Following a few weeks of warm sunshine, Mother Nature has reminded us that despite the current circumstances we all find ourselves in, summer will soon be here in all its glory. 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.
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 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 garden
Whatever the size of your garden, from our 4-seater garden sets to our corner dining set, 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.
If you’re working with a smaller space, our Hidcote 4-Seater rattan garden set is ideal. While the table measures 110cm in width and depth, with a height of 73cm, the chairs are 66cm so will fit comfortably in a smaller patio area. If you’re needing to seat a few more people, opt for our Hidcote 6-Seater Set, or our Corner Dining Set which really maximises on space – able to seat up to 7 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.
Alternatively, our contemporary Cerney Garden Set, able to seat 4 people comfortably, could be separated. The two rattan garden dining chairs and coffee table offer the perfect pew to enjoy a morning coffee while the sofa could be moved to a different spot in your garden or even a conservatory. 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.
We’d suggest our Cerney Rattan Dining Set or our Hidcote 6 Piece Lounge Dining Set if you’re looking for a more casual outdoor space. Somewhere you can relax, sit and read a book with a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink in the evenings. Both sets are comfortable with soft, removable cushions and offer a timeless and stylish solution for enjoying your outdoor space at any time of the day.Hidcote 6 Piece Lounge Set
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 Hidcote Round Dining Table with 4 or 6 chairs provides the perfect extension to your dining room – ideal for the family now and when the time comes, to invite guests round once more.
Choosing good quality garden furniture
It goes without saying that you want your 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.
Made from durable polyrattan then, our garden furniture collection is hardwearing and reliably weatherproof. With a beautifully rustic and weathered appearance that won’t fade, polyrattan is low maintenance when it comes to caring for it, and is easy-to-clean. It doesn’t need to be treated every year like many natural rattans either. Ideal for patio spaces of all sizes, polyrattan is lightweight yet sturdy, making it the perfect choice for busy outdoor spaces.
With five rattan furniture sets to choose from in our new garden furniture collection, we hope you find the perfect set for your outdoor space.
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #cotswoldco too so we can see your beautiful gardens this season!