An outdoor space can help expand your living area or it can be used as a place to relax and unwind after a tough day at work. The setup needn’t be elaborate; it could be just a couple of Adirondack chairs poolside but it gives you and your family a place outside to spend time together.
Outdoor Furniture Options
Australians love to be outside so they need to buy the type of furniture that will support their outdoor lifestyles. If you’re using your outdoor space to extend the living area, you may decide to add an outdoor kitchen to entertain friends and/or family. To create the outdoor kitchen and dining area, you will need a dining table, chairs, an outdoor prep table, and a grill.
Outdoor Lounge Furniture
Instead of an outdoor kitchen, you may want a lounge area on your patio or deck to enjoy while you are entertaining others or when you want to relax with a cocktail. Whether you decide on chaise lounge chairs or an outdoor sofa set, there are many furniture configurations from which to choose for an outdoor lounge area. By going to outdoor furniture stores, you can browse configuration and furniture options to find one that you like.
When looking for outdoor furniture, you will notice that it is made with several materials, including rattan, teak, cedar, aluminium,wrought iron, plastic, olefin, or textilene.
Teak, rattan, and wrought iron are among the more expensive choices but these materials make for beautiful classic-style furnishings. These materials are also durable, especially when well cared for. To prolong the life of any outdoor furniture, you should purchase furniture coverings to protect it against rain, snow, bird droppings, and sun exposure when it’s not in use.
Less-expensive options will be aluminium, cedar, plastic, olefin, and textilene. Some of these materials can be made to mimic the more expensive furniture. Rattan-style furniture can be duplicated with polyethylene because it is weatherproof and woven to look similar to wicker.
If you want to have good use of your outdoor space in the summer, you will need to add a shaded area. A quick way to have one is to purchase a table umbrella or a portable umbrella for a patio, deck, or poolside area that is fully exposed to the sun. Some of the fabrics used for umbrellas prevent the sun’s UV rays from penetrating the material to protect users’ skin as well as to provide a cooler shaded area.
Most outdoor furniture fabrics can be easily cleaned so if food or drinks are spilled on them, they can be spot-cleaned with a damp cloth. The coverings may unzip so that you can remove the inner cushion and wash the covers in the washer to keep them from staining. When you browse outdoor furniture options, ask about cleaning the coverings to find furniture that is easy to maintain.
Whether your outdoor space is for entertaining or relaxing by the pool, you should be able to find furniture styles and configurations to create your perfect space.