Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture

Outdoor garden furniture - Lutyens Bench

Pictured is a bench with a curved centre backrest. The benches we now make have a straight piece as the centre back rest. The curved top backrest remains as pictured.

Besides installing sundecks, wooden floors and wooden fencing we also produce a range of outdoor garden and patio furniture to compliment your outdoor wooden structures such as sun decks etc.

We’ve focused on top quality wooden outdoor and patio furniture. We don’t do flat pack. If you’re after that Makro or Game is your best bet. Our products are made to order, so taker a little longer, and are all manufactured with longevity in mind to give you many years of enjoyment.

Rain and sun always play a role in the decay of outdoor furniture and it is therefore very important to select the right timber for the product. The timber we use varies from H3 CCA Treated timber which is suitable, and guaranteed by the supplier, to last outdoors in the rain and sun for up to 50 years to balau in some of our pieces, although it is considerably more expensive than pine but it is a lot sturdier, stable and will also last many years in the sun and rain.

Depending on your budget and the product being manufactured we will advise the best timber and finish to use. We seal our products with an oil based sealer which penetrates the timber, leaving no waxy film or coating on the surface. Wax and coatings will always blotch, peel or flake and maintenance then becomes expensive due to the sanding or stripping that is required. With an oil based sealer it simply disappears as it degrades and cannot peel or flake because it is not a coating. Hence maintenance is inexpensive. You simply clean and re-apply.

From this page you can navigate on the menu bar to the left to view pics and details of our various outdoor furniture products. You can also search, using the search bar on the right, to search for specific items. You will find many articles on this blog of products we have made. From the info we provide you may even want to try it on your own, but if not you can contact us on 082 496 5444 or use the contact us form below.

Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture – Lutyens Bench

Outdoor garden furniture

Pictured is a bench with a curved centre backrest. The benches we now make have a straight piece as the centre back rest. The curved top backrest remains as pictured.

The Lutyens Bench was designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, referred to as “the greatest British architect” and is known best for having an instrumental role in designing and building a section of the metropolis of Delhi, known as New Delhi.

The Lutyens Bench contains a unique design on the back rest and the front posts which can be seen from the pictures alongside and elsewhere on this blog. There are various designs which have surfaced as carpenters adapt them and some include a curved centre back rest piece while others contain a straight piece. Fundamentally though the signature design remains much the same.

We construct these benches largely from balau timber as we obtain them from off cuts from our decking activities. Balau is a very hard, dense weather proof timber which contains many oils and resins which naturally repel water. Hence rot is reduced to a minimum. It also contains toxins which prevent insects from eating it, but are harmless to humans and animals.

If left unsealed balau will turn a grey colour which is often referred to as natural balau (unsealed). It won’t necessarily rot any quicker if left unsealed but it does tend to dry out more quickly resulting in fissures opening up on the surface of the wood allowing water to collect in them. If sealed, I recommend using oil based sealer which penetrates the timber and cannot peel or flake. It is then easy and inexpensive to maintain by simply cleaning it and applying more oil. The oil can be applied by brush, sponge, spray or cloth. No sanding is required. I have painted them white in the past but balau doesn’t take paint that well because of the oils and resins and may result in higher maintenance going forward.

There are more pictures available in the gallery and you can find articles on other benches we have made if you use the search bar on the top right.
The price varies from year to you. As of Feb 2014, at the time of writing, they are selling for R7, 850-00 each in balau. I wouldn’t recommend using pine as the pieces are thin in some areas and the pine contains knots which result in pieces breaking.

They are made to order and the lead time is up to 4 to 6 weeks. Courier services are available at about R1, 500-00 per bench to Gauteng. Courier rates should be obtained prior to ordering. We are based in Durban.

Please contact us on 082 496 5444, or use the contact us form below to get an updated price and lead time.

Outdoor Garden Furniture – Picnic Tables

Outdoor furniture - picnic tables

Click to enlarge – pictured is an example of a table in the 40 x 140 range

Outdoor Garden Furniture such as picnic tables comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. There is the climb in models or the walk in models. Some have backrests and some don’t. Some are 4 seaters, some are 10 seaters and some are round or octagonal. The choice of design is endless really and limited only by your imagination. A garden, in my opinion, is incomplete without one and many a day will be spent utilising this very cost-effective, yet versatile piece of Outdoor Garden Furniture called a picnic table.

