The British weather is famously unpredictable, from spring showers, through summer downpours, to the more reliably wet weather of autumn and winter. But there’...


The British weather is famously unpredictable, from spring showers, through summer downpours, to the more reliably wet weather of autumn and winter.

But there's plenty of garden seating, outdoor tables and other furniture that can take a shower of rain with no problems, so that you don't have to get it undercover as soon as the first drops start to fall.

Here's our guide to garden furniture you can leave out all year round whatever the weather.

Weather-resistant garden seating

Weather-resistant garden seating is not necessarily completely weatherproof, but uses materials that can get wet without any lasting damage.

This includes garden furniture suites made of wicker weave that can be left outside all year round, with only an occasional wipe down to keep them clean.

For extra comfort, these garden seating suites typically come with showerproof cushions. You should store these away somewhere safe if severe weather is expected, but it's fine if they get caught out in a light shower now and then.

If you want a convenient place to store your showerproof cushions, invest in an outdoor cushion box, with a weatherproof liner to keep your cushions safe and dry.

All-weather garden seating

For truly weatherproof garden seating, there are some materials you can leave out all year round, no matter what the weather may bring.

A stone garden bench is a great addition to any nook or corner of your garden. Choose from classic and contemporary stone benches, or something creative like a stone tree trunk bench.

Stone garden benches can stay in place for years on end, becoming a well weathered focal point and a familiar place to sit when walking around your garden for a long time to come.

Light cover for garden furniture

A parasol provides simple cover for your garden furniture, outdoor table or patio bistro set, protecting you against strong sunlight in summer and light rain throughout the year.

Contemporary patio parasols include side-arm and cantilever designs, so the supporting pole of the parasol can be positioned to the side of your garden furniture, rather than through a hole in the middle.

That makes modern patio parasols much more versatile, and you can easily use them to provide quick shelter for chairs, benches, tables and so on, with a shower-proof sun shade that you can raise, lower and tilt for best results.

Keep warm under cover

Finally, if you're protecting your patio furniture with a rain-proof parasol, consider adding a parasol heater so you can keep out the chills when the sun goes away.

A parasol heater is the perfect way to keep warm, producing heat that stays trapped beneath the canopy so you can stay outside when the weather is cooler.

That doesn't just mean rainy days - a parasol heater allows you to enjoy your patio bistro set after dark in summer too, when temperatures start to drop once the sun goes down.

With a little careful planning, there's no reason why you can't sit out at any time of year. All you need is the right kind of protection for you and your garden furniture, and you're good to go.

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