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How to Heat your Outdoor Space in Winter

There are so many wonderful ways to appreciate our gardens, from simply designing an aesthetically beautiful space that makes us feel rested and calm to creating a sociable area which can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. As the cooler months approach, we want to talk about how to heat your outdoor space in winter and gain the most enjoyment from your garden whatever the weather.

When the sun isn’t shining and the temperatures have dropped, there are plenty of ways to keep things cosy and snug. Gone are the days when garden heaters were clunky and unattractive; modern garden furniture is all about creating a tactile experience and a comfy, chilled out area in which to spend time with your loved ones beneath the smooth winter skies, crisp spring days and snuggly autumn afternoons.


Choosing your Outdoor Heaters


When it comes to choosing your outdoor heaters, it usually comes down to budget and style preferences. However, it’s always best to go for the highest possible quality in your price bracket because you get what you pay for especially if you’re planned to use your items frequently. And there are plenty of great options at a good price right here at the Garden Furniture Centre.

There’s nothing quite as cosy as gathering around the fire pit, Go for industrial chic with a cast iron fire bowl or a strong modern aesthetic with this brass effect contemporary design. If you like to make a real statement with your outdoor furniture, many customers love the cast iron fire bowl with a blaze stand. Featuring a simple, rippled effect and ornate stand, it creates a stunning focal point for your garden and provides plenty of heat to keep everyone toasty.

This type of modern outdoor heater is also super-easy to look after with very little maintenance required. Any rust can be concealed with heat resistant paint and we always advise to keep your outdoor fireplace covered in winter when not in use.


Outdoor Heaters for Cooking


We love to use our gardens as a sociable space in the winter where family and friends gather to eat barbecue food and put the world to rights. This BBQ and Firepit is designed for “grillin’ and chillin’" so that you can enjoy the outdoors to the highest standards. A tough lacquered finish, steel trimmings and ribbed body make it highly robust and great for regular use.

For a gorgeous, wintry effect, add coals or logs to bring light to the top. As both a firepit and a cooking device, this is also a great space-saver for those seeking a more compact aesthetic or if you’re limited on room.


All-Weather Furniture for your Outdoor Space


When designing your outdoor space to be functional, stylish and low-maintenance throughout the seasons, it’s also essential to include all-weather furniture. Rattan is a great option as it tolerates a huge range of temperatures without degrading and is very easy to look after with just a quick wipe-down required after each use.

Our award-winning range features synthetic weave manufactured specifically for use in outdoor furniture and designed to appear and feel just like natural rattan-weave. Every piece is also beautifully unique having been handwoven by expert craftspeople in Indonesia using traditional skills passed down through the generations.

Go for the Cove 3-seater sofa suite if you’re looking for smooth, straight lines, plenty of space to relax and wide, flat arms designed for lounging. This suite features synthetic weave tightly woven to look and feel like natural water hyacinth with a characterful plaited effect. For smaller spaces, the Montana 2-seater suite is a great alternative.

When it comes to outdoor heaters, it’s also important to go back to basics with some cuddly accessories. A throw and cushions will do the job nicely but make sure you have the storage to protect your items. The Fiji Cushion Box offers a simple yet detailed design that adds a stylish edge to your outdoor space. It’s also super easy to keep clean and is both highly water resistant and well-accustomed to colder temperatures, making it ideal for year-round use.

For more great ideas about how to heat your outdoor space in winter and for all the latest inspiration in outdoor furniture, browse our collections.

 

How to Style Retro Furniture

If you’re wondering where to buy retro furniture online, then you’ve come to the right place! Here at the Garden Furniture Centre, we have a beautiful retro furniture range that is especially popular with commercial clients including restaurants, hotels and event planners. We also welcome many domestic buyers who love to invest in pieces that will never go out of style.


Retro Furniture


Many people like the look of retro furniture from the 60s and other key eras because there’s something about vintage of which we just can’t get enough. There are so many ways to style retro items too to create a gorgeous outdoor aesthetic – these are our top three tips...

Pare It Back


The beauty of retro is that it already speaks its own style language and makes an impact thanks to its unique character. One way you can style is with a minimalist, stripped-back look. This is especially effective if your garden is more about the low-key style in terms of plants and flowers, perhaps with a very simple colour scheme, or if you’ve done the opposite and gone for a very busy garden with lots of foliage and plants against which your simple retro garden furniture will stand out. If you like to strip it back, we love the Retro Windsor Leisure Set with its simple yet graceful design including two chairs with high curved back and a matching table featuring distressed metalwork.

