Buying Metal Garden Furniture – Mistakes Made When Purchasing Outdoor Furniture
It’s time to start buying metal garden furniture as March is here and real spring is just around the corner. However, the ‘Beast from the East’ seems to be pushing the milder weather further and further away.
In light of that, this seems like the ideal time to do a post on the common mistakes people make when buying metal garden furniture.
We wanted to write this post before the weather gets warmer and we begin to focus on garden improvements. Now you will be well prepared to buy new patio furniture.
It could be my age, but time is flying as per that old cliché. I’ve been working too much recently and I need to find time for more fun things. Christmas was almost 3 months ago, but it only feels like it was a couple weeks ago.
As spring slowly draws nearer, we will eventually turn our attention to the garden and begin thinking about the TLC that it will need.
The first BBQ of the year is closer than you think and the garden needs sprucing up before you start inviting friends and family over.
Last autumn I had to tear up some old decking due to lack of maintenance on my part. So what should we do with this space now? I’m thinking slate pavers right now, but I’ll have to see how I feel when the weather gets a bit warmer and drier.
Once the new patio is in place it will be time to get new metal or rattan garden furniture. Garden furniture sales in Britain are closely linked to the weather and I’m sure this is true for our competition too.
Our sales are significantly higher during sunny periods compared to grey and dreary conditions. Of course, from the customer’s perspective, the best time to get deals in the off-season, however, that is when we are selling colors and styles that will probably be discontinued.
If you want the latest styles, technology and features, the best time to buy would be in the next 2 to 3 months. You will have the newest 2018 furniture styles for your patio to enjoy this summer.
You need to be prepared whenever you decide to make the purchase at any time of the year. By doing your homework about what outdoor furniture works best in the UK climate, you would have avoided one of the typical mistakes that a lot of homeowners make.
Consumers have no doubt gotten savvier over the past decade. They have been more discerning regarding outdoor furniture quality. Even so, we still make many mistakes and I surely have.
Have you ever gone to the local hardware retail outlet just to get weed killer and end up buying that rattan outdoor furniture that was on clearance? Perhaps, that only happens to me.
After 2 years that cheap rattan set was dead, but it looked great at first though. The corners became split after the constant falling over in even light winds. After just 2 years, it was time to recycle it.
Typical Mistakes Made When Buying Metal Garden Furniture, Wood Or Rattan
The moral of my story is not to grab the first outdoor furniture set that looks good.
Take the time to do some research. Consider all the things you need to make an informed decision on your purchase.
The Outside Edge team has gathered their considerable experience to help you make a more informed decision by avoiding some of the common mistakes of outdoor furniture buyers.
Look Around For Deals When Buying Metal Garden Furniture
Always look around for deals, but that doesn’t mean just the cheapest price. Of course, the price is an important factor, but there are other things you need to consider.
For instance, are you getting the optimum shape and size furniture for your patio size? Does the outdoor furniture compliment the style of your garden/house/patio etc.? In essence the patio furniture has to blend in with your outdoor space. There’s much more, but I hope you are getting the point.
When you shop around you will find answers to questions you weren’t even thinking about. You will end up with the perfect outdoor furniture for your space. If your patio will only take a 4 seat metal garden set don’t buy a 6 seater aluminium table and chairs!
Buying Metal Garden Furniture Start Your Research Online
I can’t emphasize the importance of doing research enough. Research isn’t quite the same as shopping around, there is a bit more to it.
Start with the pros and cons of the various outdoor furniture materials. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various kinds of outdoor furniture?
The Outside Edge blog is filled with unbiased tips and advice to help you with your outdoor furniture research.
Most leading home and garden publications/websites have articles about the newest styles, what’s hot for the season etc.
The best part is that you can do all of this research right from home with just a few clicks.
If you make an informed purchase decision, you know you will be getting the perfect pieces for your outdoor space and they’ll last much more than two summers like my rattan did.
Check Out Customer Reviews & Feedback When Buying Metal Garden Furniture
Outside Edge takes great pride in providing high-quality products and exceptional customer service. You only need to take a look at our customer testimonials for confirmation.
One of our customers stated they got excellent advice via the phone about the products we offer and they were invited to our warehouse to see the selection and pick the perfect product. The customer said the staff was very helpful and quickly resolved any problem they had. The selection of metal outdoor furniture at Outside Edge was the best the customer had ever seen and they were impressed by the high quality. The customer was very impressed with how Outside Edge got the perfect balance of products, price and customer service. This is a quality that is rare these days and they would highly recommend Outside Edge to others.
Our happy customers send us photos of their new Outside Edge outdoor furniture in place and this is a great way for other customers to see how the furniture really looks in place. You get to see real, untouched photos of our metal garden furniture and rattan.
Prior to making that final purchase online, be sure you are getting your data from a reputable source.
Consider The Size Before Buying Metal Garden Furniture
The most common furniture buying mistake is buying furniture that is too small or too big for the available space.
All of us are guilty of this both on the interior and exterior of our homes.
