Garden Design Ideas

For You and Your Family

What Makes Good Garden Furniture?

When it's time to put some furnishings in your garden area, it's easy enough to run down to a home improvement store or big box retailer and find plastic chairs and even a small picnic table for your family to enjoy, but are these really good garden furniture? They have good prices, but how do you know they're actually good? Many facets of 'good' are subjective at an individual level, but we at have put a number of points you can use to judge good garden furniture pieces from the rest for yourself:

Color: The right colors in good garden furniture can match or complement your blooms. The wrong colors can detract from the overall environment. This is possibly the most subjective factor in determining good garden furniture from the rest.

Comfort: How physically comfortable the furniture is will wind up determining how much time you spend in it. If you're only putting a piece or two out to make the space look inviting or have a quick break while gardening, your standards might be easy to meet. If you're looking for a place to lounge and relax outdoors all afternoon or even nap, you need to be very picky.

Durability: The material a piece of garden furniture is made out of goes a long way to determining its durability. A stone bench can usually be put in place and left relatively forever. Plastic furniture on the other hand might only hold up a few years before showing signs of fading and wear and tear. How long you need or expect a piece of garden furniture is up to you, but the less you pay, the less lifespan you're going to get.

Weight: There's actually two weight considerations. The first is the maximum weight rating a piece of garden furniture will practically hold. Many pieces have upper limits around 250 pounds for one person, but given the growth in obesity rates, more and more people are over this limit. The second is the actual weight of the furniture. Heavy furniture is not going to get blown around or knocked over easily, if at all, but light furniture is going to be much easier to move around, particularly if you put it away for winter.

Cleanliness: Even if your garden furniture is put under a tarp, gazebo, or awning, it's going to be exposed to the elements. Rain, wind, and even local critters are going to mess it up, so consider how easy or hard it is to clean it off before enjoying it.