1. Invest in quality
Poor-quality outdoor furniture may look great in store, but as soon as it’s out in the elements it will quickly fade, rust and sink. That’s why it’s worth investing in high-quality furniture that you can enjoy for many years. Remember, quality isn’t just about how much the furniture costs or how good it looks, it’s also about the craftsmanship and quality of materials used in the design. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how a piece is crafted and pay attention to the finer details to ensure you’re getting what you pay for.
2. Choose your style
Before you start shopping, take the time to consider how and when you’ll use your outdoor furniture. Are you looking for a relaxing reading nook, or a formal dining suite? Do you prefer to sit upright in an armchair, or stretch out on a sofa? Asking these questions will help you narrow down the options and choose the right outdoor furniture for your needs. Don’t forget to measure the space you have available and take the dimensions with you when visiting showrooms, so you don’t get your heart set on something that doesn’t fit.
3. Make it last
Living in Sydney means your outdoor furniture will need to withstand salty coastal breezes, harsh summer heat and strong winter storms. Furniture designed for Australian conditions will not only look better and last longer, but will also be easier to clean. Wicker made from high-quality polyethylene is particularly well suited to the Sydney climate, as it’s breathable and resistant to UV damage. A frame of thick, powder-coated aluminium will also help you avoid rust and corrosion, which is essential for cold and wet conditions.
The fabrics you use on your outdoor furniture will also determine how long they last. Look for cushions made from high-density quick dry foam to avoid mould and mildew, with tough fabrics that are durable and water resistant. We use the Sunbrella range of upholstery fabrics in our collection, as they do not fade in direct sunlight or become misshapen when wet. Our generous warranty and focus on quality means you won’t need to worry about your furniture fading, rusting or sinking over time.
4. Stay neutral
Your outdoor furniture will last for many years, so it’s best to stick to a neutral colour palette and keep the bright splashes of colour for scatter cushions, pot plants and other outdoor accessories. Whether you choose warm shades like chocolate brown and beige, or cooler tones like charcoal and stone grey, sticking to the basics means you won’t have to replace your outdoor furniture when you update your interior design. It will also allow the suite to blend in with its surroundings, whether it’s a beautiful garden or relaxing pool area.
5. Get comfortable
You’ll be more likely to use your outdoor furniture on a regular basis if it’s clean and comfortable. Before purchasing a lounge or dining suite, try to visit the showroom and test the furniture out for yourself. Are the cushions firm? Is the dining table the right height? You may also like to take the family along to see what they think. The team will be able to answer any questions you may have and give you tips on caring for your outdoor furniture, to keep it looking brand new for many years to come.