woodcraft specialist. If you’re planning on keeping furniture outside, you can call us to learn more about protecting your furniture and options for repairs.
When it comes to elegant, handcrafted furniture, you’re going to want to avoid damage at all costs. On the other hand, furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed to its utmost capacity. Ultimately, you’re the one who gets to decide whether the risks are worth the rewards.