Buyers Guide: Top Tips on shopping for your garden furniture


Buyers Guide: Top Tips on shopping for your garden furnitureThere is a lot to consider before buying, but the right choice is worth a little time and planning. Think about what best suits your lifestyle and also reflects our taste.

  • Do you want a calm space for reading, an entertainment space or both? Factor in how many people will be eating and relaxing outside and allow enough space. Don’t forget to leave room to move furniture as the sun makes its way around the garden.
  • There is a great range of materials to choose from including hardwoods, aluminium, rattan, wicker, cast iron. Consider factors such as weight, maintenance and storage. Aluminium furniture is rust proof but some pieces may be too lightweight for windy climates. Synthetic rattans provide a Mediterranean look that withstands Irish weather and teak can be beautiful stained or even left untreated.
  • You may want to store cushions and accessories at night or during bad weather. Close proximity to a shed or utility room will make this less of a chore. Alternatively consider buying covers to protect your furniture when not in use.
  • Think about how your purchase can enhance your outdoor space. You could create a focal point wit a bench for planters and enjoy views that are inaccessible from indoors.
  • Make the most out of sheltered spots and prioritise comfort at all times. Ease of passage to the kitchen is important and it is useful to have a tap nearby.
  • Bear in mind that outdoor furniture is seen from all angles so its important that you love the way it looks as well as how it works.


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