Adirondack Chairs – Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah https://www.lrwoodworking.com Seattle Adirondack Chairs and Outdoor Furniture Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:02:06 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 10 Patio Landscaping Ideas All Homeowners Must See https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/10-patio-landscaping-ideas-all-homeowners-must-see/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/10-patio-landscaping-ideas-all-homeowners-must-see/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:25:15 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=541 patio landscapingDo you enjoy dining al fresco, soaking in the sunset, and enjoying a morning cup of coffee with the songbirds?

If so, a patio is a perfect spot to do so.

An outdoor living area is perfect for grilling out, entertaining, playing with your children, or just spending some quality time with nature.

Increasingly, more homeowners agree.

In fact, in 2010 only 59,000 homes sold in the U.S. included a patio. The most recent data shows that more than 96,000 homes now include one.

Want to spruce up your space and add to its appeal? Try patio landscaping!

Supplementing your patio with flowers, shrubs, and greenery is a great way to pay homage to its indoor/outdoor feel.

Today, we’re revealing 10 creative ideas to turn your patio from dull to dynamic in less time than you might think.

Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!

1. Add a Pretty Pergola

Watch enough home decor shows on television, and the word “pergola” will inevitably pop up multiple times — and for good reason.

These wooden structures are an on-trend way to add depth and warmth to a patio. They usually consist of a wooden framework with pillared sides and an open-beam roof.

Adding shade and dimension to your patio landscaping design, pergolas look especially great adorned with climbing vines that can add a colorful punch.

2. Plant a Privacy Hedge

Love your neighbors but don’t want to see directly into their garage while you’re enjoying a family meal on your patio?

A discreet way to add privacy is to plant a hedge of tall trees that can eventually serve as a natural barrier between your space and theirs.

While Leyland Cypress trees are commonly used for this application, they’re not the only option. Feel free to research other fast-growing, high-reaching trees to complement your patio landscaping design.

3. Incorporate a Water Feature

Apart from serving as a serene and peaceful addition to your patio, a small water feature can also help drown out any road noise to enhance the natural feel of your space.

Consider investing in a water fountain or waterfall, and place it within your landscaping, keeping in mind your guests’ line of sight. You want them to be able to see and enjoy the addition — and appreciate its relaxing sound.

4. Add Plenty of Seating

If you plan to eat on your patio, you’ll want to incorporate an outdoor table set or picnic table big enough to seat your family and anticipated regular guests.

In addition, it’s helpful to also have a few lounging chairs, such as Adirondacks, scattered around, so visitors can converse, lie back, and take in your landscaping view.

When planning your seating arrangements don’t forget children too! Giving them a designated space to eat and play can encourage them to sit at the table and help them feel included in family gatherings.

5. Build or Buy a Fire Pit

Like pergolas, fire pits are elements of outdoor decor that continue to rise in popularity. In fact, a recent study reveals that 28% of homeowners plan to add a fire pit to their patio landscaping in the near future.

These handy spaces allow you to use your patio as a spot to make s’mores, roast hot dogs, or just enjoy the aesthetic of a crackling flame.

When incorporating a fire pit into your landscape design, keep in mind that there are several safety measures to take to reduce your risk of the flame traveling into dangerous territory. Here are few key measures you can implement.

6. Plant Year-Round Color

When thoughtfully designed, your patio can serve as a place of community and enjoyment all year long, especially if you install a fire pit for those chilly winter nights!

That said, it’s helpful to consider the blooming season of each plant you use for your patio landscaping.

For example, planting a bevy of azaleas will provide knock-out color during the summer. Yet, if they’re your only shrubs, you could be stuck looking at gray branches all winter long.

Rather, use this handy blooming guide to determine when certain flowering shrubs come to life. Then, choose a mix of plants that will keep your patio colorful, even as the seasons change.

7. Get Creative with Pavers

You can effectively define where your patio ends and your backyard begins by including a border of pavers.

These can be straight-edged or curvy in nature depending on your patio design. You’ll also have your choice from plenty of material options. Some of the top choices include concrete, brick, and stone as these offer a natural tone that blends in seamlessly in most settings.

In addition to adding a neat border, pavers can also help prevent grass from creeping into your patio. When used as edging, they also make mowing around the space much easier.

8. Consider Low-Maintenance Mulch

When planting shrubs around your patio, you may be tempted to simply put them in the ground. It’s worth the extra investment, however, to surround them in a simple mulch bed.

Requiring just one annual replacement application (usually in the spring), mulch is an incredibly low-maintenance and versatile patio landscaping solution.

As it breaks down, it serves to feed your plants and makes the ground richer in the process. Mulch also helps prevent weeds and, depending on your variety, can offer a nice scent to your patio setting.

9. Be Strategic with Grass

If grasses are more your landscaping style over flowering shrubs, the good news is you can easily achieve this look. The only catch? You’ll need to do a little research to determine which types of grass is best suited for your climate.

Choosing the wrong grass can cost you tons of time and money in fertilizing, watering, and other weekly maintenance.

Use this guide to determine what grass to plant, and you’ll enjoy low-maintenance greenery all season long!

10. Don’t Forget Potted Plants

While in-ground plants are essential parts of your patio landscaping, remember that potted plants are also a great option!

Whereas you’ll want to invest in perennial shrubs, these floral touches offer you more flexibility and allow you to play around with colorful annuals that look great for a season. You can also move them around to easily change up the look of your patio.

A fun way to make use of your flower pots? Keep it seasonal, highlighting pretty pinks and yellows in the spring, then switching to deep, autumnal reds and oranges as the temperature begins to dip.

Need More Patio Landscaping Ideas? We Can Help!

Are you ready to make the most of your patio and kick its livability, decor, and style up a notch? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Our outdoor furniture is perfect for transforming your patio into the living and dining space you need.

Choose from our shop collections or request a custom piece today. Let us help you transform your dream into a gorgeous and functional reality!

