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The Corona Virus markedly changed the way people interact with their outdoor spaces. The ever-increasing need to utilise our outdoor spaces, in particular, our gardens and luxury outdoor patio furniture, became an extremely precious antidote to our confined lives. In July 2020 the People and Nature Survey by Natural England recorded that 46% of people said they were spending more time outside during the pandemic than ever before and scientists confirmed that spending just two hours a week outdoors is linked to better health and wellbeing.
The effect outdoor spaces have on our mental health was increasingly obvious during lockdown and around 9 in 10 surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces were good for their mental health and wellbeing. So, what can we learn from our time in lockdown where any chance of greenery and feeling of freedom felt like a huge luxury?
Invest in your outdoor space
Whether you have a garden big or small, a terraced area, or even a balcony, any type of outdoor space can become a haven of calm. These are places to recharge or a wonderful way to spend time with friends and family appreciating your luxury outdoor patio furniture. Whether you’ve spent a busy afternoon gardening or simply want to relax in the sunshine, ensure that you’re as comfortable outside as you would be on your sofa.
Personalise your environment
Gardens should be seen as an extension of the home and of your living space, with thought and consideration being spent on their functionality accordingly. If you’re all about entertainment, then make sure you have a luxury garden furniture set that suits you – are you into alfresco dining? Or would you prefer to spend time relaxing on outdoor sofas with friends? A thought-through garden layout can make all the difference in the amount of time you will utilise this space.
Choose long-lasting, quality products
Outdoor furniture should be incredibly hardwearing, with little to no maintenance required. The UK weather can be unpredictable, and your luxury garden furniture should be able to withstand whatever is thrown at it. For the best maintenance free furniture, aluminium is the way to go. Beautifully made, high quality aluminium furniture can be left outside all year, every year and will look just as good as when you first bought it year after year. Outdoor furniture should be what it says on the tin…outdoor!
We have always had a love and appreciation for our outdoor spaces, but the lockdown made this grow to new heights. We started using these spaces in new and different ways and subsequently invested more time and money into our outdoor spaces. This shouldn’t stop just because life is returning to normal in the UK, luxury garden furniture should be utilised to the fullest and enjoyed all year round.