With warmer days just around the corner, we all start thinking about our gardens and how we can make the most of our space. What better way to relax in our gardens than with a sun lounger, bistro set or rattan corner sofa?
Whether you have a small balcony, a spacious patio or a vast garden (lucky you!), garden furniture helps you to extend your living space beyond the walls of your home. It provides a place to relax, entertain and enjoy all that nature has to offer us, foxes and seagulls included!
I’m a huge fan of Cuckooland, with our latest sofa in the living room coming from the online store. this year they have a huge offering of sun loungers, bistro and patio sets, dining tables and chairs and garden accessories.
Outdoor furniture not only adds to the aesthetics of your outdoor space but is also highly practical. Having furniture outside will help you to use and enjoy your garden more.
A comfortable seating area allows you to enjoy your morning coffee or read a book in the sun. A dining set lets you enjoy meals with family and friends in the fresh air, there is nothing better than eating al fresco in the summer!
Outdoor furniture also creates a space for socializing and entertaining guests during summer barbecues or gatherings.
Here are some of my favourite garden furniture items and accessories.
Sun loungers for the garden
Garden sun loungers are the ultimate relaxation station. You can lie back, soak up the sun, and pretend you’re on a tropical island, even though you’re really just in your garden.
But let’s be honest, getting in and out of a sun lounger can be a bit of a challenge. It’s like a puzzle trying to figure out the right combination of levers and buttons to adjust the backrest and footrest. And if you’re not careful, you might end up flipping backwards and getting stuck like a turtle on its back.
This is why these sun loungers are perfect with no levers in sight!
There are many different styles, sizes and materials to choose from. You can get adjustable, foldable or hammock-style sun loungers that will help make the best of your outdoor space.
Also, think about what kind of vibe you’re going for in your garden. If you want a tropical theme, look at getting brightly coloured sun loungers and place tropical print cushions on them.
If you are going for a more laid-back theme, like a Bali-inspired garden for example, look for sun loungers made out of rattan or cane.
And don’t forget the kids!! This lovely little sun lounger also comes with a drinks holder and canopy. It might keep them still for 5 minutes…
There are a few key considerations when selecting the perfect bistro set or patio furniture for your garden to suit your needs. These include –
- The size of your garden. Measure the space where you want to place the bistro set and ensure it fits comfortably. You don’t want the set to be too big or too small for your space.
- Consider how you will use the bistro set. Do you plan to use it for dining or simply for relaxing? This will help you decide on the style and size of the set.
- Bistro sets come in a variety of materials, such as metal, wood, and wicker. Consider the durability, maintenance, and aesthetic appeal of each material before making a choice.
- Ensure that the seats and tabletop are comfortable and suitable for your needs. Test out the set if possible to ensure that it is comfortable to sit and dine on.
- Bistro sets come in various styles, including traditional, modern, and rustic. Choose a style that matches the overall design of your garden or outdoor space.
- Determine your budget and choose one that fits within it. There are plenty of high-quality sets available at different price points, so finding one that meets your needs shouldn’t be too difficult.
Bistro sets are perfect for patios, balconies and small gardens. All you need is a G&T and some sunshine.
Rattan furniture is a popular choice for outdoor spaces due to its durability, comfort, and aesthetic appeal. If taken care of properly, rattan furniture can last up to 10 years.
Rattan furniture is waterproof and resistant to UV rays so it is the perfect material for the garden. Hopefully, you shouldn’t expect to see much fading or wear and tear in warmer weather or damage throughout the winter months.
Choose high-quality rattan furniture that is made from durable and weather-resistant materials. Look for rattan furniture with aluminium frames as they are lightweight, rust-resistant, and easy to maintain.
This contemporary cube-shaped day bed offers ultimate R and R time and even the feature of side curtains if you’re looking to create your own private retreat.
Available in two colours, this robust aluminium frame can be left outside all year around and is built to be a long-lasting garden staple. Available in June!
Continuing on with the rattan furniture theme, rattan is the perfect material to use for a garden dining table and chairs. Resilient, hardwearing and very stylish, you can leave your dining table outside in all weathers and not have to worry about storing the bulky items away in the winter.
Garden accessories are more than just plant pots and flowers these days. Our garden decor has become just as important as our interior design and it helps create an inviting and interesting space.
Some of the garden accessories you can add to your outdoor space include –
- Planters and pots
- Garden sculptures made from metal, stone or wood
- Outdoor lighting including lanterns, string lights and festoon lighting
- Garden decor such as outdoor cushions and rugs, wind chimes, bird feeders, and garden flags can all add charm and character to your outdoor space.
- A water feature
- Garden trellises with climbing plants
- Parasols, pergolas and garden umbrellas help section off a space and shield you from the sun!
These are just a few examples of garden accessories that can help enhance your outdoor space and inject a bit of your personal style into your garden.
Fire Pits & Outdoor Cooking
Have you ever tried cooking over an open flame in your garden? It’s like going on a culinary adventure, except the adventure is trying not to burn your food or your eyebrows off.
I once tried to make s’mores over a fire pit but ended up with a charred mess that looked more like a science experiment gone wrong. And don’t even get me started on trying to grill burgers on a windy day – let’s just say that’s not a recipe for success.
That being said, I still love fire pits and outdoor cooking! I’ll just leave my husband to do the cooking 🙂
Investing in high-quality outdoor furniture and accessories such as garden sun loungers, bistro sets, and garden accessories can transform your outdoor living space into a comfortable and inviting oasis.
By considering factors such as style, comfort, durability, and maintenance, you can select the perfect pieces to match your taste and needs. With the right combination of furniture and accessories, you can create a personalized and functional outdoor space that allows you to relax, entertain, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
So, whether you’re lounging in the sun, enjoying a meal with family and friends, or adding a touch of personality to your garden, investing in outdoor furniture and accessories is a worthwhile and enjoyable investment for any homeowner.
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