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If you're looking for advice on what furniture to buy, top tips on garden design and ideas for how to get the most out of your space, you're in the right place! Discover our latest advice and outdoor living tips in the blogs below!

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  1. The benefits of adding shelter to your patio

    Don't let rainy spells and intense midday sun dictate your garden time. With the right shelter, like a pergola or parasol, you can extend your outdoor living space and make the most of your garden regardless of the weather.

  2. Enhance your garden with a fire pit table

    As the new series of UK Love Island heats up, there's no better time to transform your garden into an inviting, luxurious space. One of the best ways to do this is by introducing a fire pit table. Not only will it bring a touch of Love Island magic to your outdoor space, but it also offers a host of benefits that make it a must-have for any garden.

  3. Five things you need to do when you get your new Napoleon BBQ

    You’ve decided to treat yourself to a brand new Napoleon grill barbecue for the pending summer, and you’re itching to get the flames going and the sausages sizzling. We don’t blame you. But wait! Before you do anything on your Napoleon BBQ make sure that you’ve completed these 5 things to ensure the best grilling experience for you and new barbecue. Get to grips with your Napoleon manual and follow these five steps. 

  4. The perfect Easter garden table setting

    As Easter approaches and the weather starts to warm up, many of us look forward to spending more time outdoors. One delightful way to embrace the season and celebrate Easter is by dressing up your garden table for a festive outdoor gathering.

  5. How to keep your pergola safe in extreme weathers

    Over the past couple of months, the UK has experienced storm after storm, battling extreme weather including high winds, rain and in some places snow. These conditions are enough to cause a lot of interruption, damage, and even bring down trees. So, how can we keep our garden furniture safe, particularly pergolas. 

  6. How Could A Garden Rising Table Help You?

    Picture this, you’re sitting on your brand-new White Stores Garden furniture set. You’ve opted for a corner sofa with a rising table. It looks great and can transform from coffee table height to pop your drinks down whilst reading your book, to dining and playing board games with the family. The versatility between these table heights means you can spend much more of your time outside.

  7. The Best Garden Furniture Materials For Summer

    A recent survey completed by Kubota revealed that 83% of Brits choose to unwind and relax in the comfort of their garden, and 78% are spending more time outdoors due to having a garden. Sounds like not even the typical ‘rainy one moment, sunny the next’ UK weather can stop us from lounging in our gardens and starting the BBQ. 

  8. Should you cover rattan garden furniture?

    You’ve just purchased your new White Stores rattan garden furniture. Its stylish yet practical materials are the perfect addition to any outdoor space. But a question we get a lot, is should you cover your rattan garden furniture? We’ve delved into when and why you should cover your garden furniture below.

  9. Choosing a Garden Parasol

    A garden parasol is the ultimate garden furniture accessory as it provides plenty of benefits such as protecting you, your family and your guests from harmful UV rays.

  10. Spring Into Summer with Outdoor Living

    We've been promised that summer is on the way! So, how do you start preparing your garden to go from spring to summer? Get ready for a summer of sunshine with our top tips.

  11. How to Clean Outdoor Furniture Cushions

    Garden furniture cushions are often an afterthought when buying garden furniture but they’re the part you sink into after a long day, they’re the part the kids will wipe their sticky hands on after an ice cream in the sun, and they’re the bit that truly makes the furniture. 

  12. Which is Better – A Round or Rectangular Garden Dining Table?

    Choosing the perfect garden dining table for your outdoor space involves many options and sometimes hours of painstaking research. At White Stores, we’re here to simplify that choice by providing you with all the information in one place.

  13. How to Transform Your Outdoor Space Just in Time for Summer

    An outdoor space to enjoy the summer sun is a treat, with later evenings and warm days making it the ideal time to be amongst nature. But, if your outdoor area is more drab than delightful, you might feel less inclined to relax in it. That’s why we’ve put together some ideas to transform your space, giving you a tranquil haven to enjoy the heat of the summer.

  14. 7 Ideas To Repurpose The Pallet That Arrives With Your Garden Furniture

    When you order garden furniture, you will find that, unless you upgrade your delivery service, most is delivered on a pallet to the nearest flat surface which could be a driveway or curb, leaving you with a chunky pallet to get rid of. But, with these brilliant ideas, you can upcycle your pallet to create something unique and interesting for your home or garden, saving you a trip to the tip!

  15. Thinking of Selling? How to Maximise A Smaller Garden Space

    If you’re thinking of selling your home, it could be time for a garden renovation! A well-presented garden can add a whopping 20% to the value of your property, with 70% of home buyers agreeing that they’d pay more for a home with a nice outdoor space.

  16. How To Choose an Outdoor Water Fountain

    Spring is approaching, and with spring comes more nature, more flowers and hopefully more sunshine. A water feature is a perfect addition to a garden in bloom as it encourages wildlife, incites relaxation, and soothes the soul. So, let’s help you choose your perfect water fountain.

  17. Is Steel or Aluminium Better for Outdoor Furniture?

    Metal garden furniture is becoming highly sought after for modern garden spaces, thanks to the sleek, clean-cut lines that offer a minimalist approach that you can decorate until your heart’s content. But which metal is better for outdoor furniture – steel or aluminium?

  18. Are Round Garden Dining Tables Better for Small Spaces?

    When choosing a new garden dining table, there are plenty of things to consider, with table shape being one of the first choices to make. If you have a large garden you’ll have freedom over most table shapes, but for smaller gardens, we’ll cover what table shape works best for you.