How to choose the right outdoor furniture

The difference between having a garden that is your extension and one you don’t use is how you set it up.
Although outdoor furniture shopping may not be your favorite outdoor activity, it is a great way to spend your weekends relaxing.
This guide will help you choose the best garden furniture for your needs. So spend less time looking and more time relaxing!
Materials
The majority of garden furniture can be made from wood, metal, or plastic. Each material has its pros and cons.

Wood furniture requires regular maintenance. If left out in the elements, it will begin to deteriorate. However, it looks beautiful and will not suffer any harm as it is natural.

China imports tropical hardwood from China that is cheaper than outdoor furniture in NZ. However, this material is not always ethical. Instead, choose items made from sustainable timber and proven hardwoods like macrocarpa or teak.
The outdoor furniture industry has seen plastic go a long way. Don’t let the plastic chairs with brittle legs sag you on the ground and then stab you in the back.

Resin wicker, which is more resistant to UV rays and is lightweight and easy to clean, is a viral material. Instead of using PVC, which is more fragile and less durable, look for resin wicker made from high-density polyethylene. The life expectancy of resin wicker furniture is between 10 and 15 years.

You’ve likely all seen a park bench with rust that shows that metal furniture can withstand the test of time. Wrought iron furniture is heavy and ornate. It will rust, but you can treat it and recoat it. Wrought iron furniture should last for a century.
Aluminum and stainless steel are lighter, more practical options that resist rust. However, cheaper metals aren’t as rust-resistant, particularly in coastal environments (mainly New Zealand).

Concrete is another popular choice, but it can be cumbersome and must be sealed every year.

Before you go to the shops, here are some things to consider
Consider how much maintenance you are willing and able to afford for your furniture. You don’t have to stain timber every year if you aren’t sure.

It would help if you considered how to store your furniture in winter. For example, consider stackable chairs, which take up less space when they are held.
It would help if you chose furniture that best suits your needs. For example, if you are looking for a comfortable sun lounger, don’t fill the entire space with a large dining room.

You want to be able to move furniture around in a space that’s flexible enough to allow you to set up the paddling pools or do morning yoga.

Outside comfort is as important as inside. Garden furniture’s purpose is to encourage you to spend more time outside, so choose pieces that make you feel like you are on vacation.

Consider secondhand furniture. You may buy furniture that is comparable to new and still saves money. It’s also easy to have your furniture delivered.
Shade is essential if you want to make your outdoor space more enjoyable. A well-placed shade can create an outdoor space more comfortable and liveable. Big retailers have a wide selection of off-the-shelf shade sails and awnings.

Buy an umbrella that is larger than you need. Also, make sure it has adjustable angles. It is essential to have several light sources indoors. You also need multiple shade sources outside, such as shade sails that can be used for permanent purposes and an umbrella with adjustable angles.

Outdoor couches need cushions. You can take your outdoor furniture to the next step by adding home comforts and color. Store your outdoor cushions in a large empty bean bag for less hassle. This makes it quick and easy for you to bring them inside during rainy weather.
Like any other room in your home, it is essential that you love it.


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