Q Which wood is best for garden furniture?
A Wood is sturdy, functional, durable and looks good.
Hardwoods, such as teak, tend to be most popular because they are highly resistant to rot and weathering. Different hardwoods have varying degrees of durability, so find out which wood you’re buying before you invest.
Softwoods, such as pine, are generally lighter, so easier to store, and cheaper.
Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) logos before you buy. Both guarantee that the wood furniture you buy is made from wood taken from forests that have been managed responsibly in relation to the environment, wildlife and the people who work in them.
Caption: Good-quality wooden furniture should last for many years
Q What should I look out for when buying wooden garden furniture?
A Curved edges and interlocking joints are signs of good craftsmanship, so look out for these if you’re investing in a high-end range. Joints should be screwed, rather than nailed, together. Screws and brackets should be brass or stainless steel, so they won’t rust.
Q How do I care for wooden garden furniture?
A The better you care for your furniture, the longer it will last. Hardwood furniture can be left outside all year round. Treatment with teak or hardwood furniture oil will preserve or darken the original colour of hardwoods and help protect them from stains. Wood must be thoroughly cleaned with warm soapy water and sanded before being oiled.
Softwoods are less resistant to the elements than hardwoods and must be treated with a preservative to protect against rot and moisture damage. Most softwood is sold pre-treated, but it will need to be cleaned and re-treated regularly to keep it in tip-top condition.
Store both hardwood and softwood furniture in a dry place in autumn and winter to promote their longevity.
Caption: Taking care of wooden furniture will replay your effort