Commercial Outdoor Furniture Features Strength And Style

commercial outdoor furnitureIn private settings, patio furniture is usually chosen for either utility or aesthetics, or both. In this regard, commercial applications are not that different. The right furniture should compliment your architecture or professional atmosphere; it will enhance, or even create, whatever ambiance you envision. Patio furniture adds a sense of welcome to the space it occupies, an invitation for your patrons to relax and stay a while — and return.

But here the similarities end. The average patio chair found on the average back porch wouldn’t last long if subjected to the volume of use and abuse found in a commercial setting. Bridging the gap between these two worlds is commercial outdoor furniture.

Defining “Commercial”

Commercial patio furniture must withstand a large volume of traffic and extensive exposure to the elements, while accommodating guests of varying age, height, weight and activity levels — without collapsing, causing injury, or appearing worn. This is no small accomplishment — but it’s exactly what commercial outdoor furniture is designed to deliver.

In short, where patio furniture is normally designed for light to moderate use, the commercial variety is designed to withstand just about anything you throw at it — literally and figuratively. Here are just a few of the features you’ll find in quality commercial outdoor furniture:

  • Heavy-duty frames that won’t bend, bow or collapse
  • Additional bracing to enhance frame strength
  • Few or no moving parts prevents pinching or accidental folding
  • No sharp edges, protruding bolts, or other hazardous hardware
  • Powder-coated frames that inhibit rust, chipping or peeling
  • Industrial-strength stain, UV and mildew resistant upholstery adds durability and retains colors


Strength without Compromise

Though heavy-duty and reinforced, commercial outdoor furniture loses none of its aesthetic appeal; it is typically available in the same array of sizes, shapes, styles, colors and materials as its residential counterparts. If anything, the slightly more robust appearance of the commercial version only adds to its presence.

The same variety of pieces are usually also found in commercial patio furniture; from chaise lounges to sofas, bar stools to end tables, carts to fire pits. Choosing commercial grade does not mean giving up variety; you’re only adding quality.

Customization is the Name of the Game

Your commercial project is unique, and so are the challenges your furniture will be faced with; will it be exposed to extreme heat or cold? Sun, water or snow? Sand, dust or humidity? Uncommonly tall, short or heavy patrons? Spilled food and drink? All of the above? All of these factors — and more — determine the ideal type of frame and upholstery materials.

And that’s only the beginning. Will your furniture need to be moved frequently? If so, lightweight aluminum furniture provides obvious benefits. For very heavy use, wrought iron furniture offers lasting strength. Wood, wicker and other materials fall somewhere in between; not as lightweight as aluminum nor as durable as wrought iron, and are particularly sensitive to exposure to the elements.

Add to that the literally hundreds of frame styles and fabrics available, and choosing the right commercial outdoor furniture is a project all in itself!

Have Questions About Commercial Outdoor Furniture?

The good news is, we’re here to offer professional, one-on-one help until you find the perfect commercial patio furniture for your business — and your clientele. We have the knowledge and hands-on experience to not only help you select the ideal materials, but also custom-tailor the products to suit your specific needs, no matter how unique or ambitious your project is.

Take a look at our Trade Program for more information about the specialized pricing, customization options and services available to developers, architects, interior designers and those in the hospitality industry.

To see a real-life example of how we helped one of our clients overcome unique challenges, check out our posts on The Legend At Arrowhead and The Arizona Country Club.

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Outdoor Furniture Trends For 2013

Volare Outdoor Dining SetTrends are notoriously difficult to predict, even for those closest to the subject in question; we all know hot fashions can go out of style in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, sometimes emerging trends are impossible to miss. As outdoor furniture insiders, we’re receiving some clear signals as to what’s going to be in vogue for 2013.

Transitioning to Transitional

Transitional pieces are going to be big this year. A hybrid between classic and contemporary, transitional outdoor furniture combines severe, modern lines with subtle suggestions of the ornate decoration found in more traditional furniture. These pieces often have sculpted seats, arms and backs for improved comfort while maintaining the eye-pleasing simplicity of minimalist styles — the best of both worlds.

Outside is In

A trend that has been growing for several years is the concept of “outdoor rooms;” essentially extending your living space to the patio. As materials become ever more durable and available in an increasing variety of items, we’re seeing a surge of interest in products more traditionally found inside; outdoor rugs, for example, as well as outdoor throw pillows, outdoor lighting and other accessories.

With everything from dining tables to fire pits on the patio, creating a stylish and comfortable outdoor living area is no longer a fanciful dream.

