Probably, the most important, and one of the most expensive decisions, you’ll make for your outdoor area, is choosing your outdoor furniture. With a small outdoorspace there are a few things you need to think carefully about:
How will you use the space for most of the time?
Be realistic : the idea of frequent weekend alfresco entertaining may sound fantastic, but how often are you really going to do that? Are you more likely to lounge outside reading a book? Or vice versa? Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is an either/or decision, but you really want to avoid overcrowding a small space. So, if you are more likely to be relaxing than serving three course Sunday lunches, rather allow a little more space for a really comfy lounge chair and buy folding dining table and chairs.
Once you've decided on the purpose there are a few things to think about when selecting the furniture. These will maximise the space:
1. The Silhouette of the furniture
With a small space, you need to avoid ‘bulk’ at all costs and look for slim, simple lines. So go for:
2. Materials that ‘open up’ your space, think
3. Portability of the furniture
Finally, if the area you’re looking to furnish, is your only outdoor space, as it often is for those of us with balconies, you’ll want to think about how you can clear some space when needed. Lets face it, sometimes we need to use the space for some practical activities (drying laundry, or doing some DIY /repairs) and its great to be able to clear a bit of space temporarily to do this. So, if that sounds like your situation look for :
Okay, time to go shopping? Not quite. There’ s one more thing to think about: the materials that your furniture is made from. I’ll deal with that in my next post , and yes, then you’ll be well prepared to go shopping!