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Furnishing Your Garden

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 30 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Garden Furnishings Hammocks Patio

There's nothing quite like relaxing in your own back garden and enjoying the smell of a freshly mowed lawn and beautifully scented flowers, not to mention the sight of a colourful array of blooms and the wildlife that they attract. In order to make the most of your garden retreat you need to select the right furnishings. Here's a run down on what you might need to make your outdoor space the perfect place to unwind.

Patio Furniture

What better place to enjoy warm summer afternoons with friends and family than on your own patio. Furnishing your patio with the right tables, chairs, and benches will help to create a welcoming atmosphere and ensure the comfort of you and your guests.

  • Garden benches - benches are comfortable and durable. They can be placed anywhere, either in sun or shade and come in a wide range of styles, in wood or iron.

  • Chaise longue - these are a comfortable way to relax in the sun. You can stretch out on their cushioned seats and dream away the summer. They come in a wide range of prints to accessorise your patio.

  • Swings - swings come in an array of styles and can either be hung from a porch or frame or come in a glider style so you can watch the sunset in style.

  • Tables and chairs - when is comes to gathering with friends or family you can't beat a table and chairs, with a wide range of styles to suit any taste, you can't go wrong, and you can add an umbrella to shade you from the afternoon sun.

Gazebos

Gazebos offer shelter, a place to rest and are a great outdoor decoration. They come in a range of styles and all shapes and sizes. They also come ready made or in kits or sets of plans if you are a confident do-it-yourselfer. They also are great for outdoor parties or barbeques.

Hammock

Believe it or not, Hammocks have been around for about 1000 years. Whether you choose a classic rope hammock slung between two trees, or a South American style hammock with its custom stand, there is nothing like a hammock for lazing away a sunny afternoon. Hammocks are available in many shapes and sizes, and can help you truly enjoy your outdoor area with their gentle rocking and weightless feel.

Barbeque

Cooking outdoors can be either a quiet family affair or a major social event, either way it's fun and a great way to enjoy food. If you have a small space then you may want to opt for a smaller, portable charcoal grill. They are easy to manage, simple to use and clean and can be stored in the shed or garage during the cooler seasons. If you have more space outdoors or you tend to be grilling for a greater number of people then you may find a gas grill more convenient.

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