The warmer months are upon us, and it’s finally time to start enjoying your garden again. Say "hello" to being able to dine al fresco, coffee breaks that are full of sunshine, and hosting garden parties with loved ones.

If you want to get the best use out of your garden this year, you’ll need the right outdoor furniture.

Wooden furniture has been a reliable favourite when it comes to decorating outdoor space.

But what types of wood garden furniture are there? Read on to find out what wood is used along with what garden furniture is available...

Different woods used for garden furniture


Garden furniture made out of teak is dense by nature, with a much higher oil content than other timber materials on the market. This means that teak is much better at withstanding the elements, whilst also appearing newer for longer.

Teak garden furniture can bring sophistication to an outdoor space due to its effortlessly premium appearance.

Teak is sought after because of its versatility, durability, and its exclusivity. Teak is a very strong timber and can withstand even the wettest conditions. Garden furniture made from teak is also highly resistant to rotting, termites, and natural acids.

Teak also ages well. You can either maintain its beautiful golden tones or allow the wood to mature to a silver-gray hue.

Teak makes perfect garden furniture. But, it’s highly sought after. Teak originates from South and Southeast Asia and is in high demand.

But don’t worry, you’ll always be able to find premium teak garden furniture here at Cotswold Teak.


Pine is a soft, lightweight timber that’s a common fixture in outside gardens. However, it’s very much at the cheap end of the scale.

A key consideration to bear in mind is that pine garden furniture can be highly prone to rotting. This means that if you decide to buy pine furniture, anticipate having to replace it quicker than you would teak.

Pine garden furniture is also susceptible to scratching and denting, making it harder for furniture to appear well kept over an extended amount of time.


Oak is another type of wood that is sometimes used for garden furniture. Although it’s resistant to warping and spoiling it can stain and become tired looking if not thoroughly maintained.

Oak garden furniture can be temperamental if not maintained, making it susceptible to termites and other insects.

Popular types of wood garden furniture

Chairs and loungers

Teak garden chairs and loungers are great if you love to kick back outdoors and soak up the sunshine. These types of garden furniture also come in a variety of versatile shapes and sizes, so you’ll likely be spoilt for choice.

Whether you’re after an outdoor rocking chair, a sun lounger, or simply a reliable set of chairs to match your outdoor table - you’ll be guaranteed to find a wooden addition to suit your preference.

Garden benches

If you’re looking for shared seating to enhance your garden, a teak bench could be the perfect solution.

Having a garden bench can provide you with a relaxing space, where you can enjoy and appreciate your botanical surroundings. There’s also plenty of different styles available, as garden benches are a popular outside seating arrangement in private and public gardens alike.

So, whether you’re looking for a sturdy and durable bench to accommodate several people or even a bench that features a built-in table area - you’re guaranteed to find it at Cotswold Teak.

Three Seater Solid Teak Madras Sofa


If you appreciate consistency throughout your garden furniture, you can be assured that you’ll be able to find a great teak parasol to match your other outdoor additions.

A parasol is great to have in any outside area, as it can offer shelter if you were to get caught in the rain during your afternoon coffee. On the other end of the spectrum, a good parasol can also provide you with a shaded escape from the sunshine on a, particularly warm day.

Your style can be showcased, as parasols come in many different size options and different color schemes.

When you buy a parasol made with a wooden pole, such as teak, you’ll be investing in a parasol that’ll last years...

Our range of parasols are constructed with solid teak poles, stretchers, and ribs. They also feature weatherproof polyester fabric with UPF sun protection level 50.

Solid Teak Premium Parasol


A durable and reliable table is essential for a garden.

Entertaining guests over an al fresco dinner can be such a memorable experience, which is why purchasing a garden table should be seen as an investment.

There’s nothing worse than being preoccupied over your table potentially breaking due to overuse, or it being insufficient in size. A great outdoor table will allow you to sit back and enjoy your chosen company, along with your surroundings.

Teak garden tables are available in a wide range of styles, including extendable versions which will allow you to host larger groups of visitors.

Wooden garden tables come in many different variations. If you only need a small table, why not consider a stylish Butler tray design? The perfect addition for placing next to a lounger.

Solid Teak Hidcote Butlers Tray

Furniture sets

If you want to save time and you’re looking for garden furniture that’ll accommodate a larger family and social gatherings - a good outdoor furniture set is essential.

You won’t have to worry about making sure everything matches when you purchase a furniture set, as it offers a hassle-free way to decorate your garden.

As every garden space is different, furniture sets offer a versatile solution as they come in various designs and seating sizes. Whether you need a smaller set to compliment a compact outdoor space or a larger set that can extend and fill out a vast area - you’ll have no trouble finding the right fit for you.

We hope you’ve found our guide to the different types of wood garden furniture useful.

If you want the best furniture for your garden, you’ll find an extensive variety at Cotswold Teak today.

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