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Embrace Shabby Chic


You never need to ask the question “Is retro furniture in style?” because it’s never off-trend! As another timeless trend, shabby chic works beautifully in an outdoor setting along with vintage pieces to add impact to your space. This retro dining table does the job very nicely with smooth white hues and an antique finish. As with all our retro outdoor furniture, it’s also super lightweight and virtually maintenance-free with capped feet for added protection.

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Colour It Up


Retro furniture trends have become brighter and more beautiful in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see a range of colour and style options with vintage-style pieces. This is a gorgeous way to brighten up your garden whatever the weather or season. We have a range of retro chair sets coated with tough lacquer paint in vibrant colours with a choice of cross back or classic styles and a 4- or 6-chair set. Choose from soft pink, buttercup yellow, sky blue and bright green – match them up or mix them up for a gorgeous rainbow effect.

If space is an issue in your patio or garden, you can always add a touch of retro glamour with a statement piece, Our inviting love bench features scroll arms, a vibrant green colour palette and ample space for two. We also love this chic bar table that makes a subtle impact for all the right reasons thanks to a high ornate leg structure and smooth slatted top.

Our range of retro furniture has all been created using tough but lightweight aluminium frames that will remain rust-free when used outdoors. For guaranteed beauty and longevity with your garden furniture, look no further! Click here to browse our full range of retro garden furniture.

Warwick Square Table Set Created for Retirement Village …

The Warwick Square Table Set is brand new to our range and came about from an exclusive order from Audley Retirement who develop and build Luxury Retirement Villages across the UK.

Audley Retirement have been established for well over 10 years and are founder members of The Associated Retirement Community Operators, (ARCO). They work closely with organisations like the Elderly Accommodation Council and the UK Home Carers Association to create Retirement Villages that offer a first class service on all levels to their residents.

Audley’s Retirement Village located in Leamington Spa – Binswood - is located at the heart of the towns Conservation Area in a Grade II Listed, Old Gothic Hall in a beautiful setting with very spacious grounds.

Warwick Square Table Sets on location at Binswood


The management at the village wanted some exclusive, quality outdoor furniture to open the space near the building up as a communal dining and recreation area for the residents – a great new addition for the onset of summer.

And so, The Warwick Square Table Set was born …


Hand made from the finest teak the set comprises of an eye-catching Windsor Square Table and four Luxury Warwick Armchairs in a contoured and ergonomic design to offer the residents a relaxed and comfy area to socialise in outside.

Five Warwick Square Table Sets were supplied in all and are located on an open lawn area in front of The Orangery.

Jon Haimes, Managing Director at The Garden Furniture Centre said, ‘the Retirement Village at Binswood is a fantastic space to retire to and hopefully our new Warwick Square Table Set will add to the luxury high-class appeal that is so loved by its residents.’

The Warwick Square Table Set


In fact, we’re that impressed with the compact, unique nature of The Warwick Square Table Set that we’ve made it available in our online catalogue –

https://www.gardenfurniturecentre.co.uk/warwick-square-table-set.html

Stylish Garden Seating and Cool Accessories

Taking your time to select some original standout pieces can create a wow-factor that's good for all year round; inside or outdoors. Add in some unique and interesting accessories and you'll be surprised as to what can be achieved, even if you're on a limited budget.

Garden Seating and Accessories with Good Looks to Match


Whether you have a preference for natural wood, eco-friendly materials or long-lasting hard-wood outdoor furniture then budget plays a big part. Here's a great selection of outdoor seating and accessories for everyday or occasional use and can be enjoyed whatever time of the year.

Stylish Broadway Patio Stacking Chair


Simple and Stylish Broadway Patio Stacking Chair

This outdoor rattan garden chair is made using the weatherproof HULARO synthetic fibre. The hard-wearing material makes  it extremely durable, colourfast and highly resistant to UV. It copes extremely well with changes in high and low temperatures plus the construction makes it extremely easy to clean. Stylish enough to use indoors and outdoors.

Colours: Golden Teak, Dark Cappuccino.

Rattan garden furniture dimensions:
Height: 85 cm
Width: 56 cm
Depth: 63 cm

Unique Hand-Carved Wooden Side Table


S Shaped Hand Carved Side Table

The originality and beautiful grain makes this wooden side-table really stand out. It is beautifully hand-carved and could be used as a coffee table, bedside table or stool. Its smooth continuous S shapes pattern and lovely rich hardwood colour make it a stylish addition to any space indoors or out.

