Finding furniture that looks great in the garden, and can still stand up against outdoor weather, can be far more difficult than buying a new couch for the living room. There are many furniture stores, artisans, and manufacturers that are associated with the wholesale outdoor furniture industry, though, that work to make the task of finding the perfect garden or patio set a much easier task for their customers.
The largest factions in the outdoor furniture industry are the factories and manufacturers that work to produce all of the tables, chairs and lounges that we so enjoy decorating our homes with. The factories can run a few different ways; they may work closely with a few retail stores to produce a custom line of rattan or wicker benches, dining sets and chairs; or, they may just have a standard line of furniture that they produce, and then sell at wholesale prices to different furniture shops. This can include anything from light plastic chairs, to durable aluminum patio tables. if the manufacturer operates this way, the company sometimes will also sell their furniture online, directly to the consumer.
There are also the retail stores. These shops do not produce the bench covers, swing sets, or living room tables. Whether they are selling lawn cushions, or chaise lounges for the pool deck, there is usually an increase in price.
Finally, we have artisans. Though this is a trade that can learned at a vocational school, many of the most talented artisans spend a number of years doing an apprenticeship. There, they learn how to work with different types of wood, like teak or wicker, how to cover the wood in resin to protect it and much more. They also learn to design metal porch swings, or intricately crafted custom umbrella stands.