Image courtesy The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co
I think it’s fair to say that this is the most wonderful summer any of us can remember for quite a long time. Although after that never-ending winter we totally deserve it, too. Despite this I haven’t been spending anywhere near as much time in the garden as I would like, mainly because our current garden furniture leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t even have a sun lounger! (first world problems right?!) Determined to rectify this I’ve been doing a little bit of research into the best brands of garden furniture and thought I’d share the results.
When it comes to something which will be sitting outside year after year subjected to our normal less kind British weather conditions, quality is key. When I started my search, all I found were links to abstract-looking garden furniture from brands I’d never heard of most of which aren’t even available in the UK. With my ever-fussy hat on, I was hoping to find typical garden furniture, dining sets and chairs but from brands renowned for making quality garden furniture, built to last and worth an investment.
I then came across a website for a company based in Dorset called The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co “The GF& I Co.”, who appeared to be the answer to my prayers. Many of the brands they stock offer 10 year guarantees and look to be good quality with a wealth of names including Alexander Rose, Barlow Tyrie, Bramblecrest, Bridgman, Gloster, Neptune, Sika, Vincent Sheppard & Westminster. Sometimes though I can be just as flummoxed by too much choice as too little. So I decided to give them a call and see what advice they could give me.
I spoke to the very helpful Tom who told me that I couldn’t go wrong with any of the brands they stock but also gave me a really useful guide to their price point. At the higher end come brands made from the best quality materials such as teak, stainless steel and weave which have a very high level of design. The brands Tom referred to included Gloster, Barlow Tyrie, Vincent Sheppard and Bridgman. An average 4 seater dining set comes in at around £1,500-£5,000 which may definitely be outside the range of most people’s budgets including mine!
However all is not lost and their other ranges including Alexander Rose, Westminster and Bramblecrest garden furniture are much more affordable. They also still offer excellent high quality and are amongst their most popular selling brands.
So gang, I think my furniture search is now at an end. For anyone who may be in the market for the best brand of designer garden furniture, consider Barlow Tyrie, Gloster and Vincent Sheppard. If on the other hand like me, you still want a top quality product which will last for years but at a more modest budget, with an average 4 seater dining set costing from £500, then you can’t go wrong with brands such as Bramblecrest, Alexander Rose and Westminster. Now I just need to make a decision!
How does your garden grow? All kitted out or still work to be done?
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