Purchasing the right garden furniture

The right 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 for when trying to find the perfect garden furniture and here’s a few tips from Lazy Susan to help point you in the right direction.

Purchasing 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. Also critical is comfort, an often overlooked aspect of outdoor furniture shopping. 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 and accessories of all types. Patio sets, benches, planters, statues, fountains, BBQ’s, 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.

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 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.

Do your research online and see 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 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.

No two back gardens or patios are the same, and fortunately, there are many different types and styles of patio furniture for you to choose from these days. Is your style sleek and modern? Alternatively, maybe you the rustic and classic feel lends itself to the style of your home and garden. It could be that budget is the most important factor or you want to make sure your new patio furniture is a long term investment and don’t mind spending that little bit extra. No matter what your main criteria is, or what your personal style is, with a little guidance from Lazy Susan (after all we know a thing or two about garden furniture) you can easily find your perfect patio set or patio furniture to suit you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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