If you’re lucky enough to live in a property with a garden, you have probably spent considerable amount of time out there over the last few weeks.. Many of us heading over to B&Q, The Range, B&M and other shops that have reopened (or have never closed) to buy something for the garden, usually it’s something “to sit on” or “to look at”.. Some are shifting endless pages of garden furniture online and trying to visualise it in their garden.
Doesn’t matter where you get your garden décor and furniture from, we have collated some useful guidance of garden furniture, something that you might have not thought about.
Firstly, you should ask yourself a question: what will be a function of some certain item you really like to purchase? Is it to sit on and read a book, to sunbathe, to drink G&T or maybe snooze? Whatever it is – it needs to be super comfortable and good quality. Same goes for the spot of your garden where you will be placing this furniture.
This is the time when you think how long you would like it to last and how much time of the year you will be using it, so that you can think of a right balance between how it looks like and value you’d be getting out of it. Don’t just jump on something because there is 20% off offer, investigate your potential purchase.
· Seating – for maximum comfort the seat should be deep. There are however many very trendy sofa/armchair sets on sale where seats aren’t that deep, so if the function of the furniture is just occasional sit down on the sun for few minutes and for it to look trendy on your freshly power-washed patio – this is ok; or maybe your garden is relatively small. But make sure to always try it on before you buy it. If you’re seeking something to spend hours on – look for larger sets with deeper seats.
TIP: If you cannot check how comfortable the seating will be (for example you’re buying online), to achieve maximum comfort the depth of the sofa/armchair should be at least 75cm.
· Cushioning – definitely make sure it is waterproof. Not for the purpose of leaving it on all year round, but there no doubt be an occasion you’ll forget to hide it away before the rain comes and end up with soggy seat cushions that will take ages to dry off, not to mention creepy crawlies making their way inside through the seams..
TIP: If you simply cannot find the colour/pattern you love, why try look for it in a form of waterproof fabric and then commission your local re-upholsterer to recover your existing cushions or make you new ones? It’s a win-win set up – you help local business and get a very bespoke soft furnishings for your garden décor!
· Consider the material the furniture is made of and if you can commit to maintenance. For example:
o Wicker – a right style can look great with super soft cushioning in a beautiful setting, but beware that this material does not weather very well, unless you keep it in the space that is protected from the elements or seasonal protective cover.
o Wood – depending on the type, wood can be expensive. Not just to purchase, but also to maintain. Must be solid wood, otherwise it will fall apart after the first time it get’s wet. But the garden furniture made from it is usually very sturdy and lightweight. It also creates the most natural aesthetic and can create a very pleasant outdoor vibe.
o Metal – for instance wrought iron furniture looks great and adds whimsical style to your garden, it is also very sturdy if cared for properly, but it’s very heavy and can be pricey. It also needs yearly maintenance as can start to wear if not retouched.
o Plastic – we have love/hate relationship with this material. So if you find a brand that creates sustainable pieces from say recycled plastic – it’s a great idea to add it to your garden – 9/10 it will be a very stylish piece as more well known and established garden furniture brands are still catching up with the world whilst new kids on the block are already selling a solution to all our problems – recycled materials being put into a good use! Better in your garden then in the ocean right? You must beware plastic is not as durable as some other materials, but it’s inexpensive, so you can change your garden furniture almost every year if you want to! It also lightweight, so can be often rearranged, and it comes in many different colours shapes and sizes, so plenty more choices.
· Outdoor Rug! Somehow became a very controversial item in the garden world, until manufacturers didn’t come up with brilliant idea – to make it out of recycled plastic! So now it’s the most desired and the hottest item to buy for your garden this year! We personally love the range offered at B&Q, Wayfair and Lidl (Middle of Lidl). Of course eBay and Amazon sellers also jumped on the bang wagon and there are many more choices on there.
· Pots – if you have many of greenery growing in pots – maybe it’s time to switch things around.. Terracota is so last year, why not look ito getting stone look pots, mixed with black or grey colours – it will look much more sophisticated look then plasticky looking terracotta pots. Again, B&Q stocks an amazing range, but also look on places like bakker.com or greenfingers.com for trendy classy looking pots. Also don’t forget to check out the value ranges at places like Wilco, The Range, B&M, Tesco etc.
· Get a Statement Piece for your garden! Something your neighbours will envy you for (we all love a bit of good old “better than the Jones’s..”)! We LOVE seeing swing chairs (hanging egg-chairs) – they are now not a novelty any more and are very affordable. They look and feel good too! Your kids will love it as well. You can also look into getting a hammock if you have a space for it and 2 trees at a perfect distance (funny enough 2m +). Your statement piece could be an over the top water feature to enjoy or even a pond (with some exotic fish in) if you don’t have a nosy pet or small children that is. Just make sure it’s something you can install yourself or it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to hire someone. Either way, you should treat yourself!
And if your Statement Piece is a swimming pool – don’t forget to invite us to your next pool party once we’re allowed to visit each other!
Have a great summer!