Using the best materials for outdoor furniture

Adjustable: Chairs from the Sifas Sakura collection have multiple positions.The range of materials suitable for outdoor furniture in hospitality at first appears limited. Outdoor furniture needs to be resistant not only to the elements, but to guests and staff, and must be able to withstand abuse and still look appealing. Precisely why hotels must investigate materials at the manufacturing level to ensure they are worth the investment.

The primary metals used in outdoor furniture, according to Jerome Armaroli, directeur general at Sifas, are aluminum and stainless steel. “When using aluminum, it must be protected from water,” Armaroli said. 

Sifas uses fabrics waterproofed on the inside to speed up the drying process when wet, while also protecting the aluminum from extended exposure. “Even if there is water inside the foam, it won’t be able to get through and it will dry up,” Armaroli said.

Virtual Event

HOTEL OPTIMIZATION PART 2 | SEPTEMBER 10 & 24, 2020

Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.


Tony Marti Pont, president and CEO of LTCS Hospitality Design, emphasized the need to use processed aluminum. According to Pont, processed aluminum has anti-corrosive qualities to protect it from rust.

Another lightweight yet durable material for use in outdoor furniture is bamboo. “If you stretch bamboo, it can be used almost like gum,” Pont said. “Where low-cost materials would break, bamboo is strong and also has great resistance to ultraviolet rays, protecting it from discoloration.”

Aaron Gochman, president of Caluco, recommends avoiding using wicker in outdoor settings as it is common, and its capacity to make a statement is limited.

“Using fabric that is three-quarters of an inch thick, on an aluminum frame, you can create a whole structure for seating, even a sofa,” Gochman said. “Wicker has been around for a long time, but the means to do something different are there.”

Suggested Articles

The 132-room hotel’s interior design and branding, conceived by Hirsch Bedner Associates, were inspired by the history of the city of Burbank.

The Beeman Hotel upgraded its guestrooms and public spaces in partnership with locally based Studio 11 and Carrell Partners & Yost Architects.

The Hotel Viking and the Holiday Inn Express on Hunter Army Airfield, an IHG Army Hotel have finished their upgrade projects.