With so many different styles of garden furniture available how can you decide which set is going to be right for your outdoor space?
We’ve used out garden expertise to select the five main things that we think are most important when choosing your garden furniture:
Space & Size
The space you’ve selected for your furniture should be level and away from any outdoor hazards. By measuring the total area you’ll have a good idea of the space that’s available for your furniture and this will dictate the size of the furniture that you can fit there. It’s tempting to go for the largest set you can accommodate, but you’ll need to make sure that you and your guests will also have enough room to safely walk around it and are able to pull out or recline chairs if necessary.
Once you have your area planned out you’ll see that we have something to suit every space, from little bistro sets, to large dining sets and outdoor sofas.
2 seater sets
Sometimes known as bistro sets this combination of a small table and two chairs are a compact and cosy choice when you’re limited on space, and are perfect for balconies. They’re often foldable or stackable so you can enjoy a table for two when you need it and more space when you don’t.
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4, 6, and 8 seater tables and chairs
Garden dining sets come in similar sizes to their indoor counterparts and depending on the space you have available and the number of guests you want to have you can choose between versions with 4, 6 or 8 seats. You usually get a table and an appropriate number of matching chairs but you can add more if you want to. If you’re looking for a similarly sized set with a more informal feel you could also try a bench set.
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If you’re looking for more relaxed outdoor seating then a garden sofa is a good alternative. Available in lots of different sizes and configurations there’s a suitable sofa for most sizes of garden and can be combined with footstools and coffee tables for the perfect space to socialise.
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A great way to customise your outdoor furniture to fit your space is by creating your own pieces using pallets. You can go as small or as spacious as you like and it’s really easy to do.
These seats are ideal whether you have a smaller outdoor space, or want to put a small seat into a larger garden:
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Loungers and beds
If you really want to unwind in your garden then choosing a sun lounger or day bed can be great way of using your outdoor space to relax. You can buy them as a standalone item or can match them to your existing furniture.
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In general, the style of the garden furniture you choose should complement the age and design of your home and the style of planting in your garden. Wooden furniture is a good fit for older style properties while metal furniture tends to look better in more contemporary spaces. Rattan furniture is a great choice for most properties as it can add a traditional elegance to both older and newer styles. However, in the end the choice is yours and if you like the look of something and think it will work in your garden then go for it.
Working out the type of occasions you’re going to use your garden furniture the most at, will help you choose choosing the right mix for your social life.
If you love barbecues and eating outside with family and friends, then an outdoor dining set is essential. For 1-2 people you’ll only need a bistro set but if you know you’ll be catering for more people choose the biggest size of table you can so everyone has space at the table.
Relaxing with friends
If you’re just looking to create somewhere to lounge in your garden, then an outdoor sofa or some customised pallet furniture will help you create a cosy corner. If you really want to kick back choose a garden swing or some sun loungers.
Enjoying some quiet time
Sometimes it’s nice just to enjoy some peace and tranquillity. By placing a bench, day bed or companion seat in a quieter, undisturbed part of your garden you’ll always have somewhere to seek sanctuary.
The perfect party
For the occasions where you know you’ll be inviting more guests than usual it’s worth invest-ing in some lightweight foldable or stackable chairs that can easily be stored away when you’re not using them. If your guests don’t mind sitting on the ground then some large out-door cushions and blankets can also be effective.
We’ve got a wide range of cushions in a variety of colours and styles, from seat backs and pads for existing garden furniture sets, to cushions designed for sun loungers and benches. They’re all specially treated to be fire resistant, immune to the fading effects of sunlight, and while they’re more water resistant than regular cushions you’ll still want to take them inside when it rains.
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To keep your furniture looking its best we recommend keeping it away from the worst of the weather, you can either store it away or cover it.
If you’re planning to store your furniture in a garage or shed over the winter, then it’s a good idea to look at stackable and foldable varieties to maximise your storage space. Make sure that your furniture is clean and dry before you store it away.
For bigger sets or if you don’t have space indoors, you can invest in furniture covers that can be used year after year. Just make sure your furniture is clean and dry before you cover it for the winter.
We stock two types of cover to keep your set safely under wraps:
These are made from 100% polyethylene and are a completely water resistant.
Like the standard covers, our premium ones are also made of 100% polyethylene, but with the addition of a PVC backing for added protection. They also feature tapered seams for im-proved water resistance, breathable sections to allow any trapped moisture to escape, and come with a handy carry bag to store them in when the sun is shining.
