Picking the right wicker outdoor setting brings comfort, function and if done right creates a stunning space to enjoy casual dining, relaxing and entertaining. It’s worth getting it right considering the benefits.
Here are some tips for picking the right wicker outdoor setting for your space
1. Wicker offers Easy care
Choose a setting that wont rust and won’t require regular maintenance. If you’re after a timber setting, teak is the preferred choice. Aluminium frame outdoor settings are perfect as they don’t rust, make sure the frame is powder coated for ultimate protection from the outdoor elements
Wicker is a perfect option as it’s very durable, sturdy, looks great and has a timeless appeal
For cushions, choose fabrics that wont fade and dry quickly and cushion inserts that are anti bacterial-you won’t want to run outside every time it rains to put cushions away
2. Comfortable and durable cushions
You get what you pay for, usually very low priced outdoor furniture have very thin cushions that can turn flat as a crepe before you know it. It’s worth getting the right cushions that are much thicker and will hold up over time.
Will you be going for a fresh contemporary look or rustic aged look? Outdoor spaces are an extension of the inside so match up the theme inside the house to the outside. There is a wide range of fashionable colours and trends for wicker outdoor settings. Choose cushions with removable covers and a range of colours so you can change the look when you like.
4. Dual Purpose Outdoor Wicker Settings
Consider modular outdoor wicker settings, they have the advantage of multiple configurations so you can instantly change configuration and purpose. My Wicker 7 Ways lounge setting can be a U Shape setting, L Shape, stand alone 2 and 3 seaters or a massive daybed. Some settings can be a lounge and dining setting in 1, perfect for a smaller space where you want lounging and dining
5. Plants add Colour and Life
We’ve all come across bare balconies when driving through our cities, often reminding us of the barren one at our own apartment and then suddenly we spot that one with the lush green walls, planters and hanging baskets and almost instantly feel uplifted.
If your balcony faces the brunt of the sun for the majority of the day then you’re only option is to go with full sun loving plants like Agaves, succulents, Australian natives and bromeliads.
If the opposite applies then shade loving plants like ferns, golden palms and peace lily are the way to go.
Visiting your local nursery or places like flowerpower will give you plenty of ideas
With a boring , dated and narrow outdoor furniture balcony area, the challenge was to give it a fresh look, make it look bigger and take advantage of the space for a inviting and relaxing outdoor dining and entertaining area
So here we have the before space
The space is a narrow 2.2m by 6m
So for outdoor furniture before, only had a small dining setting, doesn’t look very inviting by anyone’s standards. The outdoor balcony space featured just had an internal renovation, the open plan lounge and dining area had bifold doors installed to marry up the inside lounge area to the outdoor balcony. This creates the opportunity to create a seemless indoor and outdoor lounge and entertaining oasis. This simple and quick transformation involves sanding back the timber floorboards, staining the floorboards and top handrail, paint the rail posts, add in a outdoor wicker lounge setting and small bbq.
It’s a quick, relatively easy and low cost transformation that creates a stunning visual effect and enjoyable outdoor space well worth the effort.
The first job was having the wooden floorboards sanded back, that was done through a contractor on gumtree. Next was stain the timber floorboards, this was done with natural stain to accentuate the earthy timber tones, the natural stain oil this was bought at Mitre10
Next step was Outdoor Furniture, the best setting for the space was the Gartemoebe L Shape Modular Outdoor Wicker lounge setting . As it’s modular , it can take advantage of the length of the balcony and at the same time, easily fit in with the narrow 2.2m simply by having the right number of pieces lengthwise and the narrow side
Quality weather covers for outdoor furniture are an essential part of maintaining your patio furniture. After all, for most Australians, our outdoor entertainment areas are an extension of our homes and many of us spend as much, if not more time on the patio than indoors.
Weather covers for patio furniture help to keep your outdoor furniture looking as good as new by protecting it from the elements, as well as from pets, pests, dust and bird droppings.
What are weather covers for outdoor furniture?
