How to make your luxury outdoor furniture last even longer
Turning your garden into a space where you can relax, entertain friends and family and host parties is a worthwhile venture. After all, your garden should be an extension of your home. However, if you’ve spent time and money on expensive furniture or decorations to make your outdoor area perfect, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts.
Outdoor furniture is prone to weathering, which can leave it looking tired and tatty in just a few months. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can keep your garden looking as good as new all year long.
When you decide to invest in outdoor furniture, it’s a good idea to commit to quality to begin with. Furniture made from solid wood that renowned for its durable properties, like teak coffee tables, will last much longer than cheaper woods or metals. When you evaluate the cost of replacing an inexpensive set of garden furniture every few years, compared to a once in a lifetime investment, it suddenly seems worthwhile.
Loungers and benches with cushions make the ideal place to kick back and relax in the summer time. These items tend to be vulnerable to weather conditions and can quickly need replacing if they aren’t well looked after. Choose weather-proof fabrics for cushions and soft furnishings, which will prevent discoloration from sunlight and mildew from damp so they last longer.
Treat Your Wood
When you lead a busy life it can be difficult to find time to maintain your home and the garden is even more likely to be overlooked. Over time, the wood of neglected garden furniture can fade and rot. However, treating your wooden furniture once a year will help it to last much longer and help to keep it looking as a good as new. Oils, stains and sealants protect your wooden furniture from the rain and UV rays, all you have to do is apply a coat of the treatment and leave it to dry.
It’s a tedious job but one that needs to be done! Every few weeks you should take the time to clean your garden furniture, particularly if it’s metal or plastic. All that’s required is a quick wipe down with warm water and soap. To keep furniture looking clean and ready to use at your next garden party take the time to remove leaves or debris that have gathered.
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a part of the world that’s treated to year round sunshine, it’s likely you’ll need to store your garden furniture during the winter. When autumn creeps closer, consider purchasing fitted covers to protect your outdoor chairs and tables from the rain. This will mean you can still make the most of those last few days of sunshine. Throughout the winter, when you know you won’t be using the furniture, it’s best to store it in a cool, dry place like a shed or garage.