We all look forward to the summer in the UK. The sunny weather, long nights and warm temperatures make it perfect for spending time in the garden enjoying BBQs, sharing the company of friends and family or just sitting quietly with a book. With this in mind, many of us will inevitably flock to garden centers to buy garden furniture. Here are a few handy tips and things to consider before heading out.
Something a lot of people fail to consider, is what they’ll do with their garden furniture when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the winter comes around. Wooden tables and chairs need to be protected from the elements to ensure they don’t get pulled out of shape or damaged by strong winds and rain. Some furniture sets come with special protective sheets, but if not, consider how you’ll keep everything dry and protected from weather damage.
If you’re considering buying a table and chairs set for your patio or decking area, make sure you measure up before going out to buy. Don’t only measure for the table though, make sure you also leave enough space to fit the amount of chairs you need around it. Remember also, people don’t always want to sit right up against the table so you’ll need to allow a good amount of space to accommodate this. Also consider what shape table is going to help you get the most out of the space you have available. Rectangular, oval, square and circular tables are all readily available but which one is right for your garden?
With the tables sorted, the next consideration you have is the chairs. The golden rule when buying anything you have to sit on, make sure you actually do sit on it before deciding. Chairs that look comfortable can be deceptive and equally, seats that perhaps don’t look that enticing might surprise you. If you haven’t sat on it, don’t buy it. Garden chairs can often be quite hard so you might think about investing in cushions to improve comfort levels.
Anyway, these are just a few tips on buying garden furniture. As long as you visit a reputable garden centre with a wide selection to choose from, you won’t go too far wrong.
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