How we pick our products
Whether it’s a small or large balcony, we all want to get the most out of our balcony. Inviting balcony furniture plays a particularly important role. Besides being comfortable, it should also be practical. That’s why small, foldable balcony furniture sets are becoming increasingly popular. They are not only easy to store, but also offer enough space on the balcony to let your creativity run free.
Balcony furniture sets are particularly desirable. These are compact and complete, offering a table and at least 2 seats. Before buying your balcony furniture, you should only be aware that there are different materials, such as rattan/polyrattan, wood and aluminium, and these can also be combined. Therefore, we have compared popular balcony furniture made of different materials for you here.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Balcony Furniture: Our Picks
- 3 Buying and evaluation criteria for balcony furniture
- 4 Guide: Frequently asked questions about balcony furniture answered in detail
- 5 Conclusion
- The materials and their durability are crucial, as they will be at the heart of the quality of your balcony furniture. Depending on your preferences, you can choose between rattan/poly rattan, metal or wood.
- Individual pieces of balcony furniture can be very beautiful and trendy, but balcony furniture sets are ideal for a compact product. Not only do you find a large selection, they are also usually cheaper.
- Balconies can vary greatly. There are large, oval and small balconies. However, there are also balconies where you not only want to put balcony furniture, but also decorate it. Therefore, small balcony furniture sets are always suitable, ideally they are foldable or come with a cover.
The Best Balcony Furniture: Our Picks
Buying and evaluation criteria for balcony furniture
To help you find the right balcony furniture, here are the most important buying criteria. These should not only make your decision easier, but also ensure that you have purchased the perfect items for your balcony in the long term. The following criteria may help you to compare the different products:
- The perfect design for my balcony
- Stability and weather resistance
- Material for balcony furniture
The perfect design for my balcony
Whether narrow, square or oval, we all want to get the most out of our balcony. The design, i.e. the size, handling and appearance of our balcony furniture set, plays a particularly important role.
Small, foldable balcony furniture tends to be popular because it is easy to store. But robust lounge sets for square and oblong balconies are also increasingly in demand.
Therefore, my tip is to take a close look at your balcony and try to find a functional balcony furniture set with the right size and a chic design for you.
Stability and weather resistance
One of the most important criteria when buying balcony furniture is the resistance of your furniture to rain, moisture, strong winds and UV radiation. Will my balcony furniture set change colour in the sun? Will the furniture be tossed around in the wind and rain?
Can it withstand a lot of moisture in the long term? Is it relatively easy to care for, so can I leave my furniture on my balcony all year round or do I have to store it in a dry place? You should keep all these questions in mind when deciding on a balcony furniture set.
Material for balcony furniture
Wooden sets are and will remain timelessly chic, as is one of the most popular materials for balcony furniture. Especially acacia wood and teak have established themselves among garden and balcony furniture due to their weather resistance and stability. When choosing wooden balcony furniture, it is also important to consider whether it is easy to care for in the long term and therefore resistant to fungus, mould and insects.
Whether aluminium, stainless steel or iron, metal balcony furniture sets tend to be durable and very easy to care for. Nevertheless, when deciding, you should make sure that your balcony furniture set is of high quality, therefore rust-free and has a stable design.
Rattan and polyrattan
Rattan is often also referred to as polyrattan, but these terms differ from each other. Rattan is a fibre obtained from rattan palms and is therefore a natural material that is not always easy to care for. Since this material is not water-resistant, your rattan balcony furniture should be stored in a dry place during the winter months, otherwise it can even develop mould.
Polyrattan, on the other hand, is synthetic, i.e. made of plastic. Balcony furniture sets made of polyrattan are not only easy to care for and durable due to their weather resistance, but are also becoming more and more trendy.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. More and more sustainable products are also being launched on the market for balcony furniture. For wooden furniture, look for the FSC certificate, and you can generally assume that Made in Germany articles are a guarantee of sustainability. Above all, make sure that your balcony furniture is recyclable if you choose polyrattan or aluminium.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about balcony furniture answered in detail
To give you a comprehensive insight into balcony furniture, here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.
What types of balcony furniture are there?
In addition to various materials for balcony furniture, there are also many types of products. From individual pieces of seating to beach chairs and Hollywood swings, a variety of items can be considered for your balcony. The choice is up to the size of your balcony and your wishes. However, the balcony set offers an all-embracing product. A balcony set always consists of 2 to 4 chairs, or seating furniture, and a table.
Which furniture is suitable for my balcony?
What should my balcony furniture cost?
|Price class||Available products||Features|
|Low-priced||single pieces of furniture, simple balcony furniture sets, mostly only made of wood||waterproof, simple design, low to medium stability|
|Medium-priced||medium selection of balcony furniture and sets, mostly made of wood and/or metal||weatherproof, larger selection of designs, good stability, durable with little maintenance|
|High-priced||large selection of balcony furniture and sets made of wood, metal, rattan, polyrattan||weatherproof, good to very good stability, sustainable selection, durable|
Even in the low and medium price range, you will find a good selection of articles and usually everything you need for your balcony. However, if you want your balcony furniture to be particularly durable and sustainable, a small tip would be to opt for the high-price variant.
To what extent can balcony furniture be water, frost and rust resistant?
Polyrattan is water, frost and rust resistant and can be left outside all year round.
Rattan, on the other hand, requires a lot of care to be durable. So should be wiped regularly when the weather is damp or rainy. Since rattan is a natural product, it needs proper care, while polyrattan is made of plastic and is thus very weather-resistant and easy to care for. The rust resistance of metal balcony furniture should be checked before buying. If this is not the case, there are still various paints to protect the metal from corrosion.
There is a large selection of balcony furniture. Whether you want lots of pieces, few pieces, foldable or sturdy furniture on your balcony is up to you. In the end, we all want to have inviting and practical balcony furniture. Small city balconies benefit the most from foldable and small furniture, while medium-sized and large balconies can also use the very comfortable balcony lounge set.
However, in order to avoid buying new furniture every year, care should be taken to purchase high-quality materials. There are various options, as described in this article, and often there is also a combination of different materials. However, the same purchase criteria should also be observed.
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