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A Guide to Garden Furniture

If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of outside space on your London home, then you know how much joy a well-maintained garden can bring.

A great way to make sure you are truly enjoying your garden to the max is to add garden furniture.

This can have many uses, from providing a bit of shade, adding some decoration, or simply providing a place to sit.

There’s a reason the garden furniture industry has a revenue of over 1.5 billion pounds, and is predicted to grow further more!

Here at The Southwest London Gardener, we have seen the transformative effect some garden furniture can have on an outside space, and that’s why we’ve created this guide on how you can add some into your outside space.

Let’s take a look.

pergola in wimbledon garden

Why You Should Use Garden Furniture

Adding some furniture to your garden comes packed with benefits, including:

  • Adding a Comfortable Spot – some garden furniture is designed to be comfortable and provide a relaxing place for you to sit and enjoy a bit of a nature. Adding cushions and placing it in a nice sunny spot of your garden can turn an empty space into a tranquil scene for you to enjoy with a nice cold drink and a book.
  • It’s Functional – whether you’re trying to host a party and need a dining table, or need something to give the kids a little bit of shade as the parents relax, garden furniture often comes with a variety of purposes.
  • Super Stylish – garden furniture doesn’t all have to be there for function. Sometimes it can just be there solely to add something nice to look at. Incorporate some flowers and colours into your furniture and it can add a lovely visual effect to any spot of your garden.
  • Built to Last – most outdoor furniture is built to be tough against the cold British weather. This means they are a good investment and will last you a long time, withstanding the elements and always looking good and staying in working order. In fact, something as simple as a wooden garden chair, if treated regularly, can last a lifetime and beyond.
  • Increased Home Value – adding garden furniture to your outdoor space can increase the value of your home. Potential buyers will see a well-designed and comfortable outdoor living area as an added bonus, making your home attractive to any potential buyers.

There are many more benefits, which makes garden furniture a must for any outside London space.

So, if you’re thinking of adding some, here are 5 great choices.

table and chairs in battersea garden

5 Types of Garden Furniture for Your London Garden

Garden furniture can range from something to small to something on a much larger scale. Here are five great options.

Garden Chairs

Garden chairs are a staple of outdoor living spaces, providing a comfortable and relaxing place to enjoy some fresh air.

The beauty of garden chairs is that there are so many different styles and shapes, you’re sure to find something to suit your garden style.

You can go big with lovely wicker chairs or have something smaller for the children.

Adding cushions or pillows can also make chairs more comfortable and inviting.

Whether you’re reading a book, enjoying a meal, or simply soaking up the sun, garden chairs are a must-have for any outdoor living space.


Garden benches are a versatile and stylish addition to any outdoor space.

They offer a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature, while also adding a decorative and rustic element to your outside space.

Benches can be used as a focal point in your garden or as a functional piece for outdoor dining or entertaining.

They can also be a great spot to lay back, rest your head on a cushion, and catch some sleep under the warm summer sun.

What’s not to love?


Another versatile piece that can add a real style point to your garden is a table.

These come in all shapes and sizes and can be made from varying materials to really fit into your garden.

A garden table is a must if you are planning on socialising and provides a great spot to enjoy eating outside or hosting friends round for drinks.

Adding a table can turn a patio or empty garden space into a welcoming and functional spot and can really transform the feel of your garden.


If you love a bit of shade, a canopy is an essential for your garden.

Canopies are an ideal way of providing some protection for your outdoor furniture from the sun and rain and perfect for creating a cool spot to relax on a summers day.

A canopy often uses canvas or another material that covers a structure, providing a complete break from the weather if you’re sitting underneath.

This can be a permanent structure but is often portable, meaning you can use it to follow the sun and they are also a great way of adding a bit of privacy if your garden is overlooked.


A pergola is similar to a canopy but is slightly different in the fact they are often more decorative.

While not always covered, a pergola is a lovely structure to wrap some flowers around and add another element of decoration to your garden.

They often don’t have a cover but use an open lattice roof that allows sunlight to creep in underneath.

A pergola is a great way to add a feature point to your garden and are often made of wood which can be easily painted and decorated.

chairs in battersea garden

Some Added Furniture

  • Egg Swing – For ultimate comfort, an egg swing is a great purchase. Not only do they look great, but they also provide the ideal place to relax as you swing gently and enjoy a nice cold drink. Most egg-swings come with their own stand, which makes them perfect to transport around your garden and never miss out on the sun.
  • Hammocks – For centuries, people have used hammocks as a place to lay back and get some sleep, and they’re still just as popular today. Perfect to hang between two trees, and with plenty of ways to hang one if you don’t have trees available, you’re sure to love the gentle sway of one of these items.
  • Garden Rug – If you have a section of your garden that you have set aside as a perfect spot for socialising and dining, then laying a garden rug down is a great way not just of protecting your feet from any dirt, but also of adding a splash of colour and comfort to your garden zone.

Using Natural Materials for Your Garden Furniture

We believe in natural gardening, and this means using sustainable and renewable sources to create garden structures and furniture.

A common material to use is wood, which is ideal for garden furniture as it is strong, durable, and easy to cut and shape when building your furniture.

Stone is also a great natural material to use.

And if you are feeling extra handy, why not go through the old bits you are going to throw away and see if there is anything you can use to create some great garden furniture.

You’re not just making the most of the waste you are going to throw away, but it is free to use and may last you for years to come.

bench in putney garden

Tips on Adding Garden Furniture

If you are looking to add some stunning garden furniture, then here are five tips to remember:

  • Don’t be Afraid to Decorate – When you have your garden furniture in place, don’t be afraid to spice it up with some decorations. A great natural way to do this is by adding some greenery, which works especially well on a pergola or canopy. You can also add some lights to make your furniture usable even at night time.
  • Consider Your Space – Before you start shopping or planning where your furniture is going to go, take a good look at your outdoor area. Measure the space you have available and consider how you want to use it. This will help you choose the right size and type of furniture.
  • Set a Budget – Garden furniture isn’t always low cost, so set a budget before you start shopping. This will help you narrow down your options and find pieces that fit your price range. The last thing you want to do is get mid-way through building and run out of money, so plan your budget out and try not to overspend.
  • Shop Around  – Don’t settle for the first piece of garden furniture you see. Do some research into the different types available and compare prices and styles. Also, look into how you can make some furniture at home, as this could save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Decide on Your Style – Finding garden furniture that fits your style is vital to making sure it doesn’t stick out for the wrong reasons. Do you want a traditional, rustic, or modern look for your garden? Finding the answer to this question will help you pinpoint the exact type of product that you’re looking for.

Garden Furniture with The Southwest London Gardener

If you’ve read this blog and think that some garden furniture may make a great addition to your garden, then why not get our team of London landscapers to help.

We have added pergolas, garden rooms, tables with matching seats, and more to our projects across the years.

If you want us to do the same for you, get in touch with The Southwest London Gardener today.