As summer approaches it is nice to look forward to spending time outdoors. Whether simply reading a book or, or just entertaining guests, having seating in the garden is a great way to encourage use of the space. With the number of options available for garden seating, it is best to consider the style, size, and use of the garden.
A number of home improvement stores and specialty garden stores will sell garden furniture, but more individual pieces can be purchased elsewhere, those it is important that the chairs are suitable for outdoor use. Garden chairs and other patio furniture are made of weather-resistant materials to withstand years of changing seasons. Most commonly chairs will be made of metal, wood, or a type of plastic. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages as well as unique aesthetic qualities. Options in wrought iron or high-quality wood can last for decades, whereas less expensive materials are more impermanent. Careful consideration should be given to weather conditions, cover, and maintenance of materials.
Having looked into the materials used for garden furniture, it is important to select a style of chair to suit the space, and the possibilities are virtually endless. A classic option is to buy chairs like Adiorondack, which feature a gently reclined back, wide base, and arm rests. These chairs are useful for sitting and relaxing in the garden and often appear painted in bright colors. If space permits, a reclining lounge chair is nice for lying in the sun. When the primary purpose of the garden furniture is for eating, straight-backed dining chairs are available in a number of styles. A fun option is to add a bench swing. This can be hung from a tree branch or a sturdy frame. Swings as well as hammocks are popular choices for garden seating particularly among children and when adults desire quiet places to read and nap.
Garden chairs can be aesthetically pleasing in order to match the cultivated garden. Metal furniture is generally painted to prevent rust, which provides an option for decorating purposes. Wood furniture is often stained and sealed to protect it from weather conditions but it is also frequently painted. Adding cushions and covers can increase comfort of the chairs, particularly with harder materials. Color and pattern can be added through fabrics and cushions offering an opportunity for variety and changeability. Many fabrics are not weather-resistant and will require more care, though treated fabrics are available.
Before purchasing garden chairs, it is best to carefully assess the potential and needs of the garden: will it be used for entertaining guests, will children be using the space, etc. Shopping around can give a clear idea of the options available as well as giving the opportunity to test the comfort of the furniture. Keep in mind budget and maintenance concerns when determining style, number, and material of chairs. The garden should be a pleasant space to relax with family and friends, and inappropriate or insufficient seating will affect the interpretation of the garden.