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.
Wooden garden furniture
Metal garden furniture
Plastic garden furniture
Types of garden furniture
Now for the big choice - what type of furniture to choose...
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.