WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD GARDEN FURNITURE?

First the facts! If the trees “seed” has a nutty shell or a coat, it’s hardwood. If it hasn’t, it’s softwood. Another indicator is that evergreen trees, including pine and spruce are classed as softwoods.

When it comes to choosing wooden garden furniture there are benefits in choosing both types. Hardwood is usually the more expensive and if properly maintained can be left in the garden all year round. By contrast timber garden furniture made from softwood must be stored indoors over winter.

However, both will go grey unless properly looked after, and softwood garden furniture will also last for years if carefully treated and stained.

WHICH IS THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL OPTION FOR WOODEN GARDEN FURNITURE

If environmental concerns drive your choice of wooden garden furniture there is a balance between the longer lasting properties of hardwood and the lower carbon impact of softwood.

Because hardwood is from trees which grow slowly, often in tropical areas, they cost more to grow and are transported over longer distances. By contrast softwood furniture is sourced from trees harvested closer to the UK and the trees grow much faster. Less energy is used for drying and cutting, so they can be deemed to have a lower carbon footprint.

A QUICK GUIDE TO OUR RANGE OF WOODEN GARDEN FURNITURE

Our Clyde wooden softwood benches, carver chair and tables, are available in a variety of sizes. Like all our garden furniture Clyde Benches are made of robust softwood, with a pressure treated finish.

The Cornis range is an affordable, quality hardwood, in dark brown with a smooth, oiled finish. It consists of benches in various sizes and styles, plus a “tea for two” patio set.

Our rustic styled wooden garden furniture range, is called the Country Style range and includes tables, benches and chairs.

The Portland Bench is the perfect softwood timber bench to rest on after a hard day’s graft in the garden. Built to last this is wooden garden furniture that will give you many years of enjoyment.
The Portland range also features a coffee table and a conversation set.

The Roble range of hardwood benches is just about the top of the tree! This is prestigious, natural garden furniture with refined style and a light colour when new, aging to a silver patina, if untreated.

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS OF OUR RANGE OF GARDEN FURNITURE

If you are looking for more information on our wooden garden furniture, please contact our sales and advice team on 01924 830055, or visit one of our fencing centres at Midgley, between Wakefield, Barnsley and Huddersfield, or Brigg in North Lincolnshire.