Why do we choose wood for outdoor furniture?
To make great outdoor products, the product materials are needed to be carefully chosen. We realize that natural wood is the best material for outdoor furniture because of the following reasons:
Have a strong attachment to human
In the evolution process, humans depended on nature to find foods, accommodations, and ingredients. As the huge spaces of forests, woods played an important role in most of the humans’ activities like weapons-making for hunting, accommodations building, work instruments creating, and so on. In the modern era, woods are exploited for household goods, decorating, building, etc. Because of having a strong attachment to humans for a long time, woods are by far familiar material to humans.
Along with the appearance of commercial materials for outdoor furniture like iron, aluminum, plastic, and so on, wood is suitable above all others because of its environmental friendliness and appropriateness to outdoor spaces. The environmental friendliness of woods comes from their compatibility with using spaces and the producing process by releasing less fume than other materials. Indeed, researches show that if you convert 01 cubic meter of solid materials for a cubic meter of wood, you will eliminate approximately one ton (1000kg) of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere.
Compatible with using spaces
To be used in outdoor spaces like café shops, outdoor restaurants, balconies, gardens, terraces, wood is a suitable material for outdoor furniture because of its inherently environmental friendliness and the positive associations that wood induces in people. This is proved by the research of Planer Ark that an overwhelming 96% of Australians agreed that wood is ‘virtually appealing’ and ‘has a natural look and feel’.
With over 50% dry weight of wood is carbon, wood is a durable material. This is proved by hundreds-year-old constructions. Different from other materials, iron, for example, is very easy to be oxidated, bent, and smeared; wood delivers abilities of resistance to heat, frost, corrosion, and pollution. The truth tells that the life expectancy of wood products is about 35 years.
Wood is good for health and well-being
According to the research of makeitwood.org, the use of wood has clear physiological and psychological benefits that mimic the effect of spending time outside in nature. The feelings of natural warmth and comfort that wood elicits in people have the effect of lowering blood pressure and heart rates, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing positive social interactions, and improving corporate image. The appearance of wood helps workers be less stressed and more productive; students learn better; patients heal faster, and people are generally happier and calmer in spaces that contain natural elements like wood.
Therefore, using wood materials for outdoor furniture for spaces like café shops, balconies, terraces, gardens are spaces for us to enjoy our life to become even better.