Concrete garden furniture has become rather a hot trend in recent times. Concrete furniture for yards, patios, gardens, porches, etc. have a lot of obvious pluses. However the idea of concrete stuff may not appeal to everyone. Let’s look at some of its major advantages and disadvantages in order to help you gauge whether this is a good option for you.
Consider the Advantages
Here are some of the major advantages concrete garden furniture will have over other types of furniture:
Options Galore: You get a lot of different varieties to choose from. Not only do you have the standard gray colored concrete, but various colors are available. It can also be made to look like carved, embossed or inlaid stone furniture; imparting a rather grand appearance to your outdoor space. You can choose from various options such as chairs, tables, benches, planters, bars, armchairs, stools, recliners, and even concrete beds.
Style Statement: Picking the right kind of concrete furniture for your garden can give it a stylized, minimalist look. It can be funky, unusual or rather grand – it all depends upon the style statement you want to make.
Low Maintenance: There is no wood to polish and no iron to protect from rust. Concrete will withstand the elements and also a lot of rough treatment without any maintenance to speak of.
DIY Project: You can give full freedom to your creative urges if you decide to create concrete furniture in your own little do-it-yourself project. This can be a very economical option and you get to create the exact pieces of furniture with the exact dimensions and specifications that you need. You need no carpenter tools… just some ideas and the ability to dig a hole, place a mold, fill and stain.
Don’t Forget the Downside
Remember that concrete furniture is not for everybody and all places. Here are some of its downsides:
Heavy and Bulky: One of the main reasons people may hesitate to pick concrete furniture for their outdoor spaces is the fact that it is very heavy and not easily portable. Also if you have the kind of furniture that is fixed to the ground, you don’t have the option of changing the placement or layout of the furniture.
Not for All Spaces: If pretty wicker chairs, or smart rattan or even wrought iron is your idea of garden furniture, then concrete furniture can appear strange or unusual. In the right setting it can look really attractive, but may not suit all outdoor spaces.
May Be Expensive: Needless to say, cost would vary depending upon the type and quality you settle for. But more often than not, the better type of designer furniture could be rather expensive, and so may not be everyone’s cup of tea.