It can be hard to know what will look best and last a long time. Weave styles can look great in any garden, metal adds a sleek finish to contemporary outdoor spaces and wood really compliments a traditional English garden. It’s a good idea to consider how much maintenance you’re willing to do as some materials require more care than others. Wood may need treating more often but metal can chip and need touch ups, while rattan may become loose and need repairing.
You can of course buy garden chairs and tables separately. The beauty of buying a garden furniture set is that all of the items will match perfectly. Some manufacturers only sell their dining furniture as a set. So, if you decide at a later date that you would like more chairs, you may not be able to get the exact same ones. It’s a good idea to buy the maximum you think you will need to avoid not being able to get the same ones again.
Garden furniture sets are designed to be outdoors and so are hard wearing. Using furniture treatments can help prolong their life but having a cover is the best way to ensure they don’t weather as quickly and last longer. If your garden furniture set does not have a specific cover, you can use breathable tarpaulin to cover your furniture and tie it tightly around the base to stop moisture getting in. Cushions should always be put away when not in use
Different types of furniture will require different levels of care and maintenance. For example, rattan furniture may see some of the weaves come loose; these can be super glued back in or replaced with new ones. Metal furniture is more prone to rust and should ideally be covered, and wooden outdoor furniture will retain its original colour much longer when treated regularly. You can find lots of advice on our blog
about caring for different types of outdoor furniture.