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Fire Pit FlamesThe great thing about the warmer weather is the freedom of being outdoors. For me, and for most people I guess, the world comes to life when the temperature rises and the evenings lengthen. There are so many more activities to enjoy. But you know what I find really enjoyable and relaxing? Sitting around a fire pit table in the evenings just talking with a small number of friends and sharing a drink. Seriously.

Sure, it’s nice to call up some friends and relax on the patio over a drink but gathering around a table with a fire in the center brings a whole different dimension. There’s a comforting, cozy feeling of intimacy that draws people together as they share a balmy evening sunset and the fire becomes the focal point.

Ah fire gazing; it’s one of our most basic instincts I think.

Strathwood Fire Pit TableThe Strathwood St Thomas Fire Pit table

One of the nicest looking fire pit tables I have seen is the Strathwood St Thomas model. It’s an elegant, open-scroll pattern outdoor table that stands midway between the height of a coffee table and a dining table and is quite comfortable for either use. But its secret is revealed when the center lid is lifted to expose its added dimension; a copper fire pit.

While the fire pit’s in use and the flames are mesmerizing guests there’s plenty of table area around for resting food and drinks. On hot days the same fire pit can become an ‘ice pit’ and used as a drinks cooler. Or maybe as storage for outdoor paraphernalia like suntan lotions and mosquito repellant.

Fabricated from cast aluminum the 42 inch diameter table is powder-coated in a dark brown color with bronze highlights and silver flecking. Very handsome. That aluminum construction makes it totally weatherproof and gives a robust, solid feel and yet it is easy to move about.

Oh yes, one more thing – when you take delivery you’re going to need to do a bit of assembly work. Like bolting the legs on! That’s it! If you can manage that then you won’t regret your purchase. The Strathwood St Thomas Fire Pit Table will bring a touch of classic elegance to any patio. It’ll bring a touch of envy from your friends and neighbors too. And if you’re smitten by the style there is a matching range of outdoor furniture.

Strathwood St Thoms Cast Aluminum Chaise LoungeStrathwood St Thomas Cast Aluminum Chaise Lounge

Just looking at this lounger creates an almost irresistible urge! It’s hard to curb the desire to take some immediate time out to sit and recline in the sun with a drink in your hand.

This chaise lounge is from Strathmore’s ‘St Thomas‘ range of popular outdoor furniture which includes chairs, tables and, my favorite, a fire pit table.

Made from cast aluminum, the whole frame is finished in a bronze colored powder-coating with silver flecks which looks very classy and elegant.

Add to that its 6-position recline settings and 4 inch cushion and it’ll prove to be a valuable addition to your outdoor living comfort.

Once you experience this line of Strathwood St Thomas furniture you’ll appreciate why Strathwood is such a popular name in outdoor life.

Durability

Strathwood’s craftmanship is reliable and, just like the other items in their St Thomas range, this chaise lounge is well made. The cast aluminum chaise lounge frame is corrosion resistant and its powder-coated finish makes it able to endure outdoor elements for years to come.
Being aluminum it’s a lightweight at just 29 pounds making it effortless to move around yet is able to support users up to 300 pounds.
When the lounger’s not in use, the frame’s wide ribs allow water to run through. When it’s time for action they provide a flat, firm support for the ample cushion.
That sumptuous cushion is covered in wipe-clean, water repellant ‘Olefin’ . The cover is not removable for cleaning though.

Assembly

Yes, there is a minimum amount of assembly, but it’s very easy to accomplish with the simple instructions. You’re going to like the fact that there isn’t a pile of packaging to dispose of. labelled as ‘frustration free packaging’ you’ll find there are no fiddly wire ties and bits of polystyrene to clean up. The unit arrives in an easy-open recyclable box. A few minutes of assembly and you’ll be into relaxing action!

Comfort

If comfort is top of your list then this Strathwood lounger is going to oblige. That cushion is going pander to your self-indulgence. It measures a whole 83 1/2 inches long and 23 1/2 wide so that’ll accommodate most people with some wriggle room too. And you’ll nestle into its 4 inch thickness.

