Garden Furniture – The Housing Units Buyer’s Guide

Few things are more pleasant than spending warm summer days and long summer evenings chilling out in your very own outdoor space. But to really make the most of those long summer days, you need some good garden furniture.

We’ve prepared this handy buyer’s guide to help you to choose the best garden furniture for your outdoor space.

3 Important Questions to Ask Yourself before You Buy Garden Furniture

  1. What do you want to use your garden furniture for? Is it for relaxing at the end of a hard week? For entertaining guests with cocktails at sunset? For alfresco dining? Considering how you intend to use your garden furniture, and how often you intend to use it, will determine the size, weight, and material you should choose.
  1. How much space have you got to play with? Measure your garden or your balcony to ensure you’ll have enough room not just to accommodate your new outdoor furniture, but to move freely once it’s in place. After all, nobody wants to have more garden furniture than garden.
  1. How will you store your garden furniture? Obviously you’re not going to be using your garden furniture all year round. So if you plan on storing it in your shed or garage through the winter, you’ll probably want to choose furniture that can fold for easier storage. But if you don’t have any such storage space, you’ll have to leave your furniture out through the winter. In which case, you’ll have to choose furniture made from a suitably durable material, and consider buying some covers to go with it.

How to Choose Your Garden Furniture – Choosing the Right Furniture for the Right Space

Certain items of garden furniture are specifically designed for use in certain spaces. So what area are you buying for?

Have you got a small patio, or a balcony?

Then look out for the smaller and more compact items in our range, such as the Mosaic and Metal Garden Bistro Table and Chair Collection.


Have you got a medium-sized patio, yard, or garden?

Though space is still an issue, you can afford to be a bit more ambitious. Take a look at our Lagos Garden Cube Space Saver Dining Set.


Have you got a large patio, deck, or paved area?

Then there’s really no limit to what you can choose, whether it’s a Modular Corner Sofa Group, or even a luxurious Garden Daybed.


Have you got a lawn?

Then you’ll probably want a sun lounger.

Have you got a conservatory?

We’ve got plenty of beautiful items that can add elegance and comfort to any conservatory.

How to Choose Your Garden Furniture – Which Material?

Garden furniture is available in a range of materials, and often choosing the right one for you can be as simple as choosing the material that’ll look best in your garden.

But at the same time, as each material brings its own practical requirements, it can be useful to familiarise yourself with some of your options before you make your choice.


A high quality resin that’s usually worked to resemble a wooden weave.

Why Choose Rattan Garden Furniture?

Rattan is low maintenance, easy to clean, and because it’s available in a variety of designs and colours, it’s possible to find rattan furniture to suit almost any outdoor space. Rattan is weather-resistant and capable of withstanding both rain and UV damage, which means that its colour will never fade.

Rattan garden furniture will give your outdoor space a striking contemporary feel that’s ideally suited for any use – whether you’re unwinding by yourself, dining with your family, or entertaining your friends.

For best results, rattan furniture should be covered when not in use, and stored away throughout the winter.


The metal garden furniture in the Housing Units range is made out of versatile, resistant, and sustainable aluminium

Why Choose Metal Garden Furniture?

As durable as it’s modern, there’s a real timelessness to metal garden furniture. Extremely light yet extremely hard-wearing, with some proper care you can look forward to years of use – and all for the sort of price that won’t break the bank.

The aluminium we use is rust-resistant, and we often make use of powder coated paint finishes for a bit of extra protection. Our furniture is easily-cleaned with a soft brush and a bucket of warm soapy water, followed by a clear water rinse.

Some of the items in our range contain features that aren’t weatherproof – such as sun canopies and cushions – which should be stored indoors when not in use.


Plastic garden furniture is low-cost, low-maintenance, and available in a range of pleasing colours to suit any outdoor space.

Why Choose Plastic Garden Furniture?

Plastic garden furniture is the perfect budget option. When you want to enjoy your outdoor space but you haven’t got much to spend, plastic furniture will tick all of your boxes. It’s also an ideal choice for those who don’t want to have to worry about maintenance or upkeep. All the plastic items in our range are fully waterproof and specifically designed to be easy to use and care for.

We have stackable chairs and foldable tables, which makes them easy to store when not in use. And they’re available in a range of snazzy colours, including lime green, cool turquoise and funky pink, because there’s no reason why your budget garden furniture shouldn’t look striking.

Other Considerations – Garden Accessories

Garden accessories can either help you to really make the most of your outdoor space, or else they can simply help to make your garden look particularly beautiful. Think of them as finishing touches.

Covers & Storage

Cushion storage bags, furniture covers, and parasol covers – they might not be the most exciting of items, but these storage solutions will greatly enhance the lifespan of your garden furniture.


Add a bit of character and charm to your garden with an animal sculpture or a fairy sculpture. And with their soothing sounds and shimmering lights, wind chimes can give any garden an uplifting atmosphere of tranquillity.


Line your patios, decking or paved areas and complement your garden furniture with some carefully appointed planters or hanging baskets.

Water Features

Whether it’s from the strikingly contemporary LED Stainless Steel Ball Fountain, or the earthy and traditional Natural Rock Water Feature, few things are more appealing in an outdoor space than the gentle sound of trickling water.

Wireless Speakers

But if you want something a little more stirring than the natural sound of water, Bayan Audio Sound Scene Wireless Speakers can stream music from your smartphone or tablet, to make your outdoor parties go down a storm.

Garden Lighting

Illuminate your garden, courtyard or driveway with some well-placed lighting. We have garden lighting available in styles ranging from the traditional to the contemporary – whatever you need to complete your look.

Outdoor Dining

Finally, if alfresco eating is your thing, why not treat yourself to an outdoor dining service? Browse our range of bowls, plates, and salad servers.

If you have any more questions about choosing or caring for your garden furniture, feel free to get in touch. Call us on 0161 681 5678, or email [email protected].

About Harriet Turmore

E-Commerce Marketing Assistant at Housing Units Ltd.

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