Essentially weather covers are waterproof coverings made from high-quality nylon that you can hose down to keep clean and are available in assorted sizes to fit all kinds of outdoor furniture. My Wicker weather covers for patio furniture have a drawstring to keep them in place during windy or stormy weather, cost between $80 to $145 and are available in black.
Five Reasons to invest in weather covers for your outdoor furniture
Protection from UV damage: In Australia, the sun can be really fierce, not only fading your outdoor settings but causing them to rot and perish over time. Anything left outdoors for too long in the harsh sun will be damaged, so it’s essential that you cover all of your furniture that is not already undercover with a quality weather cover.
Protection form bird and bat droppings: How often have you gone to an outdoor café and found bird droppings on the chairs and tables? The same thing can happen at home, even if your furniture is undercover. Birds can whizz through your patio, leaving their little messages all over your furniture and if you have bats in the area – the problem is even worse! Weather covers for outdoor furniture will completely cover all your outdoor furniture keeping them free from bird and bat droppings.
Protection from pets: Aussies love their pets, but dog and cat fur all over the seating and cushions of your outdoor furniture can be a real pain. Pets can also leave dirty marks behind on the cushions, which can be embarrassing when friends visit and you want to sit outside. Weather covers for your patio furniture won’t prevent your pets from sitting on the furniture, but they will stop any damage, fur or dirt getting on your furnishings.
Protection from dust: Within a few days of leaving furniture outdoors you can easily notice a collection of dust over everything. This can be sand, dirt or air pollution, depending on where you live, but whatever the cause, it means you have to constantly dust or even wash your outdoor furniture to remove this ‘dust’. With weather covers for outdoor furniture, all you have to do is to hose down the covers every now and again to keep them clean, because your furniture is nicely protected underneath the covers.
Protection from rain: Whilst outdoor furniture settings and cushions contain inhibitors to prevent mould and mildew, going the extra mile and using outdoor weather covers for your patio furniture, is a sensible option. If left uncovered, rain can collect on the seats of the furniture, making it very unpleasant when you sit down! Collections of rainwater left un-noticed can also encourage mossies to breed – something we all could do without.
You can purchase your weather coverings at the same time as you purchase your outdoor patio settings or at another time. If you are buying your coverings at a later date – it’s best to contact us to ensure that they will fit your furniture properly.
Are you considering a backyard makeover? If your sunroom or pool area has seen better days, then maybe it’s time to think about investing in some quick and easy renovations? Swimming pool renovations can significantly increase the value of your home and transform your outdoor lifestyle, and if you stick to the basics, they don’t have to blow your budget!
No backyard makeover is complete without quality paving, so if your patio area has cracked tiles or concrete with grass and weeds poking through, it might be time to rip it all up and start fresh. After all, a sunroom looking out over a contemporary and well-maintained patio adds another layer of sophistication to your home.
There is nothing quite like a brand new patio peppered with a few wicker sun lounges and umbrellas for giving your pool a completely new ambience.
Dead and dying plants are the next step in your backyard makeover because they don’t do much for the ambience around your pool. So check landscaping magazines for inspiration and with the right selection of plants, your swimming pool renovations will be off to a great start!
Add in a comfortable wicker outdoor setting or sun lounge and your pool area will be the envy of family and friends.
Water features can be purchased off the shelf, so think about including waterfalls, fountains, bubblers, water slides and even a diving board in your swimming pool renovations. A more traditional styled home might suit waterfalls and fountains, whereas a more modern home might suit water slides and bubblers.
It doesn’t really matter what type of water feature you install, as long as it suits your family’s needs. Can you see yourself lying on your wicker sun lounge in your sunroom and watching the kids having a hoot racing down the water slide into the pool?
Including new LED lighting in your swimming pool renovations is a great idea. Whether above ground or in the pool, LED lights can make a huge difference to the usability and the ambience of your pool. Choose from flush or surface mounted underwater LED pool lights, LED garden or flood lighting, feature lighting and even floating LED lights. However, if you need to retrofit underwater lights in your pool, then the surface mounted option is the easiest to install.
