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Tuesday Tips: Outdoor Furniture

It is officially spring time, which means it’s start the outdoor dining season! Offering outdoor dining increasing the number of guests as many seek to enjoy good food and good weather at the same time. Giving customers this great outdoor dining experience begins with the outdoor furniture that is used. With several options, it is important to know the differences between construction materials.

Aluminum

Aluminum is great for outdoor use, and with proper care your furniture will look terrific for many seasons.

  • Easy to maintain
  • Will not rust
  • Versatile—coordinates well with other aluminum products as well as wood, wrought iron and even granite
  • Weather resistant—made to endure most weather types
  • Lightweight, yet sturdy

Teakwood

Aluminum is great for outdoor use, and with proper care your furniture will look terrific for many seasons.

  • Easy to maintain
  • Will not rust
  • Versatile—coordinates well with other aluminum products as well as wood, wrought iron and even granite
  • Weather resistant—made to endure most weather types
  • Lightweight, yet sturdy

Steel and Wrought Iron

Steel and wrought iron is heavier than other types of outdoor furniture, which makes it great even for windy areas. Steel and wrought iron furniture looks great, and most of the chair styles Central offers are stackable for convenient storage.

  • Simple maintenance: Wash occasionally with mild soapy water, then towel dry. Wipe furniture with a clean, dry cloth frequently. Use touch-up paint (available at any hardware store) if small areas of the finish come off.
  • All of Central’s wrought iron and most steel furniture features a powdercoat finish. Some steel frame furniture features a UV-resistant synthetic wicker-look weave on seat and back.

Resin

Resin outdoor furniture is easy to keep clean with just water and a towel. Very lightweight which makes rearranging your patio easy, and most chairs are stackable for convenient storage. Resin is resistant to everything from weather like salty sea air to stains and chlorine.

 

More Outdoor Products

In addition to tables and seating, Central also offers a wide selection of other products great for your outdoor area, including:

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

Happy Spring, everybody! As the weather gets warmer, that means it’s time to start looking at outdoor furniture for your restaurant. There are so many different options, that we thought we’d share some of the benefits of these types of outdoor furniture.

Aluminumaluminum chair

Aluminum is great for outdoor use. It is lightweight, yet sturdy, and best of all, it will not rust! Aluminum furniture is versatile; it coordinates well with other aluminum products as well as wood, wrought iron and even granite. It is made to endure most weather types as well, so you have less to worry about if your restaurant is in a wet environment.

Teakwood

Teakwood furniture adds a classy look to your outdoor furniture. Typically, teakwood teakwood chairfurniture comes with an aluminum frame or base, so it offers the same great features as aluminum, but with the additional good looks of teakwood.

One of the benefits of teakwood is that it withstands most weather types and requires little care and no preservatives or treatment of any kind to protect it from the elements. Teakwood is extremely durable as well. If you keep your teakwood outdoors, it will age to a handsome silver gray in 6 to 9 months, or you can maintain its brown color with teak oil.

Steel and Wrought Iron

Looking for something with some “oomph?” Steel and wrought iron is heavier than wrought iron chairother types of outdoor furniture, which makes it great even for windy areas. Not only does steel and wrought iron look great, but Central carries several stackable models for easy storage.

To maintain your steel and wrought iron furniture, simply wash occasionally with mild soapy water, then towel dry. Wipe furniture with a clean, dry cloth frequently. If small areas of the finish come off, you can use touch-up paint to fix it up.

Resinresin chair

Resin outdoor furniture is lightweight and stackable for convenient storage. Resin furniture is easy to keep clean with just water and a towel. It is resistant to everything from weather, like salty sea air, to stains and chlorine.

Wickerwicker chair

Another popular style is synthetic wicker. Wicker provides a light, comfortable look to your outdoor space. It is lightweight, and requires minimal maintenance as well. The synthetic wicker mimics the look of woven natural fiber. You will see a lot of outdoor sofas that use wicker for the seat and back, and come with colorful cushions to accentuate the look.

Shop Central

Now that you’ve seen what types of outdoor furniture are available, click here to check out our website to find the outdoor furniture that best fits your business! Choose from chairs to tables to chaise lounges and more! If you need assistance, our helpful product consultants are standing by to help you with your purchase. Live chat or call 1-800-215-9293.

