If you’re adding furniture to your outdoor space, chances are you’re going to choose seating – but choose wisely. The range of outdoor furniture available is huge and many people make costly mistakes by selecting furniture they think will withstand outside conditions – but don’t. Firstly, outdoor furniture must be quality. This means that the materials used and the craftsmanship is of a very high standard, even the screws and bolts used must be non-corrosive and rust resistant. Secondly, the materials must be made for the outdoors. This means being able to endure harsh weather conditions such as rain, sun, wind, dirt and more. No one wants furniture that fades over time, cracks, develops mould or disintegrates.
When it comes to outdoor seating, there are many options available. There are benches, single chairs, dining chairs, sun lounges, couches, modular settings, swing seats and bar stools. With all these different options available for chairs and outdoor seating, it’s best to think about how you’re going to use your outdoor space to avoid buying furniture that you won’t use or won’t work with your existing space. Will it be for entertaining, watching the kids play or for a quiet spot for relaxation or to enjoy your garden? Comfort is a factor that shouldn’t be overlooked – cushions and comfy padding on chairs can make a huge difference, particularly if the chairs are going to be used for extended periods. Even some simple cushions or a cosy throw rug for the cooler months can really add impact and splashes of colour.
So now you know what seating you’re after, how do you choose your outdoor seating? The best materials for outdoor furniture are rust resistant aluminium and high quality timber, such as A grade Kwila. Timber furniture ages naturally over time when it’s placed outdoors but some simple maintenance such as applying timber oil or stain will help keep its original beauty intact. The rich, warm tones of timber furniture is hard to beat and is a reason why it remains so popular. Aluminium furniture is gaining popularity though, due to its clean lines and ease of use – it’s light, easy to clean and looks stunning in modern homes. Some chairs and seats even combine the two materials – timber slats with an aluminium frame looks amazing. Whichever style you choose, you can’t go wrong with high quality outdoor furniture. It will be a great asset to your outdoor living area and will be enjoyed for many years to come.