Garden furniture buying tips

The perfect garden furniture set 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 for in new garden furniture and here are a few buying tips from Lazy Susan to help you select the right garden furniture.

How do you 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.

Take your time and shop around

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 but useable space in your garden, but at the same time you don’t want to overcrowd your garden or patio.

Do your research online and look at all the different furniture ideas out there. 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.

Carefully measure the space you want to place your new garden furniture

Measure the exact size of your garden or backyard 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.

Buy the right type of garden furniture

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 a quality metal garden furniture, and in particular, cast aluminium garden furniture.

Cast Aluminium Garden furniture has so many benefits over the likes of teak and cast iron garden furniture. Aluminium garden furniture will not rot and will not rust, it is maintenance free and will not need replacing every 3/5 years and it is designed to be left outside all year.

Make sure your new garden furniture comfortable

Next important point is comfort and you’d be surprised how often this is overlooked. 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.

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.

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.

Be creative and add your own personal touch when placing garden furniture

Before deciding on a 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 summer in full swing, garden centres are packed with furniture of all types. Patio sets, Garden 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.

Think about the level of care and maintenance the garden furniture will need

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.

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