Quality Comfort

Mallin Ellington Outdoor FurnitureComfort is definitely in! Plush cushions and inviting, oversize seating is a must for outdoor furniture in 2013. If your patio is to be an extension of your living space, it should be every bit as cozy and enjoyable to linger in as your living room.

Quality construction is also crucial for comfort. The days of delicately perching on the edge of a flimsy, teetering plastic chair are long gone — any outdoor furniture worth its weight will be solid, stable and durable. Wrought iron is among the toughest outdoor furniture you’ll find; cast aluminum offers strength without the extra weight. Both hardy and gorgeous, stone tables also appear to be a highly sought after item this year for those looking to create a unique outdoor dining experience.

Saving Space

Between the economy, retiring baby boomers and new families just starting out, there’s definitely a trend towards smaller housing. Smaller housing usually means smaller patios.

Stackable outdoor furniture is increasing in popularity, and doesn’t have to look like something you grabbed out of the discount bin at the local big box store. In fact, you can even get stackable wrought iron transitional pieces — sturdy, durable and stylish. There are stackable bar stools and wicker chairs, too!

There’s also appears to be growing interest in outdoor shelving, trunks and similar space-saving containers that won’t fall apart with minimal exposure to the elements.

Furniture in Motion

Lakeside UR Comfort Patio FurnitureThough typically not stackable, we’re also seeing a growing interest in furniture that moves; rocking chairs, swivel chairs, gliders and so forth are looking good for 2013. This trend, too, is probably a derivative of the “outdoor room” movement; bringing the indoor relaxation experience outside. With modern materials, moving parts now last longer than ever, even with minimal maintenance.

In keeping with the upward trend of moving furniture, the availability of style and materials such pieces can be found in is also growing — keep an eye on your favorite brands for new additions.

The Natural Choice

In the color department, classic, natural tones continue to be widely popular in materials and frames. Neutral colors, such as beige, ivory, black, white and grays have lasting appeal and generally go well together, ideal if color coordination is not your forté.

Cushion fabrics are a different story. Bold, vibrant colors that make a statement are in right now and don’t appear to be going out anytime soon. Reds, oranges and yellows all appear to be in fashion for this season. If you’re looking to stay updated on the latest color trends, a quick scan through the Sunbrell blog will have you in the know.

If none of these current trends sound very appealing, that’s okay too. It’s your patio — add your own creative flair, and maybe you’ll set a few trends of your own!

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5 Exceptional Outdoor Furniture Manufacturers

Agio Carrera CollectionOutdoor furniture or garden furniture dates back centuries, in fact five millennia as pieces have been discovered in the gardens of Pompeii and in the ruins of ancient Egypt.  As history shows, humans have long shown an affinity for being comfortable while they relax outdoors. As a result patio furniture has become a large market with many clamoring to get in on all the fun of design and fabrication. Over the years, a few outdoor furniture manufactures have separated themselves from the rest of the crowd.

Agio – Fine Outdoor Furnishings

“Leisure” is literally at the root of everything Agio represents. Taking their company name from the Italian word for leisure, Agio is often on the forefront of trendsetting design. For over two decades Agio has been a leader in aluminum furniture and is the proud owner of two of our most popular collections. Our customers have come to love both the Heritage and the Majorca collections as they put an emphasis on value without compromising design or comfort. Be on the lookout for more great Agio aluminum collections that will soon be coming to, the Carerra sling and Carerra cushion collections and the Colonnade collection.

Hanamint – Outdoor Furniture

Hannamint Grand Tuscany collectionCelebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Hanamint has quickly risen to the top of the outdoor furniture market behind ornate cast aluminum designs. Owners of several patio furniture patents, Hanamint has made a name for themselves with their ability to marry beautiful design with durability. Hanamint offers a ten-year frame warranty on all collections as a small token to their belief in each and every product they manufacture. We currently feature six of their cast aluminum collections and for more information please view a detailed write up of the Hanamint Grand Tuscany collection.

Mallin – Casual Furniture

Nearing 60 years of casual furniture excellence, Mallin is dedicated to elevating the quality of outdoor living. Mallin’s ingenuity is on full display with both their beautiful sling furniture and plush deep seating collections.  Masters of unrelenting comfort their cushioned furniture is a favorite amongst our customers. The Atlantis, Volare, Salisbury, Canyon and Ellington collections all feature thick cushions on a sturdy and stylish rust proof aluminum frame. The high back and lumbar support of their sling furniture makes it comfortable for people of all shapes and sizes and has the same appealing curved aluminum frame as their cushioned furniture.

