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How to choose your garden furniture and make it last

Garden furniture is now a fashion item as the patio and garden increasingly become an additional functional space to the home.



Before you buy any garden furniture it is strongly recommended that you do some research. Doing so will greatly increase your chances of buying garden furniture that is right for you and will last you a long time. Following are some important tips you need to consider before you buy.


Firstly decide whether you want stackable or foldaway furniture that will be put away in the shed or garage in winter or if you want permanent solid garden furniture that remains in situ all year round. If you want your garden furniture to be a permanent part of your garden for esthetic reasons then it is recommended that you go for heavy furniture made from hardwood, aluminum or wrought iron with rust proofing. It is well worth spending the money on the heavier more durable materials as this will be much more cost effective in the long run.

Choosing the right type of material and construction is paramount. Decide what kind of material for your garden furniture would best compliment your patio or garden. Select a material that will stay in balance with your garden.

Wood is the best all round as it is lightweight, esthetically pleasing and comfortable but requires some maintenance. Choose a tropical hardwood which is high in natural oil content like teak, iroko or courbaril. These woods are weather resistant and can be left outside throughout the year.

Make sure that mortice and tenon joints are used for your teak garden furniture and not bolts which corrode. If any metal fittings are used in the construction make sure they are made from brass, stainless steel or aluminum which are corrosion resistant.

Make sure the construction is only premium grade teak for our garden furniture, so any knots, cracks and other defects are eliminated before the timber is used to build the furniture. Additionally, Make sure your teak garden furniture is kiln dried to optimise moisture content and ensure shape is maintained and cracks are eliminated.

Teak garden furniture that is assembled using epoxy based glues tend to have the best performance and durability of all the types of joints as the epoxy resin used will not be affected by rain or frost.

If your teak garden furniture becomes dirty it is easy to clean with warm soapy water and a scrubbing brush which will enable you to restore the beautiful silver grey weathered look. If required a pressure hose can be used at 60-80 bar [900-1200psi] at a distance of no less than 30cm.

Once your teak garden furniture has weathered the colour will be enhanced by an annual scrub. A small amount of bleach added to the water will suppress any algae growth.

Any stains and grease spots can be immediately removed by washing down using a light detergent then rinsing off with clean water as soon as they occur. However, this is not essential as nature will take its course over time.

In dry weather small cracks will appear in the end of the grain timbers. This is natural and no action needs to be taken as when the moisture in the atmosphere increases the timber will return to its original condition.

It is not necessary to use teak oil or varnish as these will not extend the life of your garden furniture and are purely cosmetic. However, if you wish to preserve the as new appearance of your teak garden furniture the application of teak oil when the furniture is new will give a more lustre finish than leaving untouched. Please ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as usually this is a three stage process. Make sure the timber is completely dry when you apply the teak oil, otherwise the furniture will blacken.

Wrought iron garden furniture generally looks the best as it is usually hand crafted to give a unique look. The disadvantages of wrought iron furniture is that it is not as comfortable as wood and heavier to move around. Additionally, iron rusts so wrought iron garden furniture has to be especially coated to prevent it from rusting so make sure the supplier gives you at least a one year warranty against rust.

Finally, if you can, it is recommended that you invest in a cover for your garden furniture. Covers now come in all shapes and sizes and are well worth the money as they add years to the life of your garden furniture. Simply place the cover on your garden furniture every evening or when it rains, you will see the benefits in the long term.

Lavish Your Bathroom With Wicker Bathroom Furniture

With the raise in market property and consequently home prices loads of owners have decided to increase the number of bathrooms to append value.

And by the increase in the bathrooms the predicament arises of storage and limited space unlike every other room, as while making a good bathroom the only main focus is on the earthenware and brassware stuff to be used to give bathroom a modest look and this is accomplished only by plunging the number of things which are necessary for bathroom to make some space. And what many design ignores is to distinguish the practical uses of the bathroom.


