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The right garden furniture can make or break a garden

When we are planning out our gardens to get the best of them during the summer months, we often realise that our garden furniture is getting somewhat tatty and needs replacing. The standard patio table and four chairs are still ideal for the smaller garden, but if you are lucky enough to have a large space then the choice of furniture available in mind boggling.

Wood, metal, steel and rattan garden furniture are all readily available so it is easy to furnish your garden in keeping with the style you have. For example, if you have a contemporary, Japanese style garden, square wooden furniture will fit in with the theme perfectly, whereas a traditional round plastic table and chairs will stick out like the proverbial sore thumb and spoil the whole effect aesthetically.

If you have a pond, a seat or bench makes a lovely spot to sit and relax while watching the fish and the various wildlife that are attracted to garden water features. If you have enough space a pagoda will make an attractive addition to any open space, and also offers a degree of shade if it gets too hot under the summer rays.

If you have traded in the old paving stones for modern decking, black rattan furniture can make a stunning contrast against the varnished wood. If you have a large area of decking you could invest in a set of garden furniture that closely resembles a lounge suite with a settee-like bench, comfortable chairs and thick cushions. Bear in mind that if you do get these you will need a cover or a large enough shed to protect them from the harsh, winter weather.

Sitting outside in the summer is one of the few pleasures in life that comes for free, so it makes sense that we do it as much as we can. Even a back yard will benefit from outdoor furniture, and if space is very limited a small companion set which is effectively a bench with two separate seats and a table top in between the seats will be ideal.

Good quality garden furniture can be expensive, no doubt about it, and should be viewed as an investment, so before parting with your cash take time out to consider what you want, what style you  need and where it will go. Measure your space accurately to make sure it will fit and you will have a lovely garden for the summer with exactly the right furniture to complete the overall look you are trying to achieve.

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