In a few articles on this site we have mentioned the possibility of using your outdoor furniture indoors or the other way around. There are a great many ways to do this but there are also some things you should consider before trying something like this. You don’t want to find a piece that only works in one area or the other.
The first thing to consider is whether a piece is completely unsuitable for an area. What sort of pieces of outdoor furniture would this be? Something like a stone bench that would be practically impossible to move between each area. Another example would be a heavily cushioned but not so durable chair that is clearly only meant to be used inside.
For those hoping to use an unsuitable piece in one area or another be sure to remember that inclement weather can happen out of nowhere. Perhaps you only meant to use it for a bit and a freak storm came out. It won’t really matter in the end if you had good intentions to bring it back inside. The piece will simply be ruined.
A piece can also be very useful in one area but not in another. You may have a beautiful table set that works well inside. If it does not go with your outdoor furniture then it is not suitable. Even if the piece is durable and resilient it really doesn’t matter because it will ruin your entire setting. That is something you absolutely have to avoid when working on something like this.
So what about pieces that are suitable? Well the good news is that you have a lot of selection there. From Wrought Iron to Stainless steel there are many pieces that can work both indoors and outdoors at all times. Hard Wood furniture such as Teak and other materials can also work in both areas. They all are extremely stylish and also resilient to everything but the most severe weather conditions. This is particularly important for outside restaurant furniture.
Moving the furniture itself is something to consider. You may want to buy some lightweight plastic pieces if you are dead set on doings this. This is because weight is a huge consideration. We mentioned it earlier but it bears repeating yet again. If you have handcarts or other ways to easily carry the furniture then you may go with heavier pieces but avoid them otherwise.
Of course you do not have to buy an entire set that works equally well as outdoor and indoor furniture. Just a few chairs or a table can be extremely useful. This is because you can move them in or out when you have a party or other major gathering. Make sure to perform proper and regular maintenance on them in order to keep them looking great the whole time.
In the end you have to decide how much or how little to get. Find out what your family wants and plan around their plans to get the best results that you possibly can.