Outdoor furniture is designed specifically to withstand outdoor temperatures and related environmental conditions which is why moving indoor furniture outdoors, is not a good idea. For example, outdoor furniture here in Australia should be able to withstand the heat as well as torrential rain showers. For these reasons, choosing outdoor furniture can be more challenging than it is for indoor furniture.
No worries, we’ve put together 5 tips to help you choose the right furniture for your outdoor space.
1. Understand the space available
Consider the amount of space available and more importantly, its shape. The area and shape are what will determine your choice of furniture. Whether it’s a restaurant, pub, cafe, or hotel you need to determine first of all whether you want to utilise the entire space or leave some space for moving around. For instance, a restaurant may want to cordon off an area to use as a play area for kids. A pub may decide to use sofas and armchairs for a relaxing outdoor area.
2. Decide on the pieces
As well as the space looking inviting and attractive, there needs to be room to move around comfortably. Keep in mind the tone of your venue when choosing your pieces. Bar tables and barstools can be mixed with lounge sofas, or a beer garden may want picnic-table seating so that people can sit and talk over the table.
3. Check the materials
Outdoor furniture should be made from fade-resistant quick drying materials to withstand temperature and moisture. They also need to be easy to clean and durable. If your space is sheltered you could consider steel. Typically, however, you’re best looking at materials such as synthetic rattan, aluminium, and polypropylene that is UV protected
4. Stick to your style
Any commercial space will become appealing when all the design elements are in sync. Restaurants only look complete when their theme and tone are matched in every way which includes the interiors, furniture, menu style etc. Your outdoor dining area should also reflect the theme of your venue. Sure, you can add in one or two pieces that are a different colour or style but be sure it syncs with your overall theme to stand out and break up the monotony.
Greenery never goes out of fashion and it’s a great way to liven up an outdoor seating space. Planters and hanging baskets brimming with flowers add a colourful touch and you may want to consider using artificial grass to cut down on maintenance. Outdoor heaters are practical for evenings when the temperature drops and fairly lights and hanging decorations will add a touch of magic.
Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane, we stock a wide range of outdoor furniture to suit all tastes and budgets. Why now browse our online store or visit our showroom to try it out for yourself.