Garden Furniture Buying Guide

Mike Lewis
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Garden Furniture - Buying Guide

We know how hard it can be to choose garden furniture that suits your space – there’s so much to consider! Whether it’s if you need storage or figuring out how the weather is going to affect it, we understand that there are lots of thought processes occurring when it comes to choosing what’s best for you.

In this garden furniture guide, we’re going to try and simplify things for you to help you choose what’s best for you and your outdoor space. From comparing materials to sizing, we’ll cover it all so that you don’t have to.


The biggest factor when choosing the best garden furniture for you is the consideration of material and there are four main materials to choose from. Each of them has benefits and each also downfalls, so let us break it down for you.

Timber/Wood – One of the most classic options to go for is wooden outdoor furniture. Whether it’s a simple garden bench or a full outdoor dining set, they look great and are super functional against the elements. If they are fastened together with steel fittings rather than glued, they are likely to last a pretty long time. Although the weather can cause wood to sometimes deteriorate if looked after properly they can stand strong for some time.

Metal – Next up is metal furniture, which gives a more modern feel to any outdoor patio or garden space. It looks contemporary and is, most of the time, weather resistant, meaning your love swing won’t rust so that you can keep it for longer! However, the metal must be well looked after for it to maintain how it looks, so extra finishing products may have to be purchased for it to remain to look fresh.

Plastic – Plastic is convenient and often relatively cheap to purchase making it a fantastic option if you don’t need it all year round. It is easy to clean, so great if you have kids who enjoy a messy play from time to time but will degrade over time, meaning you may have to replace it more often than not.

Rattan – Rattan is a super popular within the gardening industry for both its look and durability. With the addition of nice cushioning, it is comfortable, stylish and can often feel like you’ve brought the cosiness inside your home into your garden. Rattan furniture often requires cushioning, meaning you’ll have to dash in and out if the rain comes!

Size & Storage

The size of your space is also something to considering when shopping around for garden furniture, because if it is on the large side of life, where will you store it in the Winter months? Whether you’re looking to add some seating to your flat balcony or you want a full dining set to entertain your big family, there are a whole host of options to suit you.

Smaller spaces and gardens may require furniture that can be stored easily as permanently fixed options can sometimes take away from undergoing any other activities. Bistro Sets are the most common. They are easily folded away when not needed so that you can utilise your space however you deem fit that day. They can be super simple, or super stylish and we feel, here at Wido, we have that covered!

If space isn’t an issue and you’ve got yourself a huge rain cover to avoid the wet season that frequently rears its head in the UK, then a Cubed Dining Set may be a better option for you. They have the ability to be spread out to create space, as well as compacted when not being used, making sure you make the most of your garden year round. They give plenty of surface area for dinner parties and BBQs, creating the perfect cosy, family spot.

With three things to think about; Size, Storage & Materials, you can now go ahead and make those important decisions? What will you choose? Tell us over on our Facebook page!

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