When it comes to selecting patio furniture, there are several things to keep in mind. Of course there will be sets that are physically appealing, but don’t forget the space of your yard and the function of the patio furniture! For example, how many people, on average, do you plan to entertain with the furniture? is it for late nights of drinking around the campfire? For Sunday family dinners? Or perhaps for yourself to enjoy a book and cup of coffee on a beautiful summer afternoon? There are all kinds of shapes and sizes and materials on the market, and it’s easy to be tricked into furniture that will rust or break down in no time at all. We at The Backyard Gnome are professional backyard party goers and throwers, so you can count on us to provide detailed reviews of the best products on the market.
Today we review the Keter Corfu four-piece set in brown. And it’s not just any brown, it’s a rich coffee brown, perfect for blending in with any landscape or décor you have. It looks especially haute on a wooden patio surrounded by greenery. We’re thinking pergola covered in ivy, with hydrangeas in planters kind of thing.
This furniture is made of polypropylene resin, and engineered for ergonomic comfort. The backs slant at an obtuse angle, so you can comfortably recline and make use of the wide armrests. It features an open weave to allow for thorough airflow, a very important thing come hot summer nights when the last thing you want is a sweaty back sticking to your chair. An advantage of the synthetic resin is its durability. It does not become brittle over time, nor does it splinter. Natural wicker splinters are the devil incarnate, and we cannot understand why anyone would ever select natural wicker furniture over this synthetic weave. The frame itself is non-metallic, so you need not ever worry about rust. This is a huge selling point for this particular patio set, because not only does rust indicate a disintegration of the furniture, but also leaves unsightly, permanent stains upon the patio. The synthetic weave is also maintenance free, because its colour does not splinter off over time. The resin will stand up to UV rays and not discolour over time. We hate to see a sad, faded patio set. This set will stay crisp and chic for years and years.
This set includes a loveseat, two armchairs, and one table. The loveseat is four feet wide, so it is plenty roomy for two people seated, but you may find this uncomfortably short if you are looking to lie supine on your patio furniture. (If this is what you’re looking for, we recommend a hammock). The armchairs are two and a half feet wide, giving plenty of room to lounge comfortably and perhaps invite your dog up on the chair with you. The seats of course include cushions with a zippered cover for easy removal and cleaning. Each seat holds up to 300 pounds. The cushions are also water resistant, should you spill some liquid or leave them out in a light rain. We do however recommend taking the cushions inside during a rainstorm to prevent any possible damage to them. If you leave them out, they will fully dry in about a day’s time.
This is a very comfortable patio set with solid construction. There will be some assembly required of you. We recommend reading over the instructions first. Additionally, it may be beneficial to lay out all pieces with accompanying hardware before beginning assembly. Get a second pair of hands to help hold everything in place. Line up the pieces, and insert screws just enough to keep everything together. Once it’s all perfectly lined up, then you can go ahead and tighten everything.
The deep coffee tone is a very rich and chic colour that will bring instant sophisticated charm to your yard. Not only is the set physically striking, but is also extremely comfortable, designed with the human body in mind. You will be amazed at the quality of this injection-molded synthetic fiber! Another little feature is the width of the legs. If you have a wooden deck, certain chair and table legs get caught in the slats – but not this set! Everything is wide for comfort and functional purposes.
It is very easy to clean. While you can leave it out in the rain to wash away major dirt or dust, you might get a kick out of cleaning patio furniture. In this case, simply wipe the furniture down with a damp cloth and perhaps some mild soap.
All in all, this is a beautiful, chic set in a comforting, earthy brown tone. The reclining backs and wide seats make for a very comfortable time outside on the patio, and the wide armrests are just perfect for leaning back. The table is very handy to hold food, drinks, books, etc. This low-maintenance, beautiful and durable set sells for around $400.