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In our landscape designs, we love to use two contrasting elements together, because each compliments the other and together they make a more powerful statement than one could alone …

… kind of like a marriage. The same concept works for deck patio furniture.

Often, the result of mixing two materials is a more ergonomic solution for outdoor furniture. For instance:

  • A steel framed chair alone is not as comfortable as it is with a fabric seat.
  • A wood framed chair is more comfortable with a wicker or sling seat.

And we’re not limited only to glass tops on tables anymore. Now our table tops may be made of marble, tile, polished concrete, granite, punched metal or slate.

And if you want to let your creative juices flow, mix your chair and table materials. Pick a slate table to go with your teak chairs.

Mixed Material Advantages

  • You can have a strong frame with an ergonomic surface.
  • You may eliminate the need for cushions.
  • This kind of versatility makes it easy to create your own unique furniture set by combining materials.

Mixed Material Disadvantages

  • The maintenance task of outdoor furniture becomes more complicated because most likely each material will require different care.
  • In some cases, combining materials may make your space feel too cluttered and may detract from the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Mixed Material Care

Check your manufacturer’s care tag, but in general:

  • Wood, wicker and metal should be handled as we’ve indicated above.
  • Canvas or mesh sling materials can be washed with mild soapy water and rinsed with your garden hose.
  • Vinyl straps can be cleaned with mild soapy water, rinsed with your hose and then treated with a vinyl protector after they’ve air dried.
  • Stone and tile may need a manufacturer’s suggested sealer. Be sure that if your winters include ice or snow, you know whether or not you should cover or store your furniture – water can get in the pores, expand when it turns to ice and crack certain slates and tiles.

Mixed Material Costs

A five piece dining set can run between $2,000 and $4,000.

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