Design & Decor - Garden Decor

How to choose a seating style

Veronica Sliva
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Veronica Sliva

Assess your garden to determine what you'll want in terms of materials, style and location


When choosing garden seating, a good rule of thumb is to choose furniture that withstands local weather conditions (temperature, rain and wind speed). For years of enjoyment, invest in the best quality you can afford.

Metal: Cast and wrought iron is very durable. Cast iron is heavier than cast aluminum and can withstand any weather condition. But, aluminum is both durable and inexpensive.

Wood: Teak is considered the crème de la crème for garden furniture because it is heavy, rot-resistant and maintenance-free. Nothing compares to the beautiful patina that teak develops over time. Cedar is a less expensive alternative that does not crack easily and is highly weather resistant. It ages well and fits naturally into an outdoor setting.

Wicker and rattan: Wicker and rattan is lightweight and sturdy. Though natural rattan is a renewable source, it deteriorates over time. New synthetic materials look like wicker, but stand the test of time.

Plastic: Cheap and cheerful, plastic is available in every colour of the rainbow with designs getting more stylish all the time—great for temporary seating.


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