5 GARDEN FURNITURE IDEAS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR GARDEN IN TO YOUR IDEAL OUTDOOR SPACE

Garden furniture is now available in a wide range of materials, designs, styles and colours to suit all gardens. Whether you are planning a redesign, want to update your garden space, have a blank canvas, or want to figure out how to best utilise space, these 5 garden furniture ideas will help you transform your garden into your ideal outdoor living space.

 

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Loungers are ideal for creating a peaceful zone in any garden, whether on lush green grass or in a smaller patio garden. Opt for a traditional wood lounger that can be folded away for simple storage in the winter months and easily brought back out when summer comes around again. Add a matching side table that can also be folded away to carve out your own space to kick back and unwind in the summer sun.

 

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This wicker furniture is perfect for the outside space. The natural, woven wicker, along with the white furnishings, helps enhance the seaside setting and perfectly complements its surroundings by adding to the natural, fresh, bright, beachy feel. Wicker is lightweight, airy, and comfortable, and the variety of seating options makes it the perfect space for seaside dining and socialising.

 

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Use garden furniture to create a cosy nook in the corner of a large country garden. This garden adds a rustic, country-style, classic dining set in wrought iron to create a dining area. Cream cushions match the honey-cream paving and the matching parasol acts as a focal point whilst providing shade for protection and comfort throughout the day. Plant climbers, lavender and pruned bushes for a garden that oozes old world country charm.

 

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For a simple communal seating solution, try a bench. This bench offers a minimalistic, modern, and stylish take on the traditional picnic bench and is ideal for dining. Wood is hard-wearing, strong, durable, easy to maintain, and can kept outside all year, making it ideal for outdoor use and simple communal seating and dining. If you want to update or rejuvenate the plain wood to suit your style, simply add a lick of paint in your desired colour.

 

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Choose a table with a built in fire pit to add intrigue and establish a focal point in your outdoor space. Adding a table with a fire pit helps you optimise the time spent in your garden as you can warm yourself by the fire on cooler days and chilly evenings and create an intimate and ambient space for long summer nights outdoors.

 

Transform Your Garden with Garden Furniture

 

Transform your garden using these garden furniture ideas – from loungers for peaceful relaxation, seaside wicker, and country charm dining sets to minimal wooden benches for simple seating, and fire pits for long evenings in your new garden. There are loads of ways to transform your garden with garden furniture and create your own ideal outdoor space that you will enjoy spending time in for years to come.

 

Bio: This post was written by The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co. who supply a wide range of high-quality garden furniture from leading brands and respected manufacturers.

 

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HOSTING THE ULTIMATE, BUDGET-FRIENDLY GARDEN PARTY

 

Even though Christmas feels like last week, the lighter mornings, still nights and the (slightly) milder weather reminds us that summer is fast approaching. Summer is a time of happiness for many because it allows us to make the most of the great outdoors – is it even summer without a cook out on the patio or a boozy food-filled garden soiree with all our favourite people? On the few days we might actually get some sun, making the most of it is essential, and if you have an outdoor space you want to get some use out of this summer, then what better way to celebrate the sunshine than a garden party? Of course, with parties and hosting, comes expense, but celebrating the great weather (and your partner’s barbecuing skills) doesn’t have to break the bank – here are a few ideas to keep the cost down and fun level to a maximum.

 

Write a shopping list

Shopping lists aren’t just for the old, boring and super-organised. They are a great way of keeping down cost because you can head to the store and buy everything you have on the list. If you don’t have a clue what you’re supposed to be getting and just look for inspiration down every aisle, it is almost guaranteed you won’t need 50% of the things you end up buying. Garden parties often attract hungry guests and buffet type finger foods are perfect for people to just help themselves. If you don’t have time to create a jaw-dropping spread, why not go for something everyone loves? Think hotdogs with bowls full of different toppings and a basket for the buns – guests can build their own according to preference and you can keep the cost down without seeming cheap.

