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What are the Different Types of Outdoor Gliders?

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When it comes to outdoor seating, the point is typically to be able to relax outside, which is where outdoor gliders come in. This kind of patio furniture glides back and forth smoothly in a comforting rhythm, and comes in various materials and sizes. The main types of outdoor gliders include a wooden bench, a metal bench, and either a glider chair or a full-sized bench. Owners of this type of patio furniture not only may choose among these variations, but also have the option of adding cushions that suit their personal tastes, as well as gliding ottomans.

One of the most common types of outdoor gliders is the wooden kind, which tends to match nearly any style since there are many types of wood. Some of the preferred woods include teak, cedar, pine, cypress, and redwood, all of which are usually resistant to inclement weather. This kind of outdoor seating tends to age well outside, and usually looks attractive when located anywhere from a backyard with a quaint garden to a front yard with nothing but grass and a concrete porch. The color of the glider usually depends on the type of wood that is chosen, as it may be light, dark, or cherry colored, though it may also be painted any color. A wooden glider usually requires that cushions be added to make it more comfortable, and they are typically sold separately.

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Many people who prefer the contemporary look to the traditional style opt for metal outdoor gliders. This kind of seating usually involves a metal frame, with the legs, arms, and gliding mechanism all made out of aluminum. The seat of the glider is typically made of mesh or a similar soft material, which means that most metal outdoor gliders do not need cushions. Many such gliders include overhead canopies to provide shade while in use.

Most outdoor gliders are large enough to easily fit up to three people, as they resemble benches and are typically the size of a standard couch. There are smaller gliders available that are meant to fit two cozily, usually called loveseat benches. For those who do not need much room and wish to save money on this purchase, there are glider chairs on the market that seat just one person. A glider chair may come with an ottoman that also glides, making this smaller and less expensive type of patio furniture as comfortable as possible.

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