This is a guest post written by The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co, who supply a wide range of high-quality garden furniture from leading brands and respected manufacturers. The post looks at the best types of material when choosing garden furniture. I thought this could be useful for those of you that have a garden.
When choosing garden furniture, one of the things that you need to consider is which material it will be made from. This short guide will outline the key benefits of wood, metal, and rattan furniture to help you decide which material is right for you.
Wooden garden furniture is hard-wearing, strong, and durable, which makes it the ideal material for outdoor furniture. Wood is a versatile and natural material and is fashioned into a range of different styles. From benches to hammocks to loungers to tables, wooden furniture is available in a variety of designs.
Wooden furniture made from hardwood such as teak contain natural oils which form a natural protective barrier against weather, moisture, and UV rays, ensuring its longevity and allows it to be stored outside all year round. Whether it is made from hardwood or softwood, it requires minimal maintenance. Simply clean with soapy water and treat with teak oil to ensure its condition is maintained.
Metal garden furniture is available in a range of styles and designs. From classic to contemporary, traditional to modern, you will find a style that suits your tastes.
Metal furniture is lightweight and slender, making it easy to move and carry. It will fold and stack away for easy storage for those lacking in space. It is durable, long-lasting, and waterproof, so you will be able to use your furniture for years to come. It is also very low maintenance and is easy to clean with soap and water.
Aluminium furniture is rust resistant, but steel and iron furniture will need protecting from rust over time by sealing exposed cracks with paint.
Modern rattan furniture is made from a durable, high-quality plastic woven to mimic natural rattan, but with many benefits that natural rattan cannot offer.
Modern rattan is weather and UV resistant, so it is protected against colour fading, mould, and mildew. It offers a very chic, natural, and laid-back look to suit all styles, and is available in many versatile designs, from modular furniture to large rattan sofas.
Rattan is very comfortable, lightweight, and easy to move around your garden, looking just as great indoors in a conservatory as outdoors in the garden. Rattan garden furniture is hard-wearing, low maintenance, and easy to clean. Simply brush away debris and dust and wash with warm soapy water.
Are you thinking of choosing new furniture for your garden? What materials have you chosen for your garden furniture?
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co, who have also provided the images.
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Carol desjardins says
Love the Rattan garden furniture. Loved the Ratton garden furniture we had in Cornwall. Just fit in our garden nicely.
I love wooden furniture for the garden. I like that its a natural material being used outside. #KCACOLS
There is nothing more lovely than eating lunch in the garden on a sunny day – and let’s face it, since these lockdowns, the garden has really taken on a higher importance than it once did! #KCACOLS
Spending time in the garden is the best. Since the past year, I seem to be enjoying more of my time outdoors in my small garden and loving it. #KCACOLS
Such pretty furniture. We haven’t graduated to the choosing pretty things stage of life yet as we still have young kids in the destroy everything stage! Some day. #KCACOLS
Shelley Whittaker says
We tend to go for metal or wood – both have their pros and cons! So it just depends what undercover / storage we have and how we intend to use the outdoor space #KCACOLS
Katrina | ChatterFoxBlog says
Great idea for a post- we’re currently having a patio built and we want some good quality furniture that will last for years. I think we’re going for rattan…the challenge is finding some that is in stock! Everywhere is sold out at the minute, by the time we get some it will be raining again haha!
All fantastic options for the garden x #kcacols
This is really helpful I was considering getting some rattan chairs but was worried about maintenance, this has put my mind at rest as it sounds like the modern rattan would be ideal. #KCACOLS
I love wooden furniture, and we’re currently looking at getting a rustic bench & table like what you can find in many pub gardens. Not the most elegant maybe, but very practical!
I’m not so keen on the plastic rattan furniture… It’s quite comfy and low maintenance, BUT once a strand breaks (which they do at some point) it’s just like other plastic furniture: Broken, looking a bit tatty, and not something you can fix yourself. So I’m not sold on it (yet, anyway) x #KCACOLS