“ Type: Patio Set „
Due to it being my 10 year wedding anniversary last April, and my husband honestly not having a clue with what to get me, we decide that we should treat ourselves to something that not only would be used by ourselves, but as something the whole family could benefit from.
One thing that I have always loved since a young age, is eating alfresco, this feels like I am having a real treat, eating good food with the sun rays beating onto my back, bliss!
After a good perusal in the local DIY stores, and pricing up different patio sets, we found that the best offer around (by a long shot!) was the offer that was being run on the Argos website, which was ½ price on selected patio sets, but with an offer of 10% off on any piece of garden furniture, so we could not only afford a really good set, but also a nice parasol base that actually matched to set, how spoilt am I!
After a good look we found that the "Madison four seater hardwood patio set with parasol" our deal set, that and the fact that the set that was being sold then came with a beautiful burgundy parasol and matching burgundy and white striped seat pads, which matched my new barbeque, yes I am that sad!
In the set you get -
1x square table.
Teak oil finish.
Made from FSC pure mixed hardwood.
Weather and stain resistant finish.
Table legs remove for storage.
Table size: H74.5, W152.5, D96.5 cm.
Chair size: H91, W46, D56.5 cm.
Table weight: 21.2kg.
Chair weight: 16kg.
Parasol weight: 4kg.
(Taken from www.argos.co.uk)
The table came in a flat pack form, with the legs being very easily attached via a simple nut and bolt attachment, with the wrench being included, with the chairs being the same.
The table and chairs looked very nice once assembled, fitting perfectly on my modest (small!) patio area, with the chairs fitting nicely under the table when not in use.
The table and chairs both have a nice sturdy look to them, being more like a dining set rather than a flimsy patio set, which in fairness is what attracted me in the first place, I have children so need something that won't break the first time someone jumps on it (and chances are that they will!)
The table is made from solid hardwood, with an attractive teak coloured varnish finish to it, with the only real design being the beautiful close slated top, wit the slats being far enough from each other to be noticeable, but not as wide spread as say a picnic table would be.
The chairs are in the same vein, with the set and legs being solid, but the back rest is in the same open slated design, though these being much wider, and they are nice and comfortable to sit on, with the added bonus of the thick seat cushions.
The parasol comes in two pieces, with the base part needing a stand to be purchased before assembly, this is the one thing that doesn't come with the set, though can be purchased quite cheaply, mine cost me £20.00 but matches the wood and design of he set, the cheaper plastic one's available would have stuck out like a sore thumb!
The parasol top section holds the umbrella part, which is made from a nice thick material, with the "slats" that hold the umbrella in the open position also being made from hardwood, with a pin and chain method of holding the parasol open, this is very effective and heavy duty enough not to get broken too easily.
Once erected the set can sit on the patio without having to be taken apart for storage, though I do advise the parasol and the seat cushions be taken off and placed in either the house or shed over the wet or cold period, this should keep them clean (-ish, I have kids!) and stop the colours fading too much, though of course this may well happen (especially on the parasol) due to sitting in sunny conditions.
The only slight problem I have had (and in fairness this was my own fault!) was the fact I didn't buy a cover for the table, so does seem to have aged considerably over the winter period, though the only damage is the faded red colour on the table top, with the wood still being sound, and the chairs (even though they were left out too!) still looking brand new!
This was a fantastic buy, with me buying it for £299 (½ price), and getting £20.00 off that price, which I then spent on the base (thus saving myself nothing!).
The only problem I had with the delivery, and I would recommend you check with Argos regularly, was the time it took for use to receive our set.
We knew it would take a good 6 weeks as it was being made then shipped over, this was due to such high sales of this particular set, what actually happened was that we got it for the last decent weekend in august, and only got to use it once! Though on the upside Argos was extremely apologetic, even giving us an extra discount and refunding our P&P costs, so how please am I that we have good weather this early in the year, I think you can thank me for the unseasonably nice weather! Lol!
This is well used and well loved set that (now I have actually got a cover for it!) should last us for a good few years of family use, recommended!
Thanks for reading x