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The 6 Best Durable Wooden Garden Furniture

Durable Wooden Garden Furniture:  Durable eucalyptus wood (versus teak) furniture starting at $120. Relax on affordable weather resistant wooden garden furniture choosing eco-friendly woods from sustainable sources. Oil your wooden chairs, tables, and chaise lounges or let them weather to a natural grey tone. Shop now for the top outdoor patio furniture brands like Strathwood.

Durable Wooden Garden Furniture

Although teak is well-known for being an all-weather wood, eucalyptus is likewise durable and can be oiled or left to weather, similar to teak furniture, and is extremely durable even when subjected to harsh conditions. That’s one of the reasons we recommend the Strathwood collection of outdoor wooden garden furniture, like the Strathwood Chaise Lounge that can be used on a deck, porch, garden or even beside a pool where splashing may be an issue.

Wooden Garden Furniture

This versatile chaise lounge is unique because it has an extendable table that sleekly gets hidden under the chaise when not in use. It has five positions for reading, tanning, relaxing or laying flat.

Add patio cushions for more comfort and choose an outdoor fabric that’s stain resistant yet cozy to rest on. Get the matching cushion for the chaise lounge for under $50. It comes in blue, brown, hunter green, navy, salsa salmon-peach, and kiwi.

Best Wooden Garden Furniture

Everything about the lounge chair is made to last and resist weather; even the hardware is rust resistant. It’s made from eucalyptus wood which is dense and therefore doesn’t rot or get eaten by termites.

Another reason that buying this piece of wooden garden furniture is ideal has to do with how Strathwood sources their wood. All the eucalyptus used to craft their furniture is Forest Stewardship Council certified, which means the wood has been taken from renewable and sustainable forests that grow quickly and are monitored for environmental practices. Because eucalyptus grows fast, it’s cheaper than teak and easier to grow in earth-friendly ways.

Outdoor furniture made from eucalyptus can be oiled to retain it’s rich original color or left to become a grayish tone that’s often just as appealing and requires little maintenance (aside from cleaning from time to time with liquid detergent and a little bleach).

Best Arden Outdoor Cushions

Nevertheless, it’s recommended that if the eucalyptus wooden garden furniture is going to be left all year in the sun, rain, wind and possibly snow, it should then be given an oil treatment from time to time. Even if the wood should naturally begin to weather and crack, the furniture won’t fall apart, I fact cracking a little is part of the natural charm of wood, especially eucalyptus.

Another eucalyptus wood item that’s affordable and extremely durable is the Strathwood Gibranta All-Weather Bench for two. It costs just under $130 and can be paired with matching armchairs, a 3-seat bench or even a folding bistro table.

Once again we suggest this item because it’s eucalyptus wood and is easy to care for and won’t rot or disintegrate like many wooden benches and outdoor furniture pieces made from pine or less dense materials.

The other piece of garden or patio furniture that goes well with benches, tables, chairs, and poolside lounges, is an umbrella. The ones that aren’t attached to a table but can be moved on their own and have a base are more versatile.

The garden umbrellas made by Strathwood are elegant, decorative and practical because they’re weather resistant and also easy to put up and down.

The Dark Wood Market Umbrella comes in four colors (to match the chair and lounge cushions they sell) in beige, green, navy or royal blue fabric.

This umbrella is ideal with wooden furniture because the pole is also made of hardwood, and it’s affordably priced at $59.99. It’s large enough to provide shade over a large area since it’s 9 feet wide and can stand on its own with a base or can be set into a table.


Garden umbrellas that aren’t going to be set into a tabletop or used with an outdoor dining set will require a base, which is sold separately.

The stand is called the Strathwood Ryer and is sturdy, made of cast iron so it’s heavy enough not to get blown over easily with windy gusts.

Most garden umbrellas can be used with this base, although it is designed for the Market umbrella series.

If you want to save money, buy one of the best Strathwood garden umbrellas with the wooden poles and then get a cheaper base like the one made by DC America, called the Cast Stone Umbrella. That way the umbrella plus stand will come to less than $100.

