1. Outdoor lifestyle
Start by identifying how the outdoor area is mostly used. People who like to relax outside with a book will prefer options like deep seaters and loungers like the Motu or Azure (pictured). Add coffee tables like Duke, cushions or sofa tables like Kobo to make the space even more comfortable. While people who prefer to use their outdoor space for outdoor dining and entertaining will prefer dining settings such as the Allure or Kay tables teamed with chairs like the Salma Sail SS Stacking Chair.
2. Personal style
Outdoor furniture is generally a feature of the outdoor area, so it should be something that is going to look great all year round. Researching different styling options to match the rest of the house will complement already existing themes, rather than contrast. If classic styling is used throughout the house and outdoor area, opt for heavier-set pieces with more intricate detailing. If there is more of a modern theme apparent, experiment with different shapes and materials. Cushions and colours are a great way to jazz things up! Try the Mendez or Salma Sail for a splash of colour. Alternatively you may want to add a signature piece to the setting – such as a Matz Rocking chair. Country stylers will love the Kingston Chair while modern designers will appreciate the sleek Salma Lumierre Collection.
When working with a smaller space, it’s worth choosing a design that can extend and collapse. Most people use their outdoor furniture when entertaining guests for lunches and dinners. By selecting chairs and tables with flexible options means furniture can be stowed away to save room when not in use or reduced in size when a larger table for guests is no longer required.
It’s best to measure the area before purchasing furniture, to ensure everything will fit comfortably. Wintons Teak has a range of pieces that incorporate storage, and many pieces can be stacked together or compacted to save space. Chairs like Plato or tables like Berkeley Extension can cleverly fold – and are ideal for smaller spaces. In fact, be sure to check with your outdoor furniture company as stacking outdoor chairs can be a rare find. Most outdoor brands offer one table size – so look out for this when purchasing outdoor furniture. Wintons Teak offers multiple sizes in tables to cater to varying spaces.
Choose furniture that’s going to stand the test of time. While an outdoor setting might appear to be perfect for a desired outdoor space, it’s important to ask what sort of grade the material is. While an outdoor setting may look good and fall well within a budget, will it last longer than one summer? Be sure to ask about a warranty policy. Wintons Teak warranties range from 3-5 years depending on the materials used.
Constant maintenance is going to become annoying for someone who leads a busy lifestyle. It’s important to find out exactly what maintenance specific materials require before purchasing an outdoor furniture setting. Wintons Teak’s A-grade teak requires absolutely no maintenance at all, which means it can be left outside all day long without having to be moved during unpredictable weather conditions. Alternatively premium wicker can also be a great low maintenance option.