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Understanding the Benefits of Red Cedar Furniture https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/understanding-the-benefits-of-red-cedar-furniture/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/understanding-the-benefits-of-red-cedar-furniture/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:17:39 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=531 Red Cedar Furniture

The warm gentle caress of the sun on your skin. The kiss of the breeze on your face. The cool sensation filling you up as the ice-cold lemonade dances on your tongue on this beautiful autumn day.

Fully supported in your sturdy cedar Adirondack chair. Reclining ever so slightly. Feeling at peace. Comfortable. You are at home. In your own backyard.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of red cedar furniture for your back porch or patio.

The Benefits of Red Cedar Furniture

Whether you’re in the market for furniture for your poolside, back deck or front porch, you can’t go wrong with red cedar furniture. From repelling insects to proven durability and the need for low maintenance, there are so many reasons why cedar is the perfect choice for your outdoor area.

1. Naturally Repels Insects

Imagine not having to be concerned with tiny holes being drilled into your outdoor furniture by carpenter bees or carpenter ants. These little pests can eat away the durability of many outdoor furniture pieces, but not so in the case of cedar.

With its naturally occurring oils that stave off insect curiosity, cedar is especially protective against bug damage. This means that it preserves its beautiful appearance for much longer than its counterparts that are more vulnerable to the whims of gnawing pests.

Red cedar puts off a somewhat intense aroma, which is unpleasant to insects while being an attractive scent to humans. And this smell will also repel moths to protect your clothes from mysterious holes when storing clothes for the next season.

2. Protects From Moisture

These same natural oils create a protection against water damage by acting as a natural sealant, not allowing moisture or humidity to settle on your furniture.

These oils also save you a lot of time, money and energy from needing to coat your outdoor furniture with a man-made sealant. Cedar’s natural propensity for protecting your furniture keeps it looking great all year long and for many years to come.

3. Innately Resistant to Rot

Red cedar furniture is known to be sturdy and resilient when it comes to the potential decay of the wood. In comparison with other options for outdoor furniture, cedar has been shown to resist rot even in the most humid of climates.

The same oils that protect cedar from bugs and moisture also combat the chance for rot to take hold.

4. An Elegant Aging Process

All cedar is touted as being one of the best choices for outdoor use against the elements. Red cedar furniture is no exception. This is due to its natural protection from insects, water and rot, as well as its tendency to turn a beautiful silver hue as it ages.

5. Aesthetic Appeal

Most people appreciate the aesthetically pleasing appearance of red cedar furniture, and cedar in general. Cedar is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful woods available.

Those who choose red cedar often do so because it has a unique and woody feel with a rustic appearance. This softwood offers a unique design every time.

6. Sturdy and Durable

You can choose to weatherproof your outdoor furniture, but it’s not often necessary with cedar. Strength and durability have been the hallmarks of cedar throughout history.

Cedar is also heavy in comparison to some other woods, which allows it to withstand heavy wind throughout the year.

It’s approximately 80% as strong as oak, which makes it lighter than oak for easier moving capabilities and heavy enough to stay secure. It can remain securely intact, without being blown about, despite the weather.

If you have children, cedar can be a wonderful choice for children’s outdoor furniture, as well. With its dependable strength, your little one can be his or her naturally rambunctious self without too much worry in your red cedar furniture.

7. Protector Against Fungus and Bacteria

Due to the natural oils present in red cedar furniture, it will protect against mold, fungus and bacteria. The oils create a coating over the furniture that acts as a shield to these intruders.

8. Inborn Insulation Properties

Cedar dons small cavities containing air within the grain of the wood. These cavities help the cedar stay cool in the sweltering heat. This way, your red cedar furniture is wholly inviting no matter the weather.

9. Comparatively Low Cost and Low Maintenance

Cedar is lower cost compared to other woods that don’t have such varied protective qualities. It’s low maintenance and can withstand environmental impact, making it less likely you’ll need to repair your red cedar furniture.

In comparison with its woody counterparts, red cedar is much less likely to shrink or warp in response to environmental factors, making it that much more desirable as a building material for outdoor furniture.

10. Pleasant Aroma

To many, cedar is one of the most pleasant smelling woods out there. It can bring a sense of nature and woodiness to any space and enchants the senses.

11. Environmental Advantages

Red cedar is incredibly resilient and is able to regrow quickly when used as building materials, meaning it replenishes itself and leaves a lesser impact on the environment.

As a natural source for building furniture, red cedar is renewable and biodegradable. It’s also responsibly gathered from the most sustainably cultivated forests on Earth.

Cedar gives off fewer toxins into the environment than other building materials. In fact, not only does it contribute less to pollution, cedar can actually counteract the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

12. Flame-Spread Resistant With Low Smoke Development

Red cedar is popular among all types of building projects due to its desirable trait as one of the woods most resistant to the spread of fire. Red cedar also boasts low smoke stimulation, meaning if it were to catch fire, there would be less smoke in comparison to other materials.

Finding the Perfect Red Cedar Furniture

Your home is your castle. You want it to feel warm and inviting every time you return after a long day’s work. If you’d like support in finding the furniture that’s right for you, check us out at L. R. Woodworking.

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Fun Ideas to Liven Up Your Cedar Picnic Table https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/fun-ideas-to-liven-up-your-cedar-picnic-table/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/fun-ideas-to-liven-up-your-cedar-picnic-table/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:50:21 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=511 cedar picnic table

When it comes to decorating your outdoor area, cedar furniture will always be a good choice. It is sturdy, naturally resistant to water and decay, and can last you over 25 years if you care for it properly.

A cedar picnic table will give you a place to enjoy your backyard with your friends and family. But once you’ve picked out your table, how do you make it your own?

Here are some ideas on how to decorate and customize your table.

Give It A Custom Paint Job

If you’re looking for a way to make your picnic table look like a custom piece in your backyard, then dress it up with a coat of paint.