Woodard Santa MonicaWoodard – Patio Furniture

Perhaps one of the oldest outdoor furniture manufactures today, Woodard’s traditions go back generations to over a 140 years! They still employ some of the same age-old hand forming techniques the company has used for generations as well the latest in high-tech manufacturing. A rarity in the business they are one of the few patio furniture makers that uses aluminum, wrought iron and wicker for their designs. Whichever medium or material they use they succeed in creating a wide variety of designs that are sometimes exotic, contemporary or classic. There’s something to be said about a company that has flourished for nearly a century and a half. For a more detailed reading of their methods see how Woodard builds upon their rich history.

Erwin and Sons – Casual Home Furnishings

Based out of Georgia this diverse manufacture makes a lot more than just outdoor furniture.  Erwin and Sons product lines include indoor rattan furniture, bathroom vanities and some of the finest all-weather wicker patio furniture. A company that prides itself on coming up with new concepts and products, they continually review their production process to ensure they only create products of superior quality. Their wicker Breathe collection is amongst our best sellers and features a unique multi-weave design with thick Sunbrella cushions.

Other blog articles you might find interesting:

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Why Is Wicker Outdoor Furniture More Popular Than Ever?

south shore wicker outdoor furnitureWith a history spanning at least 5,000 years, you might expect the novelty of wicker furniture to have worn off by now. But to the contrary, modern wicker outdoor furniture is more stylish, comfortable and durable than at any point in its considerable past.

How is that wicker furniture has been so spectacularly successful — by any measure — for so long, and still continues to grow in desirability?

The Miracle of Modern Wicker

In the not-too-distant past, wicker outdoor furniture was at a crossroads. Though aesthetically appealing, wicker furniture wasn’t exactly durable, quickly becoming sun-faded or cold-brittle, and subject to attack by all sorts of molds, mildews and creepy-crawlies. Though the advent of plastics solved many of these problems, early plastics weren’t particularly attractive; nor were they renowned for producing comfortable seating surfaces. Wicker outdoor furniture could be comfy and elegant, or it could be hardy, but it was seldom both.

But times change. Where once wicker outdoor furniture could only be expected to last a few years at best without rigorous care, today’s all-weather wicker patio furniture will last decades in any climate — with all the rustic charm and cozy comfort of its predecessors.

All Natural — Or Not?

Though largely responsible for making wicker a truly “all weather” option, many consumers remain concerned about the appearance of synthetic fibers. The truth is modern synthetic materials can be made to look and feel so natural that most people wicker furniture close upnever notice the difference, even if looking close, as is demonstrated nicely in the Saddleback Collection or the Cabo Wicker Collection (click on an individual piece for close-ups of the weave). Of course, synthetic fibers can be made to look decidedly unnatural, for those going for a more offbeat look.

Natural fibers have come a long way too, thanks to advancements in varnish and resin coatings which inhibit wear, warping, cracking, and fading, as well as creating a strong barrier against water, insects and molds. However, natural fibers do require more upkeep than synthetic materials, thus making them less popular and increasingly hard to find.

Frame Fundamentals

A piece of furniture is only as strong as its frame. Even most natural weaves are equipped with metal frames these days. Aluminum is most common, being strong yet lightweight, not to mention rust-proof and immune to insects and elements.

Incorporating aluminum into wicker patio furniture has allowed construction of pieces previously unavailable in wood-only, such as swivel bar stools, double gliders, and even wicker serving carts.

Although extremely rare, it’s still possible to find wooden frames in natural wicker pieces, but again this makes the piece both more cumbersome and prone to decay if used outdoors. When it comes to frames, the advantages of aluminum far outweigh those of wood.

Maintenance Free Furniture

Modern wicker outdoor furniture is virtually maintenance free, requiring little more than the occasional spray with a hose for cleaning. Dirt and spills are easily wiped off of both synthetic and treated natural materials.

One of the more distinct advantages of using synthetic fibers is that the color is embedded throughout the material, so color is retained even if the piece scratched or chipped. Likewise high-quality synthetic wicker has built-in UV protection to inhibit fading, adding years to its life.

Vintage Charm in a Modern World

Wicker has a unique appeal in any setting, be it a rural farm or an urban business complex. Its rustic refinement is rarely matched in the furniture world, indoors or out. With the variety of styles, sizes, shapes and colors available today, it’s not difficult to find the perfect wicker piece for even the most discerning patio. If you’re in the market for outdoor furniture, wicker is definitely worth a second look!


