The right outdoor furniture can quickly transform an ordinary garden into a sensory-rich destination. Comfy garden furniture benches, a spacious table and a few wicker rocking chairs can instantly turn your outdoors into a second living room.
As you outfit your garden this season, here are tips you may find helpful.
Determine the function
The first thing you want to do before buying garden furniture is deciding how you would like the space to function. Perhaps you want to host outdoor parties there. Or maybe you want a place for dining during warm summer nights.
Sometimes, all you are looking for is a peaceful reading place. Knowing how you want to use the space helps you choose the right furniture for it.
Test before you buy
You are going to be using your garden furniture regularly, so you need to be sure that it is comfortable. Do not be fooled by looks. Take a seat and feel whether the furniture feels comfy or not. Only go for pieces you are sure you will love spending time on.
Choose furniture that is easy to maintain
You want to spend more time enjoying your furniture than maintaining it. For this reason, you should go for items that are easy to take care of. Choose material very carefully. Most cedar, teak and metal furniture are weather-resistant and will look great years after you buy them.
Go for quality
Ultimately, you get what you are willing to pay for. It is much better to spend a little more on a high-quality piece than to save money while buying cheap furniture. Those plastic chairs may look all glossy on the shelf right now, but in a year or two, they will be discoloured and unsightly.
Carefully selected garden furniture can mean the difference between enjoying your time outdoors for hours and quickly heading indoors after minutes of discomfort on a cheap chair. Through thoughtful planning, you can make your garden an inviting space you will want to visit time and again.