Whether it’s your mission to chill-out or entertain the troops, to absolutely enjoy your slice of the great outdoors you’re going to need the right furniture. But with stacks (and stacks!) of styles available on the market, how do you pick the perfect perch? Here’s how:
Do you daydream of transforming your backyard into the ultimate place to switch off from the world? Then you’re going to need lounge furniture – stat! For maximum comfort, your go-to options are traditional or modular lounge shapes, daybeds or sun lounges. Designed with your comfort in mind, these pieces are typically made from timber, UV-rated polyethylene wicker, lightweight aluminium or resin. So go on, choose the style that suits your space! Some pieces will even include padded cushions stitched up in outdoor-resistant fabrics. Our tip? Store these cushions under cover when not in use to keep them in good nick. Psst... If you only have a small patch to play with, string up a hammock or swing chair. Bliss!
Lazy weekend lunches in your backyard, dinner parties under the stars, or casual mid-week meals by the barbecue – if this sounds like your nirvana, then you need to add dining furniture to your shopping list. Choose the most durable setting to withstand the conditions at your place, considering how the style will fit in with the overall look of your home. Also add a sunshade to your list – large umbrellas or roll-out blinds are both fabulous options. As with any furniture investment, give it a little TLC and it’ll be longer-lasting and better-looking for years to come. Trend alert: add bright pops of colour to your outdoor world and a mix ‘n’ match of furniture styles in timber, metal and fibre cement for a no-fuss contemporary look.
If you’re guilty of inviting the neighbours, relatives, soccer club, bowls team and Joe Blow from down at the shops around to your place for a few drinks and a barbecued snag at every chance you get – you’re a born entertainer! To keep your crew comfy, you need a mix of furniture items. Think beer garden style: a high table with stools, a dining table (with a few extra chairs in the shed), a sofa with side tables nearby and brollies to keep the sun at bay. Arrange them so that guests can spill from zone to zone – it’s all about that party vibe! Our tip? Go for lightweight aluminium or poly wicker finishes so setting up and packing down is a total breeze!