The Art of Choosing Garden Furniture
Our gardens have become an extension of our home, rather than just an empty space or space we use once or twice a year. With the development of modern technology many of us use our gardens year-round. This means that choosing the right garden furniture is extremely important as it needs to be tough, durable and weather-resistant. Below, we have revealed the art to choosing the right garden furniture.
What are you using your outdoor space for?
It is extremely important to decide what you will be using your outdoor space for before you commit to garden furniture. You don’t want to be blinded by some stunning sun loungers but realise you would have preferred a space to dine with family and friends.
Do you want an area to sit and drink with a loved one? Are you planning on hosting regular barbecues? Are you looking for somewhere to relax and unwind? Or do you want a combination of everything? Deciding these factors will point you in the direction of which style of furniture you need.
Understanding Your Space
Get to know your space. Measure it. Decide which way furniture must flow. For example, do you need a left or right-handed corner sofa to fill your space. Does the furniture need to be a certain size? Can you fit a full-size set, or do you need a compact version? Really get to know your space, sketch it out and design how you want it to look – you don’t have to be an artist to draw something up.
The next step is choosing your garden furniture material. If you want to leave your furniture outside all year round you need to choose something weather resistant like aluminium or rattan garden furniture. If you’re happy to store your furniture away for the winter and have the space to do so you could opt for something less resistant like wood or a cheaper rattan material.
However, even if you do have the space to store your furniture away, it is always better to choose the weatherproof version as this furniture is naturally more durable and long-lasting.
Based on what you’re using your furniture for and when you’re using it, you can take this information and apply it to choosing a practical design. For example, if you’re likely to use your garden furniture for both outdoor dining and snacking with drinks you may want to look at height adjustable tables that offer a perfect way to do both.
Or, if you wish you use you garden well into the winter, you will want to look into gas firepit tables and how they can extend your time outdoors.
Think of your garden as a room, in every room you add accessories to make the space appear more stylish and become more practical – for example a lamp – your garden should be no different. You can add great accessories such as outdoor patio heaters, outdoor lighting and scatter cushions to your outdoor space to make it more accessible year-round.
Follow these top tips to get the most out of your garden space.