Things Are Heating Up, Time To Think Outdoors

Teak Outdoor Setting

As spring has now sprung, I thought it would be a good time to share some thoughts on choosing outdoor furniture. We have had a few warm days already and daylight savings will soon take effect in some states. As a result more and more people are starting to think about their outdoor area. One of the first things to think about when furnishing your outdoors is the style and look that you prefer. For example, do you like the wicker look or the timber look? When deciding this, consider the nature of the area it will go into. Is it an ultra-modern looking area? Is it resort like? Is it traditional? Or is it just your typical Aussie backyard? Try to visualise both timber and wicker in the space and make sure it’s a good fit.

Next measure up and figure out how much of the area you want to furnish and how much you want to keep open for traffic. Also consider how many people you would normally seat and how many you may seat when you have a larger function. Think BBQ with friends, a party or a Christmas day lunch. If you are limited on space you may consider extendable tables to meet the above needs.

Thirdly, I would suggest you think about the comfort of the furniture. With outdoor chairs and sofas its important that the seat is the right size so you can shuffle to the back whilst keeping your feet planted on the floor. Also the “rake” of the chair should have a suitable angle so you are not too upright and the natural curves of the body are looked after.

Lastly its important to think long term. How long with the furniture last? You don’t want to be in a position where you have to replace it after only a couple of seasons. Its tempting to opt for really cheap furniture to save money, but in the long run this approach often ends up costing more. Also think about maintenance, especially if the furniture is going to be out in the open and not under cover. If choosing a wicker product choose one that has a warranty against fading and splitting. If choosing timber outdoor furniture, choose a timber that looks good when it weathers. A grade teak weathers to a silver grey whilst other timbers weather to a muddy grey. Another handy tip for maintaining teak if you decide you are sick of the silver effect, you can use a high pressure hose to bring it back to its original colour.

Good luck and I wish you many hours of enjoyment outside this summer and into the future.

Mathew Woodbury

Managing Director

Woodbury House Furniture

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