The Best Garden Furniture for Small Gardens

Posted by admin on Feb 20, 2019 under Buying Furniture

A small garden is such a nuisance when you don’t know how to optimise it. Tripping over chairs and plant pots, it’s hardly the picture of peace and relaxation. Not to mention, gardens are becoming smaller with new builds and flat demands. So the best thing to do would be to find furniture for small gardens that maximise your space whilst looking great. In this post Faraway furniture will take you through the best garden furniture for small gardens.

CONTENTS:

What is the best garden furniture for small gardens?
1. Furniture sets
2. Materials that look smaller
3. Small garden parasols
4. Matching furniture

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All About Rattan Furniture

Posted by admin on Jan 15, 2019 under Buying Furniture

If you’re looking to buy rattan furniture but you don’t know enough about it – this post will answer all your questions.

Contents

1. What is rattan?
2. What is rattan garden furniture?
3. How to care for rattan garden furniture
4. What is the best rattan garden furniture?

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What are the Top 4 Teak Wood Properties?

Posted by admin on Dec 18, 2018 under Teak Advice

Teak wood is a tropical hardwood tree species, which means it is highly water-resistant, durable and tough against pests, diseases and rot. Therefore, understandably, teak wood is expensive as it is proven to last – this is why it is often used for outdoor furniture and boats. However, despite this, teak garden furniture is definitely one of the best value for money, unlike other types of furniture on the market. As a result, it is best to have an understanding of what you are buying, and the different teak wood properties, before you make a purchase to avoid being ripped off.

But, how can you tell if wood is teak? Read on to find out the top four properties of teak wood to help you expertly identify real teak wood furniture.

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A Guide to Purchasing No Maintenance Garden Furniture

Posted by admin on Dec 6, 2018 under Buying Furniture

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With the right garden furniture, you can transform your outdoor space into an extension of your home. But, to get the most out of your garden space, you need outdoor furniture designed to fit your needs and the space you have at your disposal. Most importantly, though, the key is to make sure you are picking little to no maintenance garden furniture.

For us Brits, we predominantly use our garden furniture through the spring and summer months, yet we often leave our garden furniture outside all year round. Despite this, we expect our outdoor furniture to be perfectly fine when summer rolls back around, but this is not often the case. Instead we are greeted by dirty furniture which needs some restoration work to get it back spick-and-span. Thus, picking maintenance free garden furniture is highly advantageous.

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To Bee or Not to Bee? A Guide to Backyard Beekeeping.

Posted by admin on Apr 25, 2017 under Backyard

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There have been many reports on the decline in the bee population, which has become a major concern for conservationists. For many, it brings Einstein’s famous quote to the forefront of our minds: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live”.

Oftentimes a mere hobby, backyard beekeeping could in fact be a solution to the dwindling bee population. For those of you looking to do your bit for the bees, this guide aims to help you get started.

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The History of Teak Plantations

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2016 under Teak furniture care

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Teak is one of the most sought after and well-loved garden furniture materials, not only for its beautiful, aesthetic appearance but also for its unmatched quality.
After the introduction of teak into Java, Indonesia, the first teak plantation was started in Sri Lanka in 1680. It gradually grew in popularity and eventually spread to India in the 1840’s where it continued to spread to a substantial level in 1865.

After becoming so popular in Asia, Teak’s charm and utility led it to spread outside of Asia and its first stop was Nigeria in 1902.
Then tropical America jumped on the bandwagon and the first teak plantation was established in Trinidad and Tobago in 1913, followed by Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica between the years 1927 and 1929.

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5 Reasons to own a Garden Hammock

Posted by admin on Jun 22, 2016 under Backyard

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If you’re having trouble convincing your other half that a hammock is a worthwhile and necessary purchase; look no further! There are numerous reasons that affirm having a hammock in your life will improve your overall quality of life, but for now, we will just explore our top 5 reasons to own a hammock in your garden!

1 – Closer to Nature

Often, we do not take the time to stop, unwind and appreciate the wildlife around us. Creating a home for nature in your back garden can be very rewarding and relaxing too! Many of us only notice larger forms of wildlife such as gulls, pigeons or muntjacs, due to our lack of patience and a lack of time to simply stop and “take five”.

