Whether you are eating Al-Fresco, enjoying a glass or two with family and friends or just watching the grass grow, the flowers bloom and the sun set, a lovely suite of Garden Furniture is only going to enhance the experience.
To help you determine which sort is best for you, we’ve put together a garden furniture buying guide with everything you need to know!
What & Where Is It For?
Consider the main use of your furniture – will it be mainly for entertaining or for relaxing? For the conservatory, outside or both? If you’ll be moving it around a lot, you’ll need to bear the weight in mind, and if it’s mainly for relaxation you could look for features such as luxurious cushions and reclining space - such as our Super Luxe Day Bed at £1099.
Do You Need to Save Space?
If you’re short on space, you don’t necessarily need to buy a smaller set. Some furniture is multifunctional, such as benches that feature an in-built storage box underneath. Others are compact and stackable, letting you store the table within the chairs to save storage space.
Lightweight and long-lasting, rattan garden furniture can be used in gardens, patios and conservatories – or even all three as it’s easy to move around. It’s also highly weather-resistant so it’ll withstand both rain and UV light without fading in colour. It can be left outside all year round, but if possible, store it away or keep it covered in extreme weather conditions. It doesn’t need any specific maintenance but regularly cleaning it down with soapy water will keep it looking fresh.
NOTE: "Avoid sitting on the arms of chairs, and wash and store away any accompanying cushions."
When it comes to taking care of it, all it needs is a quick wipe down now and then, or a wash with soapy water (do this by hand rather than with a hose to avoid damage) so it’s very easy to maintain. Made of high quality resin – a man-made material – it comes in two main types:
- Round/half round weave – This is the more luxurious option with a more traditional look. Our San Marino range is (see in Store) our top end offering and has a 5 year guarantee – our 8 seater oval table with lazy-Susan is £2099.
- Flat weave – This type is more modern and tends to be much more cost effective, we have many ranges which are available in flat weave and we have good offerings combining both flat and round weave suitable for all budgets. Our Verona table and chairs is a great option – 6 seater for £1899 – great value with winter storage cover included.
We offer small bistro sets and larger garden dining sets for big groups. You might even want one with a fire pit in the centre so you can stay outdoors for longer such as our firepit dining set at £1799, or perhaps a parasol hole for hotter days.
As for the shape, square and rectangular tables are good for squeezing a few more people in, while round tables a great for smaller groups as you can see and talk to each other more easily. Look out for tempered glass tabletops too, which are thick to withstand weight and knocks, and easy to wipe clean.
**All our furniture comes with tempered glass as standard.
We have over 30 models of garden furniture this year, from budget busting 2 seater bistro sets from £79.99 to luxury dining sets to seat 8 – 10 people, so we have a great range. Most of our furniture is in stock with virtually immediate delivery available
Try before you buy… pop down to one of our flagship Garden Centres at Fair Oak, Landford or Salisbury where we have extensive showrooms, and see the quality. Our other Garden Centres at Ringwood and West Parley will have a reduced selection.Know what you need? – Buy online and have it delivered anywhere on the UK Mainland!