Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Furniture For Your Garden

Coming up with the right furniture for your garden is key. You will want to be sure that you can spend time in your garden and enjoy yourself, so take plenty of time to consider the right furniture for the garden of your dreams. Let us look at some of the more popular choices for garden furniture.

Many people select hammocks. They tie between two poles or trees. Some hammocks even come with their own structure so that you can simply set them up. The benefit of hammocks is that they are comfy! They are a place where you can really lie down and take a nap. I would caution you against having only hammocks, however, as they are difficult for some people to get in and out.

Another choice then is a basic lounge chair. You can find lounge chairs made of a hard plastic or of a softer fabric. They come in types that sit straight and lie down and even ones that allow you to do both. Selecting a good lounge chair means sitting in them. Make sure that the fabric is not too taut, or it will be uncomfortable. Also check to be sure that you will be able to fold them up when you need to, as difficult lounge chairs are the major drawback of this choice. The benefit of choosing lounge chairs for your garden furniture is that you can move them around the garden.

A garden bench or garden seat can be the right choice in some gardens. The plus to the garden bench is that it typically is cement, which also is a drawback. On the plus side, the cement will be able to withstand whatever type of weather you have in your area. On the negative side, the cement is not comfortable. If people will be sitting for hours in your garden, do not opt for a garden bench. If, however, your garden will attract more butterfly sitters (quick to light and leave), then these additions can be beautiful.

If you have a particularly hippie garden or one without much pruning, then you may want to get thick blankets or even rugs that you sit out on the ground. If you get the rugs thick enough, you will find that you can leave them out. Otherwise, you will need a storage area for the rugs so that you can bring them out when you want to use them. Of course, everyone who will visit your garden should be fairly nimble if you want them to sit on blankets and then get back up. This choice is great if you have children because they will enjoy sitting on the ground without the sticks and stones poking them.

A small table, called an occasional table, is a good choice for many gardens. These tables often are stone. They are very small, about the size of a two-person breakfast table. You will need to get chairs to sit around them, but the table itself is wonderful for garden furniture. You will need to select a final location, however, because they tend to be very heavy. Instead you will find that you will be able to sit your supplies on this table or even have a quiet lunch for one or intimate dinner for two.

There are a great number of other pieces of furniture you can put in your garden. You can put director's chairs, which are similar to lounge chairs but primarily for adults. These chairs are great for bird watchers. Another choice is a full dining room table set. There are great options that are made for the outdoors, and that way your whole family can have dinner in the garden.

Be sure that you are comfortable with the furniture you choose for your garden. Most of the choices are fairly pricy for most people's budgets. The furniture may be one of the most expensive parts of your garden, so be sure that you will be happy with it for years to come. Once you have your furniture, you will be able to sit out on cool nights or wonderfully bright days and enjoy the work you have put into your garden sanctuary.

By Julia Mercer

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