About the New Composite Style of Garden Furniture

Composite Garden Furniture

So you may be aware of a new type of furniture that looks and feels like wood, but is actually man made, but what exactly is this?

It’s called composite (or wood-effect) outdoor furniture, and it’s available in a range of arm chairs, garden benches, bistro sets, love seats, and dining sets. This material is wood-effect but is completely man made and so will not rot or warp.

This has become a very popular choice in recent years, with a growing trend towards saving time in peoples everyday lives zoning out the traditional wood which requires on going maintenance.

What is Winawood furniture?

Winawood Benches

Winawood furniture is a brand of composite wood-effect garden furniture owned by Innovators International. They released the product around 4 years ago, and have since developed with a number of suppliers to bring Winawood to the United Kingdom. The most popular product in this line is the Sandwick garden bench, which is available in a 2 seater and 3 seater bench.

There are some alternatives in this category, such as Polywood, but their online reputation has proven to be less than positive (see Polywood reviews here).

Resouces for Garden benches

If you want to learn more about Winawood and composite garden benches, then you can learn about the material process on Wikipedia here, then choose a garden love seat uk at Garden Centre Shopping, and find out about Winawood here.

What are the best alternatives to composite?

There are several other choices if you want something a little more contemporary, such as:

Modern Rattan Garden Furniture

This new style of plastic synthetic rattan furniture is a far cry from the old wicker style, with weatherproof materials used to ensure it does not rust or fade when left outside all year round.

The man made material allows it to be coloured in a whole range of styles, meaning that it can be much easier to find a set that matches the style of your garden or conservatory.

It is important to make sure your set has been UV stabilized, as this ensures it will not become brittle or fade in the sun, some sets only say weather resistant which could lead to trouble later on.

Resources for Rattan Furniture

If you want to learn more about the traditional rattan old style furniture, then you can find that on Wikipedia here, then you can choose a rattan furniture set online (we recommend a garden recliner chair), and also see what makes rattan weatherproof here.

Further Reading

If you want to read more from us, you can see our blog, or our great groups here. And don’t forget to email us if you have any questions.


Writing for Action

About this event:

Created by Catherine

Took place on 20 September, 2012 from 19:00 to 21:00
Science World at TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 3Z7

You have an issue you’re passionate about – and you know all the information to back it up – but how do you convey that message to an audience that will promote action? You might need different goals and messages for government officials, funders, or even family and friends.

Here’s your chance to learn and practice effective communication to different audiences, with an online twist with Andy Torr.

Andy Torr is a communications strategist in the Office of the Vice President Research at UBC. He specializes in explaining complex scientific concepts to general audiences, and he develops targeted messaging about UBC research for government, industry, funding agencies, peer universities, and the public.

The panel will start at 7 pm but we’ll have mingling (with BEvERages) at 6:30. Please RSVP so that we comply with liquor laws.