Spring Coming Soon, Time to Think Outdoors

With spring around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to share some thoughts on choosing outdoor furniture. Before long we will have some warm days. Daylight savings isn't far off too! As a result, more and more people are starting to think about their outdoor areas.

Decide on a Style

The first things to think about when furnishing your outdoor area is style. What works best in the space: wood, wicker, sling or perhaps aluminium? When deciding this consider the nature of the area. Is it modern, resort like, is it a classic backyard timber deck? Try to visualise the furniture styles and colours in your space. Perhaps try to find and an image of the product in a space like yours.

Measuring Up

Next task is to measure up and figure out how much area you want to furnish. Do you want to keep some space open or fill it all whilst considering traffic flow? Also consider how many people you would normally seat and how many you may seat when you have a larger function. Think BBQ's with friends, a party or a Christmas day lunch. If you are limited on space you may consider extending tables to meet the these needs.

Organise for Comfort

A next step might be to think about the comfort of the furniture. With outdoor chairs and sofas it's important that the seat is the right size and the “rake” of the chair should have a suitable angle according to how you enjoy sitting. Do you like being upright or a little laid back? Think about the natural curves of the body as well and how your lower back will be supported.

Thinking Long Term

Its important to think long term. How long will 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 cheaper furniture to save money, but in the long run this approach often ends up costing more.

How to Maintain

What about maintenance, especially if the furniture is going to be out in the open and not under cover? Teak furniture, if undercover and away from direct sun, shouldn't weather to silvery-grey. If choosing timber outdoor furniture, choose a timber that looks good weathered or un-weathered. A-grade teak weathers to a silver grey whilst other timbers weather to a muddy grey.

Looking After Teak

Another handy tip for maintaining teak, if you decide you don't like the silver look, is that you can use a high pressure hose to bring the wood back to its original colour. If choosing a wicker product choose one that has a warranty against fading and splitting.

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

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