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    Garden Furniture advice please

    Hi

    we looking to replace garden furniture at end of summer

    what do most people prefer wood ? aluminum ? ratin style

    and what best deals around at end of summer ! pls tnxs

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    We've had a coated metal two seater with built in table, in the garden for the last 3-4 years. The seat cushion and back are a woven plastic material and the integrated table is metal with a built in glass top. It hasn't rusted or deteriorated. We got this from Wilkinsons for about £40, so I'd say that for long term, metal is a good shout. Definitely had value for money out of it with no maintenance other than the occasional wipe-down.

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    meandog101

    We've had a coated metal two seater with built in table, in the garden … We've had a coated metal two seater with built in table, in the garden for the last 3-4 years. The seat cushion and back are a woven plastic material and the integrated table is metal with a built in glass top. It hasn't rusted or deteriorated. We got this from Wilkinsons for about £40, so I'd say that for long term, metal is a good shout. Definitely had value for money out of it with no maintenance other than the occasional wipe-down.



    thanks for that

    hoping to get good deal on new set at end of the summer

    thanks again

    personally, I would go for resin based as it lasts a lifetime.

    not the plastic ones you see cheap at argos / B&Q which snap after a couple of years exposed to the elements

    Costs 3-4 times the price but really will last a lifetime.

    bought a sun lounger, 8 seater table and 8 chairs with cushions from ebay for £80 over 10 years ago and it looks as good as new still (rrp over £800).


    Edited by: "chocci" 4th Jul 2014

    Wood doesn't last unless you put it away for winter, needs lots of maintenance as well .

    Wood doesn't last unless you put it away for winter, needs lots of maintenance as well

    Rubbish.
    Good quality treated hardwood will last 50yrs.
    The main point is getting the right quality wood

    norville555

    Wood doesn't last unless you put it away for winter, needs lots of … Wood doesn't last unless you put it away for winter, needs lots of maintenance as well .



    Agree if you buy the cheap wood stuff.

    Disagree if you buy decent wood eg: Teak / Acasia

    personally i prefer wooden sets,i think they last a lot longer than the glass/metal sets and always look more expensive...keep watching on Tesco Direct..they have some cracking bargains at the end of season...my table cost £200,i got it for £50 and its still going strong after 6 years....the chairs were reduced to £11 a pair and they too are holding out great considering they have been left out all year round with no covers...ive stained them once in the 6 years ive had them....cushion pads were reduced to £2 for two...and have been every year since i bought mine

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    norville555

    Wood doesn't last unless you put it away for winter, needs lots of … Wood doesn't last unless you put it away for winter, needs lots of maintenance as well .



    I agree, even if others don't. Wood looks great, but you need to treat it every year, and sand it all down. Then the varnish still flakes off in the weather. More trouble than its worth.

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    I have just sold my wooden furniture and gone for Rattan, it is fashionable at the moment so prices are not great but when you are looking to buy (end of summer) then you should get a bargain.

    Wood is fine if you want to look after it, I stored mine over winter then I jet wash mine each year and treat it (pain in the butt though and cost £30+ for oil and a lot of time) and it never seems to come back looking as good but ok. Fortunately I got almost as much for it when I sold it as I bought it for a couple of years ago but I am hoping the rattan will be easier to look after.

    Also keep your eye on Ebay as I have bought 2 lots in the past month both brand new, one selling at around £400 for £79 (seller totally ballsed their listing & pics up) and an absolutely beautiful modular corner group with a rrp of £1500 and the cheapest I could find online was over £800 for £480 on the Bay.

    Musician

    I agree, even if others don't. Wood looks great, but you need to treat it … I agree, even if others don't. Wood looks great, but you need to treat it every year, and sand it all down. Then the varnish still flakes off in the weather. More trouble than its worth.



    Unless you like wood and aren't lazy. In which case, its worth the trouble.

    A good stained (not varnished) wood set will last forever and can be restained without sanding so only takes minutes to make it look new. Or you can buy new metal or plastic every so often with the impact that has on the environment. The choice is yours.

    the mistake a lot of people make is covering wood with some waterproof sheet.
    leave it out in the open

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    craigstephens

    Unless you like wood and aren't lazy. In which case, its worth the … Unless you like wood and aren't lazy. In which case, its worth the trouble.



    I love wood to look at. Nothing to do with laziness fella, takes a long time to sand down 6 chairs, 1 table and 2 benches and varnish it all. I know, I've done it twice. Next lot of furniture will be low maintenance when we replace it end of year when its cheap.
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