The next topic I came across when doing our house renovation is decking. Also, spring was on its way, so we would be more in the garden and didn’t want to sit in the mud with our wellies (well, it’s England after all). We had big heavy tiles outside on the terrace, some of them were broken and a tripping hazard for my small kids. The patio was also pretty uneven and had a big drop down to the grass. It was time to look out for eco-friendly decking and garden furniture.
Reclaimed wood planks
This is an option for a DIY project and quite time-consuming, but worth it. You can find timber planks on your local selling platforms and refurbish them. It’s a great way and probably the most sustainable way of creating a decking and helping to keep materials in the loop rather than going into a landfill. It looks stunning once sanded down and treated to make it more durable.
In our previous home in London, my dad installed a composite decking by UPM Decking, so I already had experience with composite decking which is made from recycled materials. UPM decking comes in many colors, is anti-slip, durable, and low maintenance. Another great choice is Trex decking. The planks can be laid to make the patio look longer or wider, depending on the laying direction. Be careful though what brand you use, as not every composite decking is made from recycled material and is actually recyclable.
Image Source: Trex
Like for indoors, tiles are a great option for an outdoor space. My parents have terracotta tiles on their terrace and it gives the house a Mediterranean feel. If you have tiles inside it might be a good idea to continue them for your outside area. Of course, they need to be suitable for outside temperatures. Tiles are very durable and easy to maintain but can be slippery. I wrote about the benefits of tiles in my article ‘How to choose an eco-friendly floor’, check it out here.
Bamboo is a versatile and very hardwearing material. It’s not only suitable for indoor floors, but also for outdoors. In Asia, bamboo flooring is already around for hundreds of years. The material itself has many benefits, but there are some drawbacks: Most bamboo supplies have to be imported from Asia, which gives it a high carbon footprint. For countries with a rainy climate, it would need a proper sealant as it might start to rot otherwise. Fortunately, some suppliers offer bamboo composite decking which is made from bamboo waste fibres and recycled plastic bottles, making it far stronger and giving it the wooden warm effect.
So, you have chosen a decking, but what next? The cherry on top of the decking is of course garden furniture and planters. To make it even cozier a firepit can be a great addition.
Source: Firepit by Made.com
I truly enjoy hunting for something preloved, especially if it’s for the kids. Our latest find is a metal bench and two chairs. You can see what I mean when I say they need a little TLC;-)
When it comes to new garden furniture though there are many sustainable suppliers out there to choose from. Nkuku, Cox and Cox, Garden Trading, La Redoute and Made.com are just a few trusted and responsible suppliers to mention, which offer sustainable outdoor furniture.
What to look out for when buying new garden furniture:
- Look for durable materials
- Look for the FSC label on wooden furniture
- Use recycled materials
- Try to avoid plastic wherever you can
- Choose quality over speedy delivery times (it’s worth the wait)
I hope you can find your way through the endless options of decking and outdoor furniture for your outdoor space.
An here is our new decking revealed:
If you’re stuck for ideas for your outdoor space, here are some shop-the look mood boards for you:
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