A modified wood material that has carved itself a reputation as a sustainable and enduring construction material is now moving into the garden – having been specified for a range of garden furniture.
Accoya was selected by UK company Sitting Spiritually. The Dorset-based firm has been crafting high-end, outdoor swing seats for over 10 years, however this year it enjoyed a surge in sales when the range was diversified to include an Accoya version.
Owner, Martin Young, was recommended to use Accoya by a joiner, however as he wasn’t familiar with the product he decided to test it before introducing it to the company’s range of outdoor furniture. He left a sample board in his garden for 12 months to monitor and to his surprise and delight it remained shake-free and stable over the course.
The firm introduced Accoya to their range in early 2015 offering customers a choice of Accoya swing seats in a range of sizes, with five different back designs to pick from and a variety of paint finishes. All the Accoya chairs in the range are backed by a 25 year guarantee and require minimal maintenance. As a result these benefits proved extremely popular with customers at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show with the range contributing to 16% of the firm’s turnover as opposed to their other timber options – oak, western red cedar, chestnut and treated pine.
“Accoya’s superior durability and stability has enabled it to fit beautifully into our ethos of producing high quality, long life expectancy, aesthetically pleasing outdoor garden furniture,” said Young. “As well as proving popular with our customers the Accoya range has performed well – we’ve even had one chair placed in an exposed cliff top location and the paintwork looks as good as the day it left the workshop.”
John Alexander, sales director for Accsys Technologies added: “Accoya has been used from a variety of applications from windows and decking to cladding and bridges, but it’s great to see it being used for beautiful, consumer products like these outdoor swing seats. Accoya’s vast qualities will ensure these chairs last for the duration.”