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Garden furniture materials
As well as the design of your garden furniture it’s important to look at what it’s made of, as different materials have different features, such as strength or weight and may need to be maintained and stored differently. Our table below will help you select the material that best fits your lifestyle:
What material should I choose for my furniture?
Our outdoor furniture products come in a wide range of materials all of which have their own benefits to consider. Choose from traditional wood, stylish metal, luxurious rattan or innovative Duraboard.
- Rattan is medium in weight and easy to clean. Although rattan is a low maintenance option, anti-rust solutions are advised for steel frames. We advise covering when not in use and storing away in winter
- Wooden garden furniture is heavy in weight and long-lasting. Annual re-staining is required. Cover when not in use and store away in winter.
- Metal (aluminium) is light-weight and rust proof. We advise covering when not in use.
- Metal (other) is medium in weight and long-lasting, however anti-rust solutions are advised. We advise covering when not in use and storing away in winter.
- Duraboard® is light-weight, easy to clean, weather resistant and generally very low maintenance.
Made from high quality resin, rattan garden furniture is a very versatile choice for a furniture set and it's equally at home placed in a garden or a conservatory. There are 2 main types of rattan garden furniture available:
- Flat weave - a more modern looking affordable option.
- Round/half round weave - a more traditional, luxurious look and feel.
Both types are available in a variety of designs and colours, so you're sure to find a style that suits your needs. Rattan also is weather resistant which makes it resilient against rain and UV damage and as a result the colour will not fade. All of our synthetic rattan is hand-woven and comes with either steel or rust proof aluminium frames.
Whether it's a traditional looking garden bench placed on your lawn, or a beautiful dining set, wooden garden furniture will bring a timeless, traditional look to your garden. Homebase wooden furniture is made from either eucalyptus or teak. Both are tropical hardwoods that are perfect for making garden furniture as they produce natural oils that will help protect them against the elements, insects and rot.
Choosing a wooden furniture set gives you the freedom to decide how your furniture will look as it ages. You have a few options for how to treat your furniture:
- Allow the elements to age it naturally.
- Treat it with oils to keep it looking fresh.
- Paint it to express your own individuality.
All the wood used in our garden furniture is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) so you know it comes from forests which are managed to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits.
Furniture made of metal is both durable and modern. There are plenty of different styles available, from those that can be folded away, to sophisticated glass-topped tables and comfortable reclining chairs – you can even get some types in a variety of different colours.
Metal furniture is easy to keep clean and maintain – for example, any scratches that appear on steel furniture can be easily treated with a sealant to prevent moisture from seeping in that could otherwise cause rust.
Aluminium garden furniture is a little more expensive to buy, but it's lighter which makes it easier to move around and pack away. It's also naturally rust resistant, meaning it's even easier to care for and will last you for many years to come.
Complete your outside space with garden furniture accessories
There's nothing quite like spending time in the garden, but being outside doesn't mean you can't be as comfortable as you would be inside. We've got a wide range of brilliant accessories that will help you enjoy your garden for longer, whatever the weather and time of day.
A parasol is the perfect way to keep cool on a hot summer's day. Many of our garden furniture sets come with a matching parasol and base, either included as part of the set or available separately. We also have a great range of freestanding parasols to help throw a little shade on your favourite spot in the garden for those times when the sun gets just a little bit too hot.
If you're spending a lot of time in the garden, outdoor cushions will take you to a new level of comfort. We've got a wide range of cushions in a variety of colours and styles, from seat backs and pads for existing garden furniture sets, to cushions designed for sun loungers and benches. They're all specially treated to be fire resistant, immune to the fading effects of sunlight, and while they're more water resistant than regular cushions you'll still want to take them inside when it rains.
Once you've bought your beautiful new garden furniture set you'll want to keep it looking its best for years to come. If you're not able to store it inside during bad weather or the winter months, why not get a cover to keep it safely under wraps? We've got a wide range of covers suitable for all our garden furniture sets. There are 2 types to choose from:
- Standard covers: These are made from 100% polyethylene and are a completely water resistant.
- Premium covers: Like the standard covers, our premium ones are also made of 100% polyethylene, but with the addition of a PVC backing for added protection. They also feature tapered seams for improved water resistance, breathable sections to allow any trapped moisture to escape, and come with a handy carry bag to store them in when the sun is shining.
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