Best Patio Furniture for Wet Climates

Patio on a grey day

Selecting patio furniture that is built to withstand Mother Nature’s punishing moisture can help you enjoy your patio furniture for years to come. 

Why is it so important your patio furniture can withstand moisture? Moisture is the primary culprit behind mildew, rust, corrosion, and decay. Patio furniture that’s ill-equipped to withstand an onslaught of rainy and gray days can quickly turn your outdoor living space into a less-than-desirable eyesore. 

Luckily, rain doesn’t have to be the downfall of a beloved patio. Read on for all the details about how to select the best patio furniture for a wet climate. 

Patio Furniture Built to Withstand Seattle Weather

Despite popular belief, Seattle isn’t the rainiest city in the United States. Rochester, New York takes that title, sporting an average of 167 days with rain. Still, the Emerald City earns its green landscape honestly with whopping 149 days with rain on average. 

Timeless movies, like Sleepless in Seattle, we’re too far off when they depict the grey skies and heavy mist that frequently shroud the Pacific Northwest. The upside? All those clouds make for great photos and the heavy amount of moisture delivers a lush landscape that can sport a riot of color year-round (if you know what to plant). 

And on the patio side of things, Seattleites have learned to adapt. Sure, you’re not likely to sit outside sipping a cocktail when the sky is actively dripping. But there’s a lot to be said for enjoying a warm cup on a crisp day in the comfort of your lush outdoor sanctuary. 

4 Things to Consider When Buying Patio Furniture in a Wet Climate

There are a variety of factors to consider when selecting the ideal patio furniture for Seattle’s moist environment. We’ve outlined our top considerations below. 

1. Is Your Seating Area Covered?

A covered outdoor space is a game changer for many of those living in the Pacific Northwest (and throughout the country. According to research conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, the importance of a covered outdoor room or open-air room was 73% more important than a large, open lawn. 

The study, which pooled more than 300 residential architects, designers, and design-minded builders throughout the United States, also found that connecting homes to the outdoors was a top priority for more than 50% of all builders. 

Why is such a high level of importance being placed on covered outdoor spaces? Thanks to recent health concerns throughout the world, the beauty (and safety) of gathering outdoors has never been more apparent. A covered outdoor space allows you to gather more comfortably from season to season.

It’s also a saving grace for your furniture, which will be treated more kindly if it is stored in a covered location. This can cut down on wear and tear, extending the lifespan of each piece.  

2. Are Your Cushions Made with Quick Dry Foam

There are few things as off-putting as sitting down in a puddle of water. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can also be pretty embarrassing for all parties involved. 

Traditional cushions used for indoor furniture are typically made of durable, ultra-plush foam. Unfortunately, these materials are not designed for quick-drying and can easily become water-logged and damaged when exposed to moisture. 

This is why the best outdoor cushions are made from quick-drying foam that is designed to do just what the name suggests — dry quickly. While this doesn’t mean the cushions will never mildew or be wet, it does give them a better opportunity to dry out without being damaged. 

3. Is the Fabric on Your Cushions Weather-Resistant?

Another consideration is the fabric your cushions are covered with. The industry leader in weather-resistant outdoor fabric is Sunbrella. Making a patented fade-resistant, mildew-resistant fabric, it’s designed to withstand Mother Nature’s most punishing extremes — heat and water. 

Additionally, nearly all cushions, throw pillows, and patio umbrellas outfitted with Sunbrella fabric can be swapped out as needed. This gives you an economical choice to replace your cushion covers without replacing the entire cushion and/or the entire set of furniture.

4. Is Your Patio Furniture Rot & Mold Resistant?

Not all materials were created (or grown) equally. Take teak, for example. Teak made from heartwood is an ultra-hard wood that is resistant to mildew, rot, mold, and insects. It is easy to maintain and easy to clean. 

Unfortunately, not all teak manufacturers use heartwood because of the time and expense it takes to grow and harvest. (A fully-mature teak tree with the highest quality heartwood can take 50-70 years to grow.) In order to meet the increasing demand for teak, there are some manufacturers that use sapwood, the softer outer layer of the tree that can be harvested in as little as five years. 

Another consideration is wicker furniture. Traditional wicker made from woven rattan can easily collect mildew and mold, causing it to rot. Additionally, the natural materials can be difficult to clean and become weak and brittle when exposed to high heat and extreme colds. 

Conversely, all-weather wicker is made from a synthetic resin that is fade resistant and does not mold. Furthermore, high-quality all-weather wicker is handwoven around powder-coated aluminum frames that are rust resistant — making them easy to clean with warm water and a soft-bristle brush or sponge. 

Stop by our Bellevue or Seattle Showrooms to view our collection of mildew-resistant patio furniture.