Choosing Garden Furniture

Choosing garden furniture that not only compliments your garden, but is also functional and beautiful can be a chore. This becomes even more significant if you host garden parties and want to have outdoor furniture that matches the style of your home and landscaping.

Investing in a perfectly sized garden table and comfortable chairs is one thing you can do to turn your backyard, patio, or garden, into a cozy oasis. One perfect for relaxing and hosting parties. Applying a little bit of thoughtful planning can help you choose the perfect outdoor furniture to compliment your space. Here are five tips for choosing garden furniture to fit your lifestyle and party-planning needs.

Step 1: Make a List

Look at your yard and think about the purpose you want it to serve. If you want to use it as a dining area, the table you’ll want will be different than if you plan to host after-dinner parties. The same is true if you want a reading nook or peaceful place to rest. The first step in picking the perfect garden furniture is to make a list of the things you would like to do in your outdoor space. This list is your guide to determining what kind of furniture you want to accommodate your desires. Ample seating, several side tables, a hammock, and fire pit are all types of furniture to consider.

Step 2: Go Shopping with Purpose

After you’ve made your list, it’s time to go shopping. While shopping for items on your list may seem straightforward, shopping with a purpose means trying furniture out and looking for things that require the least amount of care. Remember, garden furniture is exposed tot he elements.

It is important to try furniture out for comfort. So is size. Take measurements to make sure the furniture fits in the available space. Check everything for durability and weatherproofing. Finally, read instructions for care. You want garden furniture that is easy to care for.

Durable materials like metal, teak, cedar, and all-weather wicker are typically the best choices because they can handle almost anything nature throws their way. Make sure you pick furniture that is heavy if you live in a place with a lot of wind or powerful storms. If you live somewhere that rains a lot; it is good to choose furniture that can withstand sitting water without rusting or weakening. Taking these steps during your shopping process will ensure you get furniture that is worth the cost and made to stand the test of time.

Step 3: Think About Storage

When you are looking for garden furniture, consider pieces with storage built into them.  That way you can store your gardening tools, new soil and planters, and any other outdoors things in the furniture. Having built-in storage is good for everyone, but especially for those people who don’t have other outdoor storage space

Garden décor, such as decorative lights, can also be stored inside built-in storage compartments during bad weather or when not in use. This helps them last longer.

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Step 4: Consider Rugs and Themes

Once you have determined what furniture will best serve your outdoor needs, it is time to think about rugs and other decorations. All-weather rugs pull your garden together in a magnificent way. Textile advancements have drastically increased the options for all-weather rugs. With these improvements, you can find rugs that are soft and rich in texture, but dry quickly when they get wet. This makes all-weather rugs a great way to bring the comfort of indoor rugs outdoors.

After your garden furniture is set up, start looking for outdoor décor to help pull your garden theme together. Whether you just want a simple centerpiece or flowers from your garden to adorn your tables, there are many options for garden table décor. Planter boxes, repurposed wine bottles, clear containers with lights, and flowered centerpieces are just some of numerous opportunities to enhance your garden and bring beauty to your yard.

Step 5: Purchase Dual-Purpose Pieces

When possible, purchase dual-purpose furniture pieces to save money and increase space.

For example, consider…

  • Garden tables with pullout drawers for storage.
  • Benches that can double as seating during a backyard shin-dig.
  • A planter holder that fits between sectional seating.
  • Ottomans that can serve as extra seating and/or tables.

Patio bars are a wonderful example of a dual purpose piece. Design your patio bar with pallets and a few stones. It can serve as a beautiful planter holder by day, and a food or drink bar during parties.

Garden side tables also serve more than one purpose. For example, as a tic-tac-toe game table or a cup holder. A picnic table can be turned into an ice and drink holder by removing the middle board and replacing it with plastic rain gutter.

Dual-purpose pieces are a great use of space.


If you are in the market for new garden furniture and want to find items that fit perfectly and will last for many years, it is important to put plenty of thought and research into your decision.

Make a list that includes the purposes you want your garden to serve. Take that list when you go shopping. Before you buy, it is important to find furniture that is comfortable and durable. Materials that lasts through bad weather is essential. Finding furniture that looks beautiful, is comfortable, fits your space, and will last is your goal.

Many patio furniture pieces also have built-in storage. Built-in storage gives you the ability to store cushions, rugs, patio lights, and garden tools when not in use. Purchasing or building dual-purpose garden furniture is a great way to maximize space and entertaining potential.

The final touches to your garden include rugs and garden décor that enhances a theme your style and lifestyle. The right garden décor can transform a dull space into a haven of peace and comfort.

Choosing the perfect furniture takes some thought, but when you step outside into your perfect outdoor oasis you won’t regret the effort you put into it.

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