What should I look for in good outdoor furniture?

posted on: 04/12/2016

If you want to get the most out of your garden in the warmer weather then you need to choose furniture that’s right for your needs and space, as well as your own personal style. Garden furniture comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes – and prices, so no matter how big or small your budget is, there’s always something to suit your needs. Remember, it is important not to waste money by choosing your garden furniture in haste or on impulse, so have a think and check your options before settling.

Things to consider when furnishing your garden

When you’re looking for new furniture for your garden, there are a number of things to take into consideration, especially when you will have to live with your decision. Some options to think about include:

· Material – choosing the right material can be the most important decision you make when furnishing your garden. Wooden furniture is a popular and versatile, with many styles to choose from that keep in line with your garden’s naturalistic flow. On the other hand, metal garden furniture is equally popular and is much easier to maintain than wood, although it is not as versatile. Another option is plastic, which is great if you’re on a tight budget and it’s just as durable as you can get, but the looks cannot compete with metal and wood and you’ll be more limited when it comes to style

· Space – people make the mistake of concentrating on the actual style of the garden furniture they like, without taking into consideration the size and whether it’s suitable for the garden space they have. It defeats the purpose of having good taste and picking the most desirable, stylish and comfortable garden furniture if you don’t even have the space to enjoy it

· Comfort – what is the point in picking a great looking piece of outdoor furniture if you don’t enjoy sitting on it? The most important aspect should be your comfort, because at the end of the day that is what it is for – how it looks in the garden is key, but it’s pointless if you can’t use it

· Aesthetics – does the furniture fit in with the look of the house? If you have a period home then modern furnishings may clash with the design you’re going for

· Colour – one of the biggest ways of expressing yourself in your home is the colour scheme. The right shades can turn your house into a home and bring a personal touch, but be careful not to overdo it – variety is key for the right balance