Garden Furniture Buyers Guide

Garden Furniture Buyers Guide

There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you decide to buy a new set of garden furniture. The first one is 'what is the purpose of the furniture. Do you plan to use it as a place to have a nap in the sun? Does your furniture need to have a place for your outdoor pets to sleep? Do you plan to use it as a work area?

While you may think purchasing garden furniture is a trivial or short-term investment, there are a few key themes to keep in mind that may help guide you into making the right decision. We have put together this buying guide to help you find the right type of garden furniture for your needs.

  • What is your budget?
  • What's the purpose of the furniture? i.e. is it for outside or inside use (conservatory)?
  • Do you want to buy pre-made furniture or build your own furniture?
  • What materials do you want to use?
  • What style and size do you want?
  • What colors do you want?
  • What's your preferred style of garden furniture?

Have you set a budget?

You can spend little or a lot on garden furniture. You can get the best value for your money if you are smart about your choices. To make your budget stretch further, check out the materials used to build garden furniture. Also, consider its versatility and how often it will be used. Finally, think about the look.

Different outdoor furniture is going to have different levels of use – from a little bit of light to a lot of heavy use – and so you want to spend a little more to get a little more if you've got a lot of use planned. Wooden garden furniture is often a good way to go, being less expensive than metal and more durable than plastic. Then if you know you're going to have a lot to use it, you can spend a little more on a very good quality piece that will last a long time. Finally, if you just want a little touch to your patio or yard, then think about how elegant or low-key you want your furniture to be. To mix it up a bit, think about getting a few different pieces, each with a different look and use. Garden furniture can improve the ambiance of any area and make it a nicer place to spend time and relax.

Garden furniture materials

Garden furniture materials can be one of the most important considerations for buyers, especially if one is seeking metal furniture items instead of plastic. Metal garden furniture items are often more expensive than plastic, but for buyers seeking durability and longevity, they can be worth the investment.

For buyers who are looking for the cheapest option, then plastic is likely the best. It can also be the least durable, however. Metal is an investment, but it is a purchase that will last a lifetime. There are many options for garden furniture, including metal, wood and rattan. Below are details about each:

 

Rattan  

Rattan, a strong and durable plant that is similar to bamboo or palm leaves, can be woven using natural or synthetic strips. Rattan furniture is made from woven natural or synthetic strips. This weaving technique has been used for centuries to make furniture that doesn't withstand water. Rattan wicker is the ideal outdoor furniture because of its woven design.

PE Rattan can be described as a synthetic material and is often made from polyethylene (or polyurethane). It is used for outdoor furniture because it is water-resistant, sun-resistant, and extremely strong.

 

Metal  

Metal brings a modern coolness to gardens. Metal comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours. It can complement any size patio, deck, or balcony.

To ensure that metal furniture can be enjoyed in all weather conditions, it is treated with an anti-rust coating. Aluminium furniture is very popular because it is strong and resistant to rain, but light enough to be moved around in the garden. Some sets and suites come with shower-resistant cushions! These suites are made from cast aluminium, which is resistant to rusting. The stainless steel fixings allow furniture to be used outside year round.

Are you looking for something smaller and more portable? These furniture pieces can be folded up and stored in a small space. These are great for taking along to picnics or beach trips, as they can be used in any sunny area. These foldout pieces can be easily moved and stored away when not being used.

 

 Wood  

Wooden furniture is unique and beautiful. You won't find another piece like yours. Each piece has a unique combination of colours and markings.

The natural oil content of tropical hardwoods such as teak, roble, and eucalyptus is high, which makes them naturally resistant to water. These woods are great for garden furniture. They can be left outdoors to weather naturally and will develop a beautiful silver grey colour. Wood will develop cracks along its grain when exposed to sunlight, wind, rain, and sun. This is normal, but furniture covers can be used during harsh winter months to extend the life of wooden garden furniture.

Wooden furniture can also be adapted in many ways. Do you want a fresh look for your garden? You can give your furniture a fresh look by adding new cushions.

Conclusion

Wooden garden furniture provides a cosy feel for both chilling in the sun or convivial dining. Modern-day styling makes for a sophisticated look. A range of colours are available, with most being weatherproof. Steel is a more durable material for your garden needs. Rust-proof, these pieces are hard-wearing and will stay the course for many years.

