A Guide to Vintage Patio Furniture

A Guide to Vintage Patio Furniture

Believe it or not there was a time when most of America didn’t eat outside regularly during the summer months. Barbecues and picnics have become so prevalent in our society that it is hard to imagine that there was ever a time where eating outside was considered anything other than normal. Outdoor furniture didn’t become popular until the middle and end of the nineteenth century.

As outdoor eating become more popular there was a greater demand for outdoor furniture. Many different varieties of furniture become widespread across the country. From wicker and wood to iron and steel, there are so many different types of outdoor furniture available today that it can be hard to choose any one type.

While there are more varieties of outdoor furniture available today and some of it is built better, nothing brings back memories better than a high quality set of vintage patio furniture. Although the idea might be new to you there is a whole community built around vintage patio furniture. There are collectors, restorers, and simple resellers. While there is a good chance you don’t want to make outdoor furniture a central part of your life, there is nothing like kicking back sipping lemonade in a vintage oak rocking chair.

Not only will your vintage furniture give your home more character than many of the cookie cutter houses out there, but most of the wood furniture of the past was built much better than it is today. You can buy a hundred year old chair that is stronger than brand new chair you can find today. This is because cheaper materials are used today. It also comes down to handmade furniture being higher quality than endless stream of furniture that is popped out of the factories.

Types of Vintage Patio Furniture

There are five different types of vintage furniture available today. Wrought iron is one of the oldest types of outdoor furniture. There are still many pieces available in this material and wrought iron furniture is still made today. It can be very hard to determine the age of the furniture but if your just shopping to get some functional furniture for your patio the exact age really isn’t that important.

Aluminum furniture didn’t become popular until after the 1920′s. Aluminum furniture is nice because it is lighter. It also happens to be more rust resistant than iron does. It will be easier to find a set of aluminum furniture in good condition than it will be an iron set.

Steel furniture became popular after the 1950′s when we started to move away from war efforts. All of that steel factories needed something new to make and outdoor furniture was gaining popularity. Steel furniture is very heavy and it is very strong.

Wicker furniture has always been popular for outdoor furniture. There is something about curling up in a wicker chair on the front porch that is relaxing. Wicker is strong while being very light. It can last a long time if it is taken care of.

Wood furniture is always nice, it became popular again in the 1960′s and 70′s so it is likely that the majority of the wooden vintage patio furniture you find will be from around then. Older wooden furniture is made from actual wood and it will require more maintenance than more modern wooden furniture.

Buying Vintage Patio Furniture

Buying old patio furniture can be difficult for a novice. There are things that you have to look for when buying any piece of furniture. Look for rust on the iron and steel furniture. Look for any indications that parts may have been painted over to hide flaws. If you buy wood furniture you will probably have to glue some of the parts because the old glue used won’t have a very strong hold any longer.

Shop around to get a feel for the prices of vintage furniture. You don’t want to pay too much for your new furniture. Just because it is old doesn’t mean it is valuable and you should never buy a piece of junk unless you think it can be fixed.

Don’t commit to buy anything unless you have been shopping for a long time or you have an expert with you. Make sure that your furniture is in good shape by inspecting it very closely. Look for any indications that the furniture has been repaired in the past. It might look like brand new but closer inspection could reveal that a leg was glued back together after it snapped in half.

Vintage furniture can be a great investment to increase the appeal of your home. There is nothing like a beautiful set of hand made furniture and when you find a set like that in great condition all of the searching will seem worthwhile. Just do your homework and make sure you are getting the best deal possible when you pick up that set of deck chairs for around your pool.