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How to choose garden furniture

How to choose garden furniture MAS East Midlands

Garden furniture is designed to create areas of relaxation and comfort in country houses and holiday homes.
2023-02-01, by Frank Flegg, Director at BNI East Midlands

#Home and garden || #Furniture || #Design ||

Table of contents:

Types of garden furniture

Common types of garden furniture include:

  • tables;
  • chairs;
  • garden swings;
  • sun loungers;
  • hammocks;
  • sofas;
  • armchairs;
  • rocking chairs;
  • benches;
  • couches.

On the basis of the design features, a distinction is made:

Stationary furniture. This category includes items of garden interior designed for permanent use in the same place. Stationary furniture is mounted directly on the garden plot, it is heavy, and characterized by resistance to the environment.

Portable furniture. The main feature - small size and weight, which allows you to effortlessly change the place of dislocation. Tables, couches and other mobile furniture for the garden, usually equipped with castors or wheels for easy transport. Mobile furnishings are often foldable: you can take them out onto the terrace and spend an evening with a cosy blanket and a good book.

Which is better?

For your outdoor living space, opt for stationary models made of forged or cast metal, granite or hardwood.

Forged, wooden and stone products go well with paved paths, artificial ponds, flower beds, emphasise the overall garden design.

For dining or lunching al fresco, folding movable furniture made of basalt, rattan, plastic or aluminium is the best choice.

Wooden furniture

To prolong the life span of your furniture, paint or impregnate it once every six months.

When using folding wooden furniture, the mechanical joints should be lubricated regularly.
After the end of the holiday season, it is recommended to put wooden furniture into a dry, ventilated room and pack it in a thick cloth or cover. Polythene should not be used.

Clean surfaces with a damp, fluffy cloth. Do not use hard bristle brushes or coarse sponges.

Tables, chairs, armchairs and other items should be allowed to dry thoroughly after cleaning.

Plastic furniture

Plastic furniture should be installed away from sources of naked flames.

The optimum usage temperature is between -10 and +500. Do not expose plastic parts to mechanical damage.

Plastic tables, chairs and sun loungers can be cleaned with soap and water or a detergent without alkali.

The rules for using individual items and furniture garden sets are directly linked to the material.

Metal and wrought iron furniture

Metallic surfaces should be inspected regularly for scratches or rust. If damage is detected, the damaged areas must be cleaned and treated with a suitable corrosion protection agent.

Clean using a mildly alkaline detergent that does not contain abrasive particles.
Garden furniture is used outdoors and occasionally bird droppings, which contain active substances that can cause damage to the metal, can appear on the surface. In this case, cleaning must be carried out without delay.

Before the winter season, metal furniture should be waxed and covered with a damp-proof material. Translated with (free version)

Frank Flegg

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