Please remember that when buying garden umbrellas the base is NOT included. Don’t forget to order the umbrella stand unless you have a table with a hole. If you need shade in a garden area or beside a pool or bench, then you’ll require a stand or cast iron base of some kind. The pictures of the Strathwood garden umbrellas shows the two items together and that may lead customers to believe they come as a set, but they don’t.

Strathwod makes another umbrella that goes with the Falkner series and comes with a crank handle, so it’s priced a little higher. It can be raised an lowered very easily and has received excellent reviews because of its durability. The pole isn’t wood, but made from aluminum that’s powder coated and the actual umbrella is a protected polyester fabric that’s been treated against water and mildew. Remember that this umbrella is designed to fit in a table top.

When ordering garden umbrellas, please take note that the color of the fabric may be a little different from piece to piece. Even if ordering two umbrellas at the same time, there may be color variances because fabric may come from different dye lots. Some Market umbrellas that appear light beige, almost white, maybe darker or tend toward a yellow-beige tone. Although this may seem like an issue, in outdoor sunlight, these slight variations are scarcely noticeable.

The 6 Best Arden Outdoor Cushions

Arden Outdoor Cushions: Arden, the number one outdoor cushion and patio umbrella supplier in the United States, offers outdoor furniture cushions upholstered in solids, prints and woven fabrics made from blends of acrylic fibers, polyester, olefin, PVC – coated fibers and fine spun polyester.

Arden Outdoor Cushions

Arden Outdoor Cushions

Arden Outdoor Cushions

Each fabric provides unique features when used in cushion upholstery.Chair cushions covered with outdoor fabric made from acrylic fiber will be less affected by UV rays and will also be stain and soil resistant.

Acrylic fibers aren’t prone to mildew or mold, therefore, are excellent in damp or humid areas like gardens and poolside areas.

The top acrylic patio chair cushions tend to be a little more expensive and are often designed specifically for use with wrought iron, metal
lounge chairs or pool furniture.

One of the most popular styles, is the Arden Regency Fern Stripe Sunbrella Acrylic Wrought Iron Chaise
Cushion (upholstered in acrylic Sunbrella fabric), measuring 22.5 by 74.5, and priced at around $80.

The matching outdoor chair cushions (such as the Arden Regency Fern Stripe Sunbrella Acrylic Wrought
Iron Chair Cushion) costs about $50. Both are available online – just click on the images.

Some of the Arden outdoor chair cushions are upholstered in blends of polyester and olefin fabric,
woven in such a way that has good strength and resist stains, although being reasonably priced.

The olefin fibers give the outdoor fabric a refined appearance that looks more expensive than it is. Consider the Outdoor wicker chair cushion in a fun print with a thick 4-inch inner fill that costs about

Match with other items such as the Wicker Settee Outdoor Cushion, which is long and fits a
loveseat-style armchair or bench that measures 41.5 inches by 18 inches. It’s priced at around $40.

Sometimes when hear the term PVC we think of tubes, but when it comes to the Arden outdoor furniture cushions that are upholstered with PVC fabric, what this means is that the yarn, usually
polyester, has been coated with PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and refers to what’s commonly known as vinyl.


These strengthened coated fibers are then woven into a hardy upholstery fabric, ideal for the outdoors, that’s strong and easy to keep clean since it doesn’t easily absorb moisture, soil or spills.

Many of the soft printed fabrics that are affordable and popularly used for upholstering outdoor cushions and decorative pillows are made from spun polyester (sometimes regular polyester).

Spun polyester fabric on outdoor chair cushions is soft, comfy and resistant to wrinkles, but unless treated isn’t as durable as acrylic, olefin blends or vinyl coated fabrics.

Here are some of the best replacement cushions that we recommend from the Arden collections. All the outdoor cushions can be ordered online.

1. Outdoor cushions as decorative accents

Arden Husk Texture Toss Pillow is a classic square cushion that measures 14 by 14 inches. It’s 4 inches thick, filled with fluffy,  blow fill, and upholstered with soft, durable spun polyester outdoor fabric.

Choose a variety of solid colors or patterns, such as the plain hunter green, black or stropped orange (which is pictured).

