Go al fresco!

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Summer is finally here – celebrate by turning your garden into an outdoor dining paradise!

Our favourite season has finally made an appearance and there’s no better way to embrace it than turning your outside space into an al fresco dining area! Whether you’ve got a small courtyard garden or sprawling acres of green, there’s something for everyone. Read on to see our guide on how to select the best furniture for your garden.

Take note

First things first, how much space do you have? If you’ve got a smaller courtyard garden, you don’t want to fill the entire space up with furniture. Similarly, if you’ve got a bigger garden, what area do you most want to utilise? Make a list of the things you most want to do in your garden – do you want to mainly use it as a dining space? Or simply as another place to relax and read? Once you’ve decided on the primary function, you’ll have a much better idea of what sort of furniture you want to be looking for.

Try before you buy

It’s all well and good doing some online research or flicking through a garden furniture magazine, but you won’t know how comfy anything is until you sit down on it! Make a list of the types of furniture you want to be buying and visit a few shops and showrooms. Make sure you try everything out and ask any questions you might have to sales assistants – this is an investment, after all!

Choose your materials carefully

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that we aren’t in England – unfortunately the weather can still be unpredictable at this time of year! Take this into consideration when you’re buying your furniture. Most metal, teak, cedar and wicker pieces are fairly weather resistant, and if you’re still not sure, invest in some waterproof sheeting to cover your furniture when not in use and make sure any wooden pieces are treated correctly. This will save you hassle in the long run and will keep your furniture looking flawless!

Storage solutions

Before actually investing in any furniture, it’s important to consider your storage options! The pieces you select may look wonderful whilst they’re out, but do you have anywhere to store them in winter or bad weather? A garage or basement is ideal, but if you don’t have either of these, it might be worth investing in some furniture that can fold down easily. It will last a lot longer if you can keep it out of the rain!

Colour coordination

The natural colours of wood will always work well in any garden space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz things up a bit! Pick your favourite colour and splash it about on chairs and tables. Neutral colours like light grey or brown would give furniture an understated look, whilst icy blues or tropical greens will make pieces really stand out! If you don’t fancy painting all your furniture, you could opt to simply add some accents of colour in the form of cushions, rugs or throws.

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