Building and Maintaining an Outdoor Bed
Putting an outdoor bed on your lawn or deck can add quite a bit of character to your home and make it more comfortable than ever. If you have recently thought about building your own outdoor bed, then here are a few tips and tricks from The Foam Factory that you can use to create a great piece of furniture that will last for many years to come.
Planning the Materials
Once you have a basic design in mind, you need to start considering what materials you are going to use. A wood frame and outdoor foam topper are generally the best options due to their appearance, durability, and price. No matter how well you care for your outdoor furniture, the weather is going to take its toll on the materials. There may come a point when you need outdoor foam replacement pads or new wood for the legs, and you want to choose materials that are affordable and easy to replace.
Any wood that is going to be outside for an extended period of time must be sealed in some way. The easiest way to seal and protect the wood is to add a few layers of outdoor paint. This type of paint creates a physical barrier against sunlight and moisture. Other popular sealants include varnish, urethane, and epoxy, but you will most likely need to apply fresh coats every few months.
Caring for Your Bed
Even with an excellent finish, sunlight and rainfall will eventually damage the wood frame and foam mattress. Whenever the bed is not being used, you should try to store it where it won’t get wet or be in direct sunlight. Those who don’t have a garage or shed to store their furniture should consider investing in waterproof covers.