If you are the kind of person who enjoys spending time outdoors and socializing with friends and family, then you should turn your outdoor space into a comfortable environment where everyone can relax and spend hours at a time just having fun.
To do that, you will obviously need some outdoor furniture since you can’t expect your friends and family to just stand in the middle of an empty space like a bunch of idiots. If you are someone who often has people over to party or just mingle in your backyard, an outdoor bar together with some outdoor bar chairs can really set the right atmosphere. An outdoor bar will create the perfect socializing area towards which everyone will gravitate. But even if you don’t have an outdoor bar and don’t plan on getting one, you can combine outdoor bar chairs with tool tables. It is an attractive and functional solution to your outdoor space and also offers an intimate conversation area.
Outdoor bar chairs can be a great addition to your backyard, balcony or patio, but you shouldn’t rush and buy the first ones you come across. There are several things you need to consider if you want your chairs to be suitable for outdoor use and last you a long time.
Probably one of the most important factors you should have in mind for outdoor furniture is the material. The main difference between indoor and outdoor furniture is that the furniture used outdoors is constantly exposed to the elements and needs to be way more durable than indoor furniture. Scorching sun, rain, wind and so on, can do serious damage on most materials. Some of the more popular ones for outdoor use are iron, aluminum, wicker, wood, and bamboo.
Iron is the most sturdy and durable material and very unlikely to be blown away by strong winds. Aluminum is a more lightweight and corrosion resistant alternative to iron and is often powder coated for extra durability. Wooden outdoor bar chairs can be made from different types of softwood and hardwood and they come in a large variety of styles. The only downside is that they require regular maintenance and extra coating for weather protection. If you want a more tropical look, then wicker is your best choice. Not only it looks good, but wicker chairs, especially the synthetic ones, are strong and durable enough to withstand all kinds of weather and they will last you for years. They are lightweight and are usually shaped for easy storage.
Another thing you want to consider when buying outdoor bar chairs is the comfort. Make sure that the height is right, plus whether there is a leg or back rest, is the chair stable, and so on. You don’t need to worry about padding because removable cushions are the best option for outdoor furniture. They are easy to clean and in case it rains you just stack them away and as soon as the rain stops, your chairs will be usable again.
Price is another important factor. Whatever you are buying, remember that a high price doesn’t necessarily mean high-quality and vice versa. Find the right balance between quality and cost. If you plan on buying a large number of chairs, then you should probably go for the cheaper option. But, if you need just a few chairs you can go all out and get the more luxurious choice.