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How To Choose And Look After Your Wooden Garden Furniture

Wooden tables, chairs, benches and other accessories look really natural and beautiful in gardens and outdoors in general because of the material’s organic characteristics and ability to adapt to pretty much any environment. But simply having all this furniture is not enough. You also need to know how to look after it and how to make it last without losing its charm.

Protect a wooden table with a glass top. This applies to any kind of table, whether it’s store-bought or a personal DIY project. You can have the glass top custom made to fit the table perfectly.

Upcycle old wooden pallets and made your own garden furniture. It will already have a weathered look so you don’t have to worry about it changing drastically over time.

Solid wood only gets more beautiful as it gets old so if you have garden furniture that looks like this you can be certain it will not get any less stylish as it gets old. On the contrary, the years will add charm to the piece.

The sun and the rain communicate really well with your plants and flowers but they’re not that friendly when it comes to wood so if you insist on having wooden planters, maybe consider plants that prefer shade.

A good place for wooden furniture would be under a tree. A cable spool tree seat, for example, would look beautiful around a large tree and it would be protected from both sun and rain by the tree itself.

Use reclaimed for your outdoor furniture if you want an eco-conscious décor. It will also have a nice patina.

You can’t go wrong with tree stumps in the garden and they can be shaped in all sorts of cute and fun ways. For example, this furniture set for the kids is simply adorable.

Protect your outdoor furniture using paint, stain, oil or wax. You can freshen up the furniture regularly and change its look at the same time.

And this strategy can be applied to all wood in general, not just furniture. For example, a wooden pathway through your garden can be painted a bold color and it would look amazing.

Stain your pallet furniture to give it a more refined and elegant look and to also protect the wood. You can make all sorts of interesting things like benches, tables or even sectionals.

It’s important to clean your wooden garden furniture or accessories regularly. A wooden vertical planter like this one for example can accumulate moisture and dirt so wipe it down with a dry cloth whenever you remember.

Preferably, wooden furniture should be placed in a covered, protected area such as a roofed porch or in a gazebo. Maintenance is a lot easier if you provide the right conditions.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on April 27, 2011

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Stefan is the owner of Homedit.com – he started the site back in November 2008, from his passion for interior design and decorations and since then the site went from being a simple blog to one of the most popular home design websites on the web right now.

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