Before making a purchase as big as an outdoor coffee table, it’s a great idea to look at the different styles and materials available and consider the advantages and disadvantages of both. A way to do this is to learn which options are available to you. Several different types of materials can be used to make this sort of furniture. It’s good to know a bit about some of the ones you may find yourself interested in. This helps to ensure that you and your family enjoy your new table from the time you bring it home onward.

Here is some information to get you started in your research. Below are 3 popular materials used to make an outdoor coffee table.

Wooden tables are a very handsome addition to patios, porches, or other outdoor living spaces, especially when paired with coordinating lounge chairs. These pieces are usually made from durable, weather-resistant wood varieties. Teak and the similar but more affordable eucalyptus are two popular choices. These two wood varieties hold up against outdoor use far better than many others. However, to maintain the classic warm look of these woods, they do need some maintenance. During long periods of bad weather and through the winter, bring them inside to help preserve them. Also, to keep them from weathering to silver-grey and to preserve their new look, they must be oiled at least once or twice a year with teak oil.

The mention of wicker makes a lot of people imagine rattan fibers. But wicker actually describes the woven style rather than the fibers used in it. These days, many beautiful sets of outdoor furniture are constructed from synthetic resin wicker. This material holds its color well against the sun’s rays and it is generally more weather resistant than the better known natural fiber wicker. As with wooden furniture, a wicker outdoor coffee table should be brought in during periods of bad weather and during the winter to preserve its beauty.

If you don’t like to be bothered with a lot of maintenance on your outdoor coffee table but you still want something nice, then an aluminum one may be best for you. Aluminum does not rust, and beyond washing it periodically with some soap and water, it requires little care. It’s durable and holds up against weather well. Like any other sort of outdoor furniture, however, it is best to bring it inside or cover it during the winter to ensure that it lasts longer.