There are so many items which are used in bathroom from soaps, shampoos to conditioner and razors which we left scattered all around. And then runs back to keep them at their required place or we don’t have any space in the bathroom to keep these products. And this scene only results in creating a mess in your bathroom which you made so lavishly. Hence, it is very important to keep the spark of your bathroom alive by giving it adequate and sufficient storage which is very necessary for your bathroom. For this there are various types of storage accessories which are available in the market. And the best option you can go for is the wicker bathroom furniture.

Wicker bathroom furniture’s mainly consists of bamboo, cane, willow, reed or synthetic material. These are usually light and airy in nature that can easily survive in bathrooms and moreover theses are easily adjustable and can be placed accordingly. There are some wicker bathroom furniture’s that are very commonly used among the people and are very demanding too. To name some wicker furniture that is used is bathrooms are Burnham console table with wicker baskets, this attention-grabbing console table is made in such a way that it simply matches with your living room furniture and also serves your purpose in your bathroom. Another type of bathroom furniture that is available is the wicker window seat with storage space basket, these types of baskets comes in handy sizes and shapes and in some remarkable styles.

These baskets not only cracks the purpose of storage but also can be used for sitting, it can be a multipurpose basket. Apart these two types of wicker bathroom furniture’s one more type of furniture is the wide five-drawer wicker storage chest. This is a specially designed wicker chest which consists of number of drawers which can be used in many ways. All the little-little things which make your bathroom a mess and untidy such as bathroom linens, sanitaria, even craft supplies also can be stored in different drawers separately accordingly. Besides these wicker bathrooms furniture comes in some different and interesting forms too such as lampshades, baby bassinets, carriages, planters, hampers and porch swings. And can also be used as outdoor patio furniture as it is comparatively very light in weight Wicker bathroom furniture and other wicker overall are not only interesting in using but also are highly affordable and cheap which easily suits one pocket.

Contemporary Furniture Trends

Fashion trends no longer dictate the way we dress or decorate our homes. Eclecticism and contrasting style directions reign in home design.
More and more people develop a taste of mixing contradictory furniture trends in their home decor, combining contemporary furniture with vintage finds and exotic art pieces.

Uncertain economy, the rise of natural disasters, persistent war conflicts and terrorist threats has resulted in the further insulation of people within their home cocoons. This cocoon lifestyle has given a boom to houseware and furniture industry, since more and more people turn to home entertainment and dinner parties instead of “going out.”

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The Benefits Of Wicker Sunroom Furniture

Wicker sunroom furniture can make your sunroom into that relaxing place to be. Choosing your pieces wisely can help ensure that you are satisfied for many years to come.
Selecting the right wicker sunroom furniture for your room includes many different things. One thing that you will want to keep in mind is that the price that is normally listed on the furniture is normally the price without the cushions. If you want cushions, but do not like the material choices offered, then see if they can order the cushions with a different fabric that you do like. If you cannot find the fabric that fits your desired look, then you can always make cushions yourself or have them custom made from your choice of fabric. You will need to decide whether you want stain guard or not. Keep in mind that if you are entertaining, then protecting the cushion fabric can save you some stress, because it can make spill treatment and cleaning much easier. That way you will be able to keep your cushions looking nice for as long as possible.

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How To Find Small Sectional Sofas For Small Spaces

sectional sofa for a small space probably appears to be an oxymoron. How could there possibly be a perfect meeting of the two?


Well, the honest answer is that in the right home, a sectional sofa could actually save you space! Centrally locating sofa pieces within a small living area not only lends to proper seating for conversation and intimacy, but could also make the space feel more spacious.

If seating in one specific spot is not to your liking, with sectional pieces you have the ability to place them however you prefer. This would lend your own personal creative touch to the living room.

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Blending Garden Furniture Into Your Landscaping

Garden Furniture is an integral part of the modern garden landscape, when landscaping it is as important a consideration as a plant, gardening scheme or lawn.
There are many types of garden furniture so before you start that project or visit a plant nursery lets have a look into landscaping and how to blend the style of your garden furniture into your garden and create a outdoor living area to be proud of.

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