With spring officially underway and the launch of our gorgeous new luxury garden furniture collection we are all about the outdoors right now. No matter how big your space, the quickest refresh to get your outdoors looking fabulous is to invest in some new modern garden furniture. Here, we look at the different types of outdoor furniture available to help you choose what will work best in your space, whether that's big, small, rural or urban, and get the summer vibes underway.....
Poly rattan is a man-made rattan and is hugely popular material for outdoors, with good reason. Unlike natural rattan, that looks great, but does not cope with the great British weather well at all, polyethylene (PE) rattan offers all the beauty and style of rattan in a far more weather-friendly and durable way. It's one of our top choices when it comes to outdoor furniture and not just because of its practical benefits. We love the different shapes and designs, from an L shaped garden sofa with plump shower-proof cushions or a rattan outdoor dining set with plenty of room to entertain in comfort to a luxurious garden lounge chair for the ultimate in relaxation.
What's more, it is very easy to care for - just brush down your furniture to stop dirt getting ingrained and take it indoors during winter. The cushions on a poly rattan sofa set are generally showerproof and as with most garden seat cushions it is best to bring them in during heavy rain and overnight to keep them looking their very best. Looked after well, a PE rattan garden set will last you for years making it a good investment and good for the environment - no landfill waste here, thank you!
As with everything, there are many different types of wood to choose from when it comes to outdoor furniture, but two of the best types of hardwood garden furniture is teak and acacia. Both are very hardwearing making them perfect for the garden and with the right care, will look beautiful season after season. To keep acacia and teak outdoor furniture looking their best, we recommend keeping it undercover when the weather turns. As well as the rain, UV rays can damage or discolour the wood, so this is worth bearing in mind too.
Oil is the best way to treat your wooden patio table and chairs - just check with the seller which product is best for the furniture you have purchased. Most wooden garden furniture will need treating with teak oil once a year - normally this just involves applying a layer of oil, leaving it for an hour for the oil to soak into the grain and then wiping off any excess.
Metal furniture has always been a popular choice in the garden but with it can come rust, especially if you leave your furniture out in the open. Aluminium is an exception to this especially when its powder-coated. Metal can be very decorative and elegant so it does definitely have a place in the garden, it's the perfect material for a classic patio bistro set or a country garden bench seat.
The first trick is to keep your metal garden table and chairs clean - to do this just give them a wipe down with warm soapy water as this stops any dirt and dust trapping moisture against the paintwork. Keep an eye on your furniture to catch any damage to the paint - this is where rust can get in and start to take hold.
As with inside our homes, considering the environment should also be part of our decision making process when it comes to our outdoors. Some PE rattan furniture manufacturers are looking at ways to made the furniture from from recycled plastic, but the mere longevity of PE rattan makes it an eco choice as it will last. Aluminium is also a good choice as it's infinitely recyclable and can be reused to make new garden furniture time and time again.
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