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Tips To Get Your Outdoor Furniture Ready For The Summer

With summer just around the corner, many of us are preparing our outdoor spaces for the upcoming season. While your patio, lawn and garden may require some cleaning, trimming and planting, your outdoor furniture should receive an equal amount of attention. If you have purchased a set of high quality outdoor furniture you have made a sizable investment. The following tips will not only help you to spruce up your furniture for the summer but also help protect your investment and make sure you get the most out of your patio furniture.

After a long winter your outdoor furniture is in need of a good cleaning. Ideally your furniture wasn’t left outside unprotected and you either used furniture covers or stored the furniture and/or cushions somewhere dry. Even if stored or protected, dust and other contaminants build up over time and accidents happen such as food, drink spills and bird droppings.

Cleaning Outdoor Furniture & Cushions

Cleaning outdoor furniture, before and afterWhile outdoor furniture was designed to be left outside and endure the elements, some casual upkeep and maintenance will prolong the life of your furniture and increase the pleasure of using your outdoor rooms.  At least twice a year your furniture should receive a good cleaning. Patio furniture frames, cushions and slings are made of different materials and should be cleaned separately and with different products. For a regular cleaning, spray off your furniture with water first to get rid of standing dust and loose particles.  A solution of mild soap and water will take care of the majority of your cleaning needs.

For spring cleaning you may begin by vacuuming cushions. This will prevent an accumulation of dust being forced into the cushions or turned into mud by water spray. For the tougher stains like wine, berry juice, tree sap, oil and grease you may use a product designed specifically for patio furniture like 303 Patio Furniture Cleaner or 303 Fabric Cleaner. If using a furniture cleaning solution designed for the frames or vinyl straps, try to avoid your cushions and slings. Some products used on frames may damage or strip color from fabric or slings.

Cleaning outdoor fabric is much like cleaning furniture. Simple preventive measures such as turning your cushions down when not in use will keep dust from building up on seating surfaces. Regularly vacuuming or shaking the cushions will help as well. Again, cleaning with soap and water will take care of most stains. For tougher stains, outdoor fabric leader Sunbrella recommends the use of 303 Fabric Cleaner. Whenever using a cleaner be sure to fully read the instructions first and use it as instructed.

Outdoor Furniture Protectants

Whenever you thoroughly clean outdoor furniture and fabrics, you inadvertently strip the protective coating that was applied at the factory. Most furniture manufactures recommend reapplying this coating by the using 303 Patio Furniture Protectant for furniture with a matte finish like powder coated cast aluminum. This solution acts almost as a sun block, leaving the furniture with a repellant finish that prevents sweat, body oils, soiling and other contaminants from building up. For furniture with a gloss finish, treat it like your car and use an automotive wax.

Your outdoor fabrics may lose their stain protection as well. Once again, Sunbrella recommends the use of 303 High Tech Fabric Guard. Before applying 303 or any cleaning solution or fabric guard, be sure to test it first on a hidden area of the fabric. If any color rubs off, do not proceed. As always be sure to carefully read the instructions before applying.

21-point inspection

Before a long road trip it is always a good idea to have your vehicle inspected to make sure all fluids are at their right levels and that you have proper tire pressure. The same goes for your furniture. Before a long season of heavy use you want to check your furniture’s moving parts and screws. If you own a swivel rocker for instance, make sure that the screws that connect the chair body to the base are snug. On all tables (dining, bar height and occasional tables) be sure that the bolts and screws that connect the legs to the tabletop are tight. If a table is often moved around on a patio, over time those screws tend to loosen up and cause the table to wobble.

Forever GlidesPutting your best foot forward

Adjusting and replacing the foot caps on your patio furniture’s legs can help level your furniture on uneven surfaces and prevent marring your floors. Over time foot caps (glides) tend to wear down and sometimes even snap off. Adjustable foot caps (glides) may need pliers to initially break them free, as the threading can get dirty. “Cup glides” on wrought iron furniture legs will wear down over time and can eventually cause damage to your floors and furniture frames. Fortunately Forever Glides makes replacement foot glides for both cast aluminum and wrought iron furniture that are easy to install and will self-level.

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How To Keep Outdoor Rugs Looking New

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Outdoor Furniture Buying GuideNeed help finding the right outdoor furniture?

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Loaded with important information about the different types of patio furniture materials and styles as well as great style tips from our team of designers, you’ll find everything you’ll need to help you create your own backyard escape. As an added bonus, we’ve also included a useful checklist that you can complete and take with you when you go shopping for patio furniture.

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