2. Hinged chair cushions – portable seating pads

A hinged chair cushion is a versatile, lightweight pad that stands on its own or rests on a chair. It’s great for portable garden furniture or for taking to the beach.

It’s not a plush seat, with just 1.75 inches of lightweight polyester fill, but adequate as a pad. Order the Arden V526146A Hinged Chair Outdoor Cushion on

3. Patio chair cushions and matching settee designs

One of the most elegant patio chair cushions and settee sets are the ones called Arden Cushion for

Wicker Settee (model number Y348536B-9X4) that cost about $50 for the long settee pads, and about $40 for the chair cushions.

Matching accenting pillows are about $20. Get the complete 3-piece sets for around $100 or choose pieces separately as required.

4. Cheap outdoor chair cushions for wicker, metal or wood seats

As because of the reasonable price you can order the Arden Wicker outdoor Chair Cushions that have a variety of patterns, and although they’re designed for wicker furniture, they can be used on wooden or standard metal seats.

The matching bench and loveseat cushions are also available.

5. Outdoor furniture cushions for benches and swings

There’s a bench cushion that comes with ties and measures 44.5 inches that’s ideal for standard benches and offers excellent comfort because it’s filled with a double layer of polyester fiberfill.

The outdoor fabric upholstery is a vibrant orange color with a pattern called Casa Marina made from spun polyester.
Buy the Arden Casa Marina Orange Double Welt Pad outdoor furniture cushion from Amazon.

Order the matching chaise lounge cushion in the same Casa Marina pattern, also with the double layer of padding. The cushions fit chaise loungers that are up to 72 inches long.

To pair the Casa marina design with other pieces of outdoor furniture, buy the coordinating seat cushions, upholstered in the same fabric, filled with two layers of polyester fiber, for around $25.

Although bench cushion can also be used on some models of swings, Arden creates a complete line of outdoor swing replacement cushions.

One is the (model number 53X20flor) Swing Cushion and the
matching (model A412577b-9X8) Patio Chair Cushions that cost about $20.

6. Versatile deep seat outdoor cushion set

For about $60 you can have a deep seat cushion that’9;s designed to fit a variety of standard outdoor
chairs. The Arden (model number R557727A-9X4) Flange Deep Seat Set of Outdoor Cushion designs are
upholstered in a dual Varina pattern and deep green solid fabric.

This plush cushion set has a five and a half inch polyester fiber filling and has been upholstered in a polyester fabric treated to resist UV rays (with a 500 hour UV rating).

The cushions measure 24 inches square. They’re easy to clean with plain water. (See Also: Best Cooling Outdoor Blinds and Shade Canopies)

Why Choose Arden Outdoor Cushions?

Arden offers some of the most affordable options in outdoor replacement cushions for standard outdoor patio furniture

All the products, including their garden umbrellas, are guaranteed because they use some of the best outdoor fabrics available, including the Sunbrella collections that are renowned for their

While Arden specializes in replacement cushions, they also make garden umbrellas, so it’s possible to coordinate fabrics and create matching patio/garden sets instead of having plain white or green
umbrellas and then choosing separate floral printed cushions and pillows.

For example, the Arden 9 inch Floral Garden Umbrella (model number A412690a-9X1) is amongst one in the Garden/ Patio Umbrellas & Shades collections that have a variety of prints, solids, and stripes. Have a look at all the options available that match their replacement cushions for chairs, swings, benches, loveseats, and benches.

The umbrella pictured cost about $70. It’s a three position tilted design with a crank and is covered with
UV resistant fabric that matches other Arden items we feature. Caring for Patio Chair Cushions and Protecting

Outdoor Fabric The cushions that Arden offers are called "water resistant," but that shouldn’t be confused with & waterproof Fabric cushions with polyester fill, although treated to resist UV rays and not retain mold or mildew, will be ruined if left outdoors in the rain. It’s recommended that all patio furniture seats with upholstered fabric cushions and pillows be covered with vinyl or treated outdoor furniture covers (such as the ones by Veranda) so that the furniture/cushions will last year after year. It’s a good idea to use a cushion bag, that’s vented to store cushions, pillows and lounge seat pads during off-seasons. Pillow and Cushion Storage During summer months, when patio chair cushions are in use, the best way to clean them is with pure water.