The backrest adjusts through 6 levels of recline – sitting up reading a book through to flat out zzzz !

There are gliders on the bottoms of the chaise’s legs which allow you to make adjustments for uneven surfaces.

Appearance

In the looks department this chaise far belies its ticket price. With its brown/bronze speckled finish it makes a very handsome piece of outdoor furniture that will enhance its surroundings.
If elegant, aluminum furniture works well in your setting then this chaise has an appeal that’s timeless. Whether on the sun porch, on the patio or by the pool it’ll withstand the weather and weather the trends! (Had to get all those weathers in !)

However if you’re wanting something in keeping with a more natural setting then the choice would probably be for the Strathwood Basics Eucalyptus Hardwood lounger. It is extremely durable but does need to be treated with an occasional coat of oil to keep its luster. But wood does look more traditional. So your choice might be guided by the setting and the look you’re wanting to create.

Cost

Online prices are competitive and deals do come up from time to time. But even at the full price you are going to be getting great value. If the style is right for you then you won’t be regretting this purchase.

At a Glance

Durability: Cast aluminum construction and very classy powder-coated bronze finish make it weather and corrosion resistant. The cushion cover is water repellant and wipe clean.

Assembly: Quick and easy with simple instructions (and no messy wasteful packaging).

Comfort: The sturdy frame, six stages of recline adjustment and thick, sumptuous cushion make this chaise an outdoor bed !

Appearance: It looks the part. Smart, elegant, and very inviting. If it matches the environment you have then it’ll serve you well.

Cost: Strathwood outdoor furniture range provides good quality at a mid-range price. Strathwood St Thomas range is functional, durable and elegant and represents good value-for-money.

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Strathwood Rawley Textilene Chaise LoungeStrathwood Rawley Textilene Chaise Lounge

Here’s another popular chaise lounge of a different design. The frame of the  Strathwood Rawley Textilene Chaise Lounge is made from cast aluminum with a brown powder-coated finish. The seat and back are a woven ‘textilene’ fabric so the whole thing is water and weather proof.

Many people prefer the softer, natural look of wooden outdoor furniture and Strathwood cater for their taste with the Strathwood Basics Hardwood model. Yes – ok, perhaps the hardwood model is more aesthetically desirable than the rather sterile, metallic style of this ‘textilene’ model but this one does have the big advantage of being maintenance free. It’s a very practical choice for many who just want to ‘use and forget’.

Durability

The cast-aluminum frame of this chaise has a brown powder-coated finish which results in a durable chair that will retain its looks and give long-term service without the need for ongoing maintenance.

The materials used in the frame and seat cover are resistant to corrosion and fading which is a complaint sometimes made against wood.

Its construction also makes for a lightweight chair weighing in at just 18 pounds so it’s easy to move around if you need to.

Assembly

There is a very small amount of assembly required. Its simple design means fewer parts and you’ll have the instructions which will make it a cinch to put together.

Comfort

It’s not necessary to buy a cushion for this ‘sling’ style chaise. The taut ‘textilene’ fabric is ready to support you. However it is a very firm support. One user described it as ‘hard’ which he found ideal for his liking and which could be suitable for you too.  But maybe you could keep a cushion to hand for the times you’re looking for an indulgent relax. The backrest adjusts through 5 positions taking you through sitting up to lying flat out.

Being metal, the arms of this chair absorb the heat of the sun so when the sun is really strong then be careful how you place your arms as you sit – oo – ow ! That’s not a negative just a warning.

Appearance

It can be summed up as ‘sleek, simple, minimalist and elegant’. And added to that list can be ‘functional’. It is a practical chaise lounge that can hold its own against other, more expensive, alternatives. Its finish is a warm brown with beige-brown fabric giving it a natural outdoor look.

The lack of cushions make it hassle-free. If a downpour sneaks up on you just raise an umbrella, walk indoors or jump in the pool. When the cloud passes the sun will dry off the chaise in minutes and you’re back in relax mode. No cushions to hurriedly gather up or dry out. The chaise is ready for action whenever.

