Wrought iron outdoor furniture is a type of decorative furniture made with iron metal that has been worked or “wrought” into a design. “Wrought iron” literally means “worked iron.” This is in contrast to cast iron, which is cast from a mold instead of hand worked into its intended shape.
Designs can range from simple to elegant, and are often styled after the Victorian period. Wrought iron outdoor furniture was popularized in the 1950s, though wrought iron has been produced for centuries and was popular in the middle ages.
Wrought iron furniture is extremely heavy, making it a great alternative for windy climates. On the other hand, it’s difficult to move owing to its heavy weight. For outdoor entertaining, wrought iron furniture is not ideal if you want something that’s moveable. However it provides an elegant touch, is sturdy, and with proper care, can provide a wonderful accent to gardens and other outdoor settings for many years. Its elegant metal work designs and its durability make it unique from other kinds of outdoor furniture.
Choosing Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture
There are some things to consider when buying wrought iron outdoor furniture. First, recognize that you’ll need to care for your outdoor furniture properly to ensure that it does not become damaged.
Also, the placement of the furniture will be relatively fixed, since wrought iron outdoor furniture is quite heavy. You will probably want to buy some outdoor patio cushions for your wrought iron furniture too, since bare iron isn’t very comfortable to sit on.
You’ll want to make sure to buy sturdy, solid wrought iron furniture, rather than furniture made with hollow tubes.
Wrought iron furniture varies in price, but in general, higher quality sets will cost you less than teak, but more than resin furniture. Wrought iron is a good choice if you want something beautiful, elegant, and durable, and are willing to expend just a little time and effort to maintain your outdoor furniture.
Maintaining Your Wrought Iron Patio Furniture
Wrought iron is an extremely durable material for outdoor furniture, though it will require a bit more maintenance than wood or resin furniture. It lends an elegant air to gardens and other outdoor areas, and can be painted with metal spray paint or treated with an appropriate rust resistant sealant.
Wrought iron is susceptible to rust damage, especially in humid, moist climates. It is a good idea to make sure to buy wrought iron that has been treated with a rust-resistant finish. Even painted wrought iron may rust, since the paint will chip and wear over time. This is why it’s important to periodically check outdoor wrought iron furniture for chipped paint, rust, and dirt stains. Wrought iron can be cleaned with gentle soap and water, and rust stains can be removed by scrubbing with gently with fine steel wool and applying naval jelly.
It’s a good idea to perform this cleaning and touch up work before putting your wrought iron outdoor furniture away for the winter. This way you avoid damage to your furniture while it’s stored during the off season. Wrought iron furniture should not be left exposed during the winter in cold, wet climates. Because wrought iron outdoor furniture is heavy and difficult to move, garden or patio furniture covers can be also be used to protect it during the winter season.