Nothing Better than a Quality Patio Chair
Patio Chairs Materials Guide:
From Wicker to Steel, we break down common patio furniture materials for your RV.
Benefits: Lightweight, durable, doesn't rust or fade, low maintenance, affordable
Good to Know: When aluminum patio furniture sits in the sun it can become hot.
Maintenance Tips: Simply wash with soapy water and rinse. Use car wax or mineral oil to protect surface.
Plastic, Polymer, and Resin
Benefits: Lightweight, low maintenance, inexpensive, stackable, available in a variety of colors
Good to Know: Most plastic furniture does not require painting or sealing. Plastic furniture can be made to resemble wicker, wood, and more. Recycled plastic furniture is made of high-density polyethylene, which comes from milk cartons, shampoo bottles, and other recyclable goods. Furniture made with recycled plastic and were developed to be highly durable and resistant to moisture, stains, mildew, and insects
Maintenance Tips: Use cleaners that prevent mildew and rinse furniture with water.
Benefits: Sturdy, durable
Good to Know: Steel furniture is heavier than aluminum, but lighter than wrought iron. When in direct sunlight, steel furniture can become hot to the touch. For comfort, you may want to purchase cushions made of fade-resistant all-weather fabric.
Maintenance Tips: If the furniture isn't stainless steel (which is rustproof), apply a protective finish to protect it from rust. Wash with mild soap and rinse.
Benefits: Lightweight, flexible, comfortable
Good to Know: Wicker and rattan are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, making great additions to sunrooms, porches, and decks for your RV. Available in a wide range of colors, the materials have a slightly coastal, rustic, or country vibe.
Maintenance Tips: Wash with a mild detergent and rinse to clean. Often wicker and rattan furniture will come with cushions, which should be made of all-weather fabrics to help prevent fading and wear.
Benefits: Solid, sturdy, heavy, non-heat-absorbing, long-lasting if well cared for
Good to Know: Wood furniture can be expensive. Teak, cedar, pine, and eucalyptus are common types of wood used in outdoor furniture.
Maintenance Tips: Wood outdoor furniture may require more maintenance than other materials. It may require a preservative to protect against weathering and insects. Use a brightener and oil to maintain its original appearance if not painted. If you decide to paint it, use paint with UV filters to prevent fading. Check for splinters if wood is well-worn or dinged.