The Definitive Outdoor Furniture Guide

A Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Furniture Set

A Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Furniture Set A Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Furniture Set A Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Furniture Set

Everyone wants to have an outdoor garden set that acts as an extended part of the house. If you’d like to spend some quality time with the family, lay around whilst reading a book, or just want to have an open-air relaxation, BillyOh garden furniture should be on top of your must-have list.

Not only does it help you save money—because having an additional room costs a lot—it also provides you with comfort and style.

With proper planning and reallocation of resources, getting you and your family the best outdoor furniture set is not a problem. However, it is important to remember that setting up the outdoor garden set would mean having to spend a considerable amount of money.

But if you’re after long-lasting comfort, you’d probably want to avoid buying a cheap patio set. Unless you’re okay with dozing off outside then heading inside after remotely chasing sleep because of the cheap, uncomfortable patio set you will later regret buying.

Whilst having a patio set that is embellished with accessories is a consideration, it is also necessary to note that choosing materials that can withstand almost all kinds of outside forces is a must.

Where will you use your patio piece?

Begin by identifying where you will use the garden set or how you would want it to function. There are probably a lot of things you imagine doing in your garden set. It could be where you’ll have simple family dinners or host cocktails. Or if you are into books, this could probably be the best place to read.

Depending on how you would envision the garden to function, you can easily identify the best pieces: Side tables and seats for cocktails, long dining tables for dinners, comfortable wooden armchairs and benches for when reading books.

What material should you choose?

If you worry about running out of furniture options to choose from, then you’d need to familiarize yourself with the different outdoor garden sets. The best options, though, are the wooden, rattan, plastic, and metal sets which all have unique traits and benefits.

Wooden

Wooden

  • Durable and lightweight
  • Easy to clean and maintain
Rattan

Rattan

  • Durable and lightweight
  • Corrosion resistant and easy to maintain
  • Eco-friendly
Metal

Metal

  • Durable and lightweight
  • Sturdy build; perfect during windy days
Plastic

Plastic

  • Durable and can withstand most weather conditions
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Wooden

One of the best things about wooden garden furniture is they are easy to clean and maintain. Having wooden pieces also adds warmth and comfort to the whole feel of your garden. The good thing is using wooden furniture is good for the environment as well.

Rattan

Rattan’s strong suit is its durability. Aside from that, rattan-made furniture are easy to maintain, practical to use, and won’t rust. One way to protect your rattan pieces is by having rattan garden furniture covers especially during harsh weather conditions or when not in use. Although considered strange to the way people in the UK would usually put up a garden, rattan-made garden pieces will not only bring you comfort but will also add a hint of nature to your set.

Metal

If we’re talking about strong and solid furniture, metal garden furniture will surely be on top of the list. Sturdy and easy to maintain, metal pieces are great during windy days due to their heavier build.

Plastic

Plastic furniture are relatively inexpensive. If you’d like to put up your garden set without punching a hole in your pocket, then plastic pieces might be the perfect fit for your garden.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to your preference and needs. So make the right choice and you’re off to a comfortable and relaxing outdoor garden experience.

How many seats should you have?

2 Seater

2 Seater

4 Seater

4 Seater

6 Seater

6 Seater

8 Seater

8 Seater

Depending on the number of people in your family, you can choose from among our 2-seater, 4-seater, 6-seater, or 8-seater garden sets.

Consider getting round tables and chairs when you have a medium-sized patio or wooden deck. For big occasions, you might want to consider having an extended dining table.

If you’re blessed with a larger patio or paved area, you might want to consider making partitions in your garden: a large dining table and plenty of chairs for the eating area, side tables and chairs for the cocktail area, 2-3 comfortable armchairs for chitchats or when relaxing or reading books.

Extras

After purchasing your set, here are some accessories you might want to try:

Parasols/garden umbrellas

Parasols/garden umbrellas

Ideal for creating an instant highlight in your garden, and will keep your food and guests away from direct sunlight. This will come as an option or a part of your garden set.

Covers

Covers

If you don’t have a shed to keep your pieces in, it’s well worth buying our high-quality covers to protect them from extreme weather conditions.

Cushions

Cushions

Get relaxed and complement your patio pieces with removable chair cushions.

Treatment

Treatment

Our treatments are made perfectly for extra protection, making your patio pieces last for the years to come.

