What’s the best furniture for sunrooms?

Congratulations! You’ve completed your sunroom, and now it’s time to add the home furnishings. We’ve done a lot of research on this topic, and we’ll happy all that we’ve learned.

Sunroom furniture will be exposed to more sunlight than other rooms in your home. For this reason, we recommend getting fabrics that can deal with UV light better. A lot of interior furniture will quickly fade and get their colors and patterns bleached out.

Because of this, we prefer to start with patio furniture. Our top two material options are either wicker or rod iron. The fabric for the patio furniture will also be well suited to deal with any temperature or humidity changes far better than inside only furniture.

What is the best frame type for sunroom furniture

Wrought iron furniture is heavier so it will add more weight if that is a concern for wood plank foundations. Wrought iron is very resilient, and the frame will last more than a decade. My father had some Wrought iron chairs that sat on his patio for more than 15 years.

Wicker furniture won’t have the lifespan of Wrought iron. It’s key advantage is that many people feel it’s more comfortable as it can bend a little when someone sits in it. This will feel more comfortable than the rigid structure of a metal frame that will offer no movement. We’ve found that wicker furniture also normally comes with thicker cushions that will also lead to it feeling more comfortable.

Wicker furniture will also come in far more design options from the basic ratan chair to elegant furniture that you would see in a luxury hotel. Wrought iron furniture is more functional over fashion.

What is the best fabric upholstery for sunroom furniture?

We strongly prefer Cotton-polyester blends. The reason is that they are easy to clean, and they will last. They also do well in holding their coloring when exposed to a lot of sunlight.

Cotton-polyester blends are also fantastic at dealing with temperature and moisture swings. Leather, suede and pleather furniture are prone to cracking so we absolutely suggest avoiding them for sunrooms.

Bonded leather is another material that we strongly recommend not be used in sunrooms. We’ve had a few bonded leather furniture items over the years. We had a large sectional in our media room which had a large patio window.

The side of the sectional near the window that was exposed to sun lasted a few years before completely cracking. The side of the sectional that is near the solid wall, has no cracks. Ultimately, we decided to replace the entire sectional, and we only got 3 years out of the sectional before it became completely scrap.

Poly Cotton-polyester blends are also very resistant to rot if they get wet. Any of the coverings that are based in leather can begin rotting if they are exposed to water and not properly taken care of.

Is there a weight limit for wicker furniture?

There are specially designed wicker furniture that can support people who weigh between 350 and 500 pounds; however, this is the exception and not the rule.

As a larger person, I always felt more comfortable in wrought iron furniture. I’m certain that it won’t collapse under my weight. I have never had a wicker chair collapse or break under my weight; however, my uncle who is over 400 pounds has had some issues with furniture.

If you are going with a full room full of wicker furniture, I recommend having at least one option that will be sturdy if you have a larger friend or family member visit.

Can you use inside only furniture in a sunroom?

Interior furniture can be used in a sunroom. It is a little more work as there are some steps you’ll need to take to ensure the furniture lasts.

The first is to limit the exposure to the sun. This can mean keeping the blinds or shades closed when no one is using the room. If you want to leave the window treatments open at all times, there is a window film that can be applied which will limit UV light.

The second consideration is that you’ll need to wipe down any moisture that accumulates. The standing water can lead to mold or mildew on the furniture. Also, some interior furniture may begin to rot when exposed to the moisture and sun.

Can you recycle furniture for a sunroom?

Yes, this is a great idea. Whether you get furniture at a garage sale or one of the second hand stores, this type of furniture can often be bought at 90% off the price of a new item.

Also, if you are crafty as most of our readers are, adding new cushions can be a fantastic DIY project that will allow you to have full control over the look of your sunroom furniture at a fraction of the cost.

Wrapping up

So that’s our guide for the best furniture for sunrooms. We will add more to this guide as we get questions from our community members. If you have a sunroom and would like to share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you.

Much of our content is from questions and comments from our NewAwning community. (Source.)

On that topic, we’ve created a complete guide to sunrooms if you have any other sunroom related topics you’d like to hear our thoughts about.

Last Updated:November 21, 2023