Garden Furniture Off The Beaten Path

Garden Furniture Off The Beaten Path

Copyright (c) 2012 Poppy Lynch

Chairs and tables arranged in the garden or the yard serve as a base from which to view its many delights. In this way, they become a part of the landscape themselves. Lightweight, stackable fiberglass chairs might not add sufficiently to the beauty of the scene. Furthermore, they wobble. Heavy and dark metal furniture might be too much of the same old thing. Options for less commonly encountered garden furniture are plentiful, however. In many cases, these alternatives are more earth-friendly than the old standbys. Here are some varieties of outdoor furniture that will offer plenty of visual interest.

Tree trunk furniture

Thick slices of trunk make perfectly sized and very stable drink tables. Chairs carved from a tree trunk look and feel like simple thrones. If you have the right saw for the job, tree trunk furniture can become a DIY project. If not, craftsmen of all degrees and price points are making and selling this environmentally sound type of furniture. The great advantage to these heavy objects is how aptly they fit among growing things. Even as the weather cools and other outdoor furniture has to go inside, that made from tree trunks remains safe outdoors.

Tree branch furniture

Less massive than tree trunk furniture, tree branch furniture still shares its suitability for garden spaces. Tree branch furnishings range from the very rough and primitive to the more refined and elegant. Making these yourself is possible, and not difficult. Yet if you do not have total faith in your construction skills, sturdy tree branch furniture is readily available in many stores.

Vintage furniture

The old-fashioned clam chair or cast iron table set from your grandmother’s garage needs only a coat of paint to begin its new day in the sun. These pieces of furniture are usually well-made and pretty comfortable. Paint makes all the difference. Some pieces may need further attention, but the charm of a garden setting that takes you back to your childhood will be worth it. Replacing textiles in cushions and pads allows for a touch of current design to combine with that of the past.

Eco-Friendly outdoor furniture

This is a large category that can include all the above sorts of garden furniture. It also incorporates beautiful lounge chairs made of teak and side tables made of driftwood. Furniture of eucalyptus, which is fairly fast-growing, is another and less costly sustainable wood. Durable bamboo is also, happily, easily renewable. The many companies producing furniture from recycled plastic also give consumers options that are good for the environment. Some very creative young designers are doing fun things with the shapes and colors of outdoor furniture made from reclaimed milk bottles and other refuse.

The green space around your home is a refuge, and you want the furniture in it to be comfortable to sit in and to see. Ideally, it will also come from a source that makes you feel good about owning it. Outdoor furniture can complement its natural surroundings both in its appearance and in its origins.

Poppy Lynch has been helping beginner gardeners for over 15 years. For simple, easy-to-follow gardening tips, Poppy suggests signing up for the Woolly Green Weekly, a great source of gardening chat, products, offers and competitions. Woolly Green is a new website, for people who like to garden as a bit of an antidote to their otherwise busy lives.

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