The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Durable Outdoor Furniture

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Durable Outdoor Furniture

Posted by Luxo Living on 1/2/2024

Have you got a fabulous new outdoor area ready for your personal touch? Could your current space do with a fresh take? Are you ready to have somewhere stylish and comfortable where you can breathe in the fresh air, relax, or have fun with friends and family? We can help you!

Outdoor furniture can be invaluable. Not only does it encourage you to get outside and enjoy nature, but it can also provide comfort and privacy and improve the aesthetic of your home. It’s important to select the right outdoor furniture, though. The last thing you want is to create the ultimate dwelling only for it to disintegrate after a touch of bad weather!

What factors do you need to take on board when picking outdoor furniture? Does durability and practicality come at the price of style and comfort? Our friendly team is passionate about helping you design the best outdoor space for you with our great range of outdoor furniture, so please come have a chat with us!

When it comes to choosing outdoor furniture, there are many options out there. How do you know which to choose? Find out how to make your outdoor space work for you with our ultimate guide to choosing durable outdoor furniture.

Why Choose Outdoor Furniture?

Creating an outdoor area with specialised furniture can be a fun process, trust us! There may be many factors to consider and a lot of options out there, but ultimately, choosing outdoor pieces can display your personality and open your home to fun, relaxation, and socialising! What could be better?

Outdoor furniture refers to the specific type of furniture that is created for external areas such as gardens, verandas, terraces, and patios. It is made using certain materials and designed to last, despite exposure to the elements such as rain and harsh sun.

There is a lot of choice when it comes to what type of pieces you may like to use outside. From functional dining setups to comfortable lounges and swing chairs to storage chests, lighting, fire pits, and outdoor rugs, Luxo Living has all bases covered so you can get what you want out of your outdoor area.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Outdoor Furniture

There are several points to think about when you are deciding what outdoor furniture to buy. Considering these before diving in and choosing something will help you avoid bringing home furniture that does not meet your expectations or preferences.

What are your goals for your outdoor space? This is the best question to start with when choosing outdoor furniture. It is a multilayered question, though, so we will break it down!

Weather Elements Your Outdoor Furniture Will Face

This is a big one when it comes to outdoor furniture. For the most part, it is why we don’t just put indoor furniture outside! It makes a significant difference to what materials and designs are used, so you need to understand what your outdoor furniture is likely to deal with.

This may include factors such as severe temperatures, strong winds, and regular storms. Certain materials might just not hold up in your region, so think ahead and choose furniture with suitable designs.

The Purpose of Your Outdoor Area

Are you planning to host regular weekend parties with lots of people? Or are you looking for a space where you and your partner can sit and read the newspaper in the morning sun? Will you be cooking in your outdoor area?

It’s important to consider your intentions for the are, as these can significantly impact the longevity of your furniture. Factors such as if the furniture will be subjected to BBQ smoke and heat, spilled drinks, and lots of bodies and movement can make a big difference.

Deciding whether the area needs to be child or pet-friendly can also go a long way towards getting the most out of your furniture’s durability!

The Layout of Your Outdoor Area

The layout of outdoor areas can be a bit tricky and complex. They may incorporate variable factors such as house corners, pool edges, garden beds, fence lines, and play areas. In some cases, outdoor areas may not be as straightforward to furnish as a loungeroom or a kitchen.

When selecting outdoor furniture, consider how the layout may affect the furniture’s longevity, placement, size, function, and aesthetics. Take on board factors that may influence what you can choose before you try and squeeze it in.

If you have an odd shape to work with, for example, we suggest avoiding overcrowding. Choose pieces that provide the comfort and functional features you require and maximise the space with these, rather than creating an area that is difficult to navigate, cluttered, or impractical. This may not only make the area not as inviting but could result in damage to the furniture.

As with furnishing any area, inside or out, considering the amount of space you have to work with is crucial. It is often beneficial to take measurements of the area before you start selecting furniture. If you require guidance regarding what, how, or where to measure, please reach out to our team as they are always happy to help.

Outdoor Furniture Design

At Luxo Living, we have a fantastic range of outdoor furniture that covers a diverse and broad array of requirements and preferences. You can find pieces you love to complement the external aesthetics of your home, whether it’s traditional, modern, rural, or metropolitan, and that express your personality and style. Furthermore, our furniture ticks the boxes you need for longevity, durability, comfort, practicality, and functionality.

The pivotal feature that makes outdoor furniture stand out against its indoor counterpart is the material it is constructed from. We use a vast array of materials to create the most suitable furniture for your space.

Some options we offer include:

  • Wicker.
  • Powder-coated aluminium.
  • Concrete.
  • Timber.
  • Powder-coated steel.
  • Polyester.
  • Spuncrylic fabric.
  • Tempered glass.

There really is something for you!

Once you have identified the factors your furniture is most like to deal with, such as sun or hail, we can help you choose which materials will work best. For instance, wicker is waterproof and fadeproof, so it can be great for an area where it rains a lot or is next to a pool.

Powder-coated aluminium can withstand rust and is easy to clean, so could be perfect as part of your party dining set-up. Fabrics should be mould and fade-resistant and easy to clean, so products made from our spuncrylic fabric, for example, are excellent for outdoor rugs and comfortable lounges.

Our range also includes quality construction that can withstand what the outdoors may throw at it. With durable hardware, strong frames, sturdy joints, and high-quality design, your pieces know how to keep on going!

Prolong The Life of Your Outdoor Furniture

When selecting your outdoor furniture, bear in mind the maintenance it will require. Looking after your pieces will extend their longevity. At the same time, you don’t want to spend all your time cleaning and no time enjoying your outdoor area!

Materials that are powder-coated are often less likely to fade or rust, so maintaining a table and chairs made from powder-coated aluminium may be easier to do in some areas than a steel or timber set-up. Power-coated metals are also less prone to chipping and damage, so may be more suitable in a high-traffic area than a table with a paint finish.

Cushions may be designed to be wiped down, while others have removable covers that you can wash. Some tables and chairs can be folded and stored during strong weather, while others are built to withstand certain elements. Some furniture needs an oil-based soap to prevent fibre damage while others just need water.

Considering features like these means you can pick something that suits your preferences, requirements, and abilities.

Luxo Living Brings Longevity to Your Outdoor Area

Having an outdoor area can be so special. It can be a place to retreat to for a quiet break between online work meetings or a spot to have fun with friends. You can eat meals there, fall asleep while reading a good book, get some vitamin D, watch the kids in the pool, or chat with the neighbours. The options are endless.

Luxo Living can help you create an outdoor area that suits you perfectly. Please visit us or explore our website to see our range, and chat with our friendly team for any advice or guidance you require.


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