In some cases, polyester or spun polyester fabrics that haven’t been treated with a special coating can be washed with a small amount of detergent, but the key to avoiding mold, mildew, and decay, is to dry, dry, dry the cushions in the open air on a sunny day. Don’t store outdoor cushion in a bag before they’ve been washed and thoroughly dried.

Buy one of the top rated storage systems, like the Veranda Patio Cushion Bag that’s versatile for a chair, chaise lounge cushions and pillows. The Veranda outdoor furniture covers and storage bags are available online.

The bag we suggest cost about $32 and is part of the Veranda series of outdoor furniture cover designs by Classic Accessories. Order now for $31.29, and if you’re in the United States, receive free shipping.

(Note: the Veranda storage bags are water replant, but the zipper doesn’t have a flap covering, therefore the bag can’t be left outside on a deck or patio where it may be rained upon. Store the bag indoors, or slide it under a patio table or piece of furniture, that’s protected with a cover.)

Cleaning and Protecting Products

It’s worthwhile to invest in a bottle of outdoor fabric and upholstery cleaner like the Simoniz products or the DuPont Teflon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner that retails in 16-ounce spray bottles under $10. Buy some now to make sure your outdoor cushions stay fresh and protected.

It’s recommended to give your new or replacement cushions a spray of extra protection before they get soiled, as soon as you receive them. We suggest that when you order your pillows and cushions online, you also add a bottle of 3M 4106D 10-Ounce Scotchgard Fabric Protector for Fabric and Upholstery (which costs under $6) and will repel liquid spills and stop stains from occurring in the first place.

The 3M spray won’t alter how your cushions look or feel, and they can still be washed and air dried as usual, just that they won’t be so easy to stain. The Scotchgard Fabric Protector is specifically designed to protect your seat cushions and pillows from soil, dust, mildew, and moisture, and can even help if they get wet in an unexpected shower.

3M Scotchguard has almost no odor, isn’t flammable and will give any upholstery a bit of extra UV protection even if cushions (seats, backs, swings, canopies) have already been protected with a factory UV inhibitor and water repellent. It’s a good idea to give cushions and pillows a quick spray of Scotchgard Fabric Protector, after they’ve been washed and dried, to replace the original UV protection, stain resistance and water repellency that may have been lost through use and washing.

Outdoor Patio Suggestions

For more information on outdoor fabric options, bench cushions by other manufacturers and swing cushions that are designed for wooden or canopy-covered models, please refer to related posts. To enhance your outdoor space, you may be considering garden umbrellas, and looking for an umbrella stand that won’t get blown over in the wind. See what we recommend in classic and contemporary umbrellas and bases in articles where you can get information as well as shop for suggested products.

3 Affordable Shade Sail Designs

Affordable Shade Sail Designs: Titan, Coolaroo, and Pheonix create affordable shade sails in a variety of sizes to meet your structural needs. You can use these shade structures over patios, porches, decks, gardens, garage or entryways. All the shade sail‘s prices range from $30 to over $80.

Affordable Shade Sail Designs

Phoenix Shade Sail

Affordable Shade Sail Designs

Phoenix makes a shade sail that’s called a Sun Sail and is a little over 11 feet per triangle. The most popular one is the desert sand color sail that’s sold in a kit with all the hardware required, including rope and screws for anchoring to a shade structure, tree, post or pillar.

The Phoenix sun sails are made of polyethylene fabric that’s woven but doesn’t absorb water and therefore isn’t prone to mildew/mold and is water and UV resistant (as well as easy to clean). Prices start under $50 and go up to just over $80 for the larger shade sail designs that measure over 18 feet (and are called oversized square sunshades).

Titan Shade Structures

Titan also makes a shade sail that can fit on different kinds of shade structures. Instead of a square or triangle, they have a canopy design that’s a 13 by 16-foot rectangle. Titan calls them a Shading Canopy, and although they’re similar to other sails, offering UV protection and sand color fabric, the prices are more affordable than the leading Coolaroo shades. Titan Shade Structures

For between $60 / $70, you can create larger shade structures and get more coverage, especially for garages, large gardens and even over public/private parking areas. The shade sail canopies by Titan are made from polyester that’s treated to resist water.

