Wooden garden furniture has been a popular choice for homes and businesses alike for years, but is it becoming outdated? Find out how garden furniture is moving on and what you can do to keep your wood from looking old in this post.

Does Wood Still Cut It?

Wooden garden furniture is still extremely popular thanks to its robust and long-lasting qualities. However, wood is also exceedingly difficult to maintain and can discolour and rot if not looked after properly.

But, when looked after well, wooden furniture can last upwards of 10 years. If you have wooden furniture and you are trying to refresh your furniture, we recommend giving the furniture a once over with some wood stain or paint containing preservative to keep the colour fresh and ensure that is regularly cleaned.

Whilst wooden garden furniture is still popular, other furniture types are taking over in popularity as they are not only equal to wood in durability but also require less maintenance and can combine new advancements in technology for more interesting furniture pieces.

a popular choice for homes and

businesses alike for years, but is

it becoming outdated?

Alternatives to Wooden Furniture

Rattan garden furniture is extremely low maintenance and, depending on the quality of the furniture, can last just as long as wood, without the need to regularly care for or touch up the furniture. Additionally, unlike with wood, you won’t need to worry about where you keep your rattan garden furniture.

It is advisable to keep wood in a dry area as damp can cause rotting, however top-quality rattan furniture can be left outside all year round, even in damp conditions, as it will not rust or rot.

Aluminium and cast aluminium garden furniture have also risen in popularity. Not only can these materials offer traditional styles, like wood, but they are also extremely versatile and can also be ideal for modern spaces. Additionally, these weatherproof materials also require less maintenance than wooden garden furniture.

If you want something that’s a bit more luxurious and undoubtedly trendy, then our outdoor fabric furniture is just for you. Made in partnership with Sunbrella, this collection isn’t only stylish, but incredibly low maintenance thanks to it’s quick-dry foam technology.

Due to its weatherproof fabric, the furniture can be left outside all year round, and when exposed to sunlight after a downpour, the furniture should dry within 30 minutes. It’s also stain resistant, making it convenient for dinner parties and children


A Table For You

Not only do rattan, aluminium/cast aluminium and fabric garden furniture sets require less maintenance, but they can also harness the latest in garden furniture technology. An example of this is firepit dining.

Whilst wooden garden furniture cannot contain fire pits, for obvious reasons, these other materials are able to combine al fresco dining with keeping warm, allowing you to extend your dining experience, not only well into each evening but also into different parts of the year. This is terrific value for money as it allows you to enjoy your garden for longer than ever before.

Another great example, particularly for rattan and aluminium garden furniture is the development of the rising table. Rising tables have become extremely popular as they allow you to switch between a coffee table and full-height dining table.

This is particularly useful as it means you do not have to buy multiple furniture sets to switch between a formal dining vibe and a relaxed, chill out mode. As wood is far heavier than rattan, it would be near impossible to develop a rising table that is easy to use

Therefore, whilst wooden furniture is still incredibly long-lasting, other furniture types are leaving it behind in terms of technology.

If you’re looking for garden furniture and need recommendations on the best furniture to suit your needs, we recommend visiting one of our showrooms or speaking to one of our customer service advisors over the phone.