No image of a spectacular garden or patio without outdoor furniture. Furnishing of this type is commonly weather-resistant and designed for durability and prolonged exposure to extreme elements. It is unclear where the trends for this kind of furnishing started but the oldest are preserved in the gardens of Pompeii, Italy. Various designs were actually inspired from the outdoors of Italy like Tuscan style probably because the insouciant and country living is so contagious from this country.
Whether you’re someone who wants to redecorate your own garden or a newbie in creating a project using outdoor furniture, here’s a whole range of books that will surely help you realize that goal. These books are aimed on giving you innovative ideas, useful guides that will open your eyes to thousand of possibilities that will transform your spaces to a spectacular and relaxing garden.
1. Building Adirondack Furniture: The Art, the History, and the How-To by John D. Wagner
This book provides you with useful information about the history, kind of wood to use, how to assemble and making use of scraps to build Adirondack furniture. The Adirondack chair is considered the most comfortable piece of outdoor furniture ever invented. It’s perfect companion in summer leisure with its distinctive sloped back, inclined seat, and high, wide arms.
2. Shop Tested Outdoor Furniture You Can Make by Wood
From the editors of Wood Magazine, here’s a workbook that will challenge you to try to make your own outdoor pieces. It is packed with shop-tested projects for every skill level. Lazy days porch swing, barn birdhouse, folding snack table, and party-time cart are just few of the projects illustrated in this workbook. The book has step-by-step instructions with photos that will help you picture the results you want. It also provides exploded diagram which makes you see precisely how pieces will fit together. And what’s more exciting is that you’ll able to know the outdoor furniture parts, materials they’re made off, and their dimensions.
3. The Outdoor Room (Illustrated) by Jamie Durie
A renowned Australian landscaper and T.V. personality, Jamie Durie is a committed environmentalist and pioneer of the Outdoor Room concept in Australia. He has personal website, jamiedurie.com where anyone can access to his inspiring concepts and projects. In the book Outdoor Room, Jamie emphasized the essence of outdoor furniture in creating a spectacular garden. “It must be pleasing to the eye,” Jamie’s comment on outdoor furniture.
The Outdoor Room is a manual which carries valuable information, useful tips and effective ideas that will spark your creativity. The book provided 200 lavish high-resolution color photographs of how walls, floors, lights, outdoor furniture, water features are united to create a functional and uniquely beautiful garden.
4. Great Outdoor 2 X 4 Furniture by Stevie Henderson with Mark Baldwin
This book inspires you on creating your outdoor project with 21 illustrated projects to build. Adirondack chair, footstool, plant pedestal, garden chair, cottage mailbox, hammock stand are just few of the projects mentioned in this book. This book is intended for those who want to build their own outdoor furniture but lacked the woodworking experience.
The projects included in the book are all do-able and the illustrated constructions were simplified so anybody can understand. Materials, tools and techniques were all provided in this book.