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Things to consider

Here's some of the practical matters you'll need to consider before making your choice.


Make sure you get a full idea of how much room you have. Measure your available space to ensure there's enough room for furniture and for people to move around it.


If you're going to store your garden furniture in a shed or garage, check if it can be folded or stacked. Choose carefully if you're planning to keep it outside, as not all furniture is suitable for this.


What is the best material for garden furniture?

Wooden garden furniture

Wooden furniture fits seamlessly into traditional gardens and is designed for strength and durability. Wood doesn't retain heat, so it won't get hot on summer days. It's relatively low maintenance, but should be treated annually to protect it against warping and water damage. It's also generally a bit heavier.

Rattan-effect furniture

Modern rattan-effect furniture is made from woven strands of coated plastic, which provide the same traditional look but without the risk of damage or damp. It's weather resistant, lightweight and easy to clean. It requires little maintenance, but isn't suitable for keeping outdoors in winter.

Metal garden furniture

Metal furniture is durable, hardwearing and low maintenance. You may need to take precautions against rust, but most designs are now rust-resistant. Its flexibility allows for many designs to be folded for easy storage. It's generally lightweight, although this depends on the style or metal your furniture's made from.

Plastic garden furniture

Plastic a more affordable choice. Hard to damage and very lightweight, plastic is a great choice for families and they usually stack for tidy storage. They're also weather resistant and safe to keep outdoors, but can warp if exposed to the sun for long periods.



Types of garden furniture

Now for the big choice - what type of furniture to choose...

Garden table and chair sets

Furniture sets help to create a welcoming space for enjoying your garden. Table and chair sets are available with 2 to 8 chairs, providing enough room for all gatherings.

Garden chairs and loungers

If you see your garden as a relaxing space, then explore stylish chairs and comfy, reclining loungers. They're ideal for unwinding on lazy sunny days.

Garden benches and arbours

A lovely addition to a more traditional outdoor space, benches and arbours provide a beautiful spot for enjoying the sunshine and your garden.

Hammocks & swing seats

If a lounger doesn't offer enough relaxation for you, then choose a hammock or swing seat to really laze away those summer days.


Garden furniture care

Caring for wooden furniture

Wooden furniture may require annual treatments with a specific oil or stain. Woods with a waxy finish should be cleaned with a dry, soft cloth, while hard woods can be scrubbed with warm soapy, water.

Caring for rattan-effect furniture

Rattan-effect furniture is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth, but isn't suitable for cleaning with a scourer or a pressure washer. Rattan-effect furniture is weather resistant, but shouldn't be left outdoors during winter.

Caring for metal furniture

Metal furniture can easily be cleaned with warm, soapy water, but don't use a scourer as they cause scratches. Pressure washers should only be used on a low setting. Dry thoroughly to avoid water marks and streaks.

Caring for plastic furniture

Plastic furniture is easy to clean with warm, soapy water or a pressure washer on a low setting. But it can become weakened in direct sunlight, so keep it in a shaded area when not in use.


Garden furniture accessories


Parasols offer shade on hot days and keep the sun off food and drinks. Many garden tables provide space for a parasol, but there are also free-standing models available.

Garden furniture covers

A furniture cover is a great idea even if you're planning to store furniture indoors during the winter. They help to keep it protected from the weather and keep it clean.


A selection of beautiful cushions are available to fit garden furniture of all styles and sizes for that extra touch of comfort.


To add shade to a larger area, a retractable awning is a good option. For a less permanent choice, choose an easy-to-assemble temporary gazebo.


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