How to Choose the Right Material for Your Garden Furniture

 

Here at Bridgman we know that choosing furniture is no easy task. Whether you have already purchased garden furniture before or not, you probably know that it is something that shouldn’t be treated lightly. We couldn’t agree more. After all, garden furniture can last for years, even generations, so it’s definitely worth taking some time thinking before investing.

In this article, you will find helpful tips that will guide you to the furniture of your dreams. Follow along while I take you through the first steps to finding the right garden furniture for you…

There are a few things to consider when you’re thinking about buying new garden furniture, but one of the questions that may come first to mind is:

“Which material should I choose for the furniture?”

This question has no wrong or right answer. It will mostly depend on your needs and the way you will be using the furniture.

But first let’s have a look at your options. Below is an image representing the most common materials for furniture: aluminium, plastic resin, teak, wrought iron, stainless steel and rattan (here we will be considering synthetic rattan, not natural rattan).

Furniture material examples

By simply looking at these examples, you might already have a preference for one type of furniture. This is one important thing you should consider: what is your style, which category do you think looks more attractive? The aesthetic of furniture is probably the most subjective criteria; so again, no wrong answer here!

Another important thing you want to consider is the use of the furniture. To help you, here is a table gathering a few criteria for each material.

criteria for furniture materials table

It is up to you to decide which criteria are the most important. For example, if comfort is very important to you take a look at the comfort rating and consider choosing the most comfortable material. If you want your furniture to last so you can pass it on to the next generations, why not choosing a material with a high durability? If you don’t want to spend too much time taking care of your furniture, choose a material that has a low maintenance level.

Of course, the budget should also be part of your main considerations. Our table includes an approximation of the price range, so you can choose furniture according to your budget.

Some final tips:

1* Think about your needs

Make a list of what you want for your furniture and prioritise those criteria. Choose furniture that matches your most important criteria, but above all, choose furniture that YOU like. Keep your budget in mind and choose the best quality for your budget, especially if you want the furniture to last.

2* Know your outdoor space

Always measure your garden, patio or balcony, to know exactly how much space you have for furniture. This will save you time and will help guide your choices.

3* Try the furniture

Don’t hesitate to visit shops, showrooms and garden centres to see what the furniture looks like with your own eyes and in natural light. It is also better to try the furniture, and you can also get more information from staff on site.

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