As 2018 begins to finally bed in, I’m finally beginning to think about the spring. It’s been a long, often harsh, winter, battling off a big bout of SAD and I cannot wait to feel the warmth of sunshine and enjoy longer days in the garden. Moving here to our house on a hill top overlooking the Peak District, in the heat of May sunshine last year feels like a dream. Our first holiday barn guests have been and gone, new ones checked in, and now that project is settling in, I’m beginning to think I might have time for the veg patches…
Working in the garden suddenly becomes a possibility once more. With the frost thawed and the weather calming, that outdoor space can be enjoyed in a way that it hasn’t been done for months. I can almost taste the strawberries and plums and remember planting peas and potatoes. Now is a great time to begin to plan what can be achieved with our outdoor space this year – and furniture can be a key part of this. I definitely want to sort out some cosier garden spaces.
Garden furniture has to fulfil a number of purposes, which can make choosing the right garden furniture difficult. If you’re looking into buying new garden furniture this year, here’s a helpful guide to the essential considerations that will guarantee you a blissful spring and summer outdoors…
1) The durability
The delights of a British spring and summer mean that garden furniture needs to be durable. While it’s nice to think it’s one long summer in the garden, this is rarely the case in the UK. Wood and metal normally need some kind of treatment, rattan may fray over time but generally lasts a long time. Iron and teak are also great choices for their durability.
2) The aesthetics
Garden furniture needs to be functional, but you’re also going to want it to be aesthetically pleasing. The furniture is the focal point of your garden, so choosing an aesthetic style that you’re happy with is well worth the time it takes to track your perfect choice down. If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful, then secondhand garden furniture is a good way to get better quality for less money; for something more stylish and high-end, perhaps see Bridgman for ideas on what might work for you.
It’s easy to think cheap and cheerful for the garden, but try to buy furniture that you genuinely love, even if it takes you awhile to track it down – garden furniture can help you create many perfect summer moments, so you have to be happy with it.
3) The comfort
One of the major downsides of garden furniture is that it can look good and be durable, but these benefits are accomplished by the furniture being uncomfortable. Long evenings out on the patio, admiring the late summer sunset, with a numb, cold bum is less than idyllic. Go for padding and check the seat width – these are the areas that are going to make the biggest difference to your overall comfort while using your furniture.
Take the time to measure out the stated dimensions of any furniture and envision what it would really be like to live with, otherwise you may find yourself in for a big (small!) surprise when the furniture is in place.
Have you got plans for the garden yet this year? Would love to hear!