Waterproof Furniture for Pubs and Restaurants

Waterproof Furniture for Pubs and Restaurants

Waterproof Furniture for Pubs and Restaurants

Restaurant and pub owners have been turning to outdoor furniture a lot more recently, especially waterproof furniture. Using furniture outside provides alfresco options for dining and drinking. During Covid, with restrictions in place, at one point you could only sit outside. Since then, it has become important for the hospitality industry to embrace its reopening and carry on serving outdoors. However, as we all know, the weather here in the United Kingdom is rather turbulent and cannot be relied upon to give the perfect outdoor dining experience.

In the UK, outdoor furniture has to be strong, sturdy, and weather-resistant to the frequent downpours that usually ruin our summer plans.


Waterproof furniture

If you are using non-waterproof tables outside, the most common issue you will notice is the swelling of the tabletops which is caused by rainwater. If your table is damaged like this, it is rendered useless as the tabletop buckles, so placing plates and glasses on them will not be safe.


Best materials for outdoor furniture


Wood is still an incredibly popular choice of raw material for outdoor furniture. In particular, teak is the most sought-after material due to its natural look as well as its high natural oil content. Teak repels water so is suitable as an all-weather piece of outdoor furniture. Its strength, availability, ease of maintenance, and long life make it extremely durable.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has high density and strength making it a great choice if you are searching for a heavy-duty piece of furniture. It is rust and corrosion-resistant and can sustain extreme weather and temperatures. It is less likely to blow away or tip over in harsh winds because of its weight.


Aluminium is strong, long-lasting, and easily manageable. It is very lightweight, so it is a go-to option for outdoor restaurant and pub furniture. Additional powder coating adds to the visual appeal and finishes as well as makes it more scratch-resistant. However, powder coating isn’t essential as aluminium already offers considerable resistance to corrosion.


Resin and plastic are used for the more modern designs. These materials are available in a large range of shapes, sizes, colours, and finishes all thanks to cutting-edge technology. These lightweight materials are fade-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your bright colours fading. Some pieces are extremely lightweight, so we suggest securing them to the ground in windy conditions.


Wrought iron remains one of the oldest materials for making furniture. Although it is recognised for its strength and ductility, it can rust which may make it require extra care and proper maintenance. Also, in weather extremes, it may get uncomfortable to use without upholstery.


Things to consider


Cleaning and Care

If you don’t have much time or don’t want to frequently maintain your outdoor furniture, lower maintenance materials such as teak, aluminium, stainless steel and plastic will be the best options.


We suggest opting for ‘green’ materials as much as you can. Due to global warming, there are accelerating climatic changes. A lot of leading manufacturers are becoming more ecological by using recycled or biodegradable materials.


Before deciding on a certain material, consider the upfront investment as well as the maintenance and repair costs.


Outdoor furniture may need to be moved daily, so the weight of the furniture is an important thing to consider. At most restaurants/pubs, staff have to stack the outdoor furniture under cover or put them in a secure area at closing. Then when the restaurant reopens, the furniture must be put back into position, so heavy furniture won’t be ideal as it can be difficult for the staff to move them. However, if your outdoor furniture is lightweight, it will make setup and breakdown a lot easier.

Rain and Moisture

If your area gets a lot of rain or excessive humidity, make sure that your outdoor furniture has sufficient protection against rust, fungi, corrosion, etc as rain and moisture are probably the most damage-causing agents to outdoor furniture. These factors lower the life and durability of the furniture as well as posing a health concern for customers.

Corrosion Resistance

Corrosion is a big problem in outdoor furniture. When untreated, wrought iron is exposed to moisture in the air which causes rust. As metal rusts, it becomes weaker. Aluminium is a great option as it is corrosion-resistant, so if you like the sleek, modern appearance of metal, aluminium would be a good choice.


As you plan to buy your outdoor furniture, realise it all boils down to your preferences, requirements, weather conditions, and budget. We hope this article helps you make some important decisions when it comes down to choosing your furniture.