How to Choose Your Patio Furniture

If you have a patio in your back garden, it’s nice to get some high-quality furniture so you can relax out there during a pleasant summer’s afternoon. Many people don’t know how to choose patio furniture and end up opting for the traditional white plastic tables and chairs. While it might have something of a classic look, most modern gardens could benefit from something a little more special.

In this article, we provide you with some simple hints and tips on how to choose outdoor furniture that complements your garden’s patio area:

Shape and Size

One of the main things to consider is how many people you want to accommodate in your garden at any one time. Do you hold regular parties during the summer? Do you have several close friends or family members who like to pop around for a visit? Or is it just you and your immediate family who will be making use of the furniture? Another point is the size of your patio, which will limit your choice of furniture. Larger items, such as a chaise longue or a fire pit, will take up too much room to be worth the investment. Always be sure to measure your patio area and draw up a brief plan to size and position your furniture properly.


As mentioned above, the traditional British patio furniture set is made from bright white plastic. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s considered a bit old-fashioned in 2023, not to mention how soon it gathers dirt and grime during everyday use. Try choosing a colour that matches any exterior décor. That could be anything from the colour of your window frames and back door to the colour of your shed or even your favourite flowering plants.


If you’re going to be keeping your patio furniture outside in all weather, you need to make sure it is up to the task. Some of the most popular weatherproof materials include resin wicker, wrought iron, and aluminium, and you should have no trouble finding beautiful patio furniture made from any of these materials. You can also buy patio furniture constructed from natural wicker or wood. Both of these can be treated to protect them from the wind and rain, though some furniture is specially designed to weather naturally, creating a rustic aesthetic for your garden.

Cushions or no cushions?

The choice of whether or not to include cushions with your patio furniture can be a difficult one. On the one hand, it makes your chairs and benches more comfortable. On the other hand, you will need somewhere to store them overnight and during the winter months. Of course, you can achieve the best of both worlds by picking patio furniture with a cushion storage area built in, forgoing the need for additional space.

Choosing Patio Furniture: Final Thoughts

Here at Prince and Sons Services, we provide a full patio installation service for customers across the county and beyond. We cover everything from designing the patio area, choosing the right materials for the job, and installing your patio to a flawless finish. And, yes, that includes helping you choose the right patio furniture for your project. To discuss your patio needs with one of our experts, give the team a call on 01283 242626 or 07968 204999 or send an email to