Embracing outdoor living couldn't be made any easier with our beautiful collections of outdoor furniture that covers your every alfresco needs from entertaining right through to relaxing
Let the sunshine on your outdoor space with our collection of contemporary outdoor furniture. Here at interiors online we believe that Australians should be outside making the most of our blissful weather all year round and our vast range of outdoor furniture from sofas and dining tables through to sunbeds and swing chairs will have you doing just that and more.
Outdoor living is something that is so quintessentially Australian and it seems we are never scared to embrace new trends in this area. Pools have become a strong backyard must have and it seems we just can't get enough of poolside lounging. Wicker sunbeds and retro cane sun lounges are set to be an on-trend item this summer. Outdoor dining is more popular than ever with many landscape designers creating bespoke outdoor dining zones within backyard areas if there is one item that is sure to make a difference to your alfresco area it is an outdoor dining set complete with an umbrella for those long summer lunches. Soft furnishings are a hot ticket trend moving into summer. Innovations within the textile industry have enabled the production of many beautiful weatherproof fabrics meaning there is no excuse not to jazz up that outdoor lounge with a cushion or five!
Firstly it is important to clarify that there are two different types of wicker on the market; natural and synthetic. Synthetic resin based wicker is ideal for outdoor use and can withstand the elements for many years if cared for appropriately, manufacturers usually include specific care instructions on the bottom of synthetic wicker outdoor furniture to ensure your pieces last. Natural wicker is just that- a natural product and one that is really only intended for indoor use or temporary use in a covered outdoor area such as a verandah or balcony that is sheltered from the elements. For durability and longevity in outdoor furnishings, the only choice is synthetic wicker, keep those precious, irreplaceable natural wicker items in pride of place inside the home or arranged beautifully on your verandah.
Routine cleaning is the best way to care for and keep your outdoor furniture in good condition. You should aim to deep clean outdoor furniture around four times a year for best results. For wood products such as teak and wicker, it is best to use a mild oil based soap mixed with warm water and give your outdoor furniture a thorough wipe over and clean with a soft cloth and leave to dry in the sunshine. For wicker items, it is ideal to hose them down regularly to prevent dirt building up in the crevices again leave the future to dry in the sunshine. For hardwood furniture consider annually sanding and applying a fresh protective finish such as a stain or oil to ensure maximum longevity.
For metal outdoor furnishings oxidation is the most common problem. Before cleaning, remove as much of the imperfection as possible using a metal polishing paste or a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water. Aim to wash aluminium based furniture regularly to preserve its natural lustre. Always scrub rust off metal furniture before cleaning and remove any damaged paint. Repaint the surface of your metal outdoor furniture annually if needed using a metal outdoor primer followed by a rust resistant paint. You can also apply automotive wax to metal outdoor furniture to ensure its longevity in the elements. Outdoor furniture made of glass is most effectively cleaned with home cleaning products such as dish detergents or glass cleaner. Begin by removing any stuck on debris with a non-abrasive cloth or scrubbing brush, ensure you also clean the underside of the table to prevent irreversible grime. It is always best to cover your glass outdoor furniture when not in use. Plastic outdoor furniture is best cleaned with a mixture of dishwashing soap or automotive soap, warm water and a soft scrubbing brush. Ensure to wash the underneath of your plastic products to prevent dirt build up. Once hosed clean, restore the shine of your plastic outdoor furniture by applying a coat of automotive wax, this will also aid in preventing sun damage if you own coloured outdoor furniture.
Choosing the best material for outdoor furniture is a matter of research and education. It is vital to know how materials compare in terms of price, durability, and of course looks. Outdoor furniture is available in many different materials, each one having its own pros and cons.Things to Consider When Purchasing outdoor furniture and considering the material it is made from are: aesthetics, durability, weather Conditions and functionality. The top materials used worldwide and recommended for their durability, functionality and style are synthetic wicker, teak and cast aluminium.The majority of good quality, modern outdoor furniture is manufactured or crafted from these robust materials in response to the growing market for outdoor furniture that will withstand the elements and last for many years to come.