So just what could be visiting your garden? As cited by the RSPB, animals and insects that are commonly spotted during this time of year include:

Badgers, hedgehogs, rabbits, foxes, grey squirrel, common newt, common toad, common frog,
Ladybirds, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Large Red Damselfly, Blue Damselfly, Garden Tiger Moth, Holly Blue Butterfly, Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Large White Butterfly, Magpie Moth, Peacock Butterfly, Orange-tip Butterfly, Painted Lady Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Cinnabar Moth.

As noted on digitalwildlife.co.uk, a variety of birds can also be spotted frequenting your garden, including:

Collard Dove, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Starling, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Greenfinch, Wren, Songthrush, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Siskin, Redwing, Fieldfare, Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Brambling, Lesser Redpoll

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2 – Boost Creativity

Those who work in a role that employs high levels of creativity will understand the sentiment of writer’s block, even if they do not have to literally write great swathes of literature. Conjuring quality, constructive and innovative ideas for business meetings can be equally challenging. And the latest discoveries in neuroscience have recently revealed how creativity can be hindered when the mind is overworked for long periods of time.

As noted in an article on inc.com, ‘Scientists studying brain scans recently discovered that moments of creativity take place when the mind is at rest rather than working on something. Overworking your brain makes it sluggish and lacking in creativity; the opposite of “sharp”, if you will.’ In lesser words; not taking the time to relax kills your creativity.

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3 – Boost your Vitamin D

Those who work long hours in offices are likely to put themselves at risk of suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. This is namely because a good source of vitamin D is absorbed through our skin via natural sunlight. Being cooped up indoors is not healthy for our bodies or mind.

According to the NHS:

‘Vitamin D has several important functions. For example, it helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults.’

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4 – Promotes healthy sleep and relaxation

Hammocks are a great way of catching up on any sleep missed through late nights or early mornings. They can be especially beneficial to shift workers, who may only get short periods of time in which they can nap.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, for a healthy sleep pattern, you should be able to affirm the following statements:

• You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down to sleep.
• You regularly sleep a total of seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period.
• While in your bed, your sleep is continuous—you don’t have long periods of lying awake when you wish to be sleeping.
• You wake up feeling refreshed, as if you’ve “filled the tank.”
• You feel alert and are able to be fully productive throughout the waking hours (note, it’s natural for people to feel a dip in alertness during waking hours, but with healthy sleep, alertness returns).
• Your partner or family members do not notice any disturbing or out of the ordinary behaviour from you while you sleep, such as snoring, pauses in breathing, restlessness, or otherwise night-time behaviours.

A lack of sleep can be dangerous, not only when operating machinery, but to our overall general health. According to the Independent, ‘Over a third of the population are getting less than six hours sleep a night raising their risk of an early death by 12 per cent.’ Restoring a healthy balance by catching up on missed sleep is not only advised, it’s a necessity.

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5 – Social value

Everyone loves a hammock. When supervised, children equally love having a turn in the hammock. From the young to the not-so-young, garden hammocks provide a popular retreat during the warmer months. Who doesn’t love feeling the warm kiss of sunshine on their face?

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How to Spot (and avoid) Low Quality Teak Furniture

Posted by admin on Jun 16, 2016 under Buying Furniture

Everyone knows if you’re looking to buy a new set of furniture to deck out your garden with, then teak is the way to go. But with the popularity of teak growing, and hence lots of teak retailers popping up all over the place, you have to be careful where you buy from.

To ensure that you’re getting the highest quality teak furniture, we’ve compiled a list of things you can check/look for in your set.

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Construction:

If you want your furniture set to last (which of course you will do) then its construction is the most important factor. Poorly constructed furniture will just collapse/break and won’t do well in adverse weather conditions.

A lot of retailers use bolts to put their furniture together, however if you see this, then stay well away! The problem with bolts is that they tend to loosen over time which not only compromises the teak but creates that annoying wobbling effect.

You’ll have to replace the bolts which will cost you an unnecessary amount of time and effort.

