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Westminster garden furniture offers a range of classical, modern and stylish pieces for your outdoor space. Robert Hall takes a look into the ranges and products available, the exceptional quality materials used and what Westminster can do to inspire your home's exterior.
Westminster has been offering elegant and stylish furniture to their customers for over 25 years. It's clear why their brand has become so well known: the high-quality materials, reliable design and handmade approach apparent in each and every piece that they produce.
Specifically made to be used outdoors but also perfectly appropriate for indoor use, you will no doubt want to make the most of your furniture throughout the entire year - outside under the warm sun during those summer months and cosy inside during the winter.
The Westminster furniture range has all that you would expect from craftsmen including: table and chair arrangements, sun loungers, and a deep-seated outdoor sofa range for the utmost in comfort and relaxation which boasts a two and three seater settee, armchair and ottomans to match.
Striving to create only the best in garden furniture, the brand focuses on four essential principles; quality, service, form and function. In regards to quality, Westminster uses a range of exceptional materials such as teak, aluminium and a synthetic woven style weave.
Here's my review of Westminster's ever growing collection of exquisite outdoor furniture.
With a selection of dining and armchairs available, you can mix and match your favourite set with a round, oval or rectangle table to create a unique dining arrangement - perfect for hosting dinner parties as well as general day to day dining.
Teak is a highly durable tropical hardwood, yellow-brown with a beautiful grain. Due to the high oil content deep within the wood, and its tight grain, it is naturally weather resistant and can withstand adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow and UV rays. However, as the Teak matures and after some time under the sun, this hardwood mellows into a silver-grey finish. If you enjoy the rustic look then keep the matured silvery colour, alternatively use a Teak stain to preserve its original colouring.
Choosing teak is great if you're looking for a natural and classic design that will fit within your surroundings and garden, blending in beautifully with the landscape around it.
Aluminium ranges such as the Miami Collection present quilted sling armchairs which offer exquisite satisfaction when dining or relaxing. Matching modern and stylish tables are capable of seating up to 12 guests at a time, while their toughened glass top and aluminium frames provide a highly durable area with a contemporary look and design.
Many pieces within the Westminster collection are based on aluminium frame. During the manufacturing process, each piece of aluminium is powder coated - this adds an extra layer of resistance to the metal which restricts oxidisation and rusting, meaning that your furniture can be left outside for long periods of time whatever the weather!
Aluminium is a lightweight yet very durable material which allows you to easily rearrange your garden pieces. If you're looking for that modern day twenty-first century look that's practical and virtually maintenance free, then aluminium is a great choice of furniture for your home's exterior.
Westminster's woven collection offers mediterranean style for your home and garden, it's available in multiple colour options, ensuring that the furniture can effortlessly fit into your current scheme and outdoor design.
Weave Tables come complete with a toughened glass top which creates an easy to wipe surface that's hygienic and adds a touch of elegance. Complete with a parasol hole in the centre, a garden umbrella can always be inserted to create a cool environment under which to wine and dine.
Woven style weave is produced using a synthetic polyethylene in an environmentally friendly way. It has a natural and distinctive look yet it's extremely durable, unaffected by outdoor temperature changes and resistant to the elements.
By choosing woven style furniture you can really bring out the sub-tropical feel of your outdoor space. Traditional looking rattan weave designs will either complement your holiday home or just provoke memories of those warm and dry days abroad looking out onto crystal clear oceans.
To complement your seating or dining arrangement, you will find an abundance of perfectly matching extras and accessories, including lazy susans, furniture covers, parasol bases and parasols which are available in a choice of exciting colours such as lime, purple or taupe.
After buying your Westminster garden furniture, you can relax in the knowledge that you will have many years of enjoyment from comfortable seating and a handmade design that can be truly appreciated.
As a long standing retailer of their products, GardenSite can offer a selection of Westminster furniture at unbeatable prices. We provide excellent service and Free Delivery within mainland England, so there's no hidden extra charges.
For any questions relating to our furniture ranges, advice or a personal quotation, please don't hesitate to call 0121 355 7701.
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