Cultivate a beautiful outdoor living space and get your garden furniture ready for the summer. The beautiful summer evenings will soon be here, so make sure you are ready for the sunshine. Whether you’re buying new garden furniture or using old garden furniture, we have all you need to know about creating a beautiful outdoor space.
Buying Garden Furniture
When you’re buying garden furniture, choose materials, fabrics and styles that match with your personality and taste. We have put together a list of the various styles of Garden furniture available on the Irish market including wicker furniture, metal furniture, wooden furniture and plastic furniture.
Wicker Garden Furniture
Wicker styled garden furniture is all the rage for today’s modern day patio or terrace. Wicker furniture is often made from rattan, bamboo and willow, which bends to create beautifully woven patterns. This style of furniture will suit any modern, vintage and traditional styled outdoor space. The Felice garden table and four chairs gets its signature look from its stunning rattan wicker weave. The rattan wicker is made from a greyish fibre and the table is crowned with a beautiful glass top. This is the perfect outdoor table for long summer evenings in the sun.
Metal Garden Furniture
Metal outdoor furniture is a great option for people who are focused on product durability. A quality, well-made metal garden set will last for years if it is looked after properly. Metal furniture can be made from steel, cast iron, metal and cord, and cast aluminium. A metal outdoor dining set can come in many styles, so look out for styles that will suit your taste. The Como garden set is contemporary and will make a beautiful statement in your garden. This gorgeous garden set is made from metal and cord, which is a high-quality, durable material. This modern garden set is available in two colours and can be easily assembled, at home, for your convenience. This fabulous table exudes personality.
Wooden Garden Furniture
Wooden outdoor furniture is the best option for people who like traditional styled furniture, however, it requires a lot of care. Sunlight can change the colour of the paintwork, therefore, it is required that the wood is sanded down and painted to keep the table and chairs in prime condition. Hardwood such as redwood, teak, pine and cedar, will have a longer lifespan than other common types of wood. Look out for outdoor wooden furniture that is pressure treated to withstand harsh weather conditions. This type of treatment will keep the wood in good condition for a longer period of time.
Plastic furniture is convenient and usually has a simple design. This type of outdoor furniture is excellent for anyone who wants a product that is easy to clean, lightweight and inexpensive compared to other types of lawn furniture such as wicker or metal. Although plastic furniture has many benefits, it’s often less stylish compared to other types of lawn furniture and is less durable.
Caring For Garden Furniture
Is your garden furniture sitting in the garage or has it been laying in the garden for the last year? If yes, then you may need to clean your furniture. Each type of material requires a different level of care when cleaning.
Tip: Turn your garden furniture sideways to get rid of loose dirt that is sitting on top of it before cleaning the table.
Caring For Wicker Materials
Wicker furniture needs to be hoovered and dusted without the use of harsh chemicals. Use a barely damp cloth to wipe away any stubborn dirt on the table and chairs. Be careful when cleaning wicker, as wetting your wicker too much can weaken the fibre and can cause damage to the wicker material. If you plan on buying wicker furniture for outside, make sure to cover your table and chairs during the winter months to keep them in good condition.
Caring For Metal Materials
Metal lawn furniture is easy to clean and can be washed with a mild soap solution. Remember to keep your metal furniture out of the rain during winter periods to avoid rust, which could ruin your garden furniture.
Caring For Wood
Outdoor wooden furniture needs to be sanded, treated and varnished to stay in prime condition. Inspect your wooden furniture for woodworm before sanding and treating it. Assuming your wood is in good condition and does not need to be treated and varnished, wash with water and dry the table fully before using it.
Caring For Plastic
Plastic furniture can be easily cleaned using a mild soap solution. Sun cream can damage the plastic on a table so ensure that the table is wiped down after each use.
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