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Choosing the right garden furniture for your outdoor space

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With the warmer weather on its way and the opportunity of welcoming close friends and family back into our gardens to savour the sunshine with us, it seems the perfect opportunity to create a home out of doors. Whether you have a small patio, decking space or larger back garden to enjoy; now, more than ever, our gardens are providing some much needed respite.

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With a wealth of garden furniture to choose from at this time of year, sometimes it can be tricky to know what would work best for you and your garden. We hope this guide, together with more information about our beautiful new garden wood and rattan furniture collection, will help.

After all, we understand buying garden furniture is a considered purchase that should be with you for many, many years, so it’s important to know what you want to invest in!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE FURNITURE FOR YOUR SPACE

Whatever the size of your garden, from our garden dining sets to our garden lounge sets, it’s important to consider how it’ll fit in your outdoor space. With the average patio size being 3 x 3 meters, a large garden set will take up quite a lot of space. Which isn’t a problem if this space is set to be your designated outdoor dining area, but just a point worth considering when you’re looking.

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If you’re working with a smaller space, our Baunton Trestle dining set or Frampton Bistro set would be ideal. The trestle table in our Baunton set measures 130cm in width and 80cm in depth, with a height of 75cm,while the trestle benches are smaller still and can be tucked under when not in use – making it perfect for smaller patio areas. If you’re needing to seat a few more people, opt for our Barrington 6-seater dining set or our Stretton corner garden lounge set which really maximises on space – able to seat up to 6 people.

It’s worth thinking about the space and what else you have there too. Do you also need space for a BBQ or pizza oven? Are there potted plants to consider when people move their chairs in and out? Much like your dining room, you want it to be an uncluttered space you can sit and enjoy with friends and family.

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Alternatively, our Baunton 4-piece lounge set, able to seat 4 people comfortably, could be separated. The two wooden garden armchairs and coffee table offer the perfect pew to enjoy a morning coffee while the 2-seater could be moved to a different spot in your garden. Although we sell it as a set, there’s nothing to say it can’t be separated and placed to suit your outdoor space.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR GARDEN FURNITURE FOR?

This might seem an obvious question, but people look to buy new garden furniture for a number of reasons. For dining as a family or for an entertaining space, somewhere to relax or even as a place to work from, especially during summer. Perhaps you want somewhere to lay down and soak up the sun. Or you’re happy with an armchair and a coffee table. If you’re looking forward to evenings dining al alfresco, a sturdy and durable dining table to sit up to is a must.

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We’d suggest our Frampton hanging egg chair or Clapton chair and footstool set if you’re looking for a more casual outdoor space for one. Somewhere you can relax, sit and read a book with a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink in the evenings. Comfortable and contemporary, they both offer a timeless and stylish solution for enjoying your outdoor space at any time of the day.

If you’re looking for a garden set you can dine at and entertain from, we would suggest one of our larger garden sets. Our Stretton 4-piece lounge set provides the perfect extension to your dining room – and can even be moved into the conservatory thanks to its sleek, Scandi-inspired design.

CHOOSING GOOD QUALITY GARDEN FURNITURE 

It goes without saying that you want your wood and rattan garden furniture to stand the test of time. It needs to be resistant to the elements of the British summer too; the last thing you want to be doing is running outside and moving it all inside when it starts raining for fears it’ll fade or start rotting.

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With sets made from solid Acacia wood, eucalpytus wood, powder coated steel and a durable rattan weave, our garden furniture collection is hardwearing and reliably weatherproof. With thoughtful designs, many of our garden sets can be placed in conservatories or garden rooms too.

For enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco, we’ve just launched our beautiful new collection of tableware, glassware and linens, together with some finishing touches to help you set the scene.

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Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #cotswoldco too so we can see your beautiful gardens this season!

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