Instead, go to teak manufacturers who use Tenon joints to make their furniture; these will be more expensive however add extra strength and a better aesthetic finish. Plus, you won’t have to worry about lots of upkeep in the future.

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The Finish

The finish on your furniture set will give you a good idea as to its quality. The higher quality the teak, the smoother and shinier it will be; you should be able to run your hand over the wood and not feel a single grain.

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The Retailers themselves

The sellers of teak furniture should be passionate about it, and therefore happy to talk and answer any questions you may have showing high levels of knowledge and conviction.

If the seller seems unsure, unwilling to answer questions or evidently doesn’t know what they’re talking about, then don’t be afraid to make your excuses and walk away – there are plenty of other teak retailers that will be able to knowledgeably direct you to the best set for your garden.

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Maintenance

Following on from our last point, seller of high quality teak should be concerned with its maintenance, and should inform you of the best way to keep it looking its best over time.

The reason why you should ask this question is because it is, essentially, a trick.

A truly passionate teak owner will know that teak requires no maintenance over time due to its high oil content and dense nature; the reason teak is so expensive is due to the fact it can be left outside in adverse weather conditions without the threat of cracking, splitting or losing its aesthetic finish.

If your seller knows this, then you know you’re more than likely being shown some of the highest quality teak in the business.

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Use our guide and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your new furniture set all summer long… good luck in your search!

The Ultimate Teak Furniture Care Guide

Posted by admin on Jun 8, 2016 under Teak furniture care

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You’ve found your perfect teak furniture set, you’ve checked to see it’s in stock and you’ve had it delivered to your door, now you must look after it. Teak furniture requires careful handling to make sure your set stays as clean and as crisp as the day you bought it. The reason this type of furniture is so popular is because it is the highest quality of garden furniture available, which means it’s the longest lasting of all materials so long as it is taken care of. But many customers aren’t aware of correct teak furniture care methods before they buy it. So here is a quick 10 step-guide to keeping your teak furniture’s natural glossy gleam.

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Teak furniture is exposed to all the elements outdoors, come storm or shine so it can easily get damaged if due care is not taken. Here are the 10 steps you need to take.

    1. Protect your teak – Apply a layer of quality protectant such as teak sealer to your furniture. This will prevent oxidation of the outer layer of wood, so it won’t turn grey. Teak wood contains natural oils that give the furniture its honey colour, but this will only last a few weeks if the wood is not treated and protected.
    1. Storing your set – weathering of teak takes approximately nine months if furniture is left outdoors. Weathering will turn your teak a silvery-grey discolouring. Store your furniture in designated furniture storage units, your garage or shed. Do not move teak furniture from gardens into heated indoor rooms as temperature differences may cause wood to split. Do not move teak furniture from garden into heated indoor room for storage as temperature differences may cause wood to split.
    1. Sanding – lightly sanding your teak furniture is the best way to preserve its natural golden colour. It can also help get rid of stains and smooth off rough edges, that naturally occur as a result of weathering.
    1. Washing – teak requires a gentle approach, so put down your pressure washer and get the drizzly garden hose out. Hose down your teak once every 2 or 3 weeks.
    1. Take cover – If you do choose to leave your teak furniture to fend for itself against the elements, then you should at least give it the respect it deserves with its own outdoor furniture cover.
    1. Security – Teak furniture burglaries are an uncommon, but terrible occurrence. Don’t let it be you. Securing your furniture against burglaries is simple. Keep your garden entrances sealed and garden doors locked. Also, don’t brag about your beautiful teak set to your friends and colleagues, their jealousy might get the better of them.
    1. Flooding – In case of flash floods consider fixing small buoyancy aids with your written address to your teak furniture so that it will stay afloat in high tides or when river banks bust. Then you’ll stand a better chance of being reunited with your beloved set once things get back to normal.
    1. Natural disasters – If you live near an active volcano, volcanic eruptions may be a risk to your furniture. Due to the highly-flammable nature of teak you don’t stand a good chance, but if you have time, move your furniture to your roof to help it avoid encroaching lava slides.
    1. Nuclear bomb – Teak furniture is often considered the most durable of all woods. But we cannot guarantee durability against radiation. In the unlikely event of a nuclear disaster, there is very little you can do to protect your teak furniture from radiation. The only chance you have is to build a nuclear bunker in your back garden. But, your time is probably limited in the event of a nuclear attack, and your furniture should and always be an afterthought of your safety.
  1. Tornado – tornadoes are extremely uncommon in Britain, with roughly 30 recorded a year. Nevertheless, be vigilant and strap your furniture down. You can get weight bags and outdoor furniture ground anchors to protect from the blusteriest of storms.

