The pandemic took all of us by surprise in 2020 and we barely had a moment to think before the nation took to the supermarket to stock up on toilet roll and flour. Fast forward a year then and though we have moved on from stockpiling, it looks as if we’re about to encounter a garden furniture shortage instead.
That’s right, as we approach summer and lockdown restrictions ease enough to allow us to meet with family and friends in our gardens, it seems that many of us hoped to spruce up our outside space with new outdoor garden furniture.
Unfortunately, these plans may be scuppered as The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association, which represents 70 manufacturers and wholesalers, has put out a warning this week about problems with supplies of garden furniture, thought to be a result of high demand and shipping problems.
According to the LOFA, all of its members including both big and small retailers have been hit and there is no immediate solution on the horizon.
Even IKEA has reported shortages due to the huge rise in demand and problems with its global supply chain. The retail giant says it hopes thing will be resolved by the end of lockdown when its stores reopen.
Gina Hinde from LOFA told the BBC that last year its members were being charged about $1,200 to ship a container from China and Indonesia to the UK. This year, they’re being charged anywhere between $7,000 and $10,000.
If you did have your eye on some new outdoor seating or dining set, we suggest you act fast or risk a long summer without. Alternatively, you could opt for last season stock that is already in the UK and ready to be delivered.