We all love a vacation; seeing new places, experiencing new things, and that sense of adventure. However, if you’re wanting that getaway to be all about relaxation, then maybe a staycation would be a better option?
We go on holiday for many reasons but high on the list for most of us is to unplug from the matrix, get away from the stress of work and home life, and, well, basically chill out.
But stop and think about all the prep and planning that goes into booking an overseas trip, which let's face it, the C and B words have not made it any easier in that department, and then there's all the laundry, email catching up, etc that’ll need doing when we return.
How many of us have said we need a holiday to recover from the holiday we’ve just been on? Maybe, we do need a ‘staycation’ (or is it a ‘holistay’) instead?
They are certainly on the rise, and there’s no denying that the pandemic and subsequent cost of living crisis we find ourselves in is fuelling this trend. However, it's not just the negative stuff. There are some positive reasons that are making many of us opt to stay at home this summer.
It’s stress-free, cheaper than overseas travel (long gone are the days of a low-cost package deal) and you don’t need to travel far or even travel at all. Plus, as a staycation is easy to organise, it's a great way to spend time with family and friends, and you can (re)discover what’s on your doorstep.
For Lazy Susan though, if you truly want to staycation in style, then stay home. Switch off, and have a few peaceful days at home. For that, you need to make sure your garden is up to the job though, and that means having the right outdoor furniture.
Hopefully, this article will help you purchase a set that is fit for your purpose, creates a space you want to spend time in and lets you kick back and relax like the customer in the photo above!
Why purchase cast aluminium outdoor furniture?
The Lazy Susan outdoor furniture collection is constructed from a high-grade sand-cast aluminium which has a number of pros over other popular materials found in the UK outdoor furniture industry.
Is it designed to not fade, rot, pit or rust and, the durable painted Antique Bronze, Slate or White painted finish we apply will protect the raw metal from the elements.
The advantages of cast aluminium are well documented across our blog but it is extremely low maintenance compared to other materials.
You don’t need to store it inside or keep it covered (although I do in the winter just to keep it clean more than anything) and a little wash down with warm soapy water (and maybe a little car wax to protect and add lustre) will keep it looking like new.
The design ethos of our collection is built on the principle of creating a range that is timeless in design but modern in construction.
We offer pieces that won’t go out of style and, our traditional sand-cast technique is combined with a modern protective finish, to create a high quality and highly durable piece of outdoor furniture.
If you’d like to learn more about how we make our cast aluminium garden furniture, head over to our how our outdoor furniture is made page to see a walk-through with some wonderful photos of our production process.
When we started Lazy Susan, cast aluminium was chosen as our core material after thorough research and testing. Founder Michael Scott based his decision on the fact it was a great all-rounder that is perfectly suited to the changeable UK climate.
It had a number of distinct over the likes of wood, iron, resin, rattan, etc:
- It will not fade, pit, rot or rust.
- It is low maintenance.
- It has a guaranteed long life if looked after.
- It is designed to be left outside all year round.
- It is UV & water-resistant
- It is easy to assemble
- It is safe to ship ready-to-assemble
- It is aesthetically stylish
- It is classically designed
- It is ergonomically designed
- It has a high-quality look, finish and feel
Of course, we are biased, but in our opinion, it is the best all-around material in terms of both durability and value for money.
Our recent what garden furniture is best for the UK climate post looked at this in more detail, and in that, we broke down the above pros and cons to explain why we believe this statement.
Our outdoor dining tables are the must-have outdoor furniture sets for summer 2022
There are a lot of fads that come and go in our industry, in terms of both material and furniture style. And that’s great, we want to see that. But at Lazy Susan we stick to what we know sells and what works on our patios.
Now we love an outdoor sofa as much as the next person, and if you’ve got the space for more than one set, then perfect. However, if space is limited then an outdoor dining table set will give you more opportunity to get out and use that space.
Outdoor dining-style tables are our speciality here at Lazy Susan. We have a comprehensive range of metal outdoor tables and chairs that meet all your dining requirements, including a collection of pieces and accessories that are designed to complement and enhance your outdoor dining experience.
From 2 seater bistro cafe style sets to 10+ outdoor dining tables in a range of shapes and painted finishes, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect set for how you like to use your garden and the available free space on your patio.
When purchasing outdoor table sets from us, they come with a standard chair option, generally our April. However, there's also the option to upgrade to our Emma, Maria, or Kate chairs (our wider Kate chair is shown above with our Rosemary Table), which you can select and combine with your table set of choice for between £5 - £25 extra per chair.