The great thing about this is that your options are endless. You can tailor your cedar picnic table to match your desired theme. You can check out sites like Pinterest for some paint inspiration.

If you want to customize your table but don’t want to lose that natural, cedar look, then consider staining it. You can choose between solid, semi transparent, or clear sealers.

Painting or staining your cedar picnic table not only allows you to customize your table but will also help protect it from the weather. Just be sure you read up on how to properly do this and care for your table. This means you’ll have to do some sanding, priming, and sealing, not just painting. But proper care means a table that will last for years to come.

Set Up Some Lighting

If you set up lighting around your picnic table, then your outdoor activities don’t have to end when the sun goes down.

If you a place to hang them, string lights are an easy way to add fun lighting to your patio. You can mix and match different strings of lights, or change them up throughout the year if you want.

You can play around with different lighting options to really customize your table. Try out fun DIY ideas with candles, lanterns, and string lights to add ambiance to your outdoor area.

Give Yourself Some Shade

It can be hard to enjoy your new cedar picnic table with the sun relentlessly beating down on you. If your backyard is lacking in shade, then consider adding an umbrella to your table.

Adding a hole to your table to accommodate an umbrella requires some power tool use, but is still easy enough for a beginner DIYer. And the payoff is some sweet shade so you can enjoy your backyard for hours on end.

If you’re an experienced DIYer and good with tools, then you could even build a pergola to shade your table. This is definitely harder and more permanent than an umbrella, but will seriously upgrade your outdoor area.

Keep The Bugs Away

Don’t let the threat of annoying bugs stop you from enjoying your cedar picnic table!

One of the easiest ways to stop this problem in its tracks is by setting up citronella candles or tiki torches around your table.

If the store bought options don’t have the look you’re going for, then make some yourself. You can make DIY tiki torches out of any old bottle. This means you can design them to be pretty as well as functional. Try using different colored bottles or adding twine to them for a rustic look.

Add A Tablecloth

One easy way to dress up a cedar picnic table is by adding a pretty tablecloth!

Adding a tablecloth means you can switch out the design whenever you want, so your design can change with the seasons or holidays. Just be sure to look for tablecloths designed specifically for outdoor use if you plan on leaving them out. This is so they can stand a chance against the weather.

If you want to make your own table cloths, then check out this DIY that requires no sewing! It uses a fabric called oilcloth. Oilcloth is super durable and easy to clean, which is perfect for an outdoor tablecloth.

If tablecloths aren’t really your style, then you can use oilcloth to make cute outdoor placemats. Placemats are a super easy way to decorate a table and make it look put together at a moments notice.

Have Fun With Centerpieces

Like tablecloths and placemats, centerpieces are an easy way to add a design flair to your cedar picnic table without making any permanent decisions. You can switch them out whenever you feel like.

One thing to keep in mind when deciding on centerpieces is to try not to take it too seriously! You have a lot of room to have fun with centerpieces.

You can dress up just about any container, fill it with fresh (or fake!) flowers and set it on your table. Try old glass bottles, painted tin cans, wicker baskets, or even a plain tin caddy. Your options are as endless as your imagination.

Decorating Your Cedar Picnic Table

Adding a picnic table to your collection means you can enjoy the outdoors for hours on end. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbeque or just soaking up the good weather, your cedar picnic table gives you a sturdy, dependable space to do so.

You can paint or stain it, add an umbrella, throw on a custom made tablecloth, and step back and admire your handy work! These easy design ideas and DIYs will make your outdoor space look like it was professionally decorated.

Did we leave off your favorite backyard design? Let us know in the comments below. Or reach out to us today if you’re ready to start building your cedar furniture collection.

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A Summer Checklist for Decorating Your Small Front Porch https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/a-summer-checklist-for-decorating-your-small-front-porch/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/a-summer-checklist-for-decorating-your-small-front-porch/#respond Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:43:31 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=498 small front porch

Have you ever considered what people think about your personality as they walk by your house? Many homeowners like to express themselves through their landscaping, door decor, or Christmas lights.

Another aspect of your home that is just waiting for your touch of personality is your small front porch. Perhaps it’s the small space that causes you to distil your personality down to its essence when you decorate a small front porch.

Whether you want to use your front porch to enjoy your coffee in the morning or relax in the evening, there are plenty of ways to maximize the space and make it feel like it embodies YOU.

Check out our summer checklist for decorating your front porch below. You’ll be ready to show it off in now time!

Think of Your Theme

Thinking of a single theme to tie your front porch together will save you a huge headache and mismatched decor.

If you want a low-maintenance front porch, you should consider neutral colors with evergreen plants. All you’ll need to do is sweep and water your plants.

For the more ambitious homeowner, you might think about having rotational decor for the season and holidays. The idea here is to have neutral-toned furniture that will go with any color.

Other homeowners might opt for a single theme to reflect their hobbies like gardening or being a dog parent.

The possibilities are endless for your small front porch theme!

Small Front Porch Decorating List

Now, that you’ve selected your theme, it’s time to collect the furniture, plants, and decorations to transform your small front porch into the curb appeal statement of your dreams.

Pick a Seat

The seat you pick will greatly rely on how much space you have on your small front porch.

If you aren’t planning on spending much time on your front porch but maybe want a place where you can pull off your muddy shoes, then a small bench will probably be best for your needs. We recommend shopping around at thrift shops or upcycled furniture stores to find something to suit your needs. If you’re a crafty individual, you can even try out some bench DIYs to make exactly what you want.

For those with a bit more room and the desire to lounge around in the hot afternoons, we suggest a classic Adirondack chair.

Just remember when you purchase a seat, you’ll want to ensure it’s properly sealed and weatherproofed.

Add a Table

Again, whether you have a table or not is dependent upon what you plan to use your front porch for. If you plan on relaxing out there, you’ll definitely want a small table to put your coffee and newspaper on.

Even if you don’t intend to spend that much time on your small front porch, you’ll want a table to hold decorative items or plants.

