Today there is a huge choice when it comes to patio furniture. You can choose anything from wood, composite, plastic or aluminium, to name but a few.
Like everything else in planning your garden and terracing, the first thing to do is consider what you want to do on your patio. Would you like to use it primarily for relaxing with a coffee and slice of cake, or would you prefer to have a barbecue area with a dining table where family and friends can gather to eat?
If you're lucky you may have enough room for both, but many of us need to make a decision and buy furniture accordingly.
If you have a small corner you might like to consider a bistro set. These are usually small round tables with a couple of chairs that will tuck away and are perfect for sharing a cup of tea. Often they are made of ornamental metalwork and provide a convenient place to sit and enjoy a nice day.
It's quite fashionable to have informal sofas and chairs with matching low-level coffee tables. These can be extremely comfortable and encourage garden lounging. But they can take a lot of space so be sure to measure before ordering as furniture always looks smaller when shown off in a large showroom.
For those who love to barbecue, it may be more convenient to have a full table and chairs. They are available from 4 seaters to huge, seating 10 or more. You can choose rectangular or round shapes to complement the setting and to accommodate your entertainment style. Some larger round tables now come with inbuilt fire pits, which can add a lot of fun to any event.
Check back to see our next blog post where we discuss the best materials for your outdoor furniture.