Choosing and using garden furniture should be simple, but some customers wonder where they should position it - especially when space is limited. We’ve put together a guide addressing your concerns and advising on the best places to position your garden furniture.

Can I put garden furniture on grass?

Garden furniture should be set on a flat, even surface. Most grass is suitable for most garden furniture; a bigger concern with placing your garden furniture on grass is damage to the lawn.

When sunlight is restricted, grass will start to thin and develop bald spots. Similarly, restricting moisture to grass can turn it yellow. While you can put garden furniture on grass, unless you plan to move the furniture around regularly it is likely to eventually damage your lawn.

Can you put garden furniture on artificial grass?

Artificial grass is different. You don't have to worry about bald spots or fading, it can hold the weight of the furniture, and it will still bounce back after use.

One thing you should do is check the furniture for sharp edges. These can cut through the grass and ruin your turf.

Can you put garden furniture on gravel?

It's not a good idea to put garden furniture on gravel. The stones can scratch some materials and the uneven surface can make dining and sitting uncomfortable.

That said, you could position your garden furniture on top of patio flags and surround the area with gravel for a unique and eye-catching feature.

Where’s best to position benches and other types of wooden furniture?

Unlike dining tables and chairs and outdoor sofas, garden benches tend to be either a feature piece, or positioned far away from the house near a decorated area of planters and vegetable patches.

Whereas garden benches are relatively small and can be moved around relatively easily, there are a few things you should consider when choosing where to place them.

Garden benches should sit on a flat surface to ensure they are safe and stable. It is not recommended you put the bench on gravel or stones as this can make it unbalanced.

Grassed areas are fine for garden benches but structures on your lawn can affect the grass beneath it. You may also have to move your bench to mow the lawn.

Another potential problem with placing benches on grass is that moisture from rain can weaken the wood over time.

It is advised that hardwood furniture is kept away from grass in colder months.

Where’s best to place plastic and metal furniture?

Plastic garden furniture is lightweight. On the plus side, that means you can easily move it around. On the other hand, so can the wind. While there are no strict rules for positioning plastic furniture, it is recommended that you keep it in a sheltered area.

Metal furniture, with the exception of aluminum, should be positioned in as dry an area as possible. It may seem fine to place it on grassed areas, but grass absorbs water and moisture from rain can cause the legs of the furniture to rust. It is better to place metal furniture on a patio.