Beautiful Outdoor Furniture Ideas for Your Garden in Winter
Most people associate winter with snuggling up indoors and relaxing with a few hot beverages.
But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the winter weather outside, especially if you have a comfortable garden or patio.
Although gardens are mostly used in the summer days, by choosing the appropriate furniture you can use them throughout the whole year and enjoy the festive holiday season outside.
Cosying up your garden may sound complicated, but it can be a very simple process if you follow these basic tips.
First you need to know what to look for in winter furniture so you can use it for several years, then follow some contemporary decorating ideas for a cosy and pleasant ambience.
What are the best furniture materials for winter?
Aluminium is one of the most popular and modern outdoor furniture materials, mostly due to its durability and low maintenance costs.
It is both strong and lightweight, so it can withstand the harsh winter weather while being easy to move around.
Even resin wicker furniture is woven onto an aluminium frame.
If you’re not sold on it yet, one of aluminium’s best traits is that it does not rust and is superior in moisture damage resistance compared to other metals.
Cast and wrought aluminium are somewhat heavier, but are better at holding up to wind and harsh weather conditions. They are still easy to move around though.
How to maintain aluminium furniture
Simply spray it with fresh or soapy water to remove any dust and dirt and let it air dry.
If you have coated aluminium furniture, oxidation can be challenging to clean if left untreated.
To remove the oxidation, simply mix white vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio and rub the furniture with a sponge.
For areas of heavy oxidation, use super-fine steel wool dipped in water and dishwashing soap. Here is a video that may help you understand exactly how to do it:
Resin wicker furniture is made out of a synthetic material, requires little to no maintenance, and can endure almost any kind of weather, which makes it an outstanding material for outdoor furniture.
It is usually woven on an aluminium frame, providing stability and comfort.
This type of furniture is also known as all weather wicker because it’s highly resistant to humidity, water and UV radiation.
Resin wicker is usually made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which is 100% recyclable, and does not emit any chemicals, making it a great eco-friendly material.
It can also be made from strands of PVC or nylon, both of which are good alternatives but still not the same quality as HDPE.
How to maintain resin-wicker furniture
The biggest advantage of this furniture material is the low-maintenance and the nominal care that comes with it. Just spray it with water to remove any dirt or pollen, and let it dry.
Storing the cushions
The truth is, if you want to enjoy this winter out in the open, the last thing you would want is to sit on wet cushions. Storing them inside is not an option for some people due to a lack of space, and bringing them with you whenever you want to hang out outside is just too much unnecessary work. So, in order to keep your cushions from being destroyed, there’s a couple of things that you can do.
Covering your cushions
You can purchase some weather-resistant furniture covers, and put them on whenever you expect rain or snow, or if you are going away for a longer period of time.
However, unexpected rain can be quite common in recent times, so having a plan B and another layer of protection is more than necessary.
Waterproofing your cushions
Spray all of your cushions and pillows with waterproofing fabric spray to avoid running outside when sudden rainfall starts.
Make sure you cover the entire area and do it outside or in a well-ventilated area. Buy a few extra cans in order to cover every inch thoroughly. Let them dry for a few hours, and then test them to see if the spray works.
However, don’t let this be your only way of protection. Cover them any time you can, so as not to worry if the heavy rainfall will penetrate through the spray layer.
How to make your garden look cosy in winter
With all the information about what materials to choose from, now is the time to design the most cosy garden, filled with warmth.
If your garden is large, focus on one area only, in order to make it more intimate. Placing all your furniture around your table or fire pit will make it look much warmer and inviting.
Layering is the most significant part of this process. Begin from the bottom and work your way up.
If the sitting area in your garden is paved or floored, a couple of rugs will not only keep your feet warm, but also add warmth and cosiness.
To achieve a better style, you can choose different shapes and patterns. Just make sure to stick to the same colour scheme.
For a more exciting design, combine chairs with benches, and don’t be afraid to mix in different materials. For example, you can choose a resin wicker bench with aluminium chairs and a small table.
Next to the small aluminium table you can put a fire pit so you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows throughout the cold months.
Don’t forget to throw in a couple of hand knitted blankets as well to keep everybody warm.
When choosing the cushions and pillows, make sure they are as big and fluffy as they get. In order to get a more snugly mood, put as many pillows as you can.
Winter is the time to be confident with colours. Warm colours, like brown, red, dark orange and burgundy will make the whole place seem warmer and comfier. The best way to inject colour into your outdoor sitting space is with the cushions and pillows complementing the darker tones of the chairs.
Lanterns or candles are essential if you want to have a cosy outdoor patio. They are great for both light and warmth. If you position them precisely, you can create a great ambient with highlights and shadows.
The best garden lights for you will depend on a number of factors, such as how a large the area is, what kind of look and feel you want to create and if they are just for show or practical. There are literally thousands to choose from. It can be a good idea to use Pinterest to highlight your favourite ones.
Keeping yourself warm
If your garden is covered, you can choose to use a wall-mounted heater.
These are mostly used in restaurants and bars, but they are a great solution for covered outdoor spaces as well. Wall-mounted heaters don’t take a lot of space and are a great match for almost any outdoor furniture.
As for keeping you warm, they are as good as it gets. Wall-mounted heaters use infrared heating which radiates heat towards people and objects, and it infuses heat under your skin, all while providing you a lot of health benefits by increasing blood flow and circulation.
If your garden is not covered, you could opt for a fire pit
Is there any better way of enjoying a cold night than sitting next to a sparkling fire?
A fire pit will make it possible for you to enjoy the winter outside while staying warm and comfortable. They come in various shapes, sizes and styles, so you can pick one that matches your outdoor furniture.
A gas-powered fire pit is much better for winter use since you can light it up right away, instead of struggling with lighting and maintaining wood fire. For those of you out there who are looking for a greener choice for your home, a gas-powered fire pit is definitely the way to go.
Another thing you won’t have to worry about is keeping the wood dry in the cold and moist winter months. Additionally, many fire-pits double as grills, making it possible to use them for barbecues.
Make sure you choose fire pits made from weather resistant and low maintenance material, since you don’t want to spend time cleaning it every couple of days out in the cold.
When you’re not using your fire pit, you need to cover it with vinyl covers to protect it from the moisture and snow. As an extra layer of protection you can use protective covers for the burner.
Aside from keeping you warm, fire pits can give your outdoor space an elegant sitting area.
Now that you know how to make the perfect cosy sitting area in your garden for winter, it’s the perfect time to call your family and friends over for a hot cup of tea or a marshmallow roasting session with some delicious hot chocolate.