To find that perfect table, you can shop at your local garden center or DIY one if you want another project. For the most part, you’ll find small outdoor tables at the same locations where you shop for your seat.

Show Off Your Green Thumb

We fully recognize some people have black thumbs, not green thumbs. That doesn’t mean those people shouldn’t get to grow plants on their small front porches.

Before you buy plants, you will need some pots and planters in which to put your plants. Plant vessels come in a variety of materials and colors, so they’re a great way to enhance whichever theme you’ve decided on for your porch.

If you don’t want colorful planters, clay pots and cedar planters offer a neutral option for your decor.

Once you have your planters picked out, you should select plants based on which direction your porch faces and how much sun it gets. Of course, if you have designated yourself as a black thumb gardener, you might want to start with some plants that are hard to kill, or check out this guide to starting a garden.

Add Some Homey Touches

This is where your personality should shine through. Adding homey touches to your front porch is possibly the most fun part of decorating it.

Some items to shop around for include an outdoor rug, cushions, twinkling lights, candles and lanterns, and antique mall finds.

They key to shopping for these smaller items is to always keep your theme in mind. For example, if you want to have a garden themed front porch, you might want an antique piece of gardening equipment, throw pillows with gardening tools printed on, and a flag.

If you’re on a budget, thrift shops frequently have great finds when it comes to knick knacks and decor.

Don’t Forget Your Door!

Your door is the final piece to tie your small front porch together. Some homeowners opt to paint their front doors a bright color and others choose to paint it a neutral color.

If you will have a single theme all year long, painting your door to match the theme will ensure your porch is completely cohesive.

For those of you choosing to rotate your themes throughout the year, a neutrally painted door will suit your needs better.

To add another surprise to your front porch, try hanging a decorative wreath on your front door. Wreaths are easy to rotate in and out each season. For a wreath that works year round, wreaths made of neutral materials like burlap and twigs work with nearly every color and theme.

Make Your Porch a Masterpiece

Decorating your small front porch shouldn’t be something you dread. You should see that space as a blank canvas on which you can express your personality and interests.

Perhaps the greatest thing about a front porch is it’s so easy to change the decor if you don’t like it or you grow bored of it.

Don’t wait until the end of summer to decorate your front porch. Get decorating today! And, if you need outdoor furniture, whether classic or custom, get in touch. We can build it for you!

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7 Smart Small Patio Ideas to Maximize Space https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/7-smart-small-patio-ideas-to-maximize-space/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/7-smart-small-patio-ideas-to-maximize-space/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 16:28:34 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=484 small patio ideas

Patios are a wonderful addition to any home.

If you have a tinier patio, sometimes it can feel that you just don’t have enough space to stretch out and relax. You might shy away from having guests over because your patio doesn’t have room for a lot of people. Don’t worry. It is possible to create more space on your patio. You can make the most of its potential, no matter the season.

Check out these seven small patio ideas for maximizing the tiny space of your backyard addition.

In no time, you’ll be enjoying the luxury of a relaxing and spacious patio, without stretching your wallet!

7 Smart Small Patio Ideas to Maximize Space

1. Don’t forget about the space surrounding your patio.

It’s easy to overlook your yard space, whatever its size.

Giving extra love to your backyard can actually give the illusion of larger outdoor space in general. I can also pull attention away from the smaller feel of your patio. Create an elaborate path of stone pavers or a walkway, for example, that extends into your backyard.

Line this path with yard lights or other decorative statues, fountains, and plants.

You can even put in a garden bench or two to give the sense that relaxation doesn’t have to happen on the patio alone!

This is one of the best small patio ideas because it allows for a lot of creativity. It also ensures that your backyard gets some additional care and attention.

2. Choose multi-functional and minimalist patio furniture.

When it comes to smaller patios, furniture can make or break your tinier space.

It’s important to choose furniture that doesn’t overcrowd your small patio. Outfit your tiny space with simple or minimalist patio furniture. You can spruce up simpler, streamlined furniture pieces with colorful cushions and pillows. Also, keep in mind furniture that can provide dual purposes.

For example, if you’d like some patio storage, consider an end table with drawers or sofa with built-in storage.

You can incorporate a terrarium in your coffee table. You can also find pieces that are rearrangeable or modular. Don’t forget to choose furniture that is waterproof or water resistant, even if your outdoor patio has some protection from the elements.

Adirondack chairs are a common addition to most patios.

They are comfortable and versatile if chosen well. Plus, they can give your patio an inviting, expansive feel. This is the most important aspect of all when it comes to small patios!

3. Plant a garden.

One of the best small patio ideas is already on your spring to-do list.

Planting a garden in your backyard is a great way to make your small patio inviting and give it a sense of purpose. After all, you have to cross through the patio to get to your garden! Plant a garden alongside your new walkway leading to your patio, or put planters in your patio itself.

When relaxing on your patio, you and your guests will be focusing on the garden rather than the sense of a smaller space.

4. Make use of lights.

In a home, lighting is everything.

In a small patio, lights can quickly transform a tinier space into a comfortable oasis. Put up string lights or hang lanterns from walls or canopies. Choose soft, simple lights or those with artistic flair to make your space inviting and dreamy.

Set candles on coffee or end tables or line your patio wall with votive candles.

Try using lights that are different from those in your home, to make the patio feel like a separate and more magical space.

5. Think of your patio as an extension of your home.

When looking for small patio ideas, some homeowners overlook this important tip.

Your patio may be outdoors, but it is still part of your home. And when we think of “home,” we think of comfort, relaxation, and personality. Add all of these qualities to your outdoor tiny patio and it will become an extension of your home.

Spruce up patio furniture with welcoming and colorful pillows or throws. Choose colors that match indoor themes.

If your patio setting permits, hang up paintings or wall art consistent with those inside of your home.

Some homeowners treat their patios like their living rooms, depending on the patio. They lay out rugs and use accent tables. Your imagination is your limit here. Once you think of your patio as another “room” in your home, it will come to life no matter how tiny it is.

