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KinAlberta
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 10:31 - Edited by: KinAlberta
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Everyone’s thoughts and experiences with patio furniture left at the cabin please.

Wood (teak, cedar, redwood, etc)

Real wicker

Plastic

Resin wicker

Resin wicker (thick strand vs thin)

Aluminum vs coated steel

Fixed vs collapsible

Storage or protection

Do you use it indoors and out?
(A cabin design consideration might be doors wide enough for quick hassle-free moving of furniture in and out.)

Security
(I suppose there’s always some risk that someone might steal it or in our northern location, use it when ice fishing)

In my case, our cabin’s deck furniture faces very different conditions and treatment than our outdoor furniture in the city.

At our cabin, unless it folds up, it gets left outside unprotected. It can sit weeks, months and years without being turned, or even moved and so the sun, wind and rain hits it from the same direction. Leaves and spruce needles accumulate on it. It gets buried in snow and sits in the high humidity conditions next to the lake. It goes through at least -30 F to +30 F. Ours is never tarped or protected.

Recently I started looking at the newer resin wicker outdoor furniture and all the furniture looks very impressive. As I looked closer though I’ve started to notice and compare differences like aluminum vs coated steel frames, the cushion thickness and material (“Sunbrella vs. Other stuff), thin and flat wicker strands vs the thick rounded strand or cord. On this last point, a couple reviews posted by buyers mentioned the weave (or strands) breaking so now I wonder if some of that thin flat weave style is destined for failure.

So I guess if I buy anything to sit at the cabin, I don’t want a resin that breaks and fails or then I’ll face a big inconvenience of hauling it to a dump. (Good old cedar furniture and picnic tables could always be repurposed as something - including firewood).

Borrego
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 10:41
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I build my own out of left over pieces of construction wood or pallets (lots of good videos on youtube about pallet furniture)

We put ours out by the firepit for the winter season (desert season goes from Oct - May) then hide it under the porch to protect it from the summer sun. Our furniture on the front porch and screen porch is an eclectic bunch and pretty much stays in the same place all year long.

I suppose for durability, metal furniture would be best, but it can get hot and is not as comfortable...

Nate R
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 10:53
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So far, we're using old aluminum framed chairs with woven plastic webbing. Similar to this: https://www.truevalue.com/folding-chair-aluminum-woven-blue-webb

But, we don't leave it out. Light, foldable, easy enough to carry inside and store indoors when we go home.

KinAlberta
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 10:54 - Edited by: KinAlberta
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Well last year I bought a couple old weathered Adirondack chairs, plus one never assembled, donated by Jasper Park Lodge to our Habitat for Humanity and cleaned them up and painted them bright colours. I couldn’t believe how much work that was. Sanding, gluing, screwing, clamping, priming, painting, painting, painting... (Built the third chair out of the box and it went well and used half the paint.)

Anyway, after all that, I know they are not going to weather at all well at the cabin unless I start to cover them.

KinAlberta
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 12:41 - Edited by: KinAlberta
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Quoting: Nate R
So far, we're using old aluminum framed chairs with woven plastic webbing. Similar to this: https://www.truevalue.com/folding-chair-aluminum-woven-blue-webb

But, we don't leave it out. Light, foldable, easy enough to carry inside and store indoors when we go home.

That’s what we used for years. Great light chairs until the webbing fails. Then we went to the bigger all plastic folding chairs.


This comment below highlights my concern that I might regret going cheap on a resin wicker set.

Thick Wicker Furniture Sets with Rounded Strands
OCTOBER 28, 2014 BY ADMIN

“Thick wicker is rounder than flatter types of weave. Many people like the look of thick wicker furniture because it looks like it’s a higher quality, and they’re right. Because it uses more material, the cost of thicker weaves is usually around 15% higher than regular wicker. These pieces are thicker and have a cord like construction instead of thinner and flatter wicker strands that are most common.

...quality all-weather synthetic resin wickers... This is not the type of wicker furniture that will crack, peel, fade or begin unraveling. ...”

https://www.patioproductions.com/blog/patio-furniture/thick-wicker-furniture-sets-wit h-rounded-strands/

bobrok
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 13:39 - Edited by: bobrok
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LOL!
Even though we are in the Adirondacks we have only one geniune Adirondack-made wooden chair which we've painted and keep covered when not in use.
Other than this we use the plastic faux chairs along with bag chairs.
Easier to clean, stackable for storage.

The fellow who made our one authentic chair is an old-timer and claims to be descended from the man who created the original design back in the 19th century.

Dubious. I've heard and read of many "first" claims over the years.

Greenland South
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 17:55
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Buy some plans and build your own. Here's one I built from plans I bought from Fine Woodworking. We also have some heavy cast furniture that doesn't blow away. Stuff stays on the deck year round.
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Borrego
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 18:10
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Nice Greenland South!!!

Wilbour
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 19:05 - Edited by: Wilbour
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My American neighbours have their local Amish build super heavy stuff out of that plastic that looks like wood. Then they bring it across the boarder. To save taxes they then get a fake tax receipt so the $600 US swing was marked at $150.

When I found out she paid $600 for a swing my jaw dropped. They must now have about 3 grand worth of stuff out on their wrap around we deck.

Half the value of my cabin.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2018 19:14 - Edited by: Ontario lakeside
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I build my own from construction lumber. Holding up great after a few seasons with no protection . And the price is right!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHKvw3uUfks&t=7s

ShabinNo5
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2018 18:30 - Edited by: ShabinNo5
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We use black iron chairs. Found two for 15 dollars at a garage sale that swivel and rock. Our property is on a hillside that gets windy (35-50 mph) as storms roll through. The weight keeps them on our patio.
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Greenland South
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 10:21
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Those are cool looking chairs ShabinNo5

KinAlberta
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 10:37
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What’s in the barrel?

ShabinNo5
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 20:58
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Thanks... We enjoy the chairs. Unfortunately the wine barrel is empty, but it does work well as a table for drinks!

NealKiger
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2018 07:09
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That was really nice Greenland South.

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