Garden Furniture That Doesn't Cost The Earth

31st July 2019

Nothing beats a relaxing day in your own garden when the sun is shining, creating a relaxing environment with a choice of outdoor furniture is sure to help. There is a large choice of outdoor furniture available, the difficulty is trying to decide what type of furniture is going to work for you.

What type of garden furniture do you need?

There are garden furniture sets, tables and chairs together with a parasol that will create the complete set ready for some al fresco dining. Garden benches, various styles of sun loungers and reclining chairs, or perhaps you prefer something for complete relaxation and to create a welcoming area to entertain family and friends, then an outdoor sofa set may be to your liking.

Look for good quality materials and comfortable well-padded seats. There are a great number of styles available from budget plastic to rattan and elegant wooden sets. It is wise to assess the amount of space you have and decide how you want the space to work for you, and how many seats you think you will require.

Plastic or resin furniture is very often the most economical choice of garden furniture. Long-lasting, easy to clean and with a choice of table and chair sets or benches they are a great option if you are on a tight budget but want to start to furnish your outside space. They are very often stackable, ideal to store away if required.

Rattan Furniture - Perfect for all gardens

One of the latest trends in garden furniture appears to be furniture made from artificial rattan. Rattan furniture is not the cheapest option when purchasing garden furniture but it is extremely hardwearing, durable, very stylish but practical, and comes in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and will give years of pleasure.

Synthetic rattan requires very little maintenance and is perfect for withstanding our English weather.

One of the many choices available which would make a welcome addition to any garden, or conservatory, is a corner sofa set with a table, which is produced as a modular unit and can, therefore, be adapted to suit any size or shape of space available, you can add extra seating or remove a table, the choices are endless!

Made of synthetic rattan and supported on a steel powder coated framework, rust and weather-resistant, and the rattan is also UV treated and fade resistant. The Cadiz garden rattan corner sofa set consists of 1 x corner piece, 2 x seat backrest section, 1x square ottoman (no backrest) and 1 x coffee table which is covered with tempered safety glass.

All sets come with cushions to offer additional comfort, although they are only showerproof and it is advisable to store them when not in use. Rattan furniture can also be purchased in dining sets, small tables and two or four chairs for a small outdoor space and large dining tables and chairs seating ten or twelve people, which are ideal if you enjoy entertaining and alfresco dining with family and friends.

If you have a small outside yard or balcony it is still possible to create an inviting area to encourage you to want to spend time outside, an all-weather balcony set which consists of two rattan effect armchairs, with wipe clean cushions and a table covered with tempered glass.

If you already have rattan furniture in your garden and require extra seating then a rattan effect bench could be the answer.

Garden Swing Chairs & Benches

Perhaps you would enjoy completely relaxing on a Garden Swing Bench, they come complete with a waterproof canopy, have a sturdy metal frame and comfortable Textilene seats, either two or three seats. Ideal for relaxing with a book on a sunny afternoon or chilling out on a warm summer evening. These garden swing benches will enhance any outdoor area and are guaranteed regular use. They are hardwearing and very inexpensive to purchase.

For an ultra-modern appearance to your garden perhaps choose a Helicopter swing chair with a Textilene padded seat and moveable canopy to protect you from direct sunlight, perfect for relaxing on a sunny afternoon and perhaps finding the time to read a book with the parasol keeping the sun from your eyes. This stylish chair is a very economical purchase and will provide many hours of pleasure.

Another popular modern styled chair is a rattan effect hanging egg-shaped chair, with a large comfortable cushion -  ideal to create a cosy corner for you to while away the hours. Or maybe a contemporary rattan pod chair which would soon become an essential element of your garden, helping you or a friend to comfortably relax, and enjoy the great outdoors.

This quirky egg-shaped shell and base are made of durable steel and will provide comfort for many years.

Perhaps replace an old broken garden bench with a modern rattan effect Tete-A-Tete Love Seat and create a special feature. This one-piece rattan effect love seat comprises of two seats and a central glass-topped table.

This love seat is weather-resistant, easily maintained and is a great asset to any outdoor space.

Metal Garden Furniture

Perhaps you would prefer the modern equivalent to a traditional garden bench, then a steel bench could be the answer. The bench is made with a weather-resistant steel frame and comes with thick polyester cushions.

It is very sturdy and comfortable is great value, very neat and modern in appearance, ideal for a small garden or balcony or would create a feature in a quiet corner of a large garden.

Metal furniture is lightweight and sturdy and offers practical and great value for money solution.

Usually, tubular aluminium with a weatherproof coating applied, often combined with weatherproof fabric or steel mesh seats and backrests for comfort and ventilation.

This type of furniture requires very little maintenance, some metal chairs fold for easy storage, although this type of furniture can usually be left outdoors in all weather.

Wooden Garden Furniture

If you prefer traditional garden furniture a wooden two-seat bench would be a wise choice, made from stylish teak wood, this timeless bench is a modern garden essential.

For something a little bit different you could choose a wooden bench with an arbour, made from quality pressure treated timber this garden seat has a slatted roof to provide shelter.

This strong stylish and durable wooden furniture is an investment that can last for many years. Choosing a garden bench is mainly a question of style and preference.

Solid wood can be a long-lasting option if protected from bad weather with covers or by storing in a sheltered place.

Garden Sun Loungers

Get that holiday feeling in your own garden with sun loungers. Choose from a basic sunlounger made with a steel frame and Textilene cover, featuring an adjustable backrest allowing you to lie flat or sit upright.

This type of sunlounger folds flat to store away and easy to transport, ideal if you plan to visit a beach for the day. They are easy to keep clean using warm soapy water and are a very economical purchase.

If you wish to spend a little more you could choose a sun lounger with plump hollow fibre cushions for added luxury and comfort. If you already have rattan garden furniture why not add a pair of rattan sun loungers for additional relaxation, designed with adjustable backrests and soft cushioned seats.

Garden Parasols

To complete your garden experience, a Parasol will shade you from the midday sun. There are a large variety of colours and shapes to choose from.

The parasols come in two sizes 2 metres or 3 metres high and 2 or 3 metres in diameter.

Choose a bold colour to blend in with a colourful garden or perhaps a neutral shade if you prefer to colour co-ordinate your complete outdoor area.

Parasols come with a crank and tilt or a locking crank and tilt feature, which will give you all-day coverage from direct sunlight without having to move the parasol.

Parasols can also be chosen in a rectangle shape or the ‘hanging banana’ umbrella which gives great shade due to the way it hangs over from its standing pole.

Cleaning Your Garden Furniture

Easy to care for, just wipe the rattan with a damp clean cloth. If wooden garden furniture is your preferred choice, then choose a foldable sun lounger made from Acacia, which has one reclining level and features a handle for easy carrying.

The wood has been oil stained to enhance the woods natural colour, which helps to protect whilst outdoors, however it is advisable to store under cover when not in use.

Whatever the size of your garden / outdoor space, whatever your budget, enjoy planning your own special space. Garden furniture can always be added to as and when required.

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