If you have enough space for an outdoor area, an outdoor lounge is a great idea. This will increase your existing living space and it can be used for a number of occasions and activities. One of the main elements you will have in your lounge is furniture and in this article, we are highlighting some tips for choosing the right furniture.
First of all, you have to think about how much available space you have for the lounge as this will give you an idea of the size of furniture and the number of items you can have in the space. You have to measure the outdoor space and keep in mind that you need to keep circulation space to walk around the furniture. For example, when you choose outdoor dining furniture, you need to keep sufficient space for people to go around the table even when the chairs are occupied. Think about how many people you can host in that space and whether you can have both a dining space and a lounging area. Comfort should be prioritised when it comes to an outdoor space as this will make you stay in the area a little bit longer. And when you have a comfortable sofa outside, it can be an invitation for you to step outside and enjoy the garden and the surroundings. When selecting furniture, look for features like comfortable armrests, deep seating and comfortable cushions that will make your experience better.
You cannot put any type of furniture outdoors as they need to be able to withstand the elements and other issues that can come from being outside. So it is important to choose durable materials that can last a long time without having to do much in the way of maintenance. Some of the materials that can weather different climatic conditions are steel, aluminium and teak. You have to consider how the materials will fare when exposed to rain, wind and sun. Your preferences along with the existing style or design theme of the home matter a great deal when choosing lounge furniture. Think about what will complement the furniture and the interior/exterior design you already have. This is what will create a cohesive design.
If you have a modern style of home, you can select lounge furniture that will match that style. For example, then the lounge furniture will be sleek and have minimal colour with only touches of brightness or accents. But even with a minimal style, you can give an impression of cosiness as long as you have plush cushions and throws. The lighting also matters in creating a cosy atmosphere. You need to think about the accessories that will go with the furniture and improve the functionality and aesthetics of the space. In addition to throws and cushions, you can also have outdoor rugs, lamps, potted plants and a fire pit to create a unique space. You also need to think about how to deal with storage of lounge furniture in winter months or rainy seasons as reduced exposure can extend their lifetime.