How to Choose the Best Garden Furniture For Your Garden

Your garden should be an extension of your home, not just the outside space you use when the weather is at its very best. Unless you have the greenest of thumbs, the best way to make the most of your outside space is with quality landscaping and high-quality garden furniture.

Whether you’ve already designed your garden and are looking for the finishing touches or are looking to overhaul your garden completely, we’ve got some great ideas for you.

 

Can I put garden furniture on artificial grass?

Yes, you can! No matter what kind of artificial grass you choose, you’ll be able to put your chosen garden furniture out on your artificial lawn without much trouble. However, there are a few key things you need to keep in mind:

  • Avoid furniture with sharp edges – this usually isn’t a problem if you’re investing in quality solid-wood garden furniture, but it’s well worth keeping in mind if you’re looking at metal furniture options. Remember that under your artificial lawn is a lining that holds it all together, so using and moving around sharp furniture may harm your artificial lawn.
  • Not all artificial grass will bounce back – leaving heavy garden furniture out on your lawn for prolonged periods may damage the fibers, or at least cause an imprint for some time. Investing in high-quality artificial grass will help avoid this; NeoGrass has Instant Recovery® technology which makes it able to spring back into place from foot traffic and garden furniture and the most resilient artificial grass in the UK.
  • Whether you use NeoGrass or another brand, it’s best to move your furniture around once every so often to protect the fibers.
  • Keep grills and fire pits off the grass – remember that your lawn is made of plastic and so may melt under extreme heat. NeoGrass is fire-resistant, so the odd spark won’t set your grass alight, but it’s not worth the risk of damaging your beautiful lawn. If you’re determined to put a grill out on the lawn for a party, consider buying a few cheap patio slabs from a nearby hardware shop and laying those down first.

Click here to learn more about protecting your artificial lawn.

 

How can I pick the best garden furniture for my patio, deck, or lawn?

Regardless of size, the task of redesigning and furnishing a garden or patio area can seem a little daunting. To save you from feeling overwhelmed, here are a few easy steps you can take towards creating your dream garden:

 

Make a list of all the furniture you need

Consider the function you want your outdoor space to serve. Do you dream of using your garden for dining and entertaining during the warm summer months? Have you been planning to have the whole family over for a barbecue? Are you imagining yourself sunbathing? Or are you looking to create a luscious Zen garden where you can read and meditate amongst the potted plants? List the activities you want to use this outdoor space for, and use that list to establish what type of patio furniture you’ll need, especially if you have multiple seating areas.

 

 

Try out garden furniture in person if you can

While it’s not always possible to visit a brick-and-mortar furniture shop, it is a good idea to see the furniture you’re considering buying up-close, if possible. Take an opportunity to sit down for a good few minutes, not just a second. Try to envisage how it’ll feel to sit in this furniture for an evening. If you buy your furniture online, look for a company with a good returns policy.

Trying out

Buy matching sets

Buying a full matching set will ensure all your furniture looks in harmony, but it’s not always the best way to get a deal, and may not be possible if you buy a few individual pieces you’ve fallen in love with. If you buy individual pieces, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does this [al fresco dining table] look good on its own? Is it good value?
  • Will this [side table] match the patio/deck/artificial grass, or clash with it?
  • Is this [chair] comfortable enough to use for a dinner party, barbecue, or afternoon of relaxing in the summer months? This point is particularly important as it’s easy to opt for something that looks great but makes your backache after half an hour!

Matching Set

Consider if you’ll leave it out year-round, or store it over winter

If you plan to leave your furniture out year-round, you’ll need to choose pieces that have been well treated or made of a water-proof material, such as plastic or metal. If you plan to store it away, consider if you need to invest in pieces that fold away into a small space.

Year-round furniture

 

Think about how your furniture will interact with your garden

If you’ve got an artificial lawn, you’ll want to consider this before you buy your furniture. Check that your chairs have no sharp edges on the feet and your artificial lawn will stay pristine! Well-made artificial lawns should be extremely hard wearing and will take the weight of your furniture for weeks at a time without concern.

furniture will interact with your garden

 

Invest in quality pieces that will last years

Remember: when you buy cheap, you buy twice. This old saying is a cliché, but that’s because it’s true! You really do get what you pay for when it comes to your garden and its furniture, and when outdoor furniture looks cheap, it really looks cheap. Plastic and wicker resin tables and chairs might save you some money in the short term, but over time they tend to become discolored and brittle.

Cheap furniture needs to be replaced far more often than well-made furniture, so it’s always worth making a considered purchase instead of something cheap in the moment. Shop for your furniture carefully and be sure to look at customer and company reviews before you buy. If you’re on a budget, it’s better to spend your money on furniture you’ll use most often, like a hard-wearing dining table or a comfy reclining chair.

Invest in quality pieces

Consider purchasing furniture with multiple uses

Maximize what you can do with your furniture. If you want your patio furniture to serve a dual purpose, why not look for something that can be used for many things? Opt for a stool or ottoman that can double as an extra seat if you have guests. Look at a bench that you can also use as a dining table or buffet table. Choose a side table that you can also use as a footstool or a footstool that you can use for storage! Take full advantage of the space you have by investing in versatile furnishings – who says furniture should only serve one function?

furniture with multiple uses

Carefully choose your colors and materials

Once you’ve chosen the rough criteria for your furniture, it’s time to think about aesthetics. When it comes to garden furniture, you’re not limited to wood tones or neutral colors. Consider using contrasting colors and textures – for example, dark wicker furniture looks great on an artificial lawn, especially when used with light-colored waterproof cushions.

Color and Materials

Don’t neglect soft furnishings

To get out and use your garden as much as possible, use all-weather soft furnishings. An all-weather rug or some extra cushions for your chairs can make your outside space all the more inviting. If you have an artificial lawn, why not light the path from the garden with outdoor lamps that match your furniture? Even as the sun goes down, your guests will see a bright green garden that stays the same fresh color all year round!

Soft Furniture

If you’re redoing your garden and want a low-maintenance lawn, NeoGrass is the only artificial turf you should consider. Our lawns are made with highly resilient Nylon (Poly amide) fibers, combining the long-lasting nature of nylon with the soft and comfortable feel of polyethylene.

We use Instant Recovery® Technology to ensure that your artificial lawn looks better for longer, even if you’re entertaining every weekend! So, whether you have pets, excitable kids, or simply want to avoid the mess of a muddy garden, an artificial lawn is a great option.

We understand that you have to feel artificial grass to experience how realistic it is, which is why we’re offering free samples to all our customers. Click here to request your free NeoGrass sample today or click here to view our full range.

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