It is important that you choose the right garden furniture that fits your style as well as the size of the outdoor space, or the purpose of the garden space. You don't need a garden kit because it's just looking good – though it is important – or because it has a 50% off-season rate.
The vision can be deceiving. Do not buy the latest sets of garden tables and chairs without first convincing yourself of the quality of the furniture. Paying attention to the design of the garden furniture and the materials. This is the only way to get the best value for money. Here are some of our helpful tips for buying the right outdoor furniture.
Take a look at the various materials you can choose from
Outdoor furniture made of wood
The exterior of the garden furniture is very attractive. However, the sun and the rain have an effect on them. If not stored well, the furniture will gradually fade and may even split. Therefore, frequent maintenance is also required. If you choose wooden garden furniture, look for tables and chairs made of dense, moisture-resistant wood, such as teak wood. And make sure that the pieces of furniture are not glued to each other, but connected to brass or stainless steel fittings.
Plastic outdoor furniture
Plastic is lightweight, relatively sturdy, easy to clean, recyclable, and generally inexpensive. Plastics obviously cannot rust, do not need painting and do not rot from moisture. However, plastic garden furniture will decay over time. If you want fresh and vibrant colors in the garden, then plastic is a great choice for furniture. But make sure the plastic polymer that the garden furniture is made of has UV-stabilizing pigments. They will ensure that bright colors do not fade too quickly.
Outdoor rattan furniture
Synthetic rattan is a leader in technological advances in the production of outdoor furniture. The quality of rattan garden furniture can withstand any weather changes. Rattan fibers are woven with synthetic woven fibers that can be painted in many different colors. Wrapped around lightweight, rust-resistant aluminum frames, rattan garden furniture has all the benefits of plastic furniture but looks much better in appearance.
Metal outdoor furniture
Metal furniture is always a great choice. Let's take aluminum, for example. Contemporary material that suits both modern and classic design. Aluminum is light, non-rusty and durable. As one might expect, aluminum garden furniture offers just these qualities. If you opt for this type of garden furniture, just make sure that the tables and chairs have a UV-resistant powder coating as it will prevent oxidation of the surface.
Metal garden furniture is much smaller in size than artificial rattan. However, this does not mean that there are no super hits, such as this garden set of two metal chairs and a table. The set combines style, elegance, and practicality and is definitely worth the investment.
If you're looking for something fresher and bigger, you can combine a metal table with chairs in different colors. The tables in the proposed garden series come in 4 different colors – light blue, orange, brown and white. And the chairs, in addition to the four colors, also offer a choice of different types of a cut pattern on the seats and backs.
The cushions give extra comfort
To make garden furniture even more enjoyable, you may want to consider extra comfort. There are a number of high-tech fabrics on the market that make great pillows for garden chairs and benches. Just look for cushions that are suitable for the outdoors, such as acrylic fabrics and solution-dyed ones. They are resistant to UV rays, moisture, moss, and spots.
Measure your available outdoor space
The type of outdoor furniture you can buy depends on the amount of free outdoor space you have available. For example, a small garden bistro table and two chairs may be the best option for a smaller patio, while stylish rattan kits consisting of a larger table and several chairs would be much more appropriate for large space. It sounds simple, but in many cases, when choosing garden furniture, people do not fit the furniture according to space. Often a fancy garden kit is bumped into a garden or yard no matter how small it gets.
Shop for a purpose and think about what kind of garden furniture you need
It is also important to keep in mind that the choice of any garden furniture you buy should be based on your needs. In other words, before you go shopping, think about what you want to use your yard and your new furniture in the garden. For example, if you just want to relax with a book in your hand, then comfort is paramount. In this case, a rattan garden sofa would do a great job.
Consider storing garden furniture
Most grocery stores claim that outdoor furniture they sell can withstand weather conditions all year long. And although we are convinced that our aluminum garden furniture is designed to support Mother Nature, they still need to be protected.
So before you buy the super comfortable swing for the garden you liked, see if you have enough space to store it for the winter. If not, look for an alternative cradle, or revise your budget to include a suitable cover in your purchase.
Quality is key
When choosing new garden furniture, run your palm over the surface of the furniture. This will ensure that there are no edges on the metal or plastic surface that can tear or cause discomfort. Make sure that the moving parts are bolted and not glued. When choosing metal garden furniture, check that the welds are not cracked and make sure that the varnish/paint is well applied.
As for the durability of garden furniture, our general rules are as follows:
- Teak is better than pine
- Cast aluminum garden furniture is better than steel and easier to maintain than iron
- UV-treated polyester is better than cotton
- High-quality synthetic rattan is a better choice than natural rattan.
Meteorological conditions are a factor you cannot ignore
Outdoor furniture must withstand our time. Quite a lot of sun combined with wind and rain, super combination. Rain, on the one hand, can destroy wood, corrode/oxidize metal, or form mold on fabrics. The sun, on the other hand, can split the timber and discolor the color of the plastic or fabric.
Pay attention to the small details
Some good ideas in this regard are benches, which can be stored in various works, garden umbrellas, lighting and maybe even outdoor heating. Just remember that outdoor furniture should fit into the overall design of the space, your tastes and last but not least, garden furniture must withstand the Bulgarian climate.
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