IDEAS & ADVICE
Investing in quality outdoor furniture will help expand your functional living space, while giving you and your family a better connection to your natural surroundings – and somewhere to enjoy some fun in the sun!
The easiest way to expand your living space is by creating a functional and livable outdoor room, stand that starts with the sofa. You should give as much care to your patio furniture as you would your indoor couch to ensure your family can make the most of your outdoor space. If you invest in the right outdoor lounge set and care for it correctly, it can last just as long as your other big-ticket purchases. Consider the natural elements, your needs and style when choosing your new outdoor sofa.
When purchasing outdoor furniture, it’s important to consider durability of the materials of your furniture - opt for natural materials such as teak, eucalyptus and acacia wood, which will get more beautiful with age and require only minimal maintenance. For even easier care, polywicker is resistant to UV rays and water damage, with the look of natural woven wicker furniture. Choose aluminium or even concrete for more industrial, minimalist spaces - aluminium won’t rust or warp, while concrete will remain strong and take on a beautiful patina over time.
When it comes to upholstery, outdoor specific fabrics are a must - they’ll resist mould and water damage, and won’t fade like regular fabrics. Polyester is the best option here - opt for removable cushions to make cleaning easy.
Looks & brains
Consider what you want out of your space – will you be entertaining guests or lounging with a book? Measure your available space, taking into account access points, traffic flow, obstacles and any other uses the space might fulfil. Next, pick your style - a cosy two-seater with matching armchairs will create an intimate space, while an L-shaped chaise is ideal for sunny afternoon naps. Perhaps an all-inclusive modular system and matching coffee table will be the right fit for family time or parties?
Finally, choose the look you love. An effective way to visually link your outdoor space with the inside is by choosing colours, textures or materials to continue throughout both spaces. Solid timber with armrests and removable cushions is a classic look, while a sleek metal frame with overstuffed cushions and a low-slung silhouette creates a minimalist vibe. In smaller spaces, a built-in side table or armless design will provide the comfort and convenience you need without blocking walkways or obstructing views. In really tight spots, such as apartment balconies, a pair of armchairs is a handy solution.
Looking after your sofa
Keep your sofa free of leaf litter and dirt, and ensure you regularly treat your timber with oil to keep it looking its best. Regularly wash cushion covers and rotate them to ensure even wear. If you have the space, taking your sofa or just the cushions undercover during the harshest conditions will enhance its lifespan, while plastic covers are a good idea on furniture that is only occasionally used.
Freedom’s outdoor timber furniture kit will keep timber pieces looking beautiful, while freedom’s two-year outdoor furniture warranty will provide peace of mind.