Cost

Prices of outdoor furniture vary greatly depending on the material and construction. This chaise is no-nonsense practical, durable and elegant.

Research around and compare prices. You’ll very likely conclude that you could pay a lot more for similar outdoor furniture. But why pay more if you can get this sort of practicality and quality for less?

At a Glance

Durability: Cast-aluminum frame with a brown powder-coated finish make this a lightweight, no-maintenance choice with built-in longevity. Sleek, minimalist  design won’t date either.

Assembly: Simple and straightforward. From opening the box to lying down in minutes.

Comfort: Firm woven sling style fabric and adjustable recline back. The totally waterproof nature of its construction means that this chaise will dry out in minutes and be permanently ready for use.

Appearance: Sleek, simple, minimalist, elegant and functional. That just about sums it up really.

Cost: Don’t be misled by the low price of this chaise lounge. It’s well made, practical and durable. So unless your heart’s set on something specific what are waiting for ?

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Strathwood Basic Hardwood Chaise LoungeStrathwood Basics Hardwood Chaise Lounge

. . . is a very attractive and nicely constructed piece of patio furniture. The backrest adjusts to lower you down in 5 increments – upright to flat out. And a neat touch is the slide-out tray that holds your favorite cocktail, magazines or suntan lotion within easy reach at the right level. Now that’s civilized!

Durability

Despite its inexpensive price tag, this chaise lounge is well made and fit for its intended use. The Strathwood is constructed from Eucalyptus wood which is a dense, earth-friendly and rot-resistant hardwood well able to withstand outdoor weather conditions.

Nice to see proper mortise and tenon joints being used here. That means that it’s a robust, durable construction and will stand up to its job.

Like all hardwoods though, long exposure to the elements will naturally turn it a silver/grey color and show fine cracks. Nothing wrong with that as its durability won’t be affected but if you want to preserve its fresh, golden appearance then apply a couple of coats of hardwood oil during the year. That’ll help keep those joints from shrinking too.

Assembly

Your Strathwood Basics Hardwood Chaise Lounge will arrive flat-packed in a big box with all the wood components pre-assembled. All you’ll be needing to do is fit the parts together using an allen wrench which comes supplied in the box. So given about 30 minutes you’ll be up and running. Or, if the timing’s right, relaxing and reclining!

Comfort

The Chaise measures 73 3/8 inches x 25 5/8 inches wide  and stands 12 3/8 inches in height so it’s going to comfortably accommodate most people. Its 5-position tilting backrest enables you to adjust your degree of recline to suit your mood. Being a slatted wood construction you will be needing to use cushions. There is a polyester cushion purpose-made for this chaise and available in several colors.

Strathwood Chaise Lounge Slide-out TableWhether on the patio or by the pool. Relishing the sun or cooling in the shade, you are going to be comfortable that’s for sure. And that clever little sliding out tray/table just panders to your indulgencies. Why didn’t someone think of that idea before?

Appearance

Hardwood outdoor furniture is generally thought to be out of the question for the less expensive price bracket. The use of eucalyptus hardwood certainly gives this chaise lounge the appearance of a more expensive product. Yet it will undoubtedly make a elegant addition to any poolside, patio or verandah. Keep it oiled and it’ll retain its golden patina.

Cost

This Strathwood Chaise Lounge is much less expensive than most hardwood competitors yet it delivers in terms of looks and durability.

Buying online and the inclusion of free shipping helps to cut the cost of this Chaise too.

At a Glance

Durability: Eucalyptus hardwood and its jointed construction make this a robust chaise lounge.

The wood will fade to a silver/grey if allowed to weather unattended. Treating it with hardwood oil will help reduce fading and maintain its golden appearance.

Assembly: Quick and easy. Unpack the components and assemble with the allen wrench.

Comfort: Being wood slats means that you’ll need some cushions but once you have those you’ll be in reclining heaven!

Appearance: It looks more expensive than it in fact is. Don’t forget that pot of teak oil. It’ll re-pay your efforts handsomely.

Cost: For the price you pay it’s a quality item that is going to give good service.

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