Don’t Make These Mistakes When Choosing Outdoor Furniture
So, you’ve got an outdoor space that you’re wanting to turn into a bit of an oasis? Well, to do that, you’re going to need some outdoor furniture – after all, we don’t want you sitting on the ground now, do we?
When it comes to finding the right outdoor furniture for your backyard, balcony, or porch, there are a few critical steps to follow that will make the process a whole lot easier.
To help you out, we’ve pulled together some information about what not to do when it comes to creating your backyard sanctuary.
Grab your notepad and avoid these common mistakes when designing your backyard patio.
Going in Blind
When it comes to interior (and exterior) design, the last thing you want to do is to start buying furniture and materials without really planning out what you are going to do.
That’s what we mean about going in blind. You don’t want to head out and buy paint, furniture, or any other outdoor accessories without understanding how you want the whole area to look.
So, the early stages should entail a lot of planning and research. This phase is also quite fun. You can use social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok and Pinterest to discover some great ideas, DIYs and find your inspiration.
You might discover you want to have your space have a particular theme or colour palette, and once you figure this out, it makes picking out furniture a lot easier.
If you’ve never shopped for outdoor furniture before, you may not realise just how many options and styles there are out there – trust us, it’s almost never-ending.
Just remember, you can have fun with your space, ultimately, it’s up to you, your style, and your preferences, so don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thing.
Not Being Thorough Enough
This step is definitely the next phase in the outdoor area design process. Once you have an idea of what you like the look of, the style and anything you want to include in your area, then you need to get down to some serious work and figure out how realistic your plans are.
The best way to get started here is by ensuring you understand the space you’re working with. So, get out your measuring tape, notepad, and start measuring.
We recommend drawing a rough sketch of your outdoor area from a bird’s eye perspective and writing the measurements along the walls and boundaries. This will make it easier to capture any of those awkward corners or shapes, and we find it immensely helpful in being able to visualise the potential new furniture we’re planning to include.
When measuring your space, ensure you capture any height restrictions such as walls, the balcony above, covers, and trees.
By having the dimensions readily available you can avoid buying furniture that won’t fit in your space.
Not Choosing Functional Pieces
Unless you’re lucky enough to live on a sprawling estate, chances are you’re working with pretty limited space for your outdoor area. And once you understand the dimensions and h
Going for Price Over Durability
ave a general idea of the theme and colours you like, it’s time to think about how you are actually going to use this space.
If you’re a bit of a home body and you just want somewhere to escape to after a long day at work, then you might only need a chair and little side table for your outdoor area, if you plan to work and do projects outside, you might need an area to work in and somewhere you can relax, and if you’re the kind of person who loves hosting people and having dinner parties, you might need a modular lounge set or an outdoor dining zone.
Think about what you’re going to use your space for and choose furniture that is versatile and adaptable, for example, if you like having dinner parties but you don’t want a huge table that is always going to take up a lot of space, you could opt for an extendable outdoor table Sydney. That way you can easily change the size to suit the number of people who will be dining.
Choose functional pieces where you can!
We know just how tempting a bargain is but when it comes to outdoor furniture, your priority should be durability and high-quality materials. Cheap furniture might only last a season or two, and then you’re out there shopping for some more.
Think about your climate and weather conditions and choose pieces that can withstand these. Solid timber, aluminium, stainless steel and HPL, are all great options for all sorts of weather conditions.
High quality materials are generally more expensive than outdoor furniture you find in a department store, however, you’re going to get far more use out of them, so invest in the best quality you can afford.
Rushing the Process
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is rushing the entire process. We know that it can be frustrating when projects, such as home decorating and design take a while, but if you get it right the first time, you can avoid headaches and having to redo elements in the future.
Take your time to research inspiration that you love, make sure you measure thoroughly, understand your requirements, and don’t just buy something because it’s cheap. It couldn’t be simpler.
If you follow these five steps, trust us, your outdoor area is going to be your favourite spot in your home.