Whether soaking in the glorious sunshine, or watching the sky turn from brilliant blue to the pinky hue of dusk, there is something truly magical about taking a dining experience outdoors. Along with great food and company, the right choice of outdoor dining furniture is key to creating the perfect environment for dining alfresco this summer.
How do I ensure comfort for my guests?
Summer is all about long leisurely lunches and enjoying the company of friends and family well into the evening. As your guests spend more time mingling around your outdoor dining table it’s important to consider comfort. Test out dining chairs in store and look for features such as cushions, fabric seats and woven elements that will enhance the lounging aspect. A great example is the Jati & Kebon Fortuna Dining Chair which has both a woven back and a comfortable seat cushion. Squabs can be added to benches and an outdoor rug will provide that all-important touch of soft luxury underfoot.
You may also want to consider the type of host you are, as this will affect your choices for outdoor dining furniture. While an outdoor dining table is the mainstay for alfresco dining, an outdoor sofa paired with a coffee table is suited to more casual dining events, providing comfort and the perfect place to lounge over a glass of wine and a platter of delicious food.
How do I create a flexible outdoor dining space?
Flexibility is essential for outdoor entertaining and there is no better way to achieve this than with an extension dining table. For a seamless look, consider an extension table with a ‘leaf design’ as featured on the Harbour Pacific Extension Dining Table. The leaf component folds up from the middle and the slatted top cleverly hides the fact that it was ever another length.
A few spare chairs can come in handy with the arrival of unexpected guests. Look for stackable or foldable chairs, such as the Harbour Pacific Folding Dining Chair which are easily stored when not in use. Chairs that can be used both indoors and out are another great idea. The Vincent Sheppard Roxy dining chair does double duty and can be kept inside as part of the décor when not in use.
What materials are best for the outdoors?
Powder Coated Aluminum
Powder coated aluminum is the ideal material for the outdoors. It is low maintenance and has an excellent resistance to corrosion. Powder coated aluminum does not change in appearance in response to weather. It is also sturdy yet light weight; aluminum chairs can easily be moved around, allowing you to follow the sun as it sets on a beautiful summer’s day.
Teak is known for its strength and versatility and is the number one wood for outdoor furniture. It has great stability, an even grain, limited splintering, resistance to insects and does not cause stains from colour bleeding. It’s important to keep in mind that teak does not remain buttery yellow and will develop a highly-valued silver patina over time. It can be sanded back but will never retain its colour.
Ceramic Table Tops
Ceramic is made with non-organic materials that crystallize at a very high temperature, making it particularly hard and abrasion resistant. It is easy to maintain, UV resistant and weighted for windy areas. With options for marble-look and other modern neutrals, a ceramic table top brings another dimension to outdoor furniture.
Glass Table Tops
Glass is a contemporary and modern material that also exhibits great durability in the outdoors. Look for acid etched glass as it gives a matt non-glare finish and hides fingerprints.
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* New Season Outdoor Sale ends 17/11/19