Similar to other shade devices they reduce the temperature by about 30% and block 90% UV rays. Although the shade sail squares come with steel rings, the accessories you may need for custom mounting are sold separately.

Although Titan is a more affordable choice for creating custom shade structures, many customers are happy to pay a little more for a Pheonix or Coolaroo kit that comes complete. Compare all the options and see which suits your needs best by clicking on the images and getting more information as well as shopping choices.

Coolaroo Breathable Shade Cloth and Sails

Coolaroo Breathable Shade Cloth and SailsWe suggest the Coolaroo shade sail designs because they’re affordable, durable and highly resistant to sun and inclement weather. The Coolaroo Triangle Shade Sail that’s almost 12 feet comes in funky colors like blue and green as well as a sandy color. The kits are all inclusive, so they’re easy to set up and take down.

The only thing is that although 11 or 12 feet sounds like a lot of shade, it’s not as much as you might think, especially if you have a large deck, patio or garden area you want to cover. So although the smaller shade sails are priced at just over $80, it may worth looking into buying two or three and overlapping them in crisscross or custom designs. Otherwise, you can buy a larger one that’s about 17 feet.

8 Best Cooling Outdoor Blinds & Shade Canopies

Outdoor Blinds: Roll up outdoor blinds by Coolaroo start at under $50 and rolls of patio shade fabric, also in the Coolaroo knitted fabric, cost just over $30 and can be used to create custom shaded shade areas or a complete deck canopy. Ready-made patio blinds in 4, 6 and 8-foot widths come in neutral colors like smoke, sunset, and pebble as well as two striped designs called heritage red and summer haze (striped patterns not available in all sizes).

Cooling Outdoor Blinds and Shade Canopies

Cooling Outdoor Blinds and Shade Canopies

Coolaroo shade canopies and prefabricated blinds that attach to the outer side of windows, balconies or open patio areas are one of the best choices because of the way the fabric has been crafted – knitted so that air passes pass through to keep the patio or inner rooms about 30% cooler while blocking as much as 90% of the harmful UV rays. The Coolaroo canopies (which can be made from the large rolls of affordable fabric), and the ready to install outdoor blinds, have a unique see-through quality. While many bamboos or regular fabric patio shade kits will protect from excessive sun, they may also reduce visibility, which is not ideal when it comes to a patio, deck or large windows that may face a scenic garden area.

Cooling Outdoor Blinds and Shade

Shade, coolness, and visibility are the factors that set the Coolaroo products apart.

Although their patio blinds and canopies look similar to other bottom roll-up window treatments, which are mounted on the outside and provide shade (and may even bang in the wind if left unsecured), the fabric is the key to keeping the indoors and outdoor area fresh and cool even in Arizona or Florida summer heat.

Ready to Install Outdoor Blinds by Coolaroo

Outdoor Blinds

The smoke colored Coolaroo Classic Series Bottom Roll-up Sun Shade measures 8 Feet by 6 Feet and comes ready to install with just a couple of screws that are included in the kit. The fabric is knitted, is resistant to mildew and helps keep your house or patio cool. (Smaller sizes of the same style of patio blinds are also available.)

The 4  by 6 feet Coolaroo Bottom Roll Up outdoor blind comes in the funky red and white stripe called Heritage Red.

The blue and white stripe design that’s called Summer Haze is sometimes possible to buy even cheaper than patio shade in red mentioned above.

8-foot patio blinds in neutral colors

The eight-foot patio blinds by Coolaroo come in neutral colors that match almost any home décor, but the most important factor to keep in mind is how much cooler the inner rooms will be and/or how fresh the deck, patio or balcony will be when covered entirely or partially with a shade or blind.

If you have a deck with an open veranda or a patio with a roof but so side walls, then the larger patio blinds will be ideal to cut down on UV rays up to 90% and without the expense of a full patio enclosure.

Choose a neutral smoke color for a modern, clean-lined look, or the classic sunset colored knit that goes well with various woods.