 

Get DIY Savvy

A bit of garden DIY never hurt anyone, and you would be surprised at how well you can decorate and furnish your garden without forking out a lot of money on fancy furniture. The basics required are a table and chairs when entertaining guests but this doesn’t mean you need to buy any. If you really are a dab hand at DIY then you can fashion your own out of old pieces of wood (upcycling is all the rage now) but if, like most, you wouldn’t have the first clue how to use a saw, then there are plenty of old things that will suffice as seating! Think huge old tyres with cushions, old wooden crates or even hay bales! Oh and need somewhere to chill the beers? Fill an old barrel or wheelbarrow with ice. There are a huge amount of possibilities that will not only save you money but will also look great.

 

Have a punch up

Buying booze is almost definitely the priciest thing about hosting a party. Whilst there is always the option of sticking ‘BYOB’ on the bottom of the invite, it’s always nice to provide your guests with a little something to get the party started. Rather than buying endless cans, spirits and mixers, why not make up a few fruit punch bowls and stick them on the table with some plastic cups? Firstly, everyone loves a fruity drink in the summer, secondly these can be done cheaply and don’t have to be super alcoholic and thirdly, the range of flavours and types you can make are literally endless – so if you want to impress why not get creating!

 

Stick on some outdoor lighting

It might be an obvious one, but garden lighting is a must if your guests are planning to stay after dark (and let me tell you, they are). A lot of money can be spent on alternative decorations when something as simple as lighting creates the perfect mood and atmosphere as well as being a great security measure the rest of the time. There are some fabulous outdoor LED light designs that you can choose from designed and created specifically for use outside. Whether you have decking that you want to illuminate or even want to go that extra mile and install some colour changers, there are a lot of possibilities that will save you fortunes in the long run. LED Lighting is great value for money due to using a very little amount of energy and literally staying on for a lifetime. So if you are planning on entertaining in your garden a lot – bin those halogens – your bank will thank you!

 

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IT TAKES MORE THAN A GNOME TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN FEEL LIKE HOME

Most of us have sweet aesthetic flourishes in our gardens. Maybe you have a few garden gnomes dotted around the outskirts of your outdoor space, or maybe you have a miniature pond which is home to some fish. Whatever the case, it takes more than a few quirky features to make a garden feel like home. If your back garden is a neglected space, then it’s quickly going to feel like a patch of land which has been reclaimed by nature rather than an extension of your lovely house. It really does take more than a gnome to make your garden feel like home, but here are a few tips to remedy that if your outdoor space needs a new face.

 

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Declutter.

Much like a messy room, the first step is to declutter your garden. You want to be aiming for a minimalist feel in order to enter a fresh, welcoming and open space every time you step into your garden. A little gardening to get rid of overgrown weeds and dead flowers along with planting a few new ones in their place could really lift the appearance of your garden.

 

Creature comforts.

The key to making your garden feel like home is definitely to fill the space with creature comforts. If you want to relax outdoor then you need to feel as if you’re inside. You need a dining table for meals and cosy cushioned loungers for watching the stars or soaking up rays during the day.

 

You could even look into companies such as Certainly Wood for dried logs so that you can get campfires going for warm, relaxed family nights. It all depends on how far you want to take the manmade design of your garden. You could even include a sheltered TV section of your patio and snuggle up by the fire to watch some films in your outdoor living room.

 

Get creative.

If your garden is looking a little dilapidated but you don’t have a fortune to shed on sprucing it up, then get a little creative with your exterior design approach. Much like the process of spring cleaning around your home, freshening up the natural look of your garden can be achieved by simply repurposing the old and worn elements of your outdoor space.

 

Maybe you’ve had an old lawn mower or wheelbarrow lying around for years, but you don’t have to throw those away just yet. You could create a retro garden feel and use those old objects as plant pots. A little colour and vibrancy can entirely change the feel of a neglected and run-down outdoor space.

 

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Simply absorb your surroundings.

Nature is beautiful, and your garden is part of that even if it also a part of your home. Practicing mindful gardening could really change your perspective on your wonderful outdoor space. Simply getting out into the garden on a frequent basis and gardening could become a relaxing and eye-opening experience, rather than a monthly chore that you come to dread. Listen to the birds in the trees, admire the basic texture of leaves and proudly watch your flowers flourish with every drop of water you give them. Mindfulness can alleviate the worries of life, and that is certainly the effect that a homely garden should have on you.

 

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