Garden Furniture or Patio FurnitureBy William Hyde Carver
Modern family gardens need to be multi-purpose and should accommodate the needs of adults, children and the plants, a large garden area is easier to design for obvious reasons, the more room the more choice of furniture (sizes) and the wider range of plants etc, the smaller area needs careful planning depending on the use of the area and what furniture you require.
If you entertain a lot then a seating area and a possible barbecue or fire pit arrangement may be the priority, if it is a family area and young children are involved then safety will be the priority with the play area for the children to enjoy in a secure environment. The type of furniture is also determined by the use it will have, if you use the garden often then comfort is a must, if you enjoy eating your meals outside the garden furniture you choose should be suitable for serving meals on, the number of people you may invite on a regular basis will effect the choice, (if it is just the two of you a two-seater bistro set would be ideal) also the area of the garden in which the furniture is to be placed needs to be considered, such as on the grass, in the shade or even on a patio, and finally it must suit your own tastes, you will have to see it daily so there is no point in buying something that you are not sure about and will not be happy with, eating outdoors can be much more relaxing than indoors, you have the smell of the garden flowers, the fresh air and of course the lovely surroundings you have created in your garden.
There is a vast array of styles and sizes to be found in garden furniture, there are many different materials used to construct modern outdoor furniture from traditional woods to resins and metals, the sizes also vary from two seat patio furniture sets up to twelve seats garden furniture sets, there are round, oval rectangular and even triangular sets available, with or without cushions, parasols, recliner chairs, there are powder coated cast aluminium sets and hard wood sets made from teak if that is what you prefer, you will never be at a loss for choice of styles, sizes and materials, you will never short of places to look, it is not just the garden centres and DIY shops that stock this furniture there are quite a few high street stores and even supermarkets that now stock outdoor furniture ranges.
Adding garden lights can be a great addition to add that extra bit of ambience to an early evening meal in the garden, so can the addition of patio heaters or fire pits to take away a chill, running water from a fountain or water feature can also add to the mood but the right furniture is what makes the difference to the garden, choose wisely and you will have many years of good times relaxing and eating outside in your garden.
About the Author: William is a writer, author and helps design garden furniture and patio furniture for companies and individuals. http://www.alfresia.co.uk