When it comes to having a patio that’s protected, sidewalls, glass panels or even awnings will cost a lot more than the large Coolaroo patio blinds that cost under $70 and can cover areas up to 8 feet wide and 6 feet long.

Ultra large patio shade roll-up blinds

For covering areas that are 10 feet wide, move up a step into the Coolaroo Select Series Top Roll patio shade designs that are versatile and come in a rich chocolate mocha color.

The cool, mildew resistant patio shade models that we recommend, also extend 6 feet in length and cost about $180. Get a variety of matching sizes on the deck or patio to fill-in other areas or to cover windows with roll-up blinds in the same texture and color of knitted, patented, Coolaroo fabric.

For covering areas that are 10 feet wide, move up a step into the Coolaroo Select Series Top Roll patio shade designs that are versatile and come in a rich chocolate mocha color. The cool, mildew resistant patio shade models that we recommend, also extend 6 feet in length and cost about $180. Get a variety of matching sizes on the deck or patio to fill-in other areas or to cover windows with roll-up blinds in the same texture and color of knitted, patented, Coolaroo fabric.

The smaller versions of this patio shade start at just over $60. One of the leading distributors for the Coolaroo patio shade blinds is Gale Pacific.

However, your shipment may come to a variety of other warehouses such as an online ace hardware outlet.

Create your own Coolaroo custom canopy

Many patios, decks and garden areas, as well as windows that may be odd dimensions, or patio doors – especially large French doors, may require a blind or some canopy covering that can’t be bought ready-made.

The best solution to getting what you need without resorting to choosing lower quality fabrics that won’t provide as relaxed an atmosphere is to buy the rolls of Coolaroo fabric and the hooks, snaps, and closures required to customize a blind or canopy.

It’s surprisingly affordable to get rolls of the high-tech Coolaroo fabric and you’re not limited by length because there are rolls with 50 and 100-foot lengths

Order one of the largest rolls to cover a pergola or slat patio roof, or to create an enclosure with limited UV rays yet great visibility. By the Coolaroo Medium Shade Fabric for 185 in a natural sand color (100 feet in length by 6 feet in width) and start cooling down your outdoor areas

Pop up patio, garden or deck canopy with Coolaroo fabric

Aside from using rolls of fabric to create a deck canopy that’s customized, there’s another option in the Coolaroo series. For a reasonable price, you can have a ready-made pop up deck canopy in a practical gazebo-like design that’s all ready to assemble for everyday use or special events.

Order the Coolaroo Quick Up One Piece Gazebo (which comes in a neutral pebble color) and covers a 10 by 10-foot area. Fast, easy, no fumbling with hooks or closures – pop up the aluminum-steel frame that’s ultra lightweight, and add the unique knitted Coolaroo fabric canopy, and you’re set. Put it up and take down in minutes, or leave it up during the summer.

It’s okay to not take it down it’s designed to be weather resistant, both the steel frame, which is powder-coated for durability and rust resistance and the deck canopy roofing system that’s made from the patented Coolaroo fabric, are made to stand up to the elements – especially Sun.

By the way, the pop-up design is so lightweight an easy to put up and take down, that although you may buy it initially as a deck canopy, you may find yourself taking it to the beach, on camping trips or using for outdoor functions away from the backyard.

Get your Coolaroo garden, patio or deck canopy online and qualify for free shipping within the United States.

Coolaroo shade canopies and DIY Kits

The versatility of the Coolaroo products for patios, decks, windows, doors, pergolas and sun shades is unmatched regarding quality, UV protection, color choices, ease of installation and price.

When it comes to shade canopies for over a pool area, or over a window, or patio, the simple, elegant Premium Triangle Shade Sail offers coolness, UV protection and affordability. The shade canopies come in three sizes:

  1. 9 foot 10-inch patio or deck triangles
  2. 11 foot 10-inch triangular sunshades
  3. 16 foot 5 inch extended triangles for covering gardens or pools

Order the Triangle Shade Sails with DIY Accessory Kit online. Prices for these models are about $130, but there are various shade canopies in small sizes that are much cheaper in smaller sizes.

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