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Whether you love hosting garden dinner parties, or just looking to spend some time outside in the sun to enjoy the relaxing moments, outdoor garden seating is one of the first things to consider getting. Garden lounge sets and garden sofas are a fantastic way to instantly turn your garden or patio into a welcoming and comfy outdoor relaxation area. At made.com you can browse through all the different garden sofa options we have designed – you are sure to find the best match for your garden.
Getting the size right
Every garden or patio is different, so you have plenty of options to choose for your outdoor seating area. Just be sure not to run out of space! That is why, before choosing your garden sofa, we recommend that you take dimensions of the available space to make sure that your chosen sofa model will fit well, and you could still freely move around. Also, do not forget to think about storage. Where are you planning to store your furniture when the typical British rains finally return? It would be best to store your garden sofa in the garage or a shed, but if you do not have the space, you should invest in some furniture covers.
Something for every space
If you are lucky to have plenty of space, your choices are wide open. For a cosy lounge area, choose a garden corner sofa – even the most awkward corner will not be left unused. You can also create your own custom lounge corner by choosing a matching garden sofa set, and pairing it with one of our garden side tables to have your custom lounge setting.
For a chic and contemporary feel, garden ottoman sofas are a great way to bring a little bit sophistication and romance out into the patio. Or if you prefer to have the flexibility to arrange your seating area according to your imagination and needs, modular sofas are a great way to have exactly that freedom.
An excellent option for any smaller outdoor space is a 2-seater garden sofa as it will not take up too much space. Combine it with a few outdoor chairs and a garden coffee table, and you will be able to enjoy the feel of your living room out on your garden anytime. If you are still a bit short on space, think about substituting a garden sofa for a garden bench – it is still just as comfortable but more space-efficient as well as easier to maintain.
Choosing your material
There are many options to choose from when it comes to finding the right material and finish for the garden atmosphere you want to create. One of the trendiest outdoor furniture materials nowadays is rattan. Reminiscent of times past, a garden rattan sofa will give your outdoor space a sophisticated feeling, while being sustainable and not requiring too much maintenance. If you get a lot of rain where you live, you can choose the next best thing – polyrattan. Just as intricately woven together, synthetic polyrattan is an incredibly durable and an even lower maintenance option that can withstand rain or sunshine.
For a more modern and contemporary look, have a look at our metal frame garden sofa options. Metal takes practically no effort to maintain, and due to its relatively light construction, you can easily rearrange your seating positioning as you might need. Metal frame garden sofas come in a variety of models, so you are sure to find one that will go great with your space.
Caring for your outdoor furniture
Every outdoor furniture material is carefully chosen to have the best performance outdoors. However, each material has its own needs. Keep in mind that wood might start to splinter if you leave your wooden furniture out in hot and dry conditions without annually giving it a stain. Your rattan sofa or chairs may be the perfect choice for your patio but leaving it out on the rain might take away some of that inherent material beauty out of them. Think in advance about the weather conditions in your area - is it very sunny, or does it rain a lot - and how much (or little) care you want to put into it and choose the materials carefully. Whichever material you end up selecting, occasionally give it a wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt. This will keep your garden always ready to welcome guests.
Beautiful garden sofa cushioning makes any outdoor experience that much more cosy and homely. But even though designed to be more resistant to outdoor conditions, you probably make sure to bring them inside when it rains to avoid unnecessary wear and tear