Wooden Garden Furniture Set Buyer’s Guide
Many homeowners believe their garden is just as important as their interior, and a garden furniture set is the first step towards achieving a comfortable, stylish and peaceful outdoor space.
Finding the right garden furniture set can be tricky, with design, comfort and build quality all big considerations. Not sure where to start? Check out this buyer’s guide.
Furniture sets come in a range of designs, from traditional garden benches and picnic tables to comfortable armchairs. Enhance your space with a stylish set that makes you want to spend more time outside! Traditional folding sets are hugely popular, while bold and bright colours make a dramatic statement.
When choosing design, you’ll need to know the purpose of your outdoor furniture. If you’re planning on hosting summer parties, you’ll need a full table and chairs set like the Alders Wooden Garden Picnic Table and Benches. If you simply want a spot to sit and admire the flowers, a traditional bench like the Plant Theatre Adirondack Chair can go a long way. Deckchairs and loungers are perfect for a spot of sunbathing!
While a stylish set is important, comfort should arguably be top of the agenda. If you struggle to sit on a hard surface for long periods, look for a set with cushions. While traditional benches aren’t usually designed for comfort, they aren’t usually sat on for a long period of time. Armchairs around a table are great for relaxing with friends.
Ensure you go for something that’s built to a high standard like the Kingfisher FSLOVE Hardwood Love Seat. Look for strong bolts and screws, and durable hard wearing construction materials. While many sets do require some DIY like the Plant Theatre Lutyens Garden Bench, this is usually very simple.
Outdoor furniture has to withstand a lot more than indoor furniture – namely bad weather, so make sure you go for something that’s built to be weatherproof. Treated wood won’t go mouldy after a rain shower and ensure if there’s metal used that it’s rust resistant. If your furniture folds up neatly you can bring it inside in bad weather, but this shouldn’t be necessary.