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Find Perfect Outdoor Furniture: Your Complete Buying Guide

Rattan and WickerIf you’re looking to furnish your yard, garden furniture is the way to go. Investing in a garden furniture set gives you the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while kicking back in style. Garden furniture also gives you the chance to entertain family and friends outdoors. But with so many choices out there it certainly can be difficult to pin down the type of garden furniture you should buy for your yard.

If you’re agonising over the type of garden furniture you should buy you should ask yourself a few questions:

How much space do you have?

How much space do you have in your yard? You have to be realistic with your spacing availability, or you may end up buying a furniture set that leaves you barely any room to walk around in your garden. Thankfully, no matter how much available space you have there’s garden furniture that will accommodate you.

Do your outward facing windows have room to swing open fully? Will your back door be obstructed in any way? Does your dog have to squeeze on by just to run around the yard? Nothing’s more annoying than having to shuffle chairs every time you decide to walk into your backyard.

A great way to save space is to use extending tables and folding chairs. They’re easy to set up when you need them and just as easy to tear down when you’re finished. Plus, you can always pop out a folding chair when you’re entertaining unexpected guests.

What needs will your garden furniture fulfil?

Do you intend on eating outside on a regular basis? Will your backyard be used by the kids to play? Do you wish to simply have a place to sit as you take a break from gardening? If you’re looking to entertain guests with outdoor dinner parties outdoor dining sets are indeed a viable option.

If you wish to enjoy the serenity of your garden you can sit down and relax on a garden bench. If you’re into sunbathing, a lounger may be what the doctor ordered! Whatever need you have you’ll undoubtedly find garden furniture to your satisfaction.

Garden Tables

Need an outdoor table to set down supplies or enjoy a picnic with the family? Garden tables fulfil those roles perfectly. Garden tables come in a variety of shapes and designs and can accommodate spaces both large and small. Take the BIllyOh Hampton 1.6m extending rectangular garden table. Composed of Eucalyptus hardwood, this table is very portable and has an extending feature that allows you to seat more people at the table at once; a perfect choice for outdoor entertaining!

If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, the BillyOh Windsor 1.0m Octagonal Folding Garden Table should be right up your alley. Traditional yet elegant and highly portable, this Acacia hardwood table will fit into even the smallest space in your backyard. Possibly perfect for a cup of tea on a warm summer day!

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Garden chairs

It’s always handy to have chairs on hand in case the unexpected guest pops in for a visit. If you’re a fan of wooden garden furniture, we have the perfect solution for you. Our BillyOh Hampton folding chairs are practical, long lasting, and easy to transport. They’re also the ideal solution for seating extra guests. However, if you’re looking for maximum relaxation, you can’t beat the BillyOh 7-Position recliner chair. As the name implies, you can relax in seven different positions. You certainly can’t beat that type of convenience!


Do you enjoy a good summer BBQ? Well, multiple types of BBQ grills should work out nicely for you. A classic choice would be a charcoal BBQ grill. Take the BillyOh portable barrel charcoal smoker grill. There’s enough room on this grill to cook for a group of people in one sitting. It’s quick and easy to assemble, holds extra storage below, and has two large wheels for easy transport. This is the perfect grill for entertaining large parties.

Garden Bench

Garden benches will make an excellent addition to any medium to large sized yard. Garden benches are perfect for sitting back in a quiet corner of your yard as you read a book and enjoy the serenity of your garden. Frankly, it doesn’t get any simpler than the BillyOh classic Melaine 2 seater bench. It’s made from Malaysian hardwood and suited for you and a friend to sit back and relax.

Garden Umbrella/Parasol

Do you lack sufficient shade in your yard? Do you own a pool? Parasols or garden umbrellas keep the sun away by offering shade whether you’re poolside or simply watching your kids in the backyard. Garden parasols are perfect for keeping you cool during those hot summer days when you still want to get out of the summerhouse and into the garden. An inexpensive, affordable option would be the BillyOh Garden parasol cantilever. It has a good strong frame, a 1.0mm pole and UV and waterproof fabric. Simply put, it’ll serve its purpose come rain or shine.

Patio Heaters

We’ve talked a lot about garden furniture that’s perfectly suited for the summer months. However, we haven’t talked about the garden furniture that’s geared more so towards the winter time. Patio heaters do a fantastic job of projecting heat so you can sit on your patio no matter the temperature. An excellent example of a great patio heater is the La Hacienda Table Patio Heater. It has a stainless steel construction with a heat output of 1500W. It’ll more than do the job to keep your patio nice and warm.

Garden Sofa

Garden sofas are a top contender if you plan on entertaining large groups of people. Concerning patio size, you’d likely need a medium to a large sized patio to accommodate an outdoor sofa set comfortably. Garden sofas come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. If you’re looking for a set that’s on the larger side, the BillyOh Sala corner dining sofa set would certainly be a good investment. You can sit up to six people at a time, and with a matching table, you can enjoy snacks or play a board game.