If your pool fence has seen better days or isn’t compliant with council laws, your backyard makeover will need to include a replacement fence. Whilst the regular railing pool fences are your cheapest option, if you can stretch your budget to include a frameless glass pool fence, you will never regret your investment.
These glass fences are the ultimate in swimming pool renovations, making small gardens look much larger and giving you a clear view of the pool area from your sunroom. Just imagine lying on your wicker sun lounges and having an uninterrupted view of the pool and your gardens – priceless!
Wicker sun lounges
Wicker is an awesome material for outdoor furniture or for your sunroom, as it is weather and mould resistant and doesn’t rot or fade in the sun. At My Wicker, one of our most popular items is our wicker sun lounge with padded cushions and a modern streamlined look.
Available in two trendy colour schemes – charcoal hazelnut with grey-brown fabric or liquorice black with a charcoal fabric, they will add a sophisticated ambience to your swimming pool renovations.
For more outdoor wicker furniture ideas for your backyard makeover, visit one of our furniture stores in Brisbane or Sydney or call us on 1300 886 541 for a chat about your requirements.
The many benefits of wicker furniture have seen it become a popular choice for many Australians who appreciate its style and versatility. With Aussies loving the outdoor life, wicker furniture does double duty as both indoor and outdoor furniture, helping you to save lots of money on styling your home.
Even the ancient Egyptians were known for loving wicker furniture because it is lightweight, flexible and easily worked into a variety of different styles. You might be interested to know that wicker is not actually a material, it is a technique used in making furniture using materials such as rattan or bamboo. Today however, much of our wicker furniture is made from synthetic materials giving it greater longevity and durability.
5 Key benefits of wicker furniture
Let’s take a look at the benefits of wicker furniture constructed using synthetic materials, so you can decide if this is the type of furniture that would suit your home.
Natural wicker furniture last for ages and is well-known for being highly durable and long lasting. Synthetic wicker lasts for even longer and is a great investment that will look fabulous in your home for many years into the future. It won’t break, split or rot and comes in a variety of trendy colours and styles.
One of the other great benefits of natural wicker furniture and the reason it has been popular for so long is that it looks so good. Synthetic wicker furniture looks just as good and can hardly be differentiated from the natural materials. Unlike natural wicker materials, synthetic wicker keeps its shape and colour, looking fabulous for years and years.
Synthetic wicker is ideal for your outdoor patio areas because it can withstand rain, hail and sunshine! Natural products, even timbers, take a great deal of maintenance when left outdoors; to keep them looking their best you usually have to cover them or move them into a protected area. One of the key benefits of synthetic wicker furniture is that it is highly durable and can be left outside in all weathers.
Another of the great benefits of wicker furniture is its versatility, because all the pieces match and you can add extra modules as your needs change. Much of this furniture comes in modular form and is very light weight, so you can move it around to form different configurations to suit the number of guests or the type of event. One day you can have a long sofa and the next you can have individual seating around a coffee table – it’s that versatile! You can even change the cushions and add throwovers to give your seating a different feel whenever your mood changes.
One of the more helpful benefits of wicker furniture is that it is so affordable. Compared to buying timber hardwood furniture, wicker furniture is a lot cheaper, saving Aussies a significant amount of money styling their homes and outdoor patio areas. After all, most of us struggle to pay the bills, so buying additional furniture can be a difficult ask.
Affordability however, isn’t the only reason to buy wicker furniture – the versatility, durability, low maintenance and aesthetics of wicker furniture make it one of the best deals for Aussie families, giving you stylish furniture, but at a price you can afford.
With the many benefits of wicker furniture, why not check out the My Wicker range of synthetic and stylish outdoor chairs, lounges and dining settings? Just imagine how good your patio will look this summer with a beautiful new outdoor setting!
Let’s all raise a glass to a fabulous summer outdoors with family and friends!
My Wicker