Avoid Cheap Garden Furniture that Doesn’t Last

Avoid Cheap Garden Furniture that Doesn’t Last

by on March 23, 2017

We have put together a few tips to help you find the best garden furniture for your home this Spring and Summer. When you buy garden furniture, price and ultimately your available budget, is likely to be one of your main deciding factors.  But while the best garden furniture doesn’t have to be the most expensive one, be aware of very cheap furniture available.

Expensive doesn’t necessarily always mean better, as some garden furniture materials might be very exclusive but might not be very practical. Stone garden furniture for example is extremely durable and of high quality but it lacks mobility, the same problem as heavy wood garden furniture.

In the other hand, very cheap garden furniture, such as plastic garden table and chairs sets, they are not likely to last, as they tend to be designed as a short term, temporary solution, that can break easily.  Consider that replacing them every season will work out more expensive in the long term.

Before you buy garden furniture, keep in mind:

-The amount of use you expect from your garden furniture set. How many seasons you’d like to enjoy your garden furniture set? Is it a temporary purchase? Or a long term investment?

-Quality. Go for materials that will last and will require low maintenance, such as cast aluminium or high grade rattan garden sets (non-rusting and weatherproof). Wood garden furniture is a very popular option but timber will require more attention than other materials, to protect it from the unreliable British weather.

-Guarantee from manufacturer. This will be the best indicator for you to assess how long your garden furniture set is likely to last. Our cast aluminium garden sets, for example, come with a 10-year structural guarantee (terms and conditions apply) giving you peace of mind.

-Value for money: compare the relationship between price and the years of use, for example.

-If you are looking for long lasting furniture, choose classic, plain styles. Very quirky or extravagant garden furniture might look very fashionable now, but you will probably get tired of it in a few years and there is also the risk that it will look dated.

-Mobility. Choose light garden furniture that can be easily moved or stored away, if needed.

-And one last tip: If you are on a tight budget, why not buy out of season or during sale periods, so you can save a few pounds on your garden furniture without compromising on quality?

*If you need more advice and tips on the best garden furniture for your home, contact the Rathwood Garden Furniture team by email furniture@rathwood.com. Our team is always happy to help you!