The sun has started to make an appearance, albeit an understated one. Although it may not feel like it, summer is on its way. You will want to make sure you are prepared for the sunshine we get, be it a few days or a few month’s worth. Hopefully, it will be the latter. After all, there is nothing better than chilling in the garden with a nice glass of wine or enjoying a barbecue with friends in the summer, is there? So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can get your garden ready for the warmer months by choosing the best patio furniture…
Invest in quality – There is only one place to begin, and this is with the question of quality. You have no doubt heard the old adage that you only get what you pay for, and this is certainly the case when it comes to garden furniture. After all, your garden pieces are going to have to withstand the wind, rain, and sun, and so they need to be made to the highest standard. If you opt for cheap furniture pieces, you will be lucky if they last throughout this summer, and so cheap patio furniture only ends up costing you more money in the end. Go for quality to begin with, and you will reap the benefits in the long run. One of the best ways to ensure you are getting high levels of quality is to read reviews that have been left by past customers. If you take a look online today, it is easy to get a plethora of reviews on any one product. Take your time to read through as many of these as possible to get a good understanding of the level of quality associated with the furniture, and whether it lives up to the product description that has been provided. If the table you are considering, for example, is of a bad quality, made with flimsy material, which fades quickly, you can rest assured that plenty of customers will have noted this in their feedback to warn you and others before purchasing. This can make sure that your money is well spent.
Search for dual-purpose furniture – One of the best ways to maximise your garden’s potential while also keeping your outside space looking neat and tidy is to search for dual-purpose pieces. For example, you could invest in an ottoman, which will provide extra seating yet also act as storage space or an alfresco dining table. This enables you to adapt your outside area with ease depending on what you are doing and how many people are in attendance.
Bring some comfort outside – During the summer months, your garden is going to be your favourite ‘room’ so to speak. This is how you should think of your garden – another room. After all, during the winter, when you get home from work, you probably snuggle up on the living room sofa and relax. In the summer, your garden becomes your living area, and you relax outside in the sunshine. So, why should your garden be any less comfortable than your lounge? A lot of people tend to settle for hard and uncomfortable outdoor furniture, but there is no need to do this, as there are plenty of comfortable and high-quality patio chairs available. Once you have purchased comfortable furniture, there are other ways you can bring some softness and plushness to your outside space. For example, you could invest in a couple of scatter cushions and an outdoor rug. This will make your patio area feel more relaxing and serene. Of course, you should not spend a lot on such accessories, as the elements will have an impact on them, and so they probably won’t last very long.
Make sure all wooden elements are treated so that pests do not wreak havoc – If there is one thing that insects like to destroy, it is wood. You need to ensure all wooden items are treated so that they are not easily damaged. If you are unsure as to whether you have a problem with pests, you can find out more information at ABC Home & Commercial. You will find information on dealing with all types of pests, including mosquitos, which can be exceptionally dangerous as well as damaging to your outside area.
Choose colour with care – Another important aspect to consider when choosing furniture for your garden is colour. You are not limited to natural wood tones when buying for your outdoor space, nor do you need to choose metal pieces, or those that are white, black, or the beige shade of wicker. You have the full spectrum of colours available to you. You can’t choose bright pink tables and chairs if you really want to. However, if you want to add vibrant and bold colours to your garden, it is better to do this in small splashes, i.e. with accent pieces and cushions. This will ensure your garden looks stylish and sleek yet has tons of personality and is perfect for the summer months. It is all about getting the balance right.
Consider storage – While garden furniture is designed and manicured with the elements in mind, this does not mean that your garden furniture can withstand a constant battering from the wind, sun, snow and rain. You can add years to the life of your garden furniture by storing it in a location that is protected from the elements. For example, place your furniture in your basement or shed during the winter months. Even the toughest furniture, be it a wrought-iron settee or teak chairs, will last longer when protected. You may also want to consider buying furniture covers for when your garden is not in use. Rattan cube sets are particularly beneficial when it comes to optimal security from the elements because the chairs safely tuck underneath the glass table for protection.
Choose furniture that is easy to look after – Last but not least, the final aspect to consider when choosing garden furniture is maintenance. Do you want to spend your summer maintaining your garden and ensuring your furniture is looking its best? Or, do you want to spend your summer relaxing in the sunshine and chilling with friends? The latter sound way more appealing, right? To ensure you can relax throughout the summer, choose furniture that is easy to care for. Some of the best materials that are largely unfazed by whatever nature throws their way includes the like of all-weather wicker, cedar, teak, and metal. Furniture made from forgiving materials like this do not require a lot of attention, providing you with stylish furniture that is going to look good and last for many years into the future.
So there you have it: the complete guide to choosing furniture for your garden. There is a lot to consider, but if you take all of the advice that has been provided into account, you can be sure that you will end up with the perfect furniture for your outside space. Not only furniture that looks amazing, but will last for years and years to come too.