Which Wood is Best For Outdoor Furniture – Teak Or Cedar?

If you are looking to landscape your backyard, reinvigorate your tired porch or patio, or even create a warm and welcoming living area out of that new deck, you may need some new furniture.  After all what good is having a great place to entertain if your guests don’t feel comfortable while they’re there?  When you need a few chairs to fill some space on the porch, or that plush, comfortable, deep seating sofa for the veranda, chances are that Teak or Cedar will be your best choice for this outdoor living furniture.  Which to choose will depend on a variety of factors however most importantly you will need to consider the look you are hoping to achieve, maintenance required, and the price you can expect to pay in order find the best fit. So read below and you’ll be lounging by your new poolside bar in a new sun lounger in no time at all!

The Look

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5 Makeshift Furniture Pieces For Your College Apartment

Do you need some cheap furniture to create a living space in your college dwelling?  Here are 5 creative pieces of furniture you can make cheaply and sometimes free. These furniture alternatives are super easy to install, versatile, and great for breaking down, transporting, and re-using!

The file cabinet & door desk

Most important, is the desk. You will be spending copious amounts of time hunched over your desk studying and doing homework. It should be a big, sturdy piece of furniture to stack loads of books on. The cheapest way to achieve this is the filing cabinet & door desk.  It’s simple: Get two filing cabinets and a door from Home Depot or Lowes. Stack the door on top of the filing cabinets and presto, you have spacious desk!

Estimated cost:

$ 20 for an unfinished door

$ 50 for two file cabinets

The exercise ball computer chair

You can’t have a desk without a chair. An exercise b

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Why Is Street Furniture So Important?

Street furniture is all too often ignored by the people who use it and benefit from it every day. But the truth is that it performs a variety of functions which are all incredibly useful and provide a number of benefits to people who live and work in the area.

Here are some of the main benefits which are provided by high-quality street furniture which make it so important.

Provides Comfort

Some outdoor furniture has the sole purpose of providing extra comfort to people who are out and about in an area so that they can better enjoy their surroundings.

Take benches for example. A comfortable bench at the side of the road or in a park is just what is needed to take the pressure off weary feet and allow you to enjoy your surroundings even more.

Performs a Function

The best street furniture is designed to fulfil a specific function. There are public shelters at bus stops and in the street which are used to help p

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Should Traditional Upholsterers Use Tacks Or Staples When Re-Upholstering Antique Furniture?

The question of whether traditional upholsterers should use tacks or staples when re-upholstering antique furniture is frequently and, often, fiercely debated. So what are the two sides of this argument?

Those who are solidly in the Tack Camp argue that all re-upholstery should be authentic and true to the history of the piece of furniture. They argue that staples are a modern invention and should not be used on old pieces of furniture, as to do so results in an unhappy blend of different eras. Some even maintain that using staples will ruin the furniture. To them staples are seen at best as unthinkable, at worst as almost sacrilegious.

Those upholsterers who are in the Staple Camp maintain that one of the foremost reasons for using staples is to protect the wooden frames of the furniture, as staples cause much less damage to the frames. Without a doubt tacks create a much larger hole in the wood than do staples. Staples make two little holes. The pro staplers also mai

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Determining the Best Type of Fastener to Use For Outdoor Furniture Construction

If you want to learn about selecting hardware for your next outdoor furniture project, then you’ll want to read this article. Specifically, I’ll be telling you about what type of hardware will perform best, why the type of metal used for fasteners and the finish used are important considerations, and how properly protecting or limiting exposure of your furniture to wet and winter conditions can increase life span. After you’re done with this article you will understand that the best choice of hardware for your outdoor furniture project is dependent on furniture style, material used for construction, selected location for the furniture and budget.

Selecting proper hardware for your furniture will help ensure a long life span, as well as improve the overall appearance of your furniture. Part of the problem is knowing what hardware to select when there are so many options available at the hardware store. The typical Lowes or Home Depot carries a huge

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18Th Century Furniture Makers – The Big Three

In the 18th century, the ‘big three’ furniture makers are undoubtedly Thomas Chippendale, Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite.