Side-table dimensions:
Height: 51cm
Width: 31cm

Feature Gorilla Garden Ornament


An Original Centrepiece - Gorilla Garden Ornament

A highly unique centrepiece that will either be the talk of the neighbourhood or frighten small children on a regular basis; possibly both. This gorilla ornament is certain to add a touch of the wild to any garden providing huge fun with its life size proportions. Who needs gnomes when you can have this fella looking after your garden. Made from moulded resin with a antique bronze finish.

Product Dimensions:
height : 120cm
depth: 60cm
width: 90cm

Storage Solutions - Wood Style Storage Box Bench


Wood Style Storage Box Bench

This storage and bench furniture is very functional and looks pretty good too. With extra large storage capacity it provides a great outdoor storage solution ideal for large cushions, garden and pool supplies. It comes with an automatic opening mechanism for ease of use and comfortably seats two adults. The hard wearing material is made from resin with a wood-style effect.

Colours: Brown, White.

Wood style cushion box dimensions:
Height: 63.2cm
Depth: 73.2cm
Width: 156cm

Internal dimensions:
Height: 56cm
Length: 140cm
Depth: 62.5cm

Multi-Use Round Rattan Log Baskets


Multi-Use Rattan Log Basket

As the weather turns cooler from autumn towards winter, real log burning fires become the centrepiece of any room. There's nothing quite as cosy a real-wood fire-burner and these natural rattan weave baskets, called Kubu, are an ideal accessory for any conservatory or living room.

Rattan log basket dimensions:
Height: 45cm
Diameter: 45cm

Simply Styled Teak Backless Bench


Clean Style of the Teak Backless Bench

The classy simple style of this teak bench means you can use it anywhere around the home and garden. There's a full range of sizes and could be used inside and of course as a traditional wooden garden bench. The hardwood construction of this outdoor seating means the teak bench will last for years if looked after correctly.

Teak bench size choices: 60cm, 90cm, 120cm, 150cm,180cm,210cm.

Teak backless bench dimensions for 90cm:
Height: 43cm
Depth: 45cm
Length: 90cm

For a wide selection of of outdoor furniture and accessories visit The Garden Furniture Centre website.

New Mosaic Furniture - Tumble Table and Chair Sets

Just arrived at the The Garden Furniture Centre showroom are the high quality mosaic garden furniture table & chair sets. Each 'Sacred Earth' mosaic piece of garden furniture has been produced and laid with care to make each set totally unique.

Although ideal for garden patios each of the mosaic furniture sets would make ideal dining sets in a breakfast room or conservatory. Each set is compact yet sturdy enough to be used on a regular basis both indoors and out; or both.

Tumble Tea For Two Mosaic Table & Chair Set


Tumble Mosaic Table and Chair Set for Two

This compact and stylish mosaic furniture set for two is made with style and durability in mind. The eye-catching mosaic pattern and wrought iron table and chair legs make this a great dining alternative when quality is needed but space is limited. Each mosaic has been laid by hand meaning no two tables or chairs are the same; very unique.

The Tumble mosaic glaze garden furniture, combined with the wrought iron from sacred earth, all furniture is sealed with penetrating sealer (natural) or weather sealer (glossy) to ensure a stain & fade proof finish. The iron garden chair & table legs have been galvanized and powder coated for toughness and longevity.

Tumble 1.2m Round Mosaic Table & Chair Set


Tumble Mosaic Table and Chair Set for Four

This four seater Tumble mosaic furniture set allows for that extra dining space by having a larger 1.2 metre. As with the two seater set, the mosaics make a beautiful centrepiece whether you're dining at the table or not. Just add cushions and this multi-use mosaic patio furniture set becomes instantly comfortable for any meal or relaxing drink of the day you choose.

Sacred Earth Garden Furniture - How is it Made?


A step by step description of the start to finish production of sacred earth mosaic garden furniture manufactured in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region made from terracotta, marble, cement and glaze outdoor furniture combined with wrought iron.

For all your outdoor furniture ideas, along with unique mosaic furniture sets, visit the website or showroom for more choices.

Garden Furniture Centre - RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

The RHS flower shows continue to be popular and the next important event on the calender is the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The show excels in presenting the latest garden design techniques, planting innovations and all manner of outdoor furniture from trusted exhibitors.

