After the landscaping of your garden, patio or lawn area is completed, then it will be time to start thinking about garden furniture for you. This means you will be looking to see what is available that will meet your style, comfort and needs.
Garden furniture complements the atmosphere and décor of the garden, patio or lawn setting of your backyard. The different selections you have to choose from will appeal to men and women alike.
The furniture of today is built for comfort and durability, as well as fashion and style. You certainly want to match your choice with the décor of your garden.
Garden furniture will compliment the landscape of your backyard by turning your favorite backyard area into an outdoor dining room with a bar, or into a conversation pit that lends itself to stimulating as well as intimate conversations in front of a small roaring fire.
Choosing Your Garden Furniture
Choosing garden furniture is like choosing living room furniture and/or dining room furniture for your home. Your proposed use of this area will directly impact the decision you make.
You may want to furnish an area with a setting for reading and relaxing or visiting with guests. You may want to have a formal dining area for outdoor dinner parties or for those large family cook outs.
A large enough area would allow you to do both. You will want to ensure that you and all of your guests are comfortable without overcrowding your garden or patio area.
Garden Furniture Is Made Of Different Materials
Garden furniture is made of an array of materials, such as teak, wicker, different metals and wood. It can be elegant and comfortable.
That is why it is very important that you put a good deal of thought and consideration into your purchase. You will want to consider the care that would go into your purchase. Different materials require different types of care to maintain the look that you want to achieve.
All of the materials used are made to withstand the elements of the outdoors. Since you will want to keep them ever ready for your next get together with family and friends, the maintenance and care required to maintaining the condition is very important. Your garden furniture will be a very important asset to your home and you will want the look to last for years to come.
Keep Comfort In Mind
You will want to consider the comfort of yourself and your guests when choosing your garden furniture. Cushioned chairs, love seats, sofas, bench seats, swivel or slide rocking chairs, and loungers are just a few of the choices you will have to pick from.
There is certainly potential for sofas, love seats, settees, and bench seats, with and without backs, to choose from. The small side tables can offer you and your guests a place to put your drinks and snacks while also giving you a spot to place a plant.
Garden furniture comes in a wide variety of colors ensuring that you will be able to find the perfect color to add just the right amount of splash to your garden area. You can purchase a collection or just pick the matching pieces you need to accommodate your space.
Consider Your Outdoor Gatherings
For your outdoor gatherings with dinner or lunch on the agenda, you will want to choose your garden furniture for the types of gatherings you will be planning. There are tables large enough to seat several people for dining purposes.
Round tables will seat four to six comfortably; whereas the oblong with pull up chairs will seat ten to twelve comfortably for a more formal dining setting. If you plan formal or informal adult entertaining, you may need an outside bar to accommodate your guests. You will find you will have several styles to choose from, along with bar stools to complement the bar.
How Essential Are Covers?
You have made your choice, learned how to clean and care for it, and now begs the question, “Do I need covers?” To answer this question, you will need to consider how often they will be utilized.
How heavy is the furniture you have decided on?
How easy is it to move? Is your product mobile or stationary? Do you have storage space when it is not in use?
While answering these questions, you may decide that you want the added peace of mind of covering your furniture when it is not being utilized. You may wish to forego the additional cleaning and care required after a good hard rain. You may want to protect your garden furniture from flying objects when the wind start blowing things around.
If you have chosen something lightweight like wicker, braided aluminum, or PVC, you may want to store it in a utility closet, or utility or garden shed, but then the additional effort of moving it from place to place may be too much.
If what you have chosen is made from a heavier material such as iron, steel or wood, covers would be a solution to your dilemma.
In either case, you may wish to opt for covers as a matter of convenience. No hauling or heavy-duty lifting is required. Cleaning and care will be made easier by the use of a cover.
What Are Garden Furniture Covers Made Of?
The covers are made from a thick gauge vinyl with a polyurethane lining. The thicker the gauge of vinyl, the more durable the cover. The vinyl exterior of the cover protects your furniture from rain and snow.
The polyurethane lining is treated to withstand water and wetness as well as protecting your furniture from nicks and scratches. The furniture covers are made from woven fabric to allow for airflow. This helps prevent mold and mildew from forming on your garden furniture.
Some covers are also made with a draw string bottom with a durable lock to hold the covers in place.
Furniture covers come in several colors. These colors do not distract from the beauty of your garden. The colors are made to conform to the garden surroundings rather than be the focal point in your garden.
Plan Your Day
Now, the spring showers or summer rains are over, and you are looking forward to the sunshine. You have the day selected for your planned family outing or a summer weekend outdoor party.
You uncover the garden furniture, fold and put away your covers, do a light cleaning, and that part of the preparation for your party is done. The garden furniture for you is ready to add comfort and style to your successful outdoor party!
Carson Dane, Founder