If you’re planning a home-based staycation, an outdoor dining table is a great way to make the most of your time. It will be the go-to spot in your garden when the sun is shining, from relaxing morning breakfast to a family evening meal. A garden sofa might be great for kicking back but not so much for eating with friends and family!
If you’re struggling for space then you need an outdoor bistro set
If your outdoor space is limited or you only have a small balcony garden, then you can still enjoy a spot of alfresco dining. Our 2-seater outdoor bistro sets have a super small footprint, so can be easily squeezed into a tight spot but they have enough tabletop space for 2 to 4 people to eat in comfort.
If you want to create more of a multifunctional patio that you can use for dining and relaxation, then a smaller bistro-style table can be paired with outdoor seating such as a garden sofa or bench to give you options, perfect for a staycay. And, as with all our sets, our 2-seater outdoor bistros also come in a variety of stylish shapes and versatile colours.
Lazy Susan’s outdoor furniture is best complimented with our outdoor accessories
Outdoor table sets are not the only thing Lazy Susan has to offer though... If you’re planning a staycation, then our collection of coordinating accessories can help up the relaxation factor even higher. We offer a range of outdoor cushions, parasols, benches, side/coffee tables, and sun loungers, not to mention the Lazy Susan revolving servers from which we took our name.
Our furniture accessories such as the lazy susan servers, benches, side tables and sun loungers are again constructed from our high-grade cast aluminium.
The parasol bases are made from cast iron to make them heavy and stable, while our parasols are constructed from flexible fibreglass and waterproof acrylic fabric.
All our outdoor cushions feature a durable foam pad with UV-resistant and waterproof fabric covers with ties to secure them in place. Plus, you can remove the fabric covers via a zip to wash and refresh if needed.
When viewing our outdoor furniture table sets, you will see that we offer a number of fantastic bundle deals on accessories that complement the set when purchased together. This is a great way to get your garden staycation ready and purchase all the items you need. For example, you can get up to 70% off parasols and seat cushions when purchased with a table set.
Compliment existing outdoor furniture with a stylish outdoor bench
If you fancy spending a little me time on a long summer afternoon with a good book, then our range of Outdoor Benches are perfect for that quiet corner of your patio or garden.
They’re also great to have if you opt to purchase a small 2 or 4 seat set but need some seating for a few extra guests from time to time. They coordinate with our outdoor tables and chairs, and they’re light enough to pick up and move closer if need be.
Another popular option is to purchase a garden bench or two and one of our Side/Coffee Tables to create the perfect spot for drinks (as shown in the customer photo above).
And whilst, our side tables are the perfect partner for our benches, they also have a host of other uses. Whether you use it as a place to pop your gardening tools, cooking utensils when stoking up the BBQ, or we’ve even seen them used as a decorative plinth for large planters. Our side tables are one of those things that will make you wonder how you managed without them!
Add some Lazy Susan Sun Loungers to your patio
If a staycation is all about kicking back and taking things easy, then our Sun Loungers are the way to do it. There’s no better way to spend time off enjoying your garden in comfort.
Crafted from our quality cast aluminium, our metal designs are perfect for relaxing in the sun and versatile enough to handle the elements if you want to leave them on your patio all year round.
Don’t miss our outdoor furniture promotions
We run regular promotions across our webshop, so please sign up for our email newsletter. Look for the “Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our great offers and latest news” section near the bottom of our Homepage. You’ll also find details of our latest outdoor furniture offers on our Promotions page.
Give to charity when you buy outdoor furniture from Lazy Susan
For every photograph we receive of our outdoor furniture in-situ, we donate to one of our charity partners.
With over £240,000 donated since 2015, and over £88,000 donated last year alone, we are on a mission to Do Some Good!
Have a look at our Charity page if you want to find out more about what we’re doing for good causes in 2022.
If you do purchase new outdoor furniture from us for your 2022 summer staycation, then please:
Our customers can also get involved, by following these 3 simple steps:
1. Find your garden's best side and snap a photo to show us your Lazy Susan garden furniture.
If you have any questions about our outdoor furniture range
The Lazy Susan Customer Service Team are always happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to know more about any of our outdoor tables, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01243 71 71 97, or drop an email to [email protected].
The team endeavour to answer all emails within 2 hours during normal office hours. We’re also happy to send out samples of colours for cushion covers and the metal finish of our furniture, they will be sent out by post, and can be ordered via our Free Swatches page.