Buying new furniture for the home can be a daunting task, especially if you have just moved into your first house. It is easy to become intimidated by the high price tags that a lot of premium furniture commands. Whilst this should be taken into consideration, you must also view the furniture as a long term investment, whether it is in the home or the garden.
In today’s blog, we have a look at the 3 key questions you should ask yourself when buying garden furniture and what to look out for when you are in the market.
- What is the budget for garden furniture?
Determining the budget for the garden furniture will help you decide on the type of furniture that you want for the garden. If you are going for a more conservative option this will usually come at a lower price point. Plastic is very important largely because it is very inexpensive.
If you have a bit more money to play with some of the more premium timber furniture options can add a great deal of value and character to the garden.
- What is the intended use of the garden furniture?
Determining the intended use of the garden furniture will help you decide on the type that you need. If you are going to be catering to a lot of different parties, lots of tables and seats will help make sure everyone is comfortable. Alternatively, if you are looking for space where you can relax with your partner, a small bench and table will work fine.
If you are planning on spending a lot of time with the garden furniture, try and test it before to make sure it is comfortable. These improved ergonomics will have less of an impact on your back and posture over time.
- What climate do you live in?
This one may seem unusual, but you would be surprised by the impact that the weather can have on your garden furniture. If you live in rainier climates you may be better off with the plastic options. Alternatively, if you live in warmer climates you may want to pick teak or oak furniture that does not heat up as easily as the plastic alternatives.
If you do live in Rainer climates try and cover your furniture with a tarpaulin, this will stop it from getting too heavily weathered and damaged over time. If the furniture is made out of timber, try to consider the type of treatment and the treatment that it may need. This will all have an impact on the overall look of the garden furniture.
If you prioritize one question, make it number 2
Whilst cost is important, it is fairly easy to determine how much you want to pay. The intended use of the garden furniture, however, is much more difficult to predict. Have a good think about the size of the garden and the area the furniture is going to go in. This will help you to determine the budget you want to set and the type of garden furniture that you want to go for.