Central Exclusive Outdoor Furniture

Looking for some outdoor furniture to spruce up your patio this spring? Look no further! Central Exclusive Outdoor Furniture is the one for you. The best part? All Central Exclusive Outdoor Furniture is 10% off for a limited time only. From synthetic wicker to bar chairs to farm-to-table-esque wood chairs, we’ve got you covered!

Let our friends below introduce you to the collection and show off some new, modern styles of furniture!

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Buying Guide: Outdoor Furniture

Need help making a purchase? Central has you covered with a library full of buying guides you can conveniently find on our website. Today’s buying guide will cover outdoor furniture.

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Time to Renovate Your Dining Area?

If you need to replace your outdoor dining furniture, or just want a new look, Central offers a wide selection and can help you find the perfect solution.  View the different types of outdoor furniture options below, and chcek back to our website for upcoming outdoor furniture promotions.

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Aluminum

Aluminum is great for outdoor use, and with proper care your furniture will look terrific for many seasons.

  • Easy to maintain
  • Will not rust
  • Versatile. Coordinates well with other aluminum products as well as wood, wrought iron and even granite.
  • Weather resistant. Made to endure most weather types.
  • Lightweight, yet sturdy

Shop Aluminum Furniture

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Teakwood

Central’s teakwood furniture has an aluminum base or frame, so it offers the same great features as aluminum with the additional striking good looks of teakwood.

  • Withstands most weather types and requires little care and no preservatives or treatment of any kind to protect it from the elements
  • Extremely durable hardwood
  • Outdoors: Ages to a handsome silver gray in six to nine months or can maintain its brown color with teak oil
  • Indoors: If kept away from natural sunlight, in six to 12 months the wood will become a darker shade of brown or can maintain its color with teak oil

Shop Teakwood Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Wrought iron is heavier than other types of outdoor furniture, which makes it great even for windy areas. Wrought iron furniture looks great, and most of the chair styles Central offers are stackable for convenient storage.

  • Simple maintenance: Wash occasionally with mild soapy water, then towel dry. Wipe furniture with a clean, dry cloth frequently. Use touch-up paint (available at any hardware store) if small areas of the finish come off.
  • All of Central’s wrought iron furniture features a powdercoat finish.

Shop Wrought Iron Furniture

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Resin

Resin outdoor furniture is easy to keep clean with just water and a towel. Very lightweight which makes rearranging your patio easy, and most chairs are stackable for convenient storage. Resin is resistant to everything from weather like salty sea air to stains and chlorine.

Shop Resin Furniture

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Melamine

Melamine table tops are built to last. They look great on resin or aluminum table bases, and have many great features that ensure they’ll last for many seasons.

  • Weather resistant
  • Stain, scratch and burn resistant
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns
  • Easy to clean: Use a multipurpose cleaner to care for your melamine. Frequently wipe your table tops with a clean, damp cloth, and for a real shine rub occasionally with a damp window leather. Avoid abrasive cleaning agents like acetone and varnish remover as these may leave streak marks.

Shop Melamine Furniture

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More Outdoor Products

In addition to tables and seating, Central also offers a wide selection of other products great for your outdoor area, including:

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For more information, view this Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide in full.  If you’re ready to shop, be sure to check out all of Central’s outdoor furniture.

Clean up on Spring Dining with Central!

Spring is almost upon us and with the warmer weather it’s time to start thinking about outdoor dining. Stumped on what you might need or just searching for ideas on what works best?  Whether you’re looking to begin seating outdoor or renovating the furniture in your current area, Central has tips and great deals on all the products you need to create the ideal outdoor setting for your guests!

Photo from grosfillexfurniture.com

The first step in choosing the right furniture (indoor or outdoor) is to analyze the available space and what you want to convey to your customers.  To make the most of what’s available, one option would be to use bar height products like the line from Grosfillex.   These tables and stools allow for smaller parties and groups looking to enjoy a nice cocktail on the patio.

 

Grosfillex
Bar Height Table Bases          
Melamine Table Tops           
Havana Bar Stool 

Another major detail in picking out outdoor furniture is the material it’s made from.   The best choice will be durable and visually pleasing and require little to no maintenance.  Central offers three options that fit perfectly into these categories: wrought iron, aluminum and teak.

