No garden is complete without a beautifully decorated patio. You can fill it with accessories, plants and shrubs, but the best way to decorate your garden is with garden furniture that is both comfortable and stylish. Perfect garden furniture can enhance the beauty of a well-maintained garden. You need to be careful when selecting garden furniture so that you can maximize your relaxation and minimize the need for cleaning and maintenance. Comfort, durability and style are some of the attributes you need to look in for perfect garden furniture and here are a few tips from Lazy Susan when it comes to selecting the right garden furniture.
First of all you need to be meticulous when selecting garden furniture and it should be well fitted with your existing or planned garden decor. You want to create a comfortable dining space in your garden, but at the same time you need to see that it does not overcrowd your garden or patio area. Once you start searching for garden furniture you will come across a myriad of different styles and materials on the market. Ensure that the material and style of garden furniture is such that it can sustain the harsh elements of a British Autumn/Winter. After many years of trying, in vain I may add, to maintain various teak garden furniture sets, it became clear that the best solution was in fact to invest in quality metal garden furniture, in particular cast aluminium garden furniture.
Next important point is comfort. A much overlooked aspect of outdoor furniture. You can select from a varied range of cushioned seats, love seats, rocking and swivel chairs, side tables or lounges that all match your desired comfort levels. Just make sure you read recommendation from those who’ve purchased that specific product in the past, or even better, try before you buy. Be creative and add your own personal touch when placing garden furniture. And before deciding any style, go through all the available styles and designs of garden furniture. It can be overwhelming when trying to figure out what furniture to buy for your garden. With the arrival of spring, garden centres are packed with furniture of all types. Patio sets, benches, statues, fountains, barbecues, the list is endless. The process may seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Do your research online and enjoy your garden in comfort.
Popular types of garden furniture
There is such a wide variety of patio furniture these days and manufacturers make use of a number of different materials. And while this list is not comprehensive, it does highlight the most common types of material used in the UK garden furniture industry:
- Rattan or wicker furniture
- Teak furniture
- Cast Aluminum furniture
- Plastic furniture
- Pine furniture
- Iron furniture
- Oak furniture
Of course, you can find other types of garden furniture, or even furnishings that incorporate a combination of different materials as well. At Lazy Susan we sell some very beautiful Rattan sets that are constructed around a cast aluminium frame.
Garden furniture for lounging
If you are looking for patio furniture specifically for lounging, you can choose from a variety of lounger chairs. Cast aluminum is an old classic for loungers as they are easily stored and are lightweight enough to move around the garden, but at the same time sturdy enough to support the weight of an adult. Plastic loungers are another option for you. These lounge chairs are molded, and therefore they do not fold down resulting in a bulky chair that can be difficult to store. They are lightweight, however, they are a little prone to discolouring if left outside in the rain. Teak loungers are beautifully crafted and gorgeous to look at. These lounge chairs can be used on their own, or a pillow can be placed on them for added comfort. The classic look of teak will blends in beautifully with the natural environment in a backyard or look stunning on a terrace. The downside is that teak requires a little maintenance and regular treatment with teak oil to keep it looking good.
Furniture for entertaining
If you are looking for the right furniture for entertaining, than you are likely to need a patio set with a table and at least four chairs. Look for a set that is easily maintained and will hold up to the weather in your area. Do you want an parasol to shade you and your guests from the afternoon sun? You can find tabletops made out of many different materials. Glass is a popular tabletop, as well as resin, which looks very similar to glass. Wood tables will lend a natural feel to your yard, which can look especially nice when surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery on a deck or terrace. Lazy Susan is a little biased, but you just can’t beat cast aluminium tables. And if you like entertaining, then you must have a lazy susan to go with your table… The perfect sociable outdoor dining accessory. Lazy Susan’s help to pass food and condiments such as sauces and aperitifs around the table and they are especially useful for larger tables.
