“ Brand: Homebase / Type: Sunbed „
With the weather having been rather nice here lately, we've been making the most of the garden, sitting outside enjoying the sunshine with a nice cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. I do have some plastic garden seats which are good for sitting on if I'm eating, but for reading I do like to lie down comfortably on my back and read, and decided to buy myself a sun lounger, picking one up from Homebase for 21.99. There were a selection of colours available, I opted for a nice purple one.
The dimensions are (L)186 (W)53 (H)23cm, and the bed is made of lightweight steel and purple polyester. The polyester part is a lovely rich purple colour, and has quite a rough texture to it - it wouldn't be uncomfortable on your skin, but it is definitely a heavy duty material. The hollow matte steel frame means it is lightweight enough to carry around the garden should you need to move it, but sturdy enough to support weights up to 110 kg. It is easy to put up and down, and of course once it is down takes up very little room in a shed. It can be left out overnight in fine weather, but really should be bought in to avoid rain - mine is already showing a few tiny signs of rust where it has unfortunately gotten wet in a storm. It was also upside down!
It supports my weight comfortably, and I'm no dainty little pixy. It is not the softest bed to lie on - it is rather firm, which I in fact prefer. I do find the metal does get quite hot, and I have to be careful not to come into contact with it on very hot days as it can be quite painful. I have also found that occasionally, is I sit down in the wrong spot, the bed will start to close itself up. It has only the one head position other than flat, which is a shame, as sometimes I want to sit up more.
Overall, it's a decent product that does what I need it do do. I wouldn't say it's anything above average though, and I also think it rusts quite easily. I don't see this being a long-lasting product because of this, and plan to upgrade at some point to a sturdy wooden all weather design but this will do in the interim. 3 stars.
We recently had some nice weather in England, this might be a distant memory for most of you judging by the weather we've had this last week but we did once have sun bathing weather! During the nice weather I decided I wanted to take advantage of the sunshine and invested in a sun bed... in the hope that I'd be able to spend many long days in the garden during July and August... it's not looking likely at the moment! I chose the Homebase Classic Sun Bed - an affordable and basic sun bed that looked comfortable and modern when I saw it in the shop.
The Classic Sun Bed came in a flat pack and was very easy to assemble, in fact there was no assembly needed I just had to open the sun bed (which was folded into three for easy storage) and place it upright on the ground. The sun bed itself is 26.5cm high, 55.5cm wide and 193cm in length meaning it's suitable for my six foot frame thankfully! The sun bed also boasts five adjustable positions meaning you can have the back piece very nearly upright if you want to sit up to read or completly flat if you wish to lie down, then a further three positions in between.
The silver metal frame is covered in a polyester material which doesn't allow sweat to soak in and is fairly comfortable to lie on as well. The sun bed is available in a bright red, a lime green and a turquoise blue - I selected the turquoise blue. It could be more padded but that's the only fault. It's currently priced at £19.99 in Homebase stores, although I bought mine on offer for £14.99. Overall I'd fully recommend this, it's affordable, comfortable, easy to store, lightweight and portable - what more do you need? Ah yes, some sun would be good!
Thanks for reading.