Garden Furniture

Garden Furniture Buying Guide

As soon as the weather warms up and the days are longer we all love to enjoy the outside. Whether it's outdoor dining, sitting out with family and friends, creating a cosy hide-away-from-it-all space or a party area, there are so many reasons to invest in garden furniture. Our comprehensive range of Garden Furniture offers you a great choice depending on your garden space, your budget, the designs you like, the materials you like and the look you want to create.

Here's a quick to guide to the features and benefits of the different materials we use in our designs:

Textilene

A man-made fabric that is comfortable and hard wearing - the only maintenance needed is to wipe the fabric occasionally with a damp cloth. Textilene has been designed for outdoor use, it is UV resistant so will keep its colour even in bright sunlight. The fabric is really comfortable to sit on and is used in both our premium aluminium frames and our sturdy steel frames. Textilene is available in many different colours and stripes; the plain colours suit our contemporary sets whilst the mixed shades suit our more traditional designs.

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Rattan

We use Poly Rattan, which is a man made material that replicates the look and feel of natural rattan, but is suitable for outdoor use. Our designs include rattan that has different profiles from flat to half round to round, and some have a textured surface for a really authentic feel. Poly rattan is frost and water resistant and is UV stabilised so will keep its strength and colour even in sunlight and can be left out in most weathers. It is best covered overnight to keep down the maintenance, but a simple wipe with a damp cloth will restore the beauty of this soft material. The rattan furniture is all hand-weaved by skilled craftspeople using traditional techniques. It is woven over our premium aluminium frames or our sturdy steel frames. Our designs vary from traditional garden sets, through contemporary seating and table designs, right onto our beautiful outdoor sofa sets for the ultimate in garden luxury.

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Wood

The traditional garden furniture material. Where possible our garden furniture woods are from FSC approved sources. Oak and Eucalyptus are the main woods used, which have a high natural oil content, making them ideal for outdoor use. Wood furniture does require regular maintenance, but this is quite easy to do. Just look for the care and maintenance leaflet supplied with your furniture. Our wood sets include traditional all wood seating and tables, and also mixed product where we combine steel or aluminium with wood for a truly stunning effect. We offer comfortable cushions to compliment the sets. The cushions are shower and fire resistant, and will need to be covered overnight or in poor weather.

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Cast Aluminium

These are beautiful designs, having the look of traditional cast iron furniture, but with the advantage of being lightweight and they cannot rust. They are easy to maintain and durable. Over the years, if you decide you are ready for a garden makeover, cast aluminium can be painted to freshen the look, further extending the life of the product.

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Metal Mesh

We offer steel mesh furniture for the latest look in your garden. Truly beautiful designs incorporate modern styling and traditional design. Manufactured in robust steel and powder coated for durability. Common to all garden furniture, they are best covered overnight and stored in a garage or shed during the winter months.

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Steel Frames

Many of our garden sets have a steel frame. It is the perfect material as it is strong and can be made into both traditional designs with beautiful features, as well as into the more simple clean lines of modern contemporary furniture. Our factories use a special cleaning process and powder coating to provide the best painted weather resistance. We recommend using a furniture cover overnight to keep the set in the best condition, and to store the set in the shed or garage during the winter months.

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Aluminium Frames

This is the premium material for garden furniture with beautiful clean lines and superb surface finish. Much more expensive than steel, aluminium is used in many different designs. It cannot rust and it makes the furniture lightweight to move around your garden. To keep the set in best condition, we recommend using a furniture cover overnight, and storing in a shed or garage during the winter.

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Glass Top Tables

Using a glass top table in your garden will give a beautiful look with its reflective properties and easy clean surface. The glass top will not fade; it will not lose any strength or suffer from being left outdoors. All our outdoor garden tables use only toughened glass for safety. The toughening process makes the glass stronger, but it will still need care. If an object strikes the glass, or it is over-stressed by a parasol pole pressing against it, the glass can break. If it does, it will shatter into small pieces that are less harmful. Always use a parasol base if your parasol passes through the hole in the table, and always take down the parasol in windy conditions and overnight.

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Gazebos

Lightweight, easy to assemble shades. Some have separate poles that need assembling each time; others are pre-assembled and extend into shape and up to height. Different designs offer open sides, the option of closed-in sides for an intimate space or mesh sides to keep away the bugs whilst still enjoying the outdoors. Avoid exposed locations and take down in windy conditions.

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Parasols

Offer shade, cooling, heaters can be fitted underneath to extend the evening, lighting can be added for a stunning effect. They are a beautiful addition to your garden. They must always be used whilst secured into a heavy parasol base. Parasols must never be used without support, especially in glass top tables, or they will move in the wind, possibly breaking the glass. They should be taken down overnight and in windy conditions. Covers are available to keep them in top condition, and they are best stored in a shed or garage during winter months.

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Cushions

Our cushions are resistant to a light shower and are fire-resistant. This means they can be safely used indoors, in a conservatory for example. The cushions need to be brought in or covered overnight and should be stored in a shed or indoors during the winter.

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Assembly

Most of our garden furniture requires some home assembly. You will need the most basic of tools, such as a screwdriver, but the instructions will tell you this and guide you through the assembly step by step.

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Cover it up

To preserve the beauty of your garden furniture, protect it overnight using one of our heavy duty furniture covers offered in different sizes. For longer term storage, consider one of our storage boxes or larger sheds.

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Accessories

From lighting to heating, from chimeneas and barbeques to trinkets for your garden we offer a great range to extend your evening even if it gets a bit chilly. We also offer a comprehensive grow-your-own range, along with some excellent garden storage options.

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