How to Throw the Perfect Summer BBQ

Posted by admin on May 19, 2016 under Backyard, Buying Furniture

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Summer is just around the corner and – come rain or shine – dusting off your old BBQ at the first site of blossom is an old British tradition.

But before you don your ‘Grill Master’ chef’s hat and novelty apron, there’s a lot to consider. Throwing a killer BBQ is an art – and since you’re likely to be in competition with half your friends and neighbours as to who can throw the best grilled meat fiesta, we’ve put together a handy guide outlining everything from prime cuts and mouth-watering marinades to culinary condiments and delectable drinks that will ensure you BBQ goes off with a bang.

The Main Event

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It goes without saying that a BBQ isn’t a BBQ without ounces and ounces of prime cut meat to get your teeth into – and the possibilities are endless. Although burgers and sausages are the classic BBQ party choice; chicken, steak, lamb chops, ribs and most types of fish work just as well, if not even better on the grill.

For a crowd pleasing meaty marinate try placing soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and freshly chopped garlic cloves, if desired. Then simply blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed and slather all over your meat of choice before chucking it onto the barbie.

Alternatively/additionally why not try something a bit different and opt for fish; BBQ grilled salmon teriyaki is a great combination, or tilapia coated in a simple salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil marinade is an easy yet seriously tasty option.

The Side-kicks

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After all, what’s Batman without Robin? Your delicious meats need some equally delicious sides/salads to keep them company on your plate. Fresh salads topped with cold lentils, chickpeas or butter beans and a dressing of lemon and olive oil go well with every type of meat and are light and summery, hence perfect for a BBQ party.

Secondly, condiments are key! Ketchup, mustard, brown sauce, hot sauce, mayonnaise… to name but a few. Remember everyone has a different favourite, so try and get as many of the classics as possible, and if you want to be really great host include some low fat/sugar options for health conscious guests.

If you want to go above and beyond the call of hosting duty, why not try making your own homemade ketchup?

Simply purée tomatoes with juice in a blender until smooth. Cook onion and garlic in oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has gone golden (this should take about 8 minutes) Add paprika, chilli, allspice, a pinch of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of black pepper and cook for one minute, stirring frequently, Add the tomato purée, tomato paste, brown sugar, and vinegar and simmer until very thick (should take around 45 to 55 minutes).

Finally purée the ketchup in a blender until smooth and put in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. And there you have it, a deliciously little crowd pleaser that is sure to set your BBQ apart from the rest!

The Refreshments

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There’s nothing better than a chilled beer or glass of prosecco on a warm day – and a BBQ is the perfect opportunity to combine food, drink and great company. As aforementioned, beer and wine are always popular options (especially summery beers such as ‘Sol’ with a wedge of lime for good measure).

For a more sophisticated take on drinks though, cocktails are always a good idea (we don’t know a single person who doesn’t like cocktails).

Popular spirits such as vodka and gin work well with almost anything – we suggest lemon juice, sugar, mint leaves and crushed ice for a tasty and refreshing summery beverage which is easy to make and even easier to drink!

The Furniture

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Not much can beat sitting around the table in the great outdoors with great food, drink and your closest friends; and a good quality table and set of garden chairs are the best place to start!

Teak furniture is well known as the best possible garden furniture you can get – not only does it look stunning, but it’s quality and hard-wearing nature mean you can leave it out for the entire period of winter with no damage.

Here at Faraway furniture we have a variety of different styles and sizes to suit any family.

So there you have it – our guide has all the tools to guarantee a BBQ party to end all BBQ parties (except the weather… unfortunately that one’s out of our control)