Plan your Outdoor Furniture for the Year Ahead

Well, here we are into the first month of the new year, getting the chance to wind down and get back in to a routine after a very busy time of parties and family gatherings. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there’s always something to do to stop you feeling the January blues; and contrary to popular belief, there is always something to do in the garden. Especially if you’ve noticed that you could do with a little extra space for future soirees after having felt a bit squashed this December.

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Planning a party this year? Perhaps thinking about using your outdoor area? Don’t panic about the weather, there are plenty of tips that you can do in order to make sure your outside party is successful! Yes, outdoor furniture is made for the outdoors. But that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Learn how to buy and care for it so that you won’t be embarrassed when it’s your turn to host a party.
Plan your Outdoor Furniture for the Year Ahead
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What furniture to get?
When buying furniture you are looking for style, comfort, sturdiness and whether it comes with any guarantee, sounding expensive? Don’t fret if your budget is limited, you don’t need to fork out on solid oak furniture if you can’t afford to, especially after Christmas! With a little TLC, used patio furniture can look and feel as good as new for just a fraction of the cost; refresh worn tables and chairs with a lick of paint designed for outdoor use, not only will it keep its colour but it won’t flake off! If you are planning to host an outdoor party in the next few months then its best to start thinking about renovating the furniture now so it has times to dry and more importantly, you have time to do it.

We all know that plastic furniture is the most affordable option on the market, when it comes to furnishings for outdoors there has been a recent explosion of quirky styles and colours of plastic furniture - chic and cheap! You can purchase these from any garden store, or even your local B&Q or if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home then why not try Amazon for some great bargains, it’s even delivered to your door!

Be aware that the sun does fade some plastic over time and make it brittle, so it’s a good idea to store this type of furniture in your garage or a shed. Plastic chairs are often stackable, which is a bonus for saving space, or alternatively get a large plastic sheet and cover the stacked chairs when not in use.To go really funky why not buy some cushions for your chairs to brighten up your dull, lifeless plastic dining set, adding comfort too!

For when the temperature drops
Outdoor furniture isn’t for just the summer months there are plenty of devices to keep it just as snug in the cooler season – turning your garden to an all year round usable area. For the cooler seasons, you’ll be able to add throws and blankets as well as heating devices. Outdoor gas fires, wood fireplaces, chimneys and electric heaters can all be used on your decking, patio or garden.

Even if you don't consider yourself a natural gardener, by just adding simply adding flowers in potted plants you can transform your backyard to a restful retreat. Potted plants offer the opportunity for decoration on porches and patios, and are perfect for those who live in apartment buildings or have limited yard space.

Relight my fire
I’ve always wanted a fire pit, but none of my gardens have been big enough; or so I’ve thought! A fire pit conjures up images of the family gathered around the fire singing campfire songs and toasting marshmallows! It can be the centre piece of your garden, no need for an elaborate large firer, but an enclosed cement pit, or patio version – to suit any space and budget and or particular type of decor.

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Weather permitting, an outdoor space can be the perfect place to relax for an evening, a party or an evening meal and you may not be ready to move inside when the sun sets. To avoid sitting in total darkness, you should consider your options for patio lighting. From post lamps, to string fairy lights, the ways to keep your outdoor space lit are truly limitless. Try and consider buying some energy-saving solar models for an easy and eco-friendly solution.
About the Author:

Karen loves nothing more than turning her house into a home, and making it her own when it comes to decorating. She enjoys having a bit of luxury in every room, and she has a few places where she visits when purchasing furniture, Homeward Bound Interiors is a personal favorite of hers.

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