Garden Furniture

All you ever needed to know about garden furniture. From cleaning and maintenance to buying advice and the latest trends. Lazy Susan specialise predominantly in metal garden furniture, specifically cast aluminium garden and patio furniture, but we are expanding our rattan range to cater for popular demand. However, we blog about metal, timber, plastic and rattan outdoor furniture and basically everything else you can think of when it comes to the patio and garden.

Lazy Susan Trade Sales in 2019

I recently posted about the contract trade side of Lazy Susan in our Outdoor Wedding or Garden Party post, and I wanted to follow up that article with a few of the exciting trade sales we’ve conducted in the first half of 2019. We’ve experienced some great success in garden furniture trade supply of late, and we wanted to share that with you. Especially as some of the photography by many of our trade customers is simply stunning. Supplying large quantities of garden furniture to events companies, wedding venues, hotels and the like in bulk seems to be an area where the quality and style of our garden furniture really resonates too.

The origin of the bistro table?

So what exactly is a Bistro Table? They’re one of our best sellers, they have their own dedicated section in our Shop, but why are they called a Bistro Table? Well, let us start with the easy bit. What exactly is a Bistro Table? A small two seater table is really all it is. Nothing complicated about that. But then isn’t that the point? An intimate table for two that doesn’t take up much space. Originating on the streets of Paris, the bistro table is synonymous with the small Parisienne cafes from which they take their name.

Lazy Susan 2019 Garden Bench Collection

Customer Photo Jasmine Garden Bench

For me, the Lazy Susan Garden Bench is more than just place to sit. Of course that is exactly what it is. But what I mean is, when you buy one, you’re getting a little bit more than just that. You are buying a focal point. Something that you can use to centre your garden. You’re buying a design statement. Buying something that will invite people out into your garden. Creating a simple place to sit, relax and take in your garden is truly a wonderful thing. Unlike say one of our garden table sets, a bench just says come out, sit down and enjoy all your green fingered handiwork.

4 Seater vs 6 Seater Garden Tables

Alice Table Customer Photograph

Can’t decide if you need a 4 seater or a 6 seater garden table? Not sure if you have the room for a 6 Seater? Or maybe a 4 seater might look a little lost on your patio? Lazy Susan is here to give you the benefit of our wisdom. After all, we know a thing or two about garden tables. As a general rule, we recommend that you allow for at least 75cm either side of our tables for a chair to be placed. This will give ample room for a person to comfortably rise and push their chair back from the table. Ideally, you also need a minimum of 75cm between the table edge and the edge of a patio or decked area, more (100 to 120cm) is better, especially if the decking/patio is raised for example.

A thank you from St Wilfrid’s Hospice

St Wilfrid's Hospice

You might of recently read our blog or social media posts regarding the Greenfingers charity? We’d received a letter of thanks for the furniture we donated to their Turn Old Into Gold auctions. Well, the Lazy Susan team and I were delighted to receive another letter thanking us for our generosity, this time it was from the Retail Director at St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Again, they were expressing their gratitude for the garden furniture we recently donated to them to sell on in their stores to raise some much needed funds.

Outdoor wedding or garden party?

Lazy Susan Trade Garden Furniture Hire

We are primarily a retail business, an online retail business at that, and we sell our products directly to the end consumer. Those products, in our case garden furniture, were specifically designed for that target market. However, to meet the demands of our audience, that means we have to offer a desirable and good quality product. As a business we need to back all that up with excellent customer service. That is what we strive for. We don’t currently sell our products to any other wholesalers or distributors, all our products are currently sold directly from our warehouse to your home.

Why you need a garden Lazy Susan Turntable

Lazy Susan Turntable

We seem to regularly post about our garden benches, chairs, tables and sun loungers. But the Lazy Susan Turntable often gets overlooked. I have to be honest here, even I often forget about them. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to say about them that hasn’t already been said. They’re like our unsung hero though. Sat there quietly on many a large garden table just doing their job. We love them so much we even named the company after these ingenious little revolving turntables. However, they truly are an integral part of our business, always been popular with our customers, and they’ve always sold well. And they continue to do so I may add. Furniture trends come and go, but for over 100 years, the Lazy Susan has retained its appeal. In fact for me, what was created for inside the home, is probably now more popular, and better suited, to the outside of our homes.

Outdoor furniture and accessory trends

Harmen Outdoor Chairs from Rowen & Wren

We had a great summer in 2018. With that came the opportunity for many of us to get outside and enjoy our gardens way more than usual. And people using their gardens means increased demand for outdoor furniture. So by virtue of all that sunshine, Lazy Susan had a great year in terms of sales. But also demand is rising for the number of pieces of outdoor furniture we are placing on our patios. A table and few chairs will no longer suffice for the more home and garden savvy of us. There’s a greater emphasis on maximising use of our outdoor spaces. Creating a space that serves a number of functions, from relaxing to entertaining. Designing that space to function as efficiently as any room inside the home.