Getting outdoor living space sorted for summer is an important ‘to do’ point on the spring cleaning list – but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Whether you mend and make do, recycle or get creative, the need to be thrifty doesn’t have to impact on style – here’s our top tips for saving money on furnishing outdoor space.
Annual stock take
Unless you’re completely starting from scratch, dust off the garden furniture from last year – anything that has been stored carefully out of the elements should still be good for another season.
Second hand scavenge
Anyone starting from scratch and short in finances should check out local garage sales, charity shops and online auction sites. There’s always a surplus of garden furniture on the second hand market every spring when people clean out their sheds.
Mend and make do
Furniture from last summer will need a good clean – get the hose out and brush down with a stiff brush. Wooden frames, chairs and tables will need a soaking of oil, whilst metal sets should be checked for rust and perhaps given a touch up with paint where needed. Fabric covers should be checked for durability and washed – replacement covers can be easily sourced from most furniture stores.
Get creative and DIY
Whilst there are loads of cheap tables and barbecues on the market – you pretty much get what you pay for, which might be just one season; plus they’re the easiest garden pieces to build yourself and can be created to fit the space perfectly. Barbecues can be built out of bricks, blocks, or cob – grills are available at most DIY stores, whilst a waney edged cross section of oak serves as both a beautiful and unique table top – speak to the local timber merchants to source.
Whilst we all love a bargain – buying the cheapest option on the market doesn’t always pay, especially if replacements are needed every year. Shop around, checking both local retail outlets and online stores to compare products and prices – many retailers now offer a ‘price promise’ guarantee, which means they’ll match the cheapest RRP the customer can source, so do your research.
Saving money should be a habit that everyone should develop because you never know when you might need it to get yourself out of a pinch. Follow these tips and you should be on a good start to save money for the spring time.