Choosing Garden And Patio FurniturePosted by David Tan on
One of the best ways to boost your overall health is by being around nature and fresh air. And outdoor living spaces offer the perfect environment to unwind and be exposed to nature’s beauty. If you live in a home with an outdoor area, and you have no idea what to do to the space, simply adding a few furnishings can help transform it into a functional, safe haven.
However, choosing outdoor furniture can be challenging if you don’t know what you should be looking for. There are many other factors that you need to consider besides aesthetics. In this article, we talk about shopping for outdoor furniture and share some tips on how to choose the perfect one for your home.
1. Durable Materials That Can Be Used Outdoors
Thinking about furnishing your outdoor space? Whether it is a garden, a patio, or just a small balcony, it is important to only purchase furniture pieces that can withstand weather elements. Here are some materials to consider:
- Wood: Wood has a naturally beautiful appearance and a sturdy framework suitable for outdoor spaces. However, not all woods can stand up well to the elements. Hardwoods are much better at resisting weather damage as compared to softwoods. But due to their porous nature, wooden garden furniture will have to be coated and refinished every once in a while to remain resistant.
- Aluminium: Aluminium is the most popular metal used for outdoor furniture due to its lightweightness, strength, durability, and easy workability. It’s very weather-resistant, and can at least last 15 to 20 years even in outdoor conditions.
- Resin or Plastic: Synthetic materials such as resin and plastic are lightweight and can be moulded into any design style. They are resistant to fade, easy to clean, and can also withstand weather elements fairly well.
- Rattan: Rattan garden furniture is resistant to UV light, it is also relatively easy to clean and maintain, weatherproof, and durable.
When choosing a material, think about how much of your outdoor space is exposed to direct sunlight and how this changes throughout the day. This would affect what kind of materials you choose as some can hold up in direct sunlight while others may easily sustain sun damage.
2. Purpose of Space
Next, you'll need to think about the space you have and determine what you’d like to do in that space. For example, an additional dining spot, or a relaxing lounge area? Knowing what you want out of the space will help you decide what furniture you’ll need. If you’d like to turn it into a dining space, you will need dining tables and chairs. But if you want it to be a cosy corner for you to unwind in, you will need a sofa or an outdoor lounge chair.
3. Amount of Space
Lastly, assess the space that you’re planning to furnish—do you have enough space to fit the pieces of furniture you need? If yes, go ahead and fill your space. Otherwise, think about possible alternatives. For example, instead of getting an outdoor sofa, consider an outdoor lounge chair. It is smaller, yet comfortable enough for lounging. Measuring your outdoor space before going shopping also helps you streamline the process so that you don’t have to make the trip twice.
To put together your outdoor space, accessorise your furniture with cushions, rugs, and plants, or play around with colours to add visual appeal to the space.
Learn More: How to Dress Up Your Outdoor Space
Are you moving into a home with a gorgeous outdoor space soon? Whether it is a large backyard or a small balcony, adding a few pieces of furniture can do wonders for its appearance. Konopi specialises in distributing a collection of stylish outdoor furniture built to last in Singapore’s climate. Shop the range here today.