Enjoying the Australia sunshine usually comes in the shape of outdoor activities in the backyards of family and friends. Choosing outdoor furniture can be a potential minefield of decisions on how to furnish your garden given the variety and ranges available. But buying furniture for your outdoor areas need not be stressful however, and can actually turn out to an enjoyable experience when done right. So, this post hopes to offer up some advice on buying outdoor furniture so that you can enjoy the sunshine in style with your loved ones.
1. Selecting Your Outdoor Furniture Pieces
Modern outdoor furniture now offers as much style and flexibility as indoor furniture and this allows you to choose and customise pieces to suit both your taste and outdoor space. The weather condition has to be taken into consideration when selecting furniture. In general Australia's weather is usually quite good with temperature ranging between lows of around 10 degrees and highs of 30 degrees and so there is room to experiment, particularly if you have storage space.
In addition to the weather, other factors to consider when selecting outdoor furniture include space and storage for days when we have inclement weather. As an extension of your home furniture, your outdoor pieces can include tables and benches or chairs for entertaining or outdoor family meals. Space permitting, you can also set up a place for relaxing by hanging up a hammock or swing as a way to keep the outdoor space appealing.
2. Choosing Outdoor Furniture Materials
Once your furniture choices are settled the next consideration is the materials that your outdoor furniture will be made of. While the most important concern is obviously how the furniture is able to withstand the weather, materials also play a part in influencing style and aesthetics. Thankfully there are a number of materials that perform well against all the elements while still enhancing outdoor spaces.
Some great materials to buy your outdoor furniture in include wicker and aluminium. Aluminium can be powder-coated to prevent rust and minor scratches. Wicker is one of the best options for outdoor furniture as it can withstand the harshest of weather while still giving your spaces a chic, laid back style all year round. As with outdoor tables, one great option to consider is travertine. Travertine is a form of natural stone deposited by mineral springs, its durability ensures it to withstand the weather well.
Whether you’re looking for the elegant and rustic look of wicker, or the practicality and chic attributes of aluminium, these materials are ideal if you’re short of storage space as they can be left out.
3. Maintaining Your Outdoor Furniture
Once you have achieved the look you want for your outdoor spaces, it’s easy to keep your garden furnishings looking great and in good condition through regular maintenance. Whether it’s treating wood, wiping down your furniture, or storing it away from the elements, it all helps to prolong the life of your outdoor pieces.
- Wood: Simply wiping your wooden outdoor furniture regularly with some hot soapy water should keep it looking great throughout the year. Applying some protective treatment on garden furniture made out of wood at least once yearly will also help to protect its appearance and prolong its life.
- Aluminium: Nowadays most aluminium outdoor furniture comes powder-coated to withstand the elements, but a regular clean will also help. Use a non-abrasive cloth to wash with soapy water or a low setting if you prefer to get the pressure washer out.
- Wicker: Wicker is another material that is designed to withstand the worst the weather has to offer and as such it generally requires minimal care. Simply washing wicker outdoor furniture whenever necessary and paying attention to any metal frames will keep your favourite pieces in good nick for a long time to come.
To conclude, it’s worth noting that choosing outdoor furniture that is particularly resistant to the weather does not mean foregoing any sense of style. While still following the guide above, it’s still possible to achieve a look that reflects your own style and tastes for a garden you’ll love spending more time in.