Sun Lounger Buying Guide
With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Ibiza is the ideal place to get a tan and relax in the sun. One of the few things that can help us spend the summer fully at home is a comfortable sun lounger or a large comfortable sunbed. The paradigm of summer relaxation is that this outdoor furniture is available in such a wide range that you may not know where to start researching ...... how you can choose the best materials, designs, and decorative styles?
In this article, we break down the pros and cons of these types of structures, materials, and styles to help you find a comfortable place to snooze in the sun.
Structure - fixed or folded?
If space is not an issue, fixed construction sun loungers have several advantages. First, they are more sturdy than models that require folding multiple joints. In addition, they are larger and often more comfortable - fixed sun loungers and sofa beds are designed today to provide maximum comfort, offering many adjustable positions. The main drawback is that once in place, they may require more effort if you decide later that you want to move them around your home or garden.
Materials - wood, natural fiber, synthetic fiber, or aluminum?
With regards to wood outdoor furniture, it is important to choose models made from a variety of materials that can resist the effects of sunlight and moisture. Teak has a certified origin to guarantee its sustainability and is the most suitable choice due to its tropical origin - soft to the touch and extremely durable. An alternative to teak is acacia wood, as it is very resistant to fungus and dirt attacks. The main disadvantage of teak or acacia furniture compared to any other type of wood furniture is that it is more costly and requires constant maintenance to preserve the wood - although teak or acacia is a low maintenance wood, it still requires some oiling or polishing every year or every other year.
Natural fibers such as wicker, rattan, or bamboo rattan are very popular because of their good resistance to sun and moisture. Another characteristic of natural fibers is their versatility in creating perfect pieces, incorporating them into rustic and country settings and other environments with ethnic and exotic touches. The main drawback of these materials is their tendency to accumulate dust and dirt on their woven surfaces.
Synthetic fibers, which can mimic natural fibers in a very realistic way, offer better performance in terms of strength and ease of cleaning. These polyethylene, cellulose, and other resin-based braids come in many facings and can withstand the harshest weather conditions and remain intact. Synthetic fibers can be obtained in many finishes, from the most modern designs to absolutely classic finishes, and neutral colors or vibrant color palettes allow you to create completely custom furniture.
If you're looking for a lightweight, durable and weather-resistant option, then aluminum construction is the answer. Finishes can be polished and colored, and even painted in different colors, and this metal allows you to create pieces that are very light, so it's easy to move from one place to another. Aluminum also doesn't have problems with corrosion due to water and requires very little maintenance.