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Wrought iron furniture is great because it lasts years with little maintenance and because it is constructed of such heavy duty material, it also stands up great to those spring days when the wind picks up a bit.  Create a classy look for a great price with Central’s Value series wrought iron furniture.

Value Series – Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture
Side and Arm Chairs
Bar Stools

Tables

Aluminum offers a lighter, rust-proof construction.   This option even has a sleek enough look to be used as indoor or outdoor pieces.  Central makes aluminum furniture even more affordable with our Central Value series.

Value Series – Aluminum Indoor/Outdoor Furniture
Aluminum and Aluminum/Wicker Arm Chairs 
Tables

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Finally, there is teak, an extremely durable hardwood that requires little care and no preservatives or treatment of any kind to protect it from the elements.   The unique color changes of teak can also be a draw.  If weathered it can turn a silver gray, if used inside it will become a darker shade of brown and when teak oil is used the wood maintains the original tawny color.  Each color allows for its own unique look and adds to the charm of the item that requires little maintenance for years of service.  Central offers several different choices in teak tables and seating that allow for a layout that will fit any patio.

Florida Seating Teakwood
Chairs
Bar Stools
Inlay Tables 
Standard & Bar Height Table Sets 

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Once you’ve picked out the perfect items created from just the right material for your space, the final step is to create a specific space for your outdoor dining area.   Although some open-air dining spaces have a boundary of some sort (possibly a sidewalk), it’s always more inviting to create a defined section to make it seem more inviting.  Central even has this covered with Grosfillex portable patio fencing !  The fencing is easy to assemble, weather resistant and can be filled with water or sand for extra stability.

With all of these great products to get you ready for the big spring/summer outdoor dining rush, Central has everything you need to make the season a success and keep your customers lining up to sit on your patio.  

Don’t hesitate to contact Central with any questions about any of the offers listed at 800-222-5107.  And if you’ve purchased any of these wonderful outdoor products from us, please share what you think below, through a product review on our site or on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

Come Visit the Central Catalog Showroom

Central Restaurant Products is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana and home to our 5,600 square foot showroom is located.

Come on in for a hands-on look at many of our products before you buy and check out our “Try Before You Buy” furniture area.

Are you in need of something right now? Our showroom is home to thousands of smallwares, tables, chairs, appliances, dinnerware pieces and more…and just the place when you need something right away.

Location:

7750 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

How To Care For Your Wicker Furniture

If you have chosen wicker chairs or tables for your outdoor dining area there are a few things you should know.

  • Wicker furniture should remain in a covered area that is protected from the elements.
  • You should clean your wicker furniture once a month to avoid issues such as cracking or breaking of the wicker.
  • Simply vacuum the wicker with a soft brush and wipe it down with a damp cloth or wicker oil.

Your wicker may become damaged with use. This is fixable. If the wicker begins to crack or the strands start falling apart you can:

  • Lay a damp cloth over the damaged area.
  • Cut a new string of wicker a couple of inches longer than you need.
  • Soak the new strand in warm water. This will loosen it and make it easier to work with.
  • Apply glue to the damaged area.
  • Weave the new strand through the existing wicker, keeping the pattern and making sure it comes in contact with the glue.
  • Allow the glue to dry completely before painting it to match the rest of the piece if necessary.

Wicker furniture is an eye-catching furniture but needs to be taken care of in order to last. Cleaning your furniture once a month and keeping it in a covered area should ward off any damage, if damage does occur simply follow the steps above to repair it.

If you are interested in the look of wicker without the danger of damage consider resin outdoor furniture. Resin provides durability, comfort and the look of wicker at a fraction of the cost.

Resin furniture won’t break down in the hot sun, and the texture won’t harbor germs, dirt or sand. You also don’t have to maintain resin furniture as often, but it will outlast wicker.

Although you don’t have to clean the resin as much as you have to clean wicker you still need to clean it. This is a simple process.

  • Brush off loose dirt and dust, then mix one cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water and two tablespoons of dish detergent.
  • Use a sponge to wash the furniture.
  • If you need additional cleaning power add bleach. Be careful not to do this often, it will weaken the resin over time.

Resin tables and chairs are easier to maintain, more durable and less expensive than wicker but still have the look and appeal of real wicker.