Choose the right garden furniture to match your needs
With so many choices available when it comes to patio furniture, the best advice we can give is just remember to choose furniture that will suit your needs. There is no point buying expensive wrought iron sun loungers if you do not have the time or inclination to sit down and enjoy the summer. If you do not plan to do a lot of entertaining, then why not purchase chairs that can be stacked. That way you can keep say 4 in the garden for day to day use and extra spare stares stacked neatly in the garage for entertaining. It is also important that you choose the right furniture to ‘fit in’ with the style of your home and garden as this is what contributes to the overall impression of your home. Try and consider the following when choosing new garden furniture and incorporate these pointers into your final considerations.
- Decide on the overall ‘theme’ and the design you want to achieve in your garden
It is important that you know what direction you want to take from this off as this will help you to determine the design/style of furniture that’s best fit for your finished garden or patio that will be used. It will also help you coordinate all the other elements of garden decor you want to include
- Identify all the outdoor fixtures you will need in decorating your garden
The best thing to do is to make a sketch of your ideal garden and list all the furniture and accessories that you’d like to include in it. It is also important that you must evaluate each of the fixtures and decide if it is appropriate or not. In addition, make a clear decision on the colour, size, and function of each item of garden furniture. Consider both its form and function, but most importantly the purpose.
- Consider the design and style
The design of the furniture must be relevant to the theme of both your house and the garden. I ca’t stress how important it is to ensure that the furniture blends with the colour design of your home and garden, especially if you’re making a significant investment. Everything should perfectly match.
- Decide how you will use your garden
Do you want room to stretch out and sun bathe or will you want to have lots of people over for a barbecue and outside entertaining? If you are planning to eat outside, then make sure you have plenty of table space to hold all the food and dishes you need. If you eat inside, but bring your drinks outside after dinner, then small bistro tables will suit you just fine. If you are planning on having a lot of people over, you will need to ensure that you have adequate seating for everyone.
Measure the exact size of your garden before buying patio furniture
Most garden centres and photography feature large arrangements and its easy to lose the scale of your garden. What looks small in a photograph or garden centre could be too large for your garden. When you find furniture that you like, take measurements and then go back to your garden or patio area. Tape up cardboard boxes together so that they are roughly the same size as the furniture you wish to buy. Next, place the cardboard boxes in your yard. This will show you how much room the furniture will actually take up in your garden.
- Do your research online
Look at all the different furniture ideas out there on the internet first. Without the pressure to buy something it is far less stressful or overwhelming, plus, this will give you the time to compare prices and quality of the furniture available.
- Keep the style consistent
When everything in your backyard has the same style, it will be in harmony, you will feel more relaxed and you will want to show it off to everyone. Plus, once you have established what your tastes are, you will be able to ignore the furniture that doesn’t fit with that style, which will reduce your stress when buying new garden furniture.
- Consider how much maintenance you are willing to do
Can you leave the furniture outside during the winter or will you have to store it for the season? Do you have a place inside your house to store furniture for the winter? If an item requires a lot of maintenance and you’re not prepared to do it, then it just won’t last. No matter how much you like the look of the furniture in the store, don’t buy it if you can’t maintain it. My advice would be to opt for cast aluminium garden furniture. It is maintenance free and will not need replacing every 3/5 years as its designed to be left outside all year round.
- Know your budget
It’s easy to get carried away and want to buy everything you see. But don’t. Set a limit and stick to it. You can always add more furniture next year. Plus, if you really see something you like, let your friends and family know. They can always get together to buy it for you or give you a gift certificate to the store.
- And don’t forget to check for comfort
If you plan to sit on a bench or chair in your backyard for hours, it had better be comfortable. Contoured furniture and cushions go a long way in adding comfort. Keep the stone benches for occasional seating and to add to the ambiance of the setting only.
Always keep these Lazy Susan tips in mind when trying to choose the right patio furniture for your garden and I promise it will lead you to achieve the dream garden no matter what your choice is. With the incredible variety of different styles of garden furniture and materials available, there is definitely something for everyone and something to fit in your garden.
About Lazy Susan
Lazy Susan is a small family business that specialise exclusively in wicker, rattan and metal garden furniture, specifically cast aluminium. Visit www.lazysusanfurniture.co.uk to find out more and view our complete product range.No images available in this Gallery Type. Please check admin setting.