How To Get Your Garden Furniture In Tip Top Shape!

Going out and buying brand-new garden furniture that will look stunning in your newly finished and landscaped garden is part of the fun of being an adult. You’ll muse over Rattan furniture, meander over oak table sets and deliberate over marble firepits, because the garden deserves that much attention! The first time you unpack and set up those garden sets, you can breathe in the splendor and how much your garden looks ‘finished’ at long last. However, the work does not end there.

Chairs Fire Pit Evening Summer Backyard

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Keeping the garden looking brand new is a whole other job. You could have spent weeks mowing and planting and painting the fence, but a garden is never truly ‘finished’, because of the amount of work it will always need for the upkeep. The seasons turn – as they do – and it’s because of these reasons that you will need to stay on top of that pretty new furniture. The weather can affect garden furniture in ways you didn’t imagine, and this means that you need to be vigilant for signs of damage. Rusted metal, wood that has become weather-beaten and mildew on the fabric of the garden swing are all very common occurrences, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep them! To keep your garden furniture in the best shape, you need these tips:

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  1. Treat! Most garden furniture that you buy is pre-treated but it’s always worth asking about it and paying a little extra for it to be done. For luxury outdoor items, manufacturers tend to get it treated early before you pick up so always double check. You can treat the items yourself of course, with products like these. You can even strip back wood and remove old stains with Real Milk Paint’s oxalic acid, which acts quickly to get rid of stains you’ve spent time scrubbing. If you do the treatment properly, it should last you several years before you have to do it again.
  2. Follow Instructions. Every set of garden furniture will come with its own set of instructions. It sounds really simple, but you should be following these instructions to the letter if you hope to have your garden furniture looking its best.
  3. Clean! It’s not hard to give garden furniture a good wipe down before you use it, but always brush down with a soft-bristled broom before you get started. It doesn’t just clear the debris left behind from grass and leaves etc, it’ll also get rid of any bugs and cobwebs that could be lurking. Soapy water is enough to clean it so avoid any harsh bleaches and other cleaning products that could stain.

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Your garden furniture is bought to last and you have to do what you can to ensure that it does. Keep an eye out for mold and rust as the year goes on and get investing in some good furniture covers. Just because there are ways to keep the furniture clean, it doesn’t mean it should have to sit outside in the storming rain all year round! Your garden is a place of pride, let’s keep it that way.

Why A Garden Room Is So Much Better Than An Extension

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There has been a topic of conversation that has taken over most of our family dinners recently. To build an extension or not to build an extension, that was the question. But then threw a curveball into the mix and it had us all umming and ahhing, “what about a garden room?”

We have to admit, the first image that popped into our head was a Wendy House, like the one we used to play in as kids. Basic, practical, functional and a space that quickly got filled with tools. Needless to say, we dismissed the idea. We were wrong to do this it seems.

Garden rooms have basically evolved into extensions, just ones that don’t have to be fixed to your home. They can sit all pretty at the bottom of your garden for instance. What’s more, you don’t need to borrow huge sums of money because you could just use your family home loans and tap into the equity you have already built up in your property. We know right!

 

Anyway, we started making a list of ways a garden room would be a better investment than an extension, and this what we came up with.

 

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A Place Of Peace

An extension certainly gives you more space in your home, but it doesn’t exactly allow you to escape because, well, you’re still in the thick of it. A garden room, however, is a home away from home; your own space and place of peace. You can run away to it. Take a book, a cup of coffee, an iPod, a notepad; whatever. There will be nothing to distract you but your garden and the beautiful outside of your home. Total and utter bliss.

An Outdoor Office

Millions and millions of people now work from home. Freelancing, entrepreneurs, flexible working conditions; there are loads of reasons why. However, working from home isn’t the easy ride people think it is because you need to have the right conditions in order to be as proactive as possible. That’s where a garden office comes in. You’ll have an inspiring setting that is nice and quiet, and you’ll be able to separate your work life from your home life.

Are You Not Entertained

All work and no play make someone a dull something. Basically, playing is just as important as working and relaxing, that’s what we’re trying to say, and what better place to play with your friends and entertain than your garden, and one with a garden room. You could slip a little kitchen out there and have garden dinner parties, or have it as a nice adult play room with comfy sofas and a projector screen for movie nights. You could make it into a games room, or a place for your kids to play their crazy and loud instruments. Your imagination is your oyster on this one. Just know that it will entertain.

Pinch More Privacy

We all love our gardens. Some of us are a little more secretive about this than others, but we all love them. The only real downside of a garden is the lack of privacy, especially if you live in a built-up area. That’s where a garden room would come in. Not only would you have somewhere inside your great outdoors to enjoy a spot of nice weather and no eyes, but the area in front of your garden room will be protected too. Perfect.