Garden loungers - a brief guide
When spring is bursting forth and summer is at hand, chilling out in the garden becomes an ever increasing priority amidst the toil of the working week.
And what better way to lap up some sunshine then putting your feet up and reclining outdoors? The key to doing so is a decent garden lounger for some perfect sun-bathing relaxation.
The main differences between loungers are in style and materials. Styles can be divided into contemporary or traditional and the materials used include metal, rattan and wood.
Styles and materials
You are probably already very familiar with the traditional designs of loungers - you see them around any outdoor pool, on the beach or on a patio. They're pretty simple, straightforward and reliable and many have adjustable heights from almost sitting upright back to laying out horizontal. Traditional styles usually use wood or plastic as their main material and are often quite chunky objects.
Contemporary designs utilise exactly the same functionality - the premise is mighty simple enough - but are much more playful in their design with leaf like loungers, minimalist lines or distinct sleek curves. In order to get these shapes and forms, contemporary designs use a host of different materials, often in combination, such as metal, wicker and wood.
Strong and versatile, metal garden loungers usually come in one of two forms. One is where the garden lounger is entirely made of metal and has padded cushions strapped to it. The other only has a metal frame and then a material support made out of either cotton, PVC or textilene. The type of metal used will also determine the weight and construction, from iron being heavy and less malleable to light and flexible aluminium.
Rattan is weaved into a vast array of designs, styles, shapes and sizes and as a result many sun loungers are beautifully woven in the wicker method. The material is lightweight and durable, making it perfect for outdoor use.
Just as they are or with the addition of some padded cushions, wooden loungers are a traditional staple and will fit in to almost any outdoor environment. Strong, durable and with a beautiful natural aesthetic, wood is an excellent material for all outdoor furniture. When purchasing, ensure that it is sustainably forested and check to see if it needs any special treatments to preserve the wood.
To keep your lounger in top condition for years to come make sure you store it well over the winter.
But when the sun is shining just get outside, make sure there’s a good book in one hand and a cool drink close to the other, lay back and bask in the glory of summer.