Everything You Need To Know About Garden Furniture
What is PE rattan? What are the different types of rattan weave? Can I leave my furniture uncovered, outside, all year? Do I need to buy special wood treatments? How do I oil my garden furniture? How do I keep my garden furniture clean? How do I protect my furniture over winter? Can my garden furniture go on grass/artificial grass? Can garden furniture be painted? How do I paint it? Will steel garden furniture rust? How long will my garden furniture last? Which garden furniture is best?natural rattan), it's made from polyethylene, a lightweight plastic. The benefits to this are it lasts longer and, aside from some natural expanding and contracting, will stay looking as good as it did when it arrived for years, even when left outside. There are also types of PE rattan that look just like the real thing, which means you can have a natural look without having to worry about the rot problem that plagues natural rattan (to the point it's not often available in the UK due to the damp climate).
This is an example of double-woven half weave PE rattanIf you're sat there thinking that rattan looks like wicker, you're half right - rattan furniture is made using the wicker technique, but wicker furniture can be made from all sorts of material.
Whether it's single, double or triple refers to the number of strips used for the weaves - in the example image above they're all single woven, while if they were double you'd see twice the number of brown strips (like the photo above this diagram). cover or be prepared to move your furniture in bad weather.
Uncovered garden furniture, seen here in its natural habitatIf the furniture's description mentions weatherproofing it'll be resistant to weathering from the rain, but might not cope as well if it's left soaking for days on end. It also depends on what you want your furniture to look like - treated wood may still darken or lighten over the years if a new oil or stain isn't applied, but it'll still stay sturdy and strong in every season when left outside. You'll probably want to move/cover any cushions when not in use, simply so they're dry and ready to go whenever you next want to take a seat outdoors.
A prime example of wood-coloured woodOils replace the natural oils of your wood and restore natural colour, while stains come in different colours depending on your needs and offer protection from greying and discolouring. Both give weatherproofing and water resistance to wood, but stains last longer before needing to be re-applied
Imagine this is furniture rather than a block of wood and you've got the right ideaTry not to use so much that it drips off your wood - you want it to soak in rather than run off - and you can apply it once or twice a year without issue. cover will keep off the birds and their leavings, but you don't need to worry about getting special cleaners if you end up with a bit of muck - a good scrub with washing up liquid and a hosing off will see you right in most circumstances. Try not to get too wet with it though, as the more water you allow to seep into your furniture the more you might chip away at any water-resisting properties your furniture has. It'll be treated for rain showers rather than baths! cover will also keep the worst of it away. To read more about protecting your furniture over winter, check out this post from a few years ago that's still valid today.
Furniture on grass without issueReal grass needs light too, so if it's made to be in shade due to furniture it'll start to yellow. In the height of summer that yellowing can happen quickly - within a couple of days at its fastest - while in cooler months you'll get away with it for a bit longer. To fix yellowing, move the furniture and give the grass a good watering. clean to remove any dust. After that, just make sure your paint fits the material and you're good to go.
We suspect this may be a pallet, but it's still wood being paintedTo read in more detail about what to do with your furniture painting, check out this guide on personalising your furniture with paint. furniture painting guide. this post to read about prevention techniques and alternatives to steel. Churnet Valley range is pressure treated to prevent rot for up to 20 years, while the powder-coated steel of the Hectare ranges means it'll resist rust and weathering for several years. All of our furniture is guaranteed for at least two years against manufacturing faults, so even if you see some weathering or discolouration the furniture still won't fall apart. Wood is considered more traditional, while metal or plastic would be more modern by comparison. And rattan sits between the two, being a traditional manufacturing method featuring modern materials. Generally, the more expensive the 'better' the furniture - better in that there's more weatherproofing, more water resistance, sturdier builds and higher quality materials so it'll all last for longer before needing to get a new set or repairs.
Look for tempered-glass tabletops tooOn our site, the best garden furniture is the new primrose living range, because we've designed it specifically to be better than other rattan ranges on the market for both look and longevity. However, if you're not looking for rattan then you're best off checking our garden furniture page and refining by material/price to find the set that's right for you. Wood oil Photo by Beazy on Unsplash