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Decisions, decisions: outdoor lounge vs outdoor dining

Shopping for outdoor furniture is an exciting way to update your backyard, patio or deck, but it can easily become overwhelming with the vast options available. Let us help guide you in finding what's perfect for your space.

The first thing you need to consider is how you plan on utilising your space. Are you picturing an al fresco feast with all your favourite people? Are you dreaming about some me-time in the sun while lounging on your outdoor sofa? Consider a few key elements – positioning, colour scheme, size and finishes - to make sure that you get exactly what you want from your space.

Finding the perfect outdoor dining table and lounge set

If you’re fortunate enough to have enough space for both a dining and a lounging set, the most significant decision you’ll have to make is whether or not you want them to match. For example, you can match our teak outdoor lounges with a reclaimed teak outdoor dining table and chairs to create the ultimate rustic feel. The beautiful, rich timber lines will add depth to your outdoor furniture, and because teak has high oil content and is naturally water-repellent, you know our furniture will last for years.

The advantage of using one material for both your dining and lounging areas is that you get a seamless, unified look outdoors. Alternatively, you can mix and match materials for a bespoke look. Using different furniture selections also helps in designating areas for dining and lounging clearly.

Choose your favourite style from our wooden outdoor lounge collection and pair it with a sturdy aluminium dining table to infuse your outdoors with a contemporary vibe. You’ll still get the natural look of a teak table top, but the aluminium frame makes our dining tables easy to clean, ensuring they stay looking fresh for years to come. 

If you need more inspiration for your backyard oasis, start with the style of what's already in and around your home. Take special note of indoor or outdoor areas and how they interact. Make sure to explore elements like landscaping or materials used in your garden decor — these can help you decide on a unifying theme that ties everything together.

Outdoor lounge vs outdoor dining — what’s the difference? 

Whilst some homeowners are lucky to have enough space for both a dining and a lounging area; some houses can only fit one or the other. So how do you choose?

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The Juliet Outdoor Lounge Collection

Picking your outdoor lounge setting

When planning your lounge area, consider its positioning within your space. Make sure it takes advantage of pleasant views and optimal levels of sunlight or shade, according to your preference. If you have room for just one piece of furniture, take advantage of the spacious and comfortable cushions on our 3-seater outdoor lounges. They’re the perfect size for entertaining a small group of friends and for lazy afternoons when you just want to relax and curl up with a good book. 

Add one of our 2-seater outdoor lounges and a couple of lounge chairs, and you’ve easily recreated an indoor living room outdoors. Our outdoor lounge sets come in various styles and sizes that you can choose from — with teak, aluminium and wooden selections, we make it easy to go from contemporary and modern to rustic and boho. 

Consider as well the people who will be spending the most time in your outdoor lounges. For example, if you have elderly folks at home, you must ensure they can easily get in and out of the lounge chairs. They might appreciate our Wentworth Arm Chair with its thick arms and curved base. The finely sanded finish on the A-grade teak feels incredible to the touch and will age gracefully into a stunning silver-grey patina.

The biggest advantage of choosing an outdoor lounge area over a dining set is that you get something versatile. Your space can easily go from a cosy reading nook to an entertaining area for guests during intimate gatherings, and everyone is sure to be comfortable.

The right outdoor dining set for your needs

Make the most of your outdoor fun this summer with eye-catching furniture that sets a beautiful tone for family gatherings! Whether you're hosting BBQs, dinners or Sunday brunches — take some time to find outdoor dining tables and chairs that will create an unforgettable experience.

When it comes to selecting the right dining table size for your outdoor space, there are a few things you'll want to consider. Aim for at least one metre of clearance between furniture and walls or other furnishings, ensuring enough room when people pull out their chairs. And keep safety in mind — if the setup is near doorways, paths or barbecues, ensure plenty of space for people to walk around comfortably.

If you're pressed for space but still want to host a crowd, think about using outdoor bench seating. Not only will it keep your guests close and connected, but when the party's over, these narrow armless seats can slide away in no time, so you get plenty of extra space. It truly is an ideal option for any get-together.

Functionality and design are the main benefits when you choose the right outdoor dining setting. You get an outdoor space that can be an extension of your dining room during parties and an alternative dining option for quiet family dinners.

When you choose the perfect outdoor dining setting, you benefit from enhanced functionality, stylish design and a great way to extend the ambience of your indoor dining area outdoors. You can entertain friends in style and you can enjoy delightful evenings spent with family creating lasting memories around great food.

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Hawkesbury 15 Piece Outdoor Dining Setting in Teak

Woodbury Furniture — your trusted source for quality outdoor lounge and dining setting

Choosing between an outdoor lounge and an outdoor setting is easy with Woodbury Furniture. Whether you’re going for a place of relaxation or want something more functional (or both!), trust us to provide you with the quality furniture you need to create that perfect outdoor oasis.

Our outdoor furniture is built with care and designed to last — made from weather-resistant, durable materials like A-grade teak wood and solid aluminium frames. You’re sure to enjoy lounging and dining outdoors for years to come! 

Visit one of our Sydney showrooms in Caringbah or Castle Hill today. You can also give us a ring on 1300 887 289 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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