How to Choose Wooden Garden Furniture Set?

Besides other material, a wooden garden furniture is the most popular as ancient furniture makers use wood to make tables, chairs, beds, so furniture manufacturing skills are thousands of years of experience.

Wood is the best material for creativity, and only the joiner’s mastery is a limit to next unrepeatable masterpiece.  Doesn’t matter is it patio table or stylish garden furniture set.

In my last post, I wrote a little about What is the teak garden furniture, but now I would like to say a couple of words of other durable wood for outdoor garden and patio furniture.

I will count just some of most popular, and I guess durable wood.

 Let’s begin with cedar.

Actually, it is the variety of cedar wood which comes from several different trees known as cedars that grow in different parts of the world and may have different uses.

For example, the California incense-cedar is the primary type of wood used for making pencils. As our topic is about garden furniture so let find out which cedar mostly is used to make outdoor furniture sets.

It is Western Red cedar and Northern white which are mostly used for outdoor projects such as furniture, decks, and building exteriors because it can handle moist environments without rotting. Western red cedar tables and chairs are moderately priced and can be found almost in every furniture shop.

Cedar is a lightweight wood, making it the perfect choice if you plan to move or rearrange your garden furniture often or move it to the garage in the winter time.

Cedar retains moisture and therefore do not drying out. It gives this wood more ability of resistant to cracking than other kinds of wood.

Unfortunately, cedar is rather soft so that it will dent and scratch more easily than harder woods like teak or eucalyptus.

The cool feature for the cedar is that a color over the time turns into wonderful silver gray.

My grandmother’s, more than a hundred years old shed, is in this color and I’m afraid that someone wants to buy and demolish it just for the planks. I have heard that prices for such wood are very high.

Top Selling Garden Furniture of 2018

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  • Rustic White Cedar Log Dining Table & 6 Chairs Set Rustic White Cedar Log Dining Table & 6 Chairs Set
  • Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Old Country 5 pc. Square Patio/Dining Set Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Old Country 5 pc. Square Patio/Dining Set
  • Cedarlooks Log Garden Tea Set Bench Cedarlooks Log Garden Tea Set Bench
  • Cedarlooks 6-Feet Log Cedar Bench Cedarlooks 6-Feet Log Cedar Bench
  • Lakeland Mills CFU329 Cedar Log Vista Tete Outdoor Chairs, Natural Lakeland Mills CFU329 Cedar Log Vista Tete Outdoor Chairs, Natural

Rustic White Cedar Log Dining Table & 6 Chairs Set

Hand Constructed by Pennsylvania Amish/Made in the USA 5 Star Average Rating 7White Cedar LogsCedar Clear CoatCedarNot includedTable needs assemblyview pricefull review

Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Old Country 5 pc. Square Patio/Dining Set

5 Star Average Rating 5Northern White CedarCedarCedarNot includedNeed simple assemble65lb/29kgview pricefull review

Cedarlooks Log Garden Tea Set Bench

Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Co. 5 Star Average Rating 1CedarCedarCedarNot includedEasy70lb/32kgview pricefull review

Cedarlooks 6-Feet Log Cedar Bench

Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Co. 4.5 Star Average Rating 1CedarCedarCedarNot includedEasy70lb/32kgview pricefull review

Lakeland Mills CFU329 Cedar Log Vista Tete Outdoor Chairs, Natural

Lakeland Mills 4 Star Average Rating 3CedarCedarCedarNot includedIt takes a little sweat to get assembled correctly80lb/36kgview pricefull review

The next is ACACIA.

Acacia is a durable and attractive hardwood. It is widely used for garden furniture sets, and when properly treated it can survive for decades. Only you need is use the waterproof covers and oil it time to time.

Be careful when leaving uncovered since constant contact with the damp ground of a garden may cause the wood to discolor.

Even more for those who cares about eco. An acacia hardwood is a right choice as it grows in such abundance in many regions of the world that they’re often considered an invasive species.


The biggest attribute of shorea is undoubtedly the strength of the timber. It’s renowned for its excellent resistance to everyday wear and tear. Shorea is extremely durable and tightly grained to produce a desirable density, even more so than teak which is traditionally seen to be the greater luxury and thus slightly more expensive.

Left to its own devices, the patina of shorea fades from gold to gray over time. The wood’s youthful glow can be sustained by treating it annually with oil from its more expensive cousin, teak.


I think that Cypress garden furniture is one of the best choices for outdoors.

Cypress wood contains a natural preservative that is both rot and insect resistant. Cypress can withstand the elements without a finish of any kind, though a periodic coat of oil will keep the wood looking fresh longer. Cypress is almost not shrinking or swelling with weather changes.

The only problem is scarcity of mature trees and therefore the choice is not as high as wanted.

And finally, REDWOOD.

Redwood are slowly growing trees so not for eco friends.

Despite this, the wood has so many fine features, so it always is one of the standards of best quality garden furniture.

Redwood is durable all seasons material. It is also naturally resistant to decay and insects.

Redwood is rather soft so it could easily be scratched or dented. Keep with care.

Use cushions or covers on sits to avoid red spots on your pants or skirts due to the natural tannins that give the tree its name.

In fact, there are some other woods as oak, Brazilian walnut or ironwood, pine, birch and many others for garden furniture making. Every wood has his pros and cons for outdoor use.

Not always a purchasing of the most expensive wooden garden furniture set is the smartest choice so use your common sense and buy what you like more yourself.

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  • Julian says:

    Hello Andrejs,

    It was very interesting reading your site. I am from Australia and I am a carpenter by trade and love working with timber. All of the type of would that you described are non-existent or very expensive especially to use for outdoor furniture! Great content thoroughly enjoyed it!



    • admin says:

      Hi there in Down Under! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I forget to mention eucalyptus and as far as I know that Australia is rich of this hardwood for garden furniture making masterpieces.

  • Malenyalo says:

    Everybody loves gardens but I never give much thought to decorating and keeping it inviting.You’ve given me a lot of ideas and from now on my garden is gonna be the garden to be, I can already see myself struggling to keep visitors away, lol. Thank you so much for the advice and the much needed tips. I’m so going to try most of them, thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Malenyalo and thanks for stopping by.

      You are right that sometimes is hard to choose your garden and patio furniture as an offer is so large. Similar like you I try to imagine how my next tables and benches will look in the overall garden design.

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