Outdoor Living Buying Guide
Purchasing Outdoor Living Products
Consider the following when shopping for a barbecue, outdoor table, lounge, chair set or sun lounger:
- Shop for outdoor furniture that suits the specifics of your space. For example, lightweight aluminium furniture is great for those with a smaller garden because it is lighter can be moved easily.
- Before making a purchase, consider how much use you expect to get from a particular piece of outdoor furniture. If you only intend it for occasional use, consider furniture that is made from very low maintenance materials.
- Choose a BBQ that is aligned with how often you intend to use it. Frequent barbecuers, for example, are likely to enjoy the convenience and fast heat up times of a gas BBQ.
Outdoor Living Products
Outdoor lounges help you enjoy the creature comforts of your living room in your garden. Durable, comfortable and easy-to-maintain, an outdoor lounge or day bed is essential outdoor furniture.
- Shop for lounges large enough to comfortably seat everyone in your household. If you love to entertain, consider an additional lounge or occasional seating.
- For the ultimate in relaxation, consider lounges that can recline to form a day bed so you can take a nap in the sun before entertaining guests using the same piece of furniture.
- Pay attention to the amount and type of cushioning that is included with any outdoor lounge. If you love to sit outdoors, look for an option with thick padding and support in the right places.
Dining al fresco is one of life’s great pleasures and Australia is one of the best places to do it. Consider the following when shopping for outdoor tables and chairs so you can maximise your enjoyment:
- If you have a good-sized garden or are creating an outdoor room, opt for a large dining setting so you are always ready to entertain.
- Make sure you have enough seats for everyone in your family – and for unexpected visitors. Dining settings that include benches instead of chairs, for example, increase your options.
- Shop for dining setting with enough space for everyone in your household. Remember that each diner needs around 55cm at a rectangular table and 75cm at a circular one.
Recliners & Occasional Chairs
A sun lounger or comfortable chair could be everything you need to spend a blissful morning or afternoon in the sun. Consider the following when deciding what works for you:
- Choose a chair or lounger that matches how much time you intend to spend in it. For example, suspended chairs may be costlier than regular chairs but they offer greater comfort.
- When shopping for a sun lounger, consider a model that features a reclining function so you can adjust your seating position for greater comfort.
- If you want to be able to chase the sun around your garden as it moves position, opt for a lightweight chair or lounger and make life easy on yourself.
BBQs & Grills
No outdoor set up would be complete without a BBQ and yours should be no different. Bear the following in mind when shopping for a gas, electric or charcoal BBQ or grill:
- If you like to BBQ regularly, consider a gas or electric BBQ as they offer fast heat up times and are quick and easy-to-set up. They also offer greater control over the heat settings.
- However, if flavour is everything, then you might wish to consider a charcoal BBQ as only a charcoal grill can create that authentic, unmistakable smoky flavour.
- Shop for a BBQ according to how many mouths you need to feed. For example, a 2 burner gas BBQ or medium-sized charcoal BBQ should allow you to cook enough for a family of 6.
Outdoor Living Considerations
Outdoor furniture is available in a range of materials. Your choice should be dictated by how much time you can dedicate to maintenance and what you plan to do with it during the winter months.
- Hardwoods such as teak are rich in natural oils which prevents water from getting into wood. Softer wood such as pine or cedar are less resistant and should not be left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
- Rattan or wicker-effect furniture is both durable and stylish. It’s usually wrapped around an aluminium frame, which means this furniture is lightweight and resistant to rust.
- Metal furniture requires next-to-no maintenance and brings a modern look to your garden. Steel furniture is durable and sturdy; aluminium furniture is easier to move about.
Outdoor furniture is designed to be resilient and to cope with practically any environmental extremity. However, there are still some steps that you can take to ensure your furniture lasts as long as you need it to.
- When not in use, consider storing your furniture indoors or covering it with an outdoor furniture cover. This will extend its lifespan and make it easier to clean.
- Avoid covering metal furniture with a plastic tablecloth as this can trap water and humidity and increase the chances of oxidisation.
- If you wish to preserve the silver patina of your wooden outdoor furniture, consider applying 2 coats of an appropriate oil. Eucalyptus furniture, for example, works best with clear hardwood oil.
Outdoor Living Accessories
Get comfortable under the sun with outdoor cushions that are designed to cope with the demands of the Australian climate. Choose from a range of colours and styles and find the set that’s right for you.
Cook up a storm in whatever way you see fit with a set of BBQ accessories. Get the tools you need for cleaning and creating and make sure the food you serve is cooked to perfection.
Get some respite from the sun and protect your furniture against the punishing effects of UV light with a parasol or umbrella. Choose from a range of styles and sizes and find the one that meets your need.