6. Rely on lush greenery–everywhere.

One of the best small patio ideas is to pull your visitors’ eyes away from anything that gives a hint that your patio is tiny.

Using plants of all kinds is a great way to add a new focus to your patio and give it an inviting and lush feel. Hanging plants gives a tinier patio lift and elegance–and hides those pesky, small walls!

Think about bringing in easy-to-care-for air plants in unique holders.

If you have potted plants, make sure the pots don’t take up too much space. The emphasis should be on the greenery.

Your patio may have walls that extend into your yard or attach to your house. Take full advantage of these. You can put potted plants on top of this wall or, depending on the material of the structure, fix them into the wall itself.

Think greenhouse here, and your tiny patio space will become magically larger.

7. Keep your tiny patio clutter-free and organized.

Disorganization is the first thing to go when it comes to making use of a small space.

This is especially true for small patios. Because it is an outdoor space, and in many cases attached to a yard, the patio is a prime spot for messiness and clutter. Maximize your small patio potential by relying on simple organizational tools.

Have coat racks or hooks lining the wall next to the patio door. Lay down heavy duty, artsy rugs to prevent the tracking in of mud and dirt.

Create a designated spot for shoes, preferably at the patio’s edge. Use trays for empty glasses and plates or wall racks for supplies. Put your small patio on your Saturday cleaning list to make sure it stays as pristine as the rest of your home.

Conclusion

These small patio ideas are your key to maximizing tiny backyard space.

It’s amazing how just a few mindful techniques can transform a small patio into a space of luxury and comfort.

Choosing a specific type of patio furniture, considering your patio’s surrounding space, and extending your interior decorating into your patio are all simple ways of turning your tiny patio into an expansive one.

Get started on maximizing your small patio today!

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How to Care for Your Cedar Furniture https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/how-to-care-for-your-cedar-furniture/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/how-to-care-for-your-cedar-furniture/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 15:42:00 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=477 cedar furniture

With it’s rich, honey-tone wood, cedar furniture makes a beautiful choice for any patio. Whether you stain and seal it, or allow it to weather to its characteristic dusty gray, this naturally durable wood can suit any style. Plus it’s scent is unmistakable.

The way you care for your cedar furniture will make a big difference in its lifespan. It contains natural oils that make it resist insects and decay. If left unsealed to weather, it will still last approximately 25 years.

However, if your furniture is properly cared for, you can extend this lifespan up to 40 years. If the wood has been kiln dried, it increases the lifespan even further.

This article will show you how to properly care for your cedar furniture so you can enjoy it year after year.

Using Oil For a Natural Look

Oil is likely the ultimate when it comes to caring for your cedar furniture and ensuring it looks great, year after year.

Cedar is naturally rich in oils, which help protect it from insects and rot.

When you apply an oil treatment to your furniture, it helps supplement this natural protection. It is also the best way to show off and enhance the natural grain.

However, oil won’t provide much durability protection, so the furniture will be susceptible to scratches and other minor damages.

Oil finishes can also be supplemented with wax treatments to help increase their durability.

Just make sure that you are choosing an outdoor oil finish. Otherwise, you won’t be getting enough protection for your furniture and it will be more easily damaged by the elements.

Staining Your Cedar Furniture

After oil, stain is the next most popular way to make your cedar furniture last. Staining lets you choose the exact look and color that you want while protecting your wood from the elements.

The right stain will provide mildew protection and help prevent your wood from cracking.

Look for stains that have mildew protection and water resistance. Deep penetrating stains will soak right into the wood for more thorough protection.

Different types of stains provide different benefits and drawbacks. The three types you can choose from are solid, semi-transparent, and clear sealer.

Solid Stains

Solid stains last the longest, usually at least three years before you have to stain your furniture again. They also provide the most weather resistance.

On the other hand, they hide most of the grain of the wood, acting a lot like paint. Plus, solid stains can build up use after use and crack and chip.

This can be reduced by properly sanding the old seal before using another coat.

Semi-Transparent Stains

Semi-transparent stains are a good middle ground. They add some color and protection against the weather while still showing off the wood’s natural grain.

You’ll need to redo these sorts of stains once every year or two.

Clear Sealer

Clear sealer lets you show off the natural wood while still adding a layer of weather protection.

They provide UV protection and wood preservatives. Your cedar furniture will likely still go gray with a clear sealer. They are a great way to extend the life of your furniture while retaining a natural look.

Painting For Added Protection

Painting your cedar furniture will give it additional protection from the elements. However, this method is often less popular, since it will entirely hide the grain of the wood.

Painting is a great choice for a non-natural or more modern look for your furniture. You could go with a bright blue or green for a fresh look. This way you get the solid quality of wood instead of more modern materials like plastic while still having a modern-feeling patio.

Paint also requires a bit more maintenance than most stains.

Paint will begin to chip and peel over time. Before your furniture can be repainted, it will need to be sanded and prepared before you can repaint.

Cleaning and General Care

Once your furniture is stained or painted, there is still more that you can do to keep it beautiful and extend its life.

For general cleaning to get rid of dirt, a detergent and water mix is enough to clean without causing damage to the wood. Wiping with a damp cloth once a week is enough to keep dust at bay.

You’ll want to keep an eye out for mold or mildew growth. Stopping this early will help keep your furniture from decaying.

Use a mild bleach solution or a mildew remover. Just make sure to read the label to ensure it is safe for stained or painted wood.

Ensuring your patio has proper drainage so your furniture isn’t sitting in puddles or damp foliage will also help reduce the chances of rot and mildew.

A Note on Caring for Unfinished Cedar Furniture

If you prefer the natural look for your furniture, there are still things you can do to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

Periodic cleanings will get rid of mold and mildew. It will also scrub away any unsightly stains and refresh your furniture to its original beauty.

