Your garden might be a space that you haven’t had the time to enjoy before, or the motivation to do anything with, but as the UK looks set for another year of staycations and working from home, this might be the time to finally utilise your outdoor space. Here, we have released a simple guide for anyone looking to create a living space outside for the first time.

How Will You Use Your Space?

The first thing to consider is how your space will be used. Whether your space is large or small, a lot can be done with any garden space to make it a spot for relaxing, dining or watching the world go by.

Rattan Dining Sets

If you want to use your space for family time such as dining outdoors, barbecues, and play time then a dining set and some shade and weather protection is important. In this instance we recommend looking for parasols or one step better, a sturdy pergola or gazebo which will mean you can spend time outdoors whatever the weather. If you have limited space, then a smaller dining set or bistro set will fit nicely.

For bigger gardens you can separate your space into different areas, for example a dining set for al fresco dining, a corner sofa set for relaxing and sun loungers for basking in the sunshine. For smaller gardens, it’s important to look for furniture that can combine all aspects, for example, a casual dining set offers somewhere to both dine and relax.

Invest in Quality

You know the saying, “buy cheap, buy twice.” Our advice to you is to make sure you invest in quality, weatherproof garden furniture in order to get the best out of your space. Not only can you really tell the difference in appearance – and high-quality garden furniture will help your garden appear more stylish and attractive – but longevity is also vital for being able to use your space for years to come.

Rattan Casual Dining Sets

We recommend rattan garden furniture, thanks to its weatherproof qualities. But you should always do research and make sure you are purchasing HDPE synthetic rattan with aluminium frames. Steel frames or PVC and PU synthetic rattans are not nearly as weatherproof and are likely to rust, turn brittle, snap and can look cheap and ruin the aesthetic of your outdoor space.

Protect Your Investment

Just because your garden furniture is weatherproof, doesn’t mean that you can’t protect it and help further increase its durability. With a weatherproof garden furniture cover you can ensure your garden furniture is kept clean and ready to use when you need it. Plus, it will increase the longevity of your furniture by keeping it free from exposure to harsh elements.

Scatter Cushions

Make It Your Own

When you decorate an interior space, you are constantly adding little details that reflect your personality and show that it is your home. This should be no different in your outdoor space. Do you love to read outdoors? Create a reading nook with a cosy outdoor chair and some lanterns. Or maybe do something as simple as injecting your favourite colour into as many areas as possible with coloured scatter cushions or a parasol canopy.

It’s important to make your outdoor space an extension of your home, rather than a detached area that doesn’t reflect any of the love that you put into your indoor space.

These top tips are sure to help you get the most out of your garden or patio area. Plus, if you need any help choosing garden furniture or accessories, we recommend contacting one of our helpful sales advisors for more information.