About delivery

In most cases we can offer free deliver to most of the UK within 48 hours of your order being made on our own vans and third party carriers. However, other postcodes (depending on the item purchased and carrier) may still be subject to additional charges Click here for more info.

Creative ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Enjoying your garden can be a great activity, particularly when you know you have created your stylish furnishings from common materials—reducing, recycling, and reusing products that would have been tossed out as waste. That’s right, you can build your own great patio centrepiece from common items you probably have lying around the house whilst doing your part to save the environment at the same time.

The truth is, a myriad of amazing wood furniture exists that was created from unique but common materials like pallets and scrap wood. These DIY furniture ideas result in distinctive and stylish high-quality furniture from reusing and recycling everyday items ... Click here for more that still have a lot more life in them. Great quality materials like wood and plastic can produce the relaxing and attractive patio piece your garden deserves. Take a look at these DIY Outdoor Furniture ideas that can be created simply by recycling and reusing common quality materials.

  • An Incredible Outdoor Bench – This incredible, beautiful bench is made from reclaimed pallet and staircase wood. It could be your first DIY outdoor furniture.
  • A multitude of DIY garden piece projects include a complete garden ensemble complete with table, seating, a lounger, and a cooler.
  • Tree Table and Stools – Check out this amazing site with a living room-worthy outdoor table and coordinating stools made completely of tree stumps.
  • Cinderblock Sofa and Side Table – An incredible design of cinderblocks creates this sofa and side table—ideal for outdoors.
  • Modern DIY Patio Furniture Ideas – This is a collection of DIY outdoor furniture with a modern twist including PVC tables, chairs, and loungers.

Finishing Your Garden Furniture

Once you’ve completed your DIY garden piece, it’s time to complete the look. This can be done by adding stain and varnish, white washing, or brightly coloured paint. If you want your stylish creations to be easily mobile in your garden, you can add casters to virtually any project. Need some help making the finishing decisions? Peruse these simple finishing ideas.

  • Periwinkle Pallet Lounge – This great lounger made from pallets is finished in glossy periwinkle and adorned with cushions to create the perfect garden getaway for relaxing.
  • Desk to Outdoor Bar – This bold bright project utilizes an old metal desk completed with glossy lime green paint and casters to make it an ideal serving cart or bar for your garden.
  • Modern Porch Swing – A great addition to any garden, this porch swing is a charming choice when hanging with decorative chains, painted with robin’s egg blue paint and decorated with coordinating cushions.
  • Pallet Bench and Table – Looking for a more rustic style? This great table is finished with varnish for a natural look and sits atop a base of stone.
  • Cable Spool TableNatural and nautical, this cable spool becomes a stylish table when finished with rope and a glass top.

After the painting or varnishing, add the finishing touches with parasols, cushions, and covers. Outdoor parasols are available in a multitude of colours and in your choice of aluminium or hardwood frames. Aluminium frames feature a crank and tilt system whilst hardwood frames offer a simple to use pulley system. Parasol bases keep your parasol in place in all kinds of weather. Chair cushions are the ideal finisher for your newly-created DIY chairs and loungers. You can choose from lounger cushions, seat pads, armchair cushions, and bean bag cushions in a myriad of hues to complement your garden décor.

Protecting Your Project

You’ve put in the hours to complete your DIY products. You’ve added the finishing touches with paint, varnish, casters, and even selected a parasol or two along with cushions to add that relaxing comfort. What now? Well, even though your monetary investment is small, your time and creativity investment is great and you’ll want to protect your projects. You want to keep them safe from the elements—rain, sleet, snow, and sun—for years to come.

If you added casters, you could spend time moving your garden sets in and out of the elements when you want to use them in the garden. A better idea is the use of protective covers. Protective furniture covers are designed to protect your patio pieces from the elements and come in varied shapes and sizes including bench covers and table covers in round, square, and rectangle sizes. Slip them on your outdoor furniture when they're not in use and easily remove the covers when you are ready to enjoy your furniture in the garden.

Inspiration and Innovation

Each of these projects delivers fun and creative ways to design your stylish patio furniture by recycling and reusing common quality materials that are easily accessible. Let’s close out the fun with a few more amazing and distinctive ideas for DIY outdoor furniture sets.