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show


Expect blue skies and warm sunshine for this great chance to see the professionals at work. And of course this is your opportunity to steal a few ideas to take home and use in your own garden.

Details for the show:

Dates - Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd July 2012

Location - Full directions to the show can be found here

Tickets - Tickets available directly from the RHS

Website - http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Show-Tatton-Park/2012

Garden Furniture Centre Ltd - Stand B43

The Garden Furniture Centre Presents Luxury Outdoor Conservatory Furniture


The show is an important event that allows visitors to sample the finest aluminium patio furniture along with outdoor conservatory furniture. Often you'll also get the opportunity to strike a real bargain so be prepared to haggle.

Montana Rattan Garden Furniture Range

Montana Rattan Garden Furniture

The Montana rattan garden furniture range always proves to be extremely popular. The light aluminium frame means that it's easy to move to the exact location inside or out. The synthetic but realistic rattan weave gives this outdoor  furniture a totally unique - and high quality feel.

The Montana is available in a number of combinations to suit the space available including:

Sofa suites, 2 seater sofas, 3 seater sofas, armchairs, side table and coffee tables.

Outdoor Monte Carlo Furniture Suite

Monte Carlo Rattan Furniture Suite

The Monte Carlo outdoor furniture made its debut at previous RHS shows and because of its unique colour combinations, sold out completely. Fortunately it's now back in stock and ready for airing the the Tatton Park Show.

The suite has also recently been upgraded into a 5 piece by including the coffee table and side table forming a real value for money offer. Stocks are limited so enquire now to avoid disappointment.

Casino Aluminium Garden Furniture Range

Ivycast Aluminium Garden Furniture

The Ivycast Casino table and chair sets form the major part of the aluminium garden furniture range. The Ivycast range in particular mixes a unique blend of modern and classical looks. The main attraction of using aluminium outdoor furniture is the maintenance free benefits. It's easy to clean and will last for years to come.

The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show features hundreds of trusted exhibitors so is well worth a visit. See The Garden Furniture Centre Ltd on Stand B43.

Have you considered - Metal Garden Furniture?

Aluminium Garden Furniture

Metal Garden Furniture is still a popular addition to any outdoor area making a statement of grandeur in almost any garden setting. Whether you are looking for patio furniture that offers a traditional feel or something more contemporary, you can almost guarantee that within the range available there will be products to suit your taste.

There are many advantages to consider if you are looking at purchasing garden furniture manufactured from some form of metal:

1. It will offer many years of service if looked after. Whilst some maintenance is required, only minimal maintenance is needed to keep your furniture in great condition all year round.

2. Weather Resistance. Metal garden furniture can withstand the elements offering the ideal material for the kind of weather conditions we experience.

3. Style and Design. With the unique nature of the material available, there are numerous designs at your disposal to suit every requirement.

4. Strong and Solid. Metal furniture offers strong support, and if something does break often it can be repaired.

5. Versatile. Most patio furniture sets easily blend into their surroundings.

6. Finishes available. There are a numerous finishes available to help you find the perfect look for your outdoor area.

Bistro FurnitureCast aluminium garden furniture offers theultimate in durability along with the ability to withstand whatever weather conditions are thrown at it. It will never rust, and with the weight of it you can be certain will never get blown away in a strong wind! Available in a matt black or cotswold stone finish, cast aluminium garden furniture is the ideal choice if you are looking for a traditional design.

Whilst cast aluminum offers a more traditional style, aluminum garden furniture can be found combining great value for money with modern chic styling. Quite often seen in cafes and restaurants all over the world, the Bistro range of patio furniture is a simple design, bringing an understated charm to almost any garden. If you are looking for a simple no nonsense patio furniture set, the Bistro range delivers with variations that include a rattan and aluminum style along with wood and aluminum variations.

Metal Garden Furniture

An alternative to the Bistro range is a teak wood and wrought iron combination coupling practicality with great looks. If space is at a premium for patio furniture the Clarence range of folding garden furniture features many different options.

 

Whilst maintenance is very simple for metal garden furniture, care taken over it regularly will make a lot of difference. Regularly wash it down with a little warm water and washing up liquid. If you have wrought iron furniture, you may want to touch up any scratches or chips with a suitable external paint, as over time they will oxidise leading to rust spots.

If possible cover up your outdoor furniture when not in use and store indoors during the winter months if at all possible. By using a little attention to detail will help to extend the life of your outdoor furniture.
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