White-painted aluminum is quickly gaining popularity, as it is easily molded and mould-proof. Suitable for both suburban and city centre settings and blends well with any garden style and décor. 

How is the garden furniture used?

There are many great choices available for outdoor furniture, but what is best for your family? Give consideration to what you are planning to do with the furniture. Think about things like the durability of the material, the weight, the color, the strength of the frame, types of material for this furniture, and much more. If you are looking for outdoor furniture for sale, here are a few pointers to help 

 It is important to think about the purpose of garden furniture. You might want to enjoy dining al fresco so you are looking for a set of dining chairs. You might want to lounge around in your garden and relax, so you need a sofa or an armchair. You can get a better idea about the furniture you need for your garden, no matter if it is casual or formal.

Garden seating comfort

Your garden seating should feel like an extension of your home. You have comfortable seats and sofas inside your home, so why not have the same luxury outside? This includes checking the material, fabric and cushion construction as well as ensuring the space is the right size and shape for the future. Have these considerations in your mind when looking to buying garden furniture.

Checking the material, fabric and cushion for garden seating is very important, these are usually made up of polyester, polyurethane, or polystyrene. These can be combined with nylon fibers to form the fabric, which is then glued to the frame of the seat. The type of fabric will be determined by the type of weather the seat will be exposed to. With these 3 main materials, the most common are polypropylene fabric, polyurethane foam, and polystyrene. Polypropylene is resistant to weather but not for extremes.

  • Weather-resistant
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy to Clean
  • Attractive
  • Reasonable Price
  • Portability

Choosing garden lighting

Garden lighting is both a decorative finishing touch and a necessity. Wall-mounted garden lights that are connected to the mains provide a bright, functional light for tasks such as picking up rubbish and avoiding any potential hazards. Projecting lights are ideal for illuminating trees or casting shadows to create visual interest. Solar lights are the most environmentally friendly option for garden lighting.

For maximum effectiveness, position lamps 30cm–60cm above plant level. Too much lighting will cause the leaves to grow towards the light, causing spindly growth. Too little light will encourage fungus growth. Ideally, your garden should be lit for at least 8 hours for natural photosynthesis to take place. 

Solar lights offer a more relaxed approach that is better suited for entertaining and relaxing. Solar garden lighting is easy to set up and maintain. There are many styles and colours available. Simply place the solar panel in the sunniest position and the solar illuminations will automatically turn on when there is enough light. The style of solar lights available can be easily styled to shape your garden and home into a more modern and natural feel. Elements such as shape, size and colour all depend on the location and how they are best suited to create a calm vibe. 

How much maintenance would you be willing to do?  

Some materials are easy to maintain, while others require a little more care. Some furniture needs to be cleaned with care products once a year. Others may only need to be cleaned once a month. Keep an eye out for the best materials. To extend the life of your furniture's cover, you should also take care to properly treat and care for it. To take care of your garden furniture's cover or fabric, you should have a cleaner specifically for this material. This will help you maintain the color and texture of the material.

Different fabrics have a variety of cleaning methods, but a general rule is to use a mild soap and a soft cloth to gently wipe the surface clean after it has been respectfully removed from the furniture. If you have a spill or accident, blot the area with a dry cloth. If the spill is from an oily substance, you can add a small amount of water and a small container of dishwashing soap to the cloth. Or you could use a small amount of heavy-duty dish detergent and a scrub brush.

Do you have a place to store your garden furniture? 

When your furniture is not being used, it's important that you think about where it will be stored. Are you planning to bring it inside for the winter, or will you be able to store it outdoors all year? Garden furniture can be used outdoors year-round. It is important to keep cushions dry and well ventilated in Winter. We have a large outdoor area to store all our garden area. Our furniture is easily stored in bunches, next to each other, so that they are all touching each other. This reduces the space that each piece of furniture takes up.

Our furniture is now easy to find when we need it, because it is all in one pile, and is easy to move around. We don't have to worry about the pieces getting wet, because they are well ventilated, and there is plenty of air to circulate.