Eight Things To Consider When Choosing Garden Furniture

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Your garden should be considered as an extension of your home and therefore, an extension of your style and personality. If you are looking for stylish garden furniture to maximise the use of your outdoor space, then there are several aspects to consider if you want to get it right, the first time.

So before making the investment, what are the critical aspects that you should consider when selecting your garden furniture?

Key considerations when choosing garden furniture

  1. What do you use your garden for?

Is your garden for lounging in the sun, creating works of art with plants or for entertaining? By knowing the main purpose of your garden, you can think about the best type of furniture that will work for your needs. Do you need a large dining table for the deck or perhaps a bench in the middle of the flower beds to enjoy the blooms? You may want a quiet space with a gazebo or lots of sprawling loungers to make the most of the sun.

By thinking about your main garden uses, you can start to home in on the best furniture to suit your needs.

  1. Think about comfort

When it comes to garden furniture, you’ll want to have pieces that you’ll enjoy using. Comfort is paramount, so you can make the most of your garden and be happy to while away the days in exceptionally comfortable furniture. You need to think about whether you need straight-backed chairs for support, an adjustable sun lounger or armchairs at the right height. You may prefer sofas for the garden or perhaps a selection of furniture to suit all occasions.

  1. The space that you have

When space is limited, you need to plan your garden furniture carefully to ensure you have enough room. Rattan sofas can be incredibly comfortable for relaxing but will typically take up more space than garden chairs. Similarly, collapsible or folding furniture may be more suitable for gardens which have limited space.

It is worth bearing in mind the use of bespoke furniture rather than off the shelf garden furniture if you have specific space requirements so that you can find the perfect fit for your garden. Remember that less is more. It is better to have space in the garden than overcrowding it with too much furniture which will make it look cluttered.

  1. The materials

Garden furniture can come in a range of different materials. All of which have beneficial properties such as weatherproof, lightweight, durable or cost-effective. Typically, timber garden furniture is built to last while plastic garden furniture is easy to move.

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Keep your garden simplistic and stylish by sticking to a theme with your materials. It is best to stick to one or two materials and similar finishes rather than clashing too many styles.

  1. The weather conditions

The weather conditions in your garden should be a key consideration when choosing your garden furniture. For example, if you live by the sea, then your furniture should be able to withstand the salt conditions and moisture in the air. If your garden is often subjected to windy conditions, then you’ll need heavy furniture that will not go flying with the next gust of wind.

You can make sure your furniture has the best protection for the weather conditions by treating the furniture regularly.

  1. Your style

If you want your garden furniture to be entirely unique while perfectly summing up your style, then bespoke furniture is ideal for you. Bespoke furniture will be designed and made with your exact specifications in mind, this not only includes the ideal materials but the perfect size and finish too.

Typically, bespoke furniture will cost more, as it is built to last and is one of a kind. However, for a cheap option, you can still find your favourite style with mass-produced furniture. Although, you may notice your neighbour has gone for a matching style.

  1. Storage requirements

If you need to store your furniture for the winter, then you’ll need the appropriate space for storage. Consider including an ottoman with your garden furniture to store soft furnishings when they are not in use. Flat folding furniture may be easier to store in the shed. Alternatively, consider treating your garden furniture to prevent weathering. You can also find covers for your furniture for additional protection if you cannot store it inside.

  1. Your budget

Finally, you should consider how much you have to spend and whether it is worth investing in long-term pieces or cheaper pieces that may not last as long. Where possible, you should try to make sure you get the best quality for your money to prevent you from buying new furniture every year or two.