If you want to purchase new garden furniture, you should not only pay attention to the appearance, but also think practically. What suits who? We’ll tell you!
Finally! The gardening season has started again and we can move our centre of life outside again. But what is missing if you want to feel really comfortable in your own garden? Right – the right garden furniture.
We have summarized here point by point what one should consider when buying them – because tastes and above all demands differ from person to person.
What do you expect from garden furniture?
Before you start looking for new garden furniture, you should be clear about what you want to use it for.
Are you looking for the right seat for the whole family including friends and acquaintances? Then look out for rattan garden furniture that offers plenty of space but is not too bulky at the same time. What’s more, the weatherproof plastic mesh, as can be seen here at Jendrass for example, is particularly durable and is therefore very suitable for outdoor use – there are also various designs so that everyone can find what they are looking for.
For spontaneous visits, seating sets that can be flexibly extended are suitable. With matching folding chairs, for example. They do not take up much space when not in use and can therefore be easily stored in cellars or garden sheds.
For couples without children who like to spend time alone in the garden, beautiful lounge furniture is the right choice. The large seating area of the armchairs often offers enough space for two people, so you can share a piece of furniture and enjoy the view into the garden. The often stressful everyday life can be quickly forgotten in this way and the little time that some couples spend together should be enjoyed all the more intensively – according to Norman von Zeizuleben, by the way.
However, it should be noted that this garden furniture is relatively expansive, which is why it is not suitable for every garden. That leads us straight to point 2…
How much space do you have in the garden?
Not every garden is large enough to accommodate numerous and large garden furniture. It has been said that couples or families in the furniture business have decided to buy furniture that was much too big for the garden later. In the shop or even in the online shop you can be deceived quickly. The size information only tells very few people anything if they do not have a picture of what it looks like in their own garden.
In order to prevent this problem, you should first measure the place in the garden where the new furniture is to be placed. Perhaps you can help yourself with furniture from the house or apartment to get an impression of the size of the garden furniture in your garden? A true-to-scale sketch is another way in which you can imagine in advance what the garden with the furniture will look like later.
What material should it be?
In the past, you didn’t have much choice, there were garden furniture either made of metal or wood. Today there is a multitude of materials that have different advantages and sometimes also differ enormously in price from each other. When making your decision, you should not only consider the appearance, but also your place of residence. For example, if you are looking for garden furniture for a house near the sea, wooden furniture is the best choice. The natural material is made to withstand the weather.
But that’s not all: wood gets a beautiful patina near seawater over time, which makes the garden furniture even more beautiful. And you don’t have to clean the furniture in this location. This is what nature does: wind, sand and salt water ensure that the garden furniture is peelled and kept clean. Otherwise a regular care routine becomes due.
Long-lived or short-lived, that is the question
High-quality garden furniture can accompany you all your life – provided it is properly cared for, of course. Therefore, before you buy, you should carefully consider whether you want to spend a relatively large amount of money on good garden furniture or buy new furniture every few years. Both options are possible.
If you opt for high-quality garden furniture, it is important to make sure that you can store it well in winter. Although most upmarket furniture can withstand wind and weather, it doesn’t hurt to be able to hibernate protected from wind and snow. If you want to store your garden furniture, it is practical if it is not too large, bulky and heavy. It would be a shame if the expensive furniture had to spend the winter outside just because you don’t want to carry it into the cellar.
Speaking of weight: Especially with garden furniture made of stainless steel, a lot of weight can come together. This causes problems not only during storage, but also in summer. Then, when you want to move the garden furniture to place it in the sun or to escape from the sun. If the furniture is very heavy, you think about it twice.
With rather cheap garden furniture, these problems usually do not arise – at least not to the same extent. Furniture from the lower price range is not designed to accompany its owners for several years. These garden furniture often only last one or two summers before new ones have to be purchased. But even that doesn’t have to be so bad, because you can often treat yourself to a new look for the garden and don’t commit yourself to many years. After all, the garden furniture should also match the rest of the garden’s appearance.
So you don’t have to have a guilty conscience if you want to redesign your garden every few years. On the contrary. This is a great opportunity to buy new garden furniture. And who knows, maybe after a while you’ll find yes. the one look for his garden. Then you can still buy durable garden furniture.
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.