If you want to add some beautiful furniture to your garden, it’s important to choose the right items. Your garden might be too large or too small for certain pieces of furniture, or you might have a large family and therefore require larger pieces of furniture that several people can sit on at the same time. It also depends on what you want to do in your garden, for example, do you want to eat dinner together? If so, you will need to buy a table which is big enough for the whole family to sit at.
- Look at the quality of the furniture
This is particularly important if you’re buying furniture second-hand or if you’re buying from a crafter or carpenter. Check out any wooden items to spot any cracks or splints. The last thing you need is to sink into a chair that collapsing underneath you! If you’re buying second-hand, you won’t get any kind of warranty in most cases either, so it’s important to look first before you throw good money to the wind.
- Consider the size
If you’re buying furniture for a summer house or other enclosed space, it’s a good idea to take measurements before you start shopping. Many people have bought outdoor furniture in Melbourne which is slightly too large for the area they want to put it. Although you can return furniture from many stores, it’s a lot less hassle if you get the size right the first time around.
- Buy shade
Unless you’re going to put your furniture under a large tree to shade you from the sun during the day, you’ll need something suitable to stop you from getting too hot. If you’re buying a table, purchase a large umbrella that you can fix to the table in order to shade the whole area. Most tables have a slot for the umbrella to go in, and some of them will come in a set.
- Buy flexible furniture
Don’t pay to have metal furniture fitted to the ground in your garden. Instead, buy pieces of furniture that you can easily move from one place to another. Buy umbrellas that you can take off one table and affix to another. Look for furniture which comes on wheels, particularly if it’s heavy, since you can transport it from one place to the next very easily.
- Save money by shopping in the sales
If you shop at the right time of year, you might be able to pick up some great bargains. Look on the websites of popular furniture shops first before you make a trip, especially if the store is quite a distance from your house. If you’re interested in a particular sale item, phone the shop first to see if they have it in stock. During the sales, many items go very quickly, and you don’t want a wasted journey. If you know you need outdoor furniture for next year, shop at the end of season when companies are clearing out their stock and are willing to reduce the price significantly.