Craving a not-so-average veranda? A patio that feels alfresco perfecto? Insert a wrought iron patio set. The grand dame of outdoor furniture, wrought iron patio sets are coveted for their craftsmanship and classic appeal. If you’re on the hunt for vintage wrought iron patio furniture, be sure to check out our collection comprised of newly-made pieces with vintage appeal, as well as designs from beloved vintage patio makers like Salterini, Brown Jordan and more. Whether your aim is 1960s wrought iron patio furniture or antique wrought iron patio furniture hailing from the Victorian era, you’re sure to find something that brings your dreams to life. Explore hundreds of pieces of furniture, all sourced from top-tier vintage and modernist dealers located all over the U.S. and Europe.
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Compared to other metals, iron is magnificently malleable. It can assume incredibly versatile shapes, ranging from sinuous scrolls to next-level latticework. For anyone seeking the antithesis of big, blocky, modular patio furniture, old iron patio furniture is an optimal option. Don’t expect the usual edit of antique iron patio furniture at Chairish, though. Our ready-to-ship assortment is comprised of only exceptional pieces. Expect to discover masterpiece-grade designs from makers who specialized in wrought iron design like Russell Woodard and Salterini, as well as playful French and Italian garden designs. Another perk of shopping for vintage iron patio furniture a Chairish? Our cut of vintage patio furniture includes only exemplary models that show gentle signs of age and wear. So if you’re looking for a vintage patio purveyor who puts the competition to shame, check us out and let’s take this outside.
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Vintage wrought iron lawn furniture is also remarkably durable, which accounts for its use in items designed to be indestructible such as warships, railways, and horseshoes. Unlike aluminum or wicker, wrought iron is generally accepted to be weather-resistant. So long as its surface remains unpenetrated, wrought iron will not flake and it will not rust.
Wrought iron is also incredibly weighty, ensuring that airborne events—such as the iconic tornado in The Wizard of Oz that set a knitting octogenarian and her front porch rocker aloft—are strictly out of the question. As any owner of flimsy plastic outdoor furniture knows, wrought iron patio furnitures’ heft not only makes it a splurge-worthy asset in hurricane country, but in any region known to experience a moderate breeze on occasion. Because in reality, angling your patio furniture out of your neighbor’s pool is not always the best look.
Those looking to extend the life of their old iron patio furniture should keep an eye out for any chips or scratches that might develop. Knicks can lead to rust, so it’s best to doctor any blemishes right away by lightly sanding them and applying a bit of paint to seal them from the elements. As far as cleaning goes, antique wrought iron garden furniture is fairly low maintenance. Wrought iron chairs and tables can be cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in a mild dishwashing detergent diluted in water. As a final step, some iron enthusiasts swear by an automotive spray wax, which they say helps repel water. Whether or not you spring for the wax, it’s worth noting that most wrought iron patio sets are finished with a powder coat to battle corrosion.
Compared to other outdoor materials, wrought iron packs more pros than cons, but it’s worth noting that come summertime, wrought iron patio chairs are liable to turn into literal hot seats. Thankfully, the issue is easy enough to remedy with the addition of a few cushions. Most vintage wrought iron patio furniture sets are sold without cushions, so it’s worthwhile to plan on allotting a bit of spend to outfitting your new seats in something plush. For Mid-Century Modern wrought iron patio furniture, cushions in bright, solid colors are a safe bet, but for more old-fashioned sets there’s something perfectly on-point about colored cushions with bright white piping. Either way you go, consider a Sunbrella fabric that is UV resistant and will prevent the need for pulling your cushions inside every evening.
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