For quick messes, a bit of dish detergent mixed with water will be gentle enough to clean without damaging the wood.

For a deeper clean to stop decay in its tracks, mix a tablespoon of vinegar with a few ounces of water. A spray bottle is best since your furniture getting too wet could lead to warping. Wipe it down with a dry cloth.

This method also works with bleach. Just use a weak solution of bleach mixed with water. It should be approximately 20% bleach. Remember to always use protective gloves.

The wrong types of cleaners will damage the wood. In its unfinished state, any wood is very sensitive to damage. So be careful, and don’t experiment with cleaning products!

Conclusions

This article has shown you how to care for your cedar furniture. By following these tips, you can make sure your patio set lasts and looks great year after year.

Whether you use oil, stain, paint, or leave it unfinished, proper care and cleaning will extend the life of your patio furniture. You can take advantage of the natural beauty and resilience of cedar and give it a bit of extra protection.

To know more about how to care for your cedar furniture, contact us today.

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Tips for Buying Adirondack Chairs and Other Patio Furniture https://www.lrwoodworking.com/adirondack-furniture/tips-for-buying-adirondack-chairs-and-other-patio-furniture/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/adirondack-furniture/tips-for-buying-adirondack-chairs-and-other-patio-furniture/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:29:04 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=467 Adirondack Chairs

Tired of looking out back and not liking what you see?

Do your want patio furniture that your neighbors dream about?

Adirondack chairs provide classic, comfortable outdoor seating that is consistently featured by today’s trendsetting and trusted sources for outdoor furnishings.

They are a simple but attractive addition to patios, lawns, and porches that fit with every look.

If you need a great place to unwind, Adirondack chairs have a tried and true design for relaxing. They are made durable to withstand weather and wear, year after year.

Adirondack chairs never go out of style and are a great looking and functional way to spruce up your lawn.

Before you purchase Adirondack chairs, there are few things to consider to make sure that you are making the best choice.

How to choose the best Adirondack Chairs:

Here are 5 tips for buying Adirondack chairs.

1. Choose Adirondack chairs that are made of high-quality wood.

Lawn and patio furniture should be made of strong, resilient materials that are built to last.

When considering which Adirondack chairs to purchase, make sure that the wood used is hearty enough to last and won’t be compromised by exposure to the elements.

Western Red Cedar is one type of high-quality wood that will stand the test of time and will not be affected by weather conditions.

2. Get the best value for your money.

When choosing outdoor furniture, it pays to purchase a high-value brand.

If you do not consider value, you might be disappointed when after a season or two, you find that your chairs need to be replaced.

On the other hand, investing in a chair that prioritizes value and quality, will be money well spent.

High-quality Adirondack chairs won’t need replacing often. Their appearance won’t be easily weathered and they will be made to last.

There are many brands to choose from. Some are priced cheap, while others may exceed your budget.

Stick to a reasonable price limit, but don’t expect to buy high-quality chairs for almost nothing.

3. Choose a versatile option.

There are so many Adirondack chairs on the market to choose from, you might be tempted to choose one that is painted with frilly designs or a color scheme that may not last as long as your chairs.

Instead, stick to basic, quality wood that offers simple beauty in its rich, organic state.

Simple designs can be customized with cushions. There are many different seat cushions to choose from that fit trendy tastes and every budget.

If you decorate using cushions, instead of altering the colors and designs of the wood, your chairs can easily accommodate seasonal changes and new updated fashions.

There are also seasonal variations that can be added such as sheepskin throws that keep guests warm on a chilly fall evening by the firepit, or large overhead umbrellas to shield the sun’s rays on a hot day.

If you should choose to paint your chair an alternate color, that option is available to you, but start with a natural canvas.

4. Go with a classic overall design.

The great thing about the design of the classic Adirondack is that it has not changed and continues to be the go-to trend for home and garden enthusiasts.

Stick to the standard design: clean lines, comfort-built, sturdy resilience.

The Adirondack standard does not require tweaking. Its timeless look has always been a good choice.

Don’t be swayed by new twists on an old classic.

The reason that the classic design has remained popular for so long is because it is a style that lasts.

5. Choose a professional brand that uses finished, crafted materials.

There are many Do-It-Yourself plans for Adirondack chairs and in recent years, furniture builders have begun using materials such as pallet wood when designing pieces.

Unfortunately, these types of projects and wood may not hold up very long.

In addition to their inability to last, unfinished wood, especially that is not meant for furnishings, often looks dingy and unattractive.

It may cost a few dollars more to forgo making your own chairs, or purchasing chairs made from finished wood that is naturally beautiful, but it is definitely worth it.

Wood such as the Western Red Cedar used by LR Woodworking is a stand-alone beauty.

These materials will not absorb moisture and mold. They will not darken or lighten unevenly.

The wood materials that you want to use will continue to hold their naturally beautiful appeal year after year.

You will not have to worry with wood rotting or discoloration if you choose the right materials from the start.

Additional Suggestions:

Some other ideas for making sure that you choose the best Adirondack chairs are as follows:

  • Check out their website. Take a look at what they offer and how long they have been in business. The most reliable companies will have their complete selection and history available to potential customers online.
  • Read customer reviews. This is a great way to get an idea of how you will feel after your purchase. Read several different opinions so that you can form an objective expectation.
  • Speak to a company representative. Oftentimes, the best way to find out if a company knows their stuff, and offers professional level products, is to speak directly to them. Ask them any questions that you might have regarding your purchase. If you have specific preferences they may be willing to accommodate them if you ask directly.
  • Inquire about annual sales. Sometimes, companies offer discounted rates at certain times of the year. You can always ask if the company offers seasonal discounts, or group discounts such as military, multi-quantity or loyal customer. This may indicate the best time to buy and can also save you money.

Conclusion:

Adirondack chairs offer style and comfort. They are also timeless pieces, that when crafted with precision and quality, will hold up to weather and time.

Look for a durable brand that is also built to look its best.

