Spring might feel a long way off, but experts have revealed the best date to start buying your outdoor furniture — and it’s a lot sooner than you think.

Glen Peskett, DIY expert and owner of tool supplier Saxton Blades, suggests Monday 12 February as the best day to begin shopping for garden furniture. Here, he explains why and shares five easy garden DIY projects that will save you money.

“While the exact date can vary slightly depending on retailers and local trends, February is generally known as the month for best deals. This is when retailers typically start clearing out winter stock to make room for new spring collections, offering discounts of up to 50% on last season’s models. Buying early ensures you have a wider selection to choose from and allows ample time for delivery before peak demand hits.

Last year, garden furniture sold out in record time. By February 19th, Google searches for “gardens” start to increase as people anticipate spring. In March, retailers unveil their spring collections with early-bird discounts of around 15-20%, making it a great time to snag the latest trends before peak season.

Regardless of the timing, it’s essential to research prices, read reviews, and consider factors like durability, weather-resistance, and maintenance. This will ensure you get the best value for money and can enjoy your garden furniture for years to come. DIY garden projects can also offer affordable alternatives to store-bought furniture.”

5 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Outdoor Shelving: “Create outdoor shelving using reclaimed scaffold boards to brighten up a dull exterior wall. This sturdy, all-weather option adds a rustic charm to your patio area. Arrange the shelves at different heights and fill them with a variety of plants and planters for a lively display.”

Outdoor Mirror: “Outdoor mirror creates a brighter, more spacious atmosphere – perfect for small gardens. Craft your own by using a frameless mirror and garden trellis. Cut the trellis to size using a small hand saw, paint it, then attach it to the mirror using grab adhesive. Once dry, securely mount the mirror onto an outdoor wall or fence panel for a charming addition to your outdoor decor.”

Cocktail Bar: “Create a budget-friendly cocktail bar by repurposing an old potting bench. Shelves underneath provide ample storage for drinks and glassware, while drawers offer a convenient spot for utensils and cocktail-making tools. For a practical prep area, tile the work surface with stainless steel for easy cleaning.”

Outdoor Seating: “Building outdoor seating with reclaimed timber requires some DIY skills, but it’s a manageable project that can save you money and be tailored to your needs. Incorporating lift-up seats with storage underneath provides a convenient place to store garden cushions and throws when not in use.”

Dining Table: “Revamping an existing dining table is an excellent project for DIY beginners. Rather than replacing a worn-out wooden table, give it a face-lift with a fresh coat of paint. Lightly sand the surface and wipe it down before applying a couple of coats of exterior paint in a color that suits your style.”

How do I make my garden furniture look good?

  • “Keep your garden furniture looking its best by regularly cleaning it with mild soap and water to remove dirt and grime.
  • Apply a protective sealant or finish to wooden furniture to prevent weather damage and maintain its appearance over time.
  • Shield your furniture from the elements by using covers or storing it indoors during harsh weather conditions. This helps prevent damage from sun, rain, and snow, extending its lifespan.
  • Change up the look of your garden furniture with seasonal decorations or accents, like cushions and throws, to keep it feeling fresh and inviting throughout the year.”


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