How To Pick The Right Garden Furniture

Top tips from luxury garden furniture retailer, Bridgman

As a nation with a love for entertaining and relaxing at home, finding a way to translate this into our gardens is a must during the summer months. Quality garden furniture is essential for creating that necessary outdoor hub for family gatherings and catching up with friends in the sunshine.

From dining sets to garden sofas as well as sun loungers and benches, picking a product that’s right for you can often appear a little daunting. Therefore, if you follow a few simple rules you will be able to decipher between the wide variety of materials, styles and models available to select the outdoor furniture that perfectly suits your taste and requirements.

What’s your style?

If you love eating alfresco, quality furniture is a must, but in order for these pieces to look at home in your garden they’ll need to complement the design of your property. Homes with period features and traditional garden spaces will pair beautifully with classic rattan styles such as Bridgman’s Marlow and Bali collections. 

Bridgman Marlow Dining Table With Lazy Susan

Bridgman Bali Oval Dining Table

Those with modern spaces should look to more contemporary models found in Bridgman’s extensive aluminum collection. The lightweight San Marino Dining Table and Chairs comes in trend-led pastel hues and has a durable minimalist aluminum frame with stackable chairs, sure to add a designer touch to any outdoor space.

Rattan designs can also have a modern twist and ranges such as the Hampstead collection will complement the finish of these new build properties thanks to its clean lines and stylish design.  

Bridgman San Marino Rectangular Dining Table

Bridgman Hamstead Dining Armchairs and Table

Take Account of Your Space
Furniture requirements will naturally vary depending on the size of your garden but with a huge array of styles and sizes available from modular units to small bistro tables and chairs, it’s easy to make the most of the space you have.
For those with a smaller garden or even a balcony, it’s worth taking the time to find models that really fit your space. If they’re too large they’ll only serve to make the area feel cramped and by doing so you’ll be reluctant to use them. Compact folding dining tables and stackable chairs found in ranges such as the Capri are perfect for smaller areas as they can be easily stored away when not in use.
If you’re lucky enough to have a larger garden however, modular corner sofas such as Bridgman’s Kingston are a great way to add structure and will help create a social zone that’s perfect for entertaining. Smaller armchairs and coffee tables can then be built up around it depending on your social requirements. 

Bridgman Capri Folding Table

Bridgman Pure Modular Kingston Outdoor Furniture Range

Make It Durable
Another key consideration is the quality and durability of your furniture. Variable English weather calls for furniture that will look good, rain or shine. From weatherproof rattan that can be left outside all year round to waterproof and highly stain resistant cushions, investing in pieces that can withstand wear, tear and spills will pay dividends for years to come.

Bridgman Wlanut Modular Marlow Garden Furniture Set

Add the Finishing Touches
When it comes to adding the finishing touches, imagine you were decorating your interior and bring the same finesse to your outdoor space. Whilst in most cases neutral tones will remain the base colour for outdoors schemes, introducing bold hues using scatter cushions, throws and coloured parasols will really bring your look to life; in larger spaces they’ll tie everything together and in smaller ones they’ll help to inject a bit of personality.
That said, simplicity is a virtue when it comes to colour, so try to stick to one or two bold colours to create a non-cluttered, yet eye-catching display. Don’t forget to also consider the flowers you already have planted and construct a palette that will co-exist with these throughout the season.
Additionally consider your requirements on a warm summer night and look to create a party atmosphere with mood lighting such as solar spotlights or go that one step further with a fire pit. Perfect for keeping guests warm, long after the sun goes down, Bridgman’s Sorrento Fire Pit Table is made from aluminium and finished in a durable antique bronze, sure to make an eye-catching and envied addition to your garden.

Bridgman Sorrento Fire Pit Table

An extensive range of outdoor furniture is now available in-store and online at furniture specialists Bridgman. Just head over to or call 020 8804 7474.

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Publish date: 24/04/2018

Publisher: New Home Finder