When you make your decision, you can feel confident that you have made a good choice.

Your decision will be reinforced when you become the envy of your neighbors.

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Create a Rustic Theme for Your Patio with Cedar Furniture https://www.lrwoodworking.com/adirondack-furniture/rustic-theme-for-patio/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/adirondack-furniture/rustic-theme-for-patio/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:48:08 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=452 rustic themeIf you’re looking for ways to add some style to your patio, porch, or backyard, you may already have some ideas. A rustic theme is one that never goes out of style, which is probably why it’s a popular choice among homeowners.

Any type of home improvement (indoor OR outdoor) can seem a little overwhelming at first, even if you have a good idea about what you want. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all!

Here are some ways to bring your vision to life and start enjoying your outdoor space to its fullest!

Why Rustic?

In addition to being a timeless type of decor, rustic theme living spaces, indoor and outdoor, are popular for a variety of reasons.

For one, rustic is an inviting style. It’s classy without being expensive. It uses earthy materials like wood, leather, and metal, giving it a very organic feel.

But mostly, people seem to gravitate toward a rustic theme because of the endless possibilities within it. One person’s rustic is not necessarily another’s. This versatility is what makes it work so well for so many people.

Before you get started on your own patio makeover, keep a few things in mind.

Start Simple

As with any home design project, choosing a few simple items to build around can help you get a handle on the look you’re going for.

A furniture set can determine the overall tone for the rustic theme you are creating. It can also be the centerpiece around which your outdoor space evolves.

Since having a functional outdoor living area is all about, well, living, choose furniture pieces that you’ll actually use and enjoy.

Even if you’re working with a small space, there is furniture that can accentuate the area and become the focal point. It’s not how much furniture you have, it’s whether or not the furniture works where you place it.

A couple of chairs may be all you need, or you may need additional pieces. Take some measurements and make sure you’re not crowding your patio or porch with too many objects.

Accessorize as Needed

Once you have your “signature” pieces in place, you can then begin to build upon that.

Adding some planters for flowers or herbs can give some beautiful aesthetics and can also be functional depending on what you plant.

Make sure whatever you’re planting can handle the light it will be getting (or not getting). If you’re wanting to add more color to your rustic theme, painting the ceiling of your porch or adding colorful pillows to your chairs will give just the right “pop” of vibrancy.

Other ways to add some color:

  • Flower pots
  • Decorative walkway or wall tiles
  • Outdoor rugs

Have fun with accessories and let your personality shine through!

Rustic Theme on a Budget

Creating the rustic themed outdoor space of your dreams doesn’t have to cost a fortune. While investing in some good furniture is definitely recommended (more on that in a moment), the overall look you want can be quite affordable.

Rustic is all about repurposing. Looking for used items to display will accentuate your theme and blend well even if it’s a hodgepodge of selections.

Here are a few ideas:

Pallets

Pallet repurposing is all the rage right now, and for good reason: the possibilities are nearly endless! Painting or staining pallets and using them as planters or display pieces is a very inexpensive way to put a unique touch on your outdoor space.

Vintage signs

Wall decor isn’t just for inside your home! Visit some local flea markets and garage sales and look for items that could be used on outdoor walls.

Even old wooden or metal frames by themselves can become a statement piece.

Fireplaces or fire pits

Nothing screams “rustic theme” more than an outdoor fireplace. If you can’t afford to have one built, look for a used one. You may even have the materials on hand to build your own.

Chimeneas are another alternative to a fireplace and can be easily moved from one spot to another.

Lighting

Cafe lighting or even white outdoor Christmas lights can add a classy touch to your patio and are usually easy to find as well as cheap!

You don’t have to overdo with lighting, one strand may be all you need to set just the right mood and ambiance for your outdoor oasis.

Go Green

Chances are, if you are trying to decorate your patio or porch with a rustic theme in mind, you probably care about recycling. Most, if not all rustic material is appealing simply because it is being repurposed in some way.

Choosing repurposed items and/or materials prevent waste. Keep this in mind as you choose the materials for your pillows, rugs, and decor. Even outdoor lights can be solar powered.

Going green for your rustic theme can be both beautiful and environmentally friendly.

Quality Furniture

You can also use the same “green” way of thinking when it comes to deciding on your outdoor furniture.

These Adirondack chairs are made exclusively out of Western Red Cedar. These pieces are a beautiful addition to any outdoor living space whether you’re using a rustic theme or not.

Our cedar is considered one of the best materials to use for outdoor furniture because of its low moisture content. It is kiln dried and, for this reason, less likely to crack, or crack as much as much as non-kiln dried wood.

Furniture, indoor or outdoor, is an investment. By picking materials that last and age well, you’re saving yourself money in the long run.

Have Fun!

Creating a relaxing, inviting outdoor space should not begin by being stressful. Take the time to envision the kind of area you want and then begin to piece it together using some of the suggestions made here.

Going with a rustic theme for your porch, patio or backyard will give you many opportunities to express your personality throughout your design. Contact us today about getting your project started.

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How to Make Your Patio Look More Inviting https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/how-to-make-your-patio-look-more-inviting/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/how-to-make-your-patio-look-more-inviting/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:28:37 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=264  

 

Many homeowners are guilty of neglecting their patio décor, assuming it has little-of-no influence over their home’s appearance. But the patio is an extension of your home, and should be treated as such. Turning a blind eye to this area will take away from your home’s aesthetics, creating the impression of a poorly decorated atmosphere. You can spruce up your patio and make it look more inviting, however, by following the tips listed below.

 

Eliminate the Clutter

 

You can’t expect to create an attractive, welcoming patio without first eliminating the clutter. Are there old boxes, tools, gardening equipment or other items left out? If so, go through your patio and remove these items. A cluttered patio is bad “feng shui,” as it promotes negative energy that deters people from using it. So, keep your home’s patio clean and clutter-free.

