Can You Leave a Wooden Table Outside?

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Can You Leave a Wooden Table Outside?

Our outdoor furniture collection is full of wonderful authentic wood pieces, which brings customers to often ask: can you leave a wooden table outside?

Quick answer? Yes. Long answer? Depends on the climatic conditions and finishes of the piece itself.

In this article, we'll dive into the nitty-gritty of how the elements can affect the durability of your wooden table and give you some tips and tricks on how to properly care for and maintain it.

Plus, we'll tell you all about the types of wood that are best suited for outdoor use, and the best ways to protect your table from the sun, rain, and other environmental factors. Let’s take a look!

Impact of weather and climate on wooden furniture

The weather and climate can play a significant role in the durability and longevity of wooden furniture. Wood is a natural material that is affected by changes in temperature, humidity and moisture levels.

This is like wearing clothes that are appropriate for the season; if it’s too hot or cold, the fabric and fibres can stretch, shrink, or become brittle. In the same way, wood is affected by the climate, so it’s important to keep the environment in mind when selecting furniture.

 

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It's important to keep in mind that different types of wood have varying levels of natural resistance to the elements

Hardwoods such as teak, redwood and cedar are known for their durability and resistance to rotting, decay, and insect damage. However, they are also more expensive than other types of wood. Softwoods such as pine, spruce and fir are more affordable, but they are not as naturally resistant to the elements and may require more maintenance.

Can You Leave a Wooden Table Outside?
Can You Leave a Wooden Table Outside?

 

Protecting outdoor wooden tables from the elements

If you want to leave your wooden table outside, it's important to take steps to protect it from the elements to ensure its longevity. Here are a few tips:

You should also cover your table when it's not in use. This will help to keep it dry and protected from the elements. A waterproof cover is a good option to guard the table against rain, snow, and other precipitation.

In conclusion

it is important to consider the type of wood along with proper care and maintenance when leaving a wooden table outside. Understand the difference between hardwoods and softwoods before venturing out into the market, as it can make all the difference when it comes to resistance to decay, rot, and damage.

If you’re willing to splurge, then look at the former, while the latter is more affordable but would require more maintenance in the long run.

If you're looking for more design inspiration or ideas on what type of outdoor table would best suit your needs, garden theme etc, then have a chat with our expert design team via whatsapp or email.

If you want an in-house consult, then you can visit our showroom or make an appointment. You can also browse our collection of contemporary outdoor furniture or take a look at our interior design project portfolio for more design inspiration.

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