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. 

So, how are you choosing to spend that valuable relaxation time? If you’re one of those who choose the garden, keep on reading, as we are about to break down the best garden furniture materials for the UK weather.

"We’re always trying to come up with new and unique ways of bringing the indoors, outdoors."

- White Stores

Hardwearing Materials

Hardwoods like teak and acacia are known for their durable and hardwearing properties, making them particularly appealing for use outside. However, they can be quite expensive. 

That is why materials such as steel and powder-coated aluminium are a great alternative for getting the same sleek and modern look but without the hefty price tag. 

Aluminium is becoming increasingly popular amongst customers and furniture manufacturers alike, due to its long-lasting yet low-maintenance qualities.

Plus, did you know that aluminium does not heat up? So, when the British weather does decide it wants to climb to above 30 degrees, you know you will not be burning your hands on scorching hot garden furniture. Ouch! 


Stylish Yet Substantial

When it comes to dressing your outdoor space, you want it to reflect the characteristics of your indoor environment. It helps with the indoor-outdoor living lifestyle so many of us are trying to achieve these days. So, choosing hardwearing materials that are stylish, but also can also put up a fight in the ever-changing weather conditions are necessary. 

We’ve showcased the popular aluminium material already, so now we want to shine the spotlight on another popular choice. Rattan!

Rattan has proven itself by standing up to those modern materials. This durable material has been used by people for hundreds of years and became popular in Europe and North America in the 1800s. Today, rattan is continuously chosen by us due to its good looks and robustness. Plus, top-quality rattan (like what we use) is 100% weatherproof. This means it will sustain the UV rays in the summertime and won't go brittle in snow or frost.

The New Kid On The Block

We’re always trying to come up with new and unique ways of bringing the indoors, outdoors. It’s like we want to pick up our sofas and bring them outside. What if we told you there’s a new material that makes it look like you’ve done just that? Introducing the amazing outdoor fabric material. 

Weatherproof fabric garden furniture is a new revelation of garden material that looks stunning outside. But you’re probably thinking that the famous downpours of summer rain will ruin the fabric. Well, this new material is weatherproof. When rain or even drinks fit the fabric, it will bead on top and simply run off, allowing the fabric to dry in the sunshine in as little as 30 minutes. 

There’s no need to spend your relaxation time moving the cushions on and off your fabric furniture sets, so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy. 

It’s great to see that garden furniture materials have come a long way. There’s so much choice available on the market to suit every taste, from classic materials like rattan to modern lines of aluminium. 

We’re excited to see what garden furniture materials will be trending in the next decade, and if outdoor fabric changes how we choose to spend our time relaxing in our gardens.