 

Add Color

 

Colors can make or break the patio décor. Some homeowners toss a variety of colors onto their patio, which in turn creates a lackluster, messy appearance. A smarter approach is to choose a universal theme that’s centered around a particular color palette. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to limit yourself to a single color, but rather use a combination of colors that match and flow cohesively together. Bright colors like orange and yellow tend to work particularly well on the patio, as they lighten mood while bringing energy to the atmosphere.

 

Use Comfortable Seating

 

We can’t talk about ways to create a more inviting and attractive patio without mentioning seating. Rather than using cheap, low-quality plastic chairs and tables, it’s recommended that you invest in high-quality seating for your patio. Chairs made of cedar or teak wood are excellent choices, as they offer the perfect combination of comfort, style and durability, all of which are paramount for patio furniture.

 

In addition to the material from which patio furniture is made, you should also consider the type/style of furniture. Adirondack and chaise loungers have become a popular choice, and for good reason: they offer a superior level of comfort that’s not found in other outdoor seating options.

 

Define the Walkways

 

Are family members and guests forced to walk through a maze of obstacles just to reach the patio? If so, you should tackle this problem by clearing the walkways and making them more visible. Overgrown brush, for instance, should be eliminated to promote cleaner walkways. And if necessary, consider restructuring your sidewalk so it’s more convenient to use.

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Here’s How to Choose Cohesive Outdoor Decor https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/choose-cohesive-outdoor-decor/ https://www.lrwoodworking.com/outdoor-furniture/choose-cohesive-outdoor-decor/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:12:12 +0000 http://www.lrwoodworking.com/?p=442 outdoor decorWhen it comes to planning your outdoor decor, the world is your oyster. With the great variety of styles and materials available for outdoor furniture, you can truly create any look you want.

In fact, the hardest part might be making it all fit together!

So how do you create cohesion with your outdoor decor while still creating a look that is uniquely your own? This article will show you how!

Plan Your Outdoor Decor Around How You’ll Use It

You’ve got to figure out what furniture you will need in your backyard.

To make sure you really get the most out of your outdoor space, consider what you most like to use it for.

Do you see yourself hosting lots of outdoor gatherings? You’ll need a lot more seating and table space than if you will be using the space primarily for some fresh air and sunshine while you read a book.

Why not have a backyard that can do it all, you might ask?

Planning the priorities for your space doesn’t mean you have to give up on other uses. Instead, it just means figuring out what is most important and using that to guide your decisions.

For example, if you are only going to entertain groups every once in a while, maybe consider using fold-away tables and chairs only when you need them. This will leave room in your yard for furniture that you will use all the time.

This way, your yard won’t feel crowded with furniture.

Create Cohesion With Similar Materials

One of the easiest ways to make your outdoor furniture feel cohesive is keeping the material consistent.

If all of the furniture is made out of the same type of wood with similar staining, it will really make it all look like it fits together.

An easy way to make sure your furniture all works together is to check out furniture sets. In addition to being made of the same material, they’ll also be styled in the same way, making sure nothing looks out of place.

Plus, if all your furniture is of the same wood, it is easy to create an even more polished look by incorporating outdoor decor made with another type of material. For example, if you could use metal planters and accent pieces to add some interest to the cohesive furniture.

Use Accent Pieces to Make Your Yard Pop

Accent pieces are a great way to add some color and vitality into your yard.

Brightly colored and patterned throw pillows are a great way to add your personal flair and style on top of classic wood furniture.

The same rules that you use to decorate indoors also work for outdoor decor. Choose a color palate of just a few colors at maximum. Only using a few colors will keep it from feeling too busy, and maximize the impact.

You can use solid colors and different patterns to add even more interest. If you’re using multiple patterns, try not to use more than two. One bold pattern, one simple complimentary one, and some solid pillows to balance it out will make sure the patterning doesn’t become overpowering.

In addition to pillows, you can work in other accent pieces to really make the space feel put together. Try finding candles that complement your pillow color palate. Planters and potted flowers on display can brighten up a patio or deck.

There are even outdoor carpets and rugs that can make a patio feel like a living room. Just make sure to find one with a material that will last outside.

The great thing about investing in solid furniture and spicing it up with pillows and other accents means that you can change it up as your style changes without needing to go to a huge expense. Instead of buying new furniture when you want a change in outdoor decor, a few new pillows and decorations will make your yard feel brand new.

Create Separate Spaces Within Your Yard

Depending on the size of your yard, creating separate spaces within it can really take your yard to the next level.

Arrange some chairs and side tables with an outdoor rug underfoot to make an outdoor living room.

Put a garden bench actually in your garden to create a tranquil leafy escape.

Separating your yard into areas based on use will make your outdoor decor feel more planned and cohesive. Just make sure to carry the same design elements, such as pillows, throughout!

You can even hang drapes made from an outdoor-safe fabric to really create a closed off space. Plus, drapes will block the wind and harsh sun, creating a comfortable oasis if you live in a hot climate.

Let There Be Light!

Don’t forget light features when you’re thinking about your outdoor decor!

Whether you’re thinking of lanterns, fairy lights, candles, or full light fixtures, good lighting can make your yard feel homey and welcoming no matter how late your next BBQ runs.

Plus, features like lanterns and table lamps will also make good decorations during the day too.

You can get very creative with your outdoor decor lighting choices. They will add unique style and flair to your yard in addition to being functional.

Wrapping Up

We’ve gone through some of the best ways that you can make sure your outdoor decor goes together.

With good planning from the outset, deciding how to furnish your yard based on how you’ll use it, you can customize it for your own family.

Then, investing in solid, long lasting furniture in similar materials will give you a strong foundation to build off of. Accent pieces like pillows and rugs are where you can bring in color and really show off your style. Plus, you can change it up inexpensively to always keep your yard feeling fresh!

Have questions about what furniture would suit your yard, or do you have a specific piece in mind? Contact us today and get on your way to having the yard you’ve always wanted.

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