They can be made from a variety of timber but we have found CCA treated Pine to be the most cost-effective. Provided the timber is treated to at least an H3 level, the picnic table will last many years in the rain and sun. H2 is what is normally available from your timber yard because they are supplying largely the roofing industry, but H2 is not treated enough and will rot. H3 is your normal decking material and is suitable to remain outdoors exposed to the elements. We can however make them out of whatever timber you require, but some timbers do become cost prohibitive, unless you are working to a uncapped budget.

Outdoor furniture - picnic tables

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Our biggest sellers are the walk in design with or without backrest. The walk in allows you to slide along the chair without having to climb over the seat to get your feet in. The walk in does however take up a bit more space than the climb in but are, in my opinion, more comfortable and is what you normally find in most pubs around South Africa. The walk in with backrest takes up considerably more space than the ones without the backrest, but does allow you to lean back of course. They also need to be accessed from either side instead of climbing over the seat. They can be made with an attached bench, the most popular, or with a detached bench. The ones with detached benches are sometimes used indoors too as breakfast tables. In this instance one might want to consider using a timber other than pine to give it a cleaner and more appealing look than pine.

Our picnic tables are generally made from stock that is 30mm thick and 100mm wide although this can vary from 23mm thick to 110 wide depending on how much machining needs to be done to get the wood to planned on all four sides.

Screw holes are covered using clear epoxy mixed with saw dust to match the colour and they are then sealed in a choice of tint using a good quality timber preservative. Timber preservative keeps maintenance to a minimum as there is no sanding that is required. When it comes to time to re-seal simply clean and apply 2 or 3 more coats. Applying varnish type coatings will result in the coating peeling and flaking over time and all of it will need to be sanded off which is near impossible.

Kiddies picnic table

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Again we do not produce these tables in flat pack as they simply won’t last. They are pre manufactured in our factory and then transported to site.

A similar design is also available in a kiddies size and can be painted in bright colours rather than a wood stain effect.

For a free no obligation quote, please complete the form below or call us on 082 496 5444.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture – Adirondack Chairs

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture just wouldn’t be complete without a set of Adirondack Chairs.

The Adirondack Chairs has been around for many years but today’s Adirondack chairs were designed by Thomas Lee is 1903. While on vacation in Westport, New York in the Adirondack Mountains, he needed outdoor chairs for his summer holiday home. He tested his design on his family first before arriving at a final design. He offered the final design to Harry Bunnell, a friend of his who was in need of winter income. Bunnell quickly realised the potential of the Adirondack Chair and quickly, without Lee’s knowledge or permission, registered a patent on the design and produced commercially them for the next 20 years.

Today’s Adirondack Chairs normally features a rounded back and seat with the backrest tilted backwards for comfort. There are numerous designs available today and they keep changing. We have kept ours as close as possible to the original design due to the appearance of them and the large armrests.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture Adirondack Chair

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There is a range of timbers that can be used. Obviously the more durable and more expensive the timber the more the chairs will cost you. Saligna is widely used as an affordable fairly durable hardwood while top end users will request these in teak or balau. CCA Treated pine works well if treated to at least an H3 level which is suitable for outdoors and carries the manufacturers guarantee of up to 50 years. So they may even outlast the teak or balau.

The Adirondack Chair is slightly pricier than a normal outdoor garden patio chair because a lot of the pieces are curved and if one is not making use of a CNC router, then these invariably need to be cut by hand using either a band saw or jig saw and then shaped to their final shape. They are therefore quite labour intensive. A lot of companies have re-designed them slightly to avoid curved pieces and make use of straight cut pieces which speeds up cutting and assembly time. However we have stuck to the original curved pieces in order to keep our design as close as possible to the original. We also only produce them in timber obtained from sustainable forestry as we have found the plastic composites just don’t match up to a piece of solid wood.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture Adirondack Chair

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The distinctive arm rests are larger enough to place a plate of food on with a drink on the other side. The backrest is tilted backwards and curved for comfort while the seat is contoured to fit around the legs.

We seal our Adirondack Chairs using a good quality outdoor timber preservative so that maintenance of them will be kept to a minimum. This requires no sanding and a mere clean and re-coat is all that is necessary. The timber preservative also allows the natural beauty of the timber to come through as opposed to a coating that covers that. They are also available in white-painted or any other colour really.

Other pieces are also available such as the double seater with table in the middle or without, a foot rest that is adjustable and a small side table all in the same style and design.

We don’t sell them as flat pack as we have found that flat pack will invariably break over time. Our chairs are made to last many years and I personally still have the first ones I made.

Outdoor Garden Patio Furniture Adirondack Chair

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They are also available in children’s sizes as well as youth.

For a free no obligation quote on Adirondack Chairs and related outdoor garden patio furniture please complete the form below or contact us on 082 496 5444.