Thomas Chippendale is probably the most famous of all. He was a cabinet maker and furniture designer based in London. Styles ranged from English with deep carving, elaborate anglicised rococo, Chinese style with latticework and lacquer, and Gothic with pointed arches, quatrefoils and fret-worked legs. In later years he adopted the Neoclassical style. His father was joiner and probably the person that got Thomas started in the trade.

He was the first cabinet-maker to publish a book of his designs, which was called The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director, published in 1754. This influenced many other cabinet makers and illustrated almost every type of mid-18th century domestic furniture.

Chippendale was an interior designer as well as a cabinet maker. He advised on soft furnishings and the overall look that a room s

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Accent Furniture or Occasional Furniture – The Difference

What is the difference between accent furniture and occasional furniture? Many people are unsure of this, but does it really matter and what makes an item ‘occasional’ or ‘accent?’ the terms are not truly definable, but can be explained by offering examples or by describing the function of each – so both ways are used here so that you can understand the relative terms when you hear them used.

Accent or Occasional Furniture – Does It Matter?

Does terminology really matter? Generally no, but it can do if people use the term to you in conversation or even when you are looking for new furniture for your home. However, in general terms it does not matter at all whether your table is described as an accent table or an occasional table.

In some cases occasional and accent furniture can be the same – but to say that, the definition of these terms must first be agreed. The term ‘accent’ should be easy

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Instructions To Preserve Redwood Outdoor Furniture

Good preservation techniques for outdoor wooden furniture add extra life to them. Unlike metal-bodied exterior furniture, wood exterior furniture tends to be sensitive to moisture, sunlight and cold weather. Manufacturers of them recommend their owners should bring them indoors during winter months and cover them lest they should sag, twist and decay eventually.

But, if anyone owns redwood outdoor furniture, such as wooden tables, picnic tables, etc., they needn’t worry a bit, because the inner properties of the redwood logs are far better than other popular logs. Redwood exterior furniture qualifies to outlast metal-bodied outdoor furniture in every way.

They can last for decades in year-round weather without maintenance too. Such furniture generally lasts for ten to forty years, even under harsh year-round outdoor conditions. Here, one thing that matters most is whether you have chosen quality redwood. Being outside throughout years is no doubt rough on any woo

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What is Resin Furniture?

For several reasons, resin furniture has become a popular alternative to wooden furniture created for outdoor use. It looks similar to painted wood, but it is much easier to care for. Unlike stained or painted wood that you may have to retouch every few years, resin requires little maintenance. You can clean it easily. Because it is durable, it holds up well to outdoor use.

Natural resin is a solid or semisolid substance that various plants secrete. It may be used to manufacture various products. Resin furniture, however, is made from synthetic resins. The synthetic varieties behave much like the natural ones, and they share some common properties. But the synthetic kind is used mostly for manufacturing plastics. Therefore, consumers concerned about conserving trees may find this class of furniture a suitable alternative. Also, consumers concerned about the constant manufacturing of new plastics should know that poly resin furniture is made from recycled plastics.

Thes

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Contemporary Furniture Design – History And Influences

Contemporary furniture design came about through the combination of enquiring, innovative minds, advances in technology and the ability to produce incredible furniture at more affordable prices. The industrial revolution also played a huge part in this, particularly in terms of cheaper materials, access to factory space and the ability to create artistic furniture pieces at a price more suited to the public at large.

From the late 19th century, designers started to look towards sleeker, simpler designs for modern furniture. Whereas in the past furniture had been constructed almost entirely from wood, resulting in heavy overstated pieces indicative of grandeur and luxury. This access to new materials and different ways of working allowed designers to make more compact and modest sized items. These new furniture designs were easier to incorporate within any required living space and also gave the purchaser an opportunity to buy items that were an expression of their own persona

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