Rattan furniture

Rattan furniture has been slowly growing in popularity amongst the garden furniture community. Rattan material has it all — it’s stylish, affordable, lightweight, durable, and environmentally friendly. It’s said that Rattan has been used to make furniture even in the early days of humankind. Somehow the modern world has seemed to have rediscovered rattan, and as a result, many furniture sets have been made from this fantastic material.

Rattan furniture ranges far and wide. You can find rattan sun loungers, rattan sofa sets, rattan dining sets and more. Rattan can be woven into practically any shape. If you’re trying to add style to your outdoor space rattan is undoubtedly the way to go. Checkout our rattan sale today

Wooden Garden furniture

Just like rattan, wood has been used to make furniture for a long time. If you’re looking for a more natural look to your outdoor space, wood is an excellent contender. Wood furniture is easy to handle, all natural and looks great.

There are plenty of wood furniture options. Take the BillyOh Hampton extending rectangular dining set for example. It comes with wooden chairs with comfortable white seat covers that recline and a table that accommodates four. It’s a great piece to add to your yard and perfect for outdoor meals.

Garden Furniture Covers

Just like cushions, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say anything about furniture covers. It’s nice to have garden furniture, but what do you do in the event of a passing rain shower? You can certainly transport your outdoor furniture into a garden building, but you can also cover them up with garden furniture covers.

You can find garden furniture covers for nearly every selection in your yard. You can cover your BBQ grill, bench, table, chairs and much more. Garden furniture covers help preserve the life of your garden furniture so that you can enjoy it for a much more extended period.

Metal garden furniture

If you need a more durable and low maintenance option for your outdoor furnishing needs, you should consider investing in metal garden furniture. Many metal garden furniture designs are flexible, largely lightweight (dependent on the metal) and can be stored with ease. The Express Textilene Companion Love Seat is an excellent choice for couples who prefer relaxing on sturdy garden furniture while spending time together.

Plastic garden furniture

Plastic garden furniture is lightweight, affordable, and hard to damage. Not only are they great for furnishing your yard, but they’re also easy to store. Plastic garden furniture can also withstand nearly anything mother nature can throw at it making them a low maintenance investment. The BillyOh heavy duty plastic folding outdoor trestle picnic table will give you a sturdy yet affordable option for eating outdoors with your family on sunny days.

Sun Loungers

Kick back and relax in your garden in style with a sun lounger. Sun loungers are ideal for those days where you have nothing but time, and the sun is out and shining. If you’re truly looking to kick back in style, the Sala Sun Lounger not only looks good with is flat-weave rattan design but it also provides comfort with its reclined back and comfortable seat cushions.

Garden Furniture Cushions

Comfort should always be a factor when you invest in garden furniture. That’s where garden furniture cushions factor into the equation. They’re highly affordable, stylish and comfortable. They’re perfect for complementing any garden set both old and new. You can’t go wrong with these BillyOh deluxe garden seat cushions . Simple yet functional, these cushions are well worth the investment.

Outdoor toys

Finally, let’s talk about the kids. If you’re going to furnish the yard with a bunch of fancy garden furniture, you should get something for the kids as well! Plastic slides are great fun for the kids (it’ll certainly keep the kids from jumping on your fancy new rattan sofa set).

If you’re having a BBQ, there are even tables for the kids to enjoy their meal. They can get it as dirty as they want to and the smooth plastic material makes it easy to wipe away messes with the swipe of a hand cloth. It’s quick, easy, and entirely kid friendly!

Garden Furniture care

If you want to increase the longevity of your garden furniture you’ll need to set aside time every once in a while for cleaning and maintenance.

Caring for metal furniture

Care for your metal furniture by using warm, soapy water while cleaning. A washcloth or sponge should do the job perfectly; avoid using a scourer as this may lead to scratches. If you decide to use a pressure washer, only use it on a lower setting to avoid any unnecessary damage. To avoid watermarks and streaks dry thoroughly.

Caring for rattan furniture

Rattan furniture is easy to care for. You simply need a damp cloth to wipe clean. Avoid pressure washers and scourers to avoid damaging your furniture. Though rattan furniture is weather resistant, you should bring them in during the winter months.

Caring for plastic furniture

You can use warm, soapy water or a pressure washer on a low setting to clean plastic furniture. Plastic furniture is susceptible to warping when left in the sun for long periods of time, but this can be avoided by either placing your furniture in the shade or by bringing them indoors on hot days.

Caring for wooden furniture

Wooden furniture requires the most attention to ensure longevity. Apply annual treatments of a specific wood preservative to increase the lifespan of the furniture. Hardwood should be cleaned with warm soapy water while wood with a waxy finish should be cleaned dry, soft cloth.


There are countless options for you to choose from as you furnish your yard. From rattan garden sets to extending wooden tables, there are virtually endless possibilities. Take your time and make your selection after careful consideration. You’ll be happy you did!

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And it’s no secret that us Brits like to spend a fair bit of time in the garden. So why not make your time there as comfortable and long-lived as possible?

Sit back and relax with the help of some lovely garden furniture cushions, no matter whether you opted for metal, rattan, or wooden furniture.