Ikea Patio Furniture

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Ikea Patio Furniture

We compared the comfort of the three chairs side by side at IKEA’s Burbank, California, store. While the reclining chair was the most comfortable overall (”This one’s great for when you’re just sitting back with that glass of scotch,” one IKEA shopper mused), this writer and a handful of random shoppers we polled agreed that the upright armchairs were the most appropriate for dining, when you presumably want to be sitting upright. The seats on the Äpplarö armchairs are bigger than those of either of our other top picks, which we think would add to these chairs’ comfort for some people. None of the IKEA chairs strictly need cushions, though they’re comfier with them; IKEA sells some inexpensive options.

Ikea Patio Furniture

The IKEA Äpplarö table comes treated with several coats of acrylic stain and has a rich chocolaty color when new. IKEA recommends regular cleaning with a mild soapy solution, restaining once or twice a year, and covering with a waterproof cover before rain or snow (IKEA does not sell a cover). None of the owners we talked to followed that protocol, though, and all told us they were still happy with the longevity of the table. Life With Karma blogger Amy, in Colorado, provides a visual primer on refreshing her three-year-old Äpplarö set, as does Minneapolis-based blogger Scoops of Deuce Cities Henhouse (who actually has an older IKEA design also made of acacia).

Ikea Patio Furniture

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If you want a no-fuss patio set, steel is a great choice, and the table and chairs of the Better Homes and Gardens Clayton Court 5-Piece Patio Dining Set are the most comfortable and attractive we could find for the price. The Clayton Court set’s round, mesh-topped table is 45 inches in diameter, bigger than many other tables in sets of this type. The chairs have a mellow bounce that makes them more relaxing than the simpler upright chairs that come with most patio sets, like our top pick from IKEA. Seat cushions are included, which increases the set’s value and comfort.

Ikea Patio Furniture

To maintain the look a wood set has when new, you’ll generally need to sand and stain or oil it annually. But if you can learn to embrace the gray, all your high-quality wood might need is a light sanding now and then. (The more sun and moisture the wood is exposed to, the faster it will weather.) Despite wood’s upkeep demands, the designers we spoke with all agreed that wood remains the most popular material for outdoor dining sets. ”It’s classic and familiar, and can work in a more traditional or a more modern look,” Lobl said. Calvin Abe, principal architect at prominent design firm AHBE, told us he usually uses wood furniture at private institutions and homes. “They’re much warmer, they’re much more inviting” than metals, said the designer, who has teak patio furniture at his own home. All of the designers we consulted cited teak as the gold-standard wood for outdoor patio dining sets—Abe also praised the tropical hardwood ipe—and a well-made teak dining set could last for decades. “I’ve got some teak furniture right here on my front porch that has been here 15 years,” said Washington DC–area landscape designer Andy Balderson. “Once it weathers gray, it’s still as good structurally as the day I bought it.”

Ikea Patio Furniture

Steel is about as low-maintanence a material for outdoor furniture as you’ll find. It’s strong and sturdy, it doesn’t require regular upkeep, it’s easy to wipe or hose down, and it will generally last years before the first sign of rust appears. Often these sets are marketed as “wrought iron,” though that is incorrect as technically wrought iron is iron alloy that has been forged by hand. With a generously sized table plus comfortable, rocking chairs and included cushions, as well as an excellent history of positive reviews and a super-low price, the Better Homes and Gardens Clayton Court 5-Piece Patio Dining Set is the best low-cost metal dining set we could find. It won’t seat as many people as our main pick, the IKEA Äpplarö set, and metal tends to be less popular than wood, but if a table for four meets your needs this set will likely be less hassle, last longer, and match or exceed the Äpplarö in comfort.

Ikea Patio Furniture

The best inexpensive wood set IKEA Äpplarö Table and 4 Armchairs A streamlined look, a super-affordable price, and an expandable table make this set our top pick. It’s part of IKEA’s larger Äpplarö line, in case you want more outdoor-furnishing options.

Ikea Patio Furniture

We spent 18 hours researching dozens of moderately priced patio dining sets–under $600–and interviewing five landscape designers about the pros and cons of various materials. Of the 16 sets we examined closely, we recommend the wooden IKEA Äpplarö Table and 4 Armchairs. It’s attractive, it’s a tenth the price of comparable hardwood sets, and its table is the only one we’ve found that doubles in size (thanks to a pair of leaves that you can easily install and remove).

Ikea Patio Furniture

We focused on sets with chairs that felt solid and stable and had good-size seats, something that wouldn’t make most people feel squeezed. We also considered how the chairs fit with their matching table. “Sometimes chairs with armrests don’t fit under the table very well,” Southern California landscape designer Russ Cletta told us. We didn’t consider small bistro-like seats or folding chairs, instead opting for stable four-legged chairs with armrests—the type of seat where most people could relax comfortably for several hours at a time. We also avoided ultracheap molded plastic furniture designed primarily to be portable. Of course, the furniture we chose is movable, but it’s designed to become a permanent backyard or patio fixture.

Initially we found 20 promising sets. Once we whittled down the list to five by examining online reviews and, in some cases, talking to people who owned the furniture sets, we made trips to Home Depot and IKEA to examine sets in person and witness how shoppers reacted to them in the stores. We then ordered our three top picks and timed how long we took to assemble them in a Los Angeles backyard. We examined screws, joints, and the apparent quality of construction, and over the next four weeks we paid attention to how comfortable the dining sets were for different purposes, as well as asking visitors to compare the comfort of the seats and the overall aesthetics of the sets.

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Online reviewers are generally enamored with the Clayton Court patio set, which currently has a rating of 4.7 out of five stars across 321 reviews on Walmart.com. At this writing, Amazon reviewers also like it, giving it 4.3 stars out of five (at the time we checked, Fakespot gave this set’s Amazon reviews an A rating for veracity). “This set has weathered 3 subzero winters in West Virginia with no cover & looks as good as day it was purchased,” MGBGal writes in a 2015 review on Walmart.com. “If you do not want to be a slave to maintaining outdoor furniture, this set is for you.” INgirl2, who bought the set in 2012, writes, “Love the table top because it doesn’t collect the rain and dirt…. Just this year I started seeing some rust in some soldered joints. Used a wire brush and flat black rustoleum, and they look good as new! LOVE this set!”

Obviously, your personal style will play into your choice of furniture material. If you like the warm, natural look of wood and don’t mind a little annual upkeep, a wood dining set is the classic choice. Metal and wicker require less upkeep and are generally easier to clean. They’re also likely better choices if you plan to place your dining set directly on soil or grass rather than on a patio or deck, since the dampness is more likely to degrade wood than metal or all-weather wicker. Though we haven’t subjected these sets to long-term testing yet, we will be watching to see how they fare over time.

Hallandale 5-Piece Black Sand Aluminum Patio Dining Set Cast aluminum is lighter weight than cast iron, so it’s easier to move around. We liked the look of this set, which appears to be usable without cushions, unlike most outdoor cast aluminum furniture in this price range. Other cast aluminum sets we noticed relied on big, puffy cushions that cover both the seat and back of the chairs. Those cushions can add significantly to the total cost if you opt for high quality—and they can be difficult to keep clean.

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