Just as much as your interior needs decorating, your outside garden or deck is envisioned as an extension of your indoor living space – so you want it to flow, and be designed based on how you will use it the most.
Function and Purpose
The function and purpose your outdoor furniture will serve is the most important deciding factor. How do you want your outdoor space to work? Do you want it to function as a stylish alfresco area for the warm summer months? Or do you want it for entertaining purposes – from your child’s birthday party to the next dinner get together with your friends?
Most people want an outdoor space that balances entertaining with relaxation. It’s seen as our own personal haven, a place where can retreat with a good book in a cosy chair on a sunny day, or to sit in the shade and take in the scenery of colourful flowers and spring fragrances. Making a list of what you want to do with that space will act as buying guide for you. If the primary function of a small patio is to host casual evening drinks with friends, then there is really no need for a dining table to cramp the space – instead, opt for plenty of comfortable seating, a few side tables for nibbles and drinks to rest on, and a fire pit for the cooler months.
Comfort, Construction and Style
Great outdoor furniture brings comfort, style and meaning to an alfresco area but just because it might look a million dollars, what is it actually made of? Choosing furniture that is built from strong bones will stand the test of time – look for sturdy frames and resilient materials like wicker, rattan, metal, solid timber or other hardwoods.
Outfitting an intimate living space with a wicker sofa or a day bed, stocked with ample cushions can combine an effective balance of comfort, style and construction, quickly turning your porch into a second family room throughout the warmer months. If the area is tight, hanging chairs with lots of room to relax in can work great if you have trees strong enough to support the weight.
Storage and Easy Care
If you alfresco area is uncovered consider how this is going to affect your furniture or if it can be moved to a spot that will protect it from the harsh sun, rain, wind or hail. If the location you live in is prone to tough weather conditions, make sure you opt for furniture materials that can hold up to it.
The hours you spend by your garden should be reserved for entertaining and relaxing, not for maintaining furniture so opt for easy-care furniture. Any pieces made from the materials mentioned above will look good for years and require little upkeep.
Quality is Key
Buying furniture should be thought of as an investment so spending on quality over quantity is ideal. When it comes to patio furniture, the old saying “you get what you pay for” can safely apply here. Most homeowners want comfort and looks that last the distance, not a temporary solution.
Size and Shape Does Matter
Scale and proportion are both extremely important when designing the furniture layout for any room, so your outside space is no different. If you’ve decided on a full dining setting then no doubt it will be the largest piece outside so if it’s too big and wide, it will overpower the space and too narrow and small can leave you trying to fill the area with unnecessary furniture.
Getting artistic with colour schemes leaves a lot of room for innovative freedom, in all areas of the home. When it comes to purchasing outdoor furniture you’re not limited to the white or beige of wicker, the natural shades of wood, or the metal pieces it’s made from.
All of our Garden Furniture are made from quality materials that are guaranteed to be safe, comfortable and will last for a long time.
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