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Classic and Contemporary Pool Furniture

Posted in outdoor furniture by admin on the March 29th, 2011

Buy classic wooden poolside loungers or the latest high-tech anti-gravity recliners. Prices start at around $65. Compare top pool furniture brands and accessorize your deck, patio, garden or poolside area with tables, umbrellas and lounge chair cushions. Customize your furniture by selecting high quality outdoor fabric such as the Sunbrella series or other stain and soil resistant indoor / outdoor materials treated to repel water. Browse furniture and fabric collections and buy your outdoor patio and poolside products online.

Contemporary Weightless Pool Furniture

The latest pool furniture technology is all about weightless comfort. Forget about wood frames and thick padded cushions and recline in one of the innovative antigravity recliners by Strathwood. These high-tech poolside loungers offer the sensation of being in space, floating weightlessly, due to the unique construction and the positions that allow the body to relax with no pressure on the spinal column or the legs. The variety of position choices is extensive and the Textilene polyester fabric used for the seat is woven with elastic and coated with resin for ultra light durability. Despite being a very light lounger that can be moved around the pool with ease, it supports up to 250 lbs.

Choose a variety colors to match your outdoor theme such as black and silver, Caribbean blue, brown weave, champagne or sunflower yellow. Each of these unique pieces of pool furniture offer antigravity features such as a frame that’s constructed using steel suspension technology and a tightly stretched Textilene outdoor fabric that’s attached to the frame with a series of bungee cords secured with grommets. The recliner can be folded to become a small flat item that’s only 36 inches in length (so it’s easy to store) and opens to its full capacity of almost 64 inches.

Despite being designed as pool furniture, and although the frame is powder coated and the outdoor fabric is durable and treated with resin, the antigravity recliner lounge is not a four-season piece of furniture. It must be folded and stored in a dry place during the winter or when there’s a lot of rain. Customers who’ve purchased this piece of pool furniture note that it lasts longer when protected under a shade canopy or patio cover during summer months and find it easy to store when not in use during the winter.

One of the best things about this antigravity pool furniture by Strathwood is that it’s affordable – just under $65. It’s possible to buy a series of them for around a pool, and add some garden umbrellas (such as the Strathwood Market umbrellas) to offer shade and protection and still remain well within budget. Choose a series of four or six weightless loungers and spend less than what a single piece of wooden furniture would cost. Accessorize using the Strathwood collections of outdoor tables, umbrellas, stands and even hammock chairs. (See posts that deal with Garden Hammocks and hammock chairs for more shopping suggestions that can be incorporated in poolside areas. For Garden Umbrellas and the best umbrella stand recommendations, check out ideas provided in Wooden Garden Furniture as well as the post that deals exclusively with umbrellas and stands.)

Classic Poolside Chairs and Loungers

Although innovative contemporary furnishings may be chic in modern settings, classic wooden pool furniture offers elegance that even antigravity recliners can’t match. Wooden chaise lounges with padded cushions will never go out of style, and that’s why outdoor manufacturers are creating pieces that are weather and rot resistant, especially crafted in woods such as teak and eucalyptus. Aside from being timeless, elegant and low maintenance, the woods are sourced from sustainable forests so as not to contribute to the problem of deforestation. Companies such as Strathwood, which we recommend, offer classic pieces of hardwood furniture that are ideal for around a pool or in a garden where humidity / moisture may be an issue.

One piece of wooden furniture is the Strathwood chaise lounge that’s made from durable, weather-resistant eucalyptus. Although many pieces of furniture that are adequate for use near water can be expensive, the Strathwood lounge chairs costs just under $120 and can be ordered online.

Amongst the more luxurious Strathwood collections of lounges, chairs and pool furniture designs are the Strathwood Balboa pieces that can be used separately or joined to create sectional seating areas.

The chaise lounge pieces can be arranged with the sectional corner chairs and central seat, as well as ottomans, to form unique areas around a pool. What makes the Balboa collection so ideal as pool furniture? It’s about the solid construction and attention to details when crafting the pieces from eucalyptus wood. Each piece is sanded and protected with oil so that the items are weather resistant. Nevertheless, the wood can be left in the elements to acquire a natural weathered look. Each piece comes with a set of cushions that are crafted with heavy duty outdoor fabric (actually a polyester canvas) and thick padding that’s 4.5 inches thick and come with special fasteners that attach to the wooden slats with Velcro closures. Although the cushions are designed for outdoor use and are treated to withstand UV rays and fading, they should be brought indoors or covered when it rains or during harsh winter months.

Here are the top pool furniture pieces that we recommend from the Strathwood Balboa collection:

  1. Strathwood Balboa Deep Seat Chaise with Cushion costs about $290 and comes complete with 4.5 inch cushions and the eucalyptus wood frames constructed with rust proof hardware that’s designed to last in outdoor settings.
  2. Strathwood Balboa Deep Seat Armless Chair also comes with cushions and is reasonably priced at just under $190. This chair can be part of a sectional unit or used on its own, the same as the chaise lounge.
  3. Strathwood Balboa Deep Seat Corner Chair and cushion is a unique piece that pulls the sectional design together. This large chair costs under $230.
  4. Strathwood Balboa Deep Seat Ottoman is the final addition to the set, and provides and extra seat, also cushioned, or a foot rest for relaxing. It’s priced just under $170.
  5. Choose replacement cushions for the Balboa pool furniture collections in colors like blue haze, garnet or meadowland, which is a creamy almond color.

The collections of outdoor patio furniture cushions that go with this eucalyptus wood series are all upholstered with polyester outdoor fabric that’s stain resistant and won’t fade in the sun, and are also padded with plush polyurethane foam that’s been layered for durability.

Add toss cushions from the Strathwood collections or create customized accents with a variety of outdoor fabric that’s sold by the yard.

Customizing Your Pool Furniture with Outdoor Fabric by the Yard

When it comes to decorating with outdoor fabric, there are several companies that make high quality materials that are treated against soiling, moisture, stains, mildew, mold and can withstand the elements. Custom cushion covers can be made by choosing outdoor fabric by the yard from the following companies: Gale Pacific, Waverly Fabrics, Home decorators, Benson Mills, and the top collections from Sunbrella fabrics that come in solid colors and zillions of unique patterns that range from floral classic to funky modern abstracts and stripes.

We’re especially fond of the Sunbrella Outdoor Fabric collections for these reasons:

  1. Sunbrella fabrics are durable, stain resistant, don’t fade, are easy to clean
  2. The outdoor fabric that Sunbrella designs come in such a massive range of colors and patterns that any decor or theme can be accommodated
  3. Choosing to buy fabric online is convenient but in many cases must be bought blind. However, Sunbrella offers to send samples of fabric swatches for just $1, so comparing colors and textures is easy and affordable. Once you’ve decided on the material color and texture, order the amount you need by the half yard or full yard. Prices vary but as a whole, the outdoor fabrics they sell cost under $13 for a half yard, or get better value by buying a full yard for about $17.

Start shopping now and order your favorite fabric swatches that are about 4 inches square. When you’re ready to order the lengths you need, calculate the yardage taking into account that most of their upholstery fabric comes in 54 or 56 inch widths.

All the Sunbrella fabric collections are mildew-free and UV and water resistant. They’re are easy to clean by washing with just water with soap. Once cushions are covered, all they require is washing, shaking and airdrying in the sun.

Buy ready made Outdoor Chair Seat Cushion with Sunbrella Fabric, sold in sets of four outdoor cushions, for between $130 – $150. Choose natural colors like taupe / brown or vibrant pacific blue and forest green, amongst others.

For more shopping tips on where to get bench cushions, swing cushions and hammocks for sale online, as well as where to buy shade cloth, canopies and sails for protection over decks, patios and pool areas, consult related posts that deal with garden, patio and pool products.

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