Purchasing a garden furniture set that fits your patio space is key; however, you will still need to leave enough space so that people can enjoy the set.
In essence, with the outdoor furniture in place on the patio, you will need enough extra room for people to walk around, pull the chairs out and be comfortable when they are seated.
If you happen to get a set that is too small, it is probably better than getting one that doesn’t fit. You can always add extra pieces like plants or extra furniture to fill out the space.
Buying Metal Garden Furniture – Measure Carefully
Measuring is almost as important as size. Doing the proper measurement of your available ‘working’ space will determine the pieces or garden furniture set you should get.
As a guideline, we suggest a minimum of 75cm on the sides of a table so that chairs are easily accessible and comfortable to use.
If you want to talk more about sizes, please give us a call and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help.
Even if you have a small space to work with, we will help you find the perfect set to fit that space.
Buying Metal Garden Furniture – Read The Fine Print
You need to be fully aware of the refund or return policy when you are shopping and if that policy is fair.
When things don’t go as planned, big websites like Amazon and eBay have detailed complaints and dispute resolution procedures. There is a certain level of trust needed when making a purchase from a picture.
This is why the testimonials at Outside Edge are so vital. These are from actual customers, who confirm what we say about our metal garden furniture and rattan sets.
If you are not happy for any reason, it is important to know that you can make a return without any hassles.
In the Delivery & Returns section of the Outside Edge website, we have a clear policy outlined.
We also have a number of assurances and procedures set up to guarantee that when you buy from us it will be a smooth and hassle-free experience.
The price promise at Outside Edge Furniture is to give you the same price for any furniture set that is identical to ours. You will need to email proof of the deal along with pictures that confirm that the product is exactly the same as ours.
When you buy metal garden furniture from Outside Edge, we also provide after-sale service where we provide a 10 year guarantee on all our aluminium products in the very unusual case of design or manufacturing defects.
10 Year Guarantee – Buying Metal Garden Furniture
We are a comparatively small company in the furniture sector, but we keep a close eye on the quality of our products and customer service all through the buying process.
To maintain our high standards and to establish trust with our customers, we provide a 10 year guarantee on all our cast aluminium furniture from all design and manufacturing problems.
If you are ever unhappy with our products or service, unlike most of our competition, all you have to do is call us and one of our Outside Edge team will be happy to help you.
Our hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. We want to make sure you are fully happy with your Outside Edge furniture so give us a call at any time during our opening hours and we’ll resolve your concerns.
We do make mistakes, but as our customer testimonials show, we are 100% committed to customer service and providing high-quality products.
Not only does our new furniture look great, it is also functional. It is comfortable to sit at and to sit on.
Never ignore the quality and material of the furniture.
Remember my rattan set from earlier? It looked amazing and stylish. It was made of sleek white cushions on a square modern dark brown design.
Well, it was very uncomfortable, there were no ergonomics. Sitting on the floor would have been better. Your back was attacked by the backrest/frame. In no time the cushions turned yellow, went flat and you know how the story ends.
You also need to take your environment into account. The climate is pretty much the same nationwide on this small island.
Up North is said to be colder, but not significantly more. You might get a bit more rain in the North West.
As I mentioned earlier, research is key. Find out which materials are best for your area.
For instance, if you live on the coast, you have to take damage by salt into account. Make sure the furniture has the proper protective paint to combat salty conditions. Metal garden furniture that is untreated, or not made of an aluminium, will corrode and rust quickly.
Will your furniture be under trees? If so, tree sap and bird droppings might be a major problem. It is easy to clean aluminium patioA furniture and sap won’t affect it like wooden furniture for example.
Request Samples – Buying Metal Garden Furniture
You don’t have to worry about this if your purchase is in store. I mentioned this before, but I’ll repeat it here, online is where you will find the best outdoor furniture!
Get the samples if you need to. You won’t get a full table or chair, but we have sample kits to give you an idea of the furniture’s finish quality.
The sample kits are very useful in helping you make a decision on the cushion and parasol colours that you might want to get with the furniture.
Get yours free. You will see the metal colour, the finish and swatches of fabric for your cushions and parasols.
We see people make this mistake fairly often.
Customers would buy a furniture set and a month down the road they come back to get the parasol and cushions. Not that our seats are uncomfortable because they are ergonomic and made for dining outdoors. But, the cushions make the chair that much more comfortable. While you enjoy a bit of al fresco dining, a parasol will keep the direct sun from your eyes.
Ignoring Proper Protection
Quality garden furniture is pricey, therefore you want to take good care of it, so invest in some good protection from the beginning.
Keep it in a clean and dry condition and you will get to enjoy it for many summers.
The function is very important and you have to consider how you will be using your garden space.
Will you be entertaining big groups of friends and family often? In this case, a good table and comfortable chairs are a must.
On the contrary, maybe you only want to relax in the furniture weather permitting. A sofa set might be a better option for your patio.
Really think about how you will be using your outdoor space and get the proper pieces to serve that function.