How To Upgrade Your Outdoor Furniture

After a long summer, chances are your garden furniture is looking a little tired and worn. As you look forward to mellow autumn evenings amongst the changing leaves with a book and a hot drink, you might be ready to renovate your garden’s décor to suit the season.

Here are some ideas to liven up your loungers and revitalise your rattan chairs.  

Think ‘theme’ and ‘scheme.’

If you want an attractive overall vista, it’s important to have a cohesive style. Here, the BBC website suggests several, including ‘cottage garden’, ‘contemporary’, ‘gravel’ and ‘water garden’, to plant the seeds of an idea for your scheme. Use a sketchbook and coloured pencils (or a laptop or tablet) to plan the layout, jot down ideas for refurbishing items of furniture, experiment with colour schemes and create ‘mood boards’.


Whatever style you choose, there are colours to reflect it. What’s more, you don’t have to buy all new furniture to upgrade your style. Why not use spray paint to ‘upcycle’ your table and lawn chairs from a cottage garden brown to contemporary ocean tones? If you have an old, bare wood arbour, why not add a lick of weatherproof paint in the colours of your choice, or apply a rich, rejuvenating wood stain? Wikihow gives some tips on preparing, sanding and staining wood.


Soft furnishings can really accentuate your outdoor furniture. Dress up your outdoor dining chairs with seat cushions, or add cute homemade tassels to your existing ones. Replace the seat covers on your sun loungers, or drape some eye-catching fabric over them, to make them fit with your scheme.


Carefully-chosen accessories can really showcase your larger items of outdoor furniture, at very little cost. For a contemporary garden, small, solar-charged lamps or lanterns can give a striking effect after dusk falls, and a cottage garden arbour can be enhanced by a rustic wind chime or two. Small water features create a pleasant visual effect, as well as relaxing sounds to enhance the atmosphere.

Be one with nature

It’s worth thinking about how your furniture complements the plant colours and foliage of your garden. To combine the man-made with the natural, use some weatherproof paint or stain on an old bare shelving unit and transform it into a planter stand. Or turn an old rattan basket, or even an old steel bucket, into a novel planter.

Rejuvenate your Vista

It’s little use revamping your garden if you can’t fully appreciate it from both outdoors and in. One way to create a seamless transition between your home’s interior and garden is patio doors. Large, elegant glass doors such as those offered by Bifold Shop are ideal, particularly as the cooler weather creeps in, as they give you an uninterrupted view of your garden from the warmth of your home. Perfect for sitting at the kitchen table, sipping tea, watching the sun rise. Their doors are also strong and secure, and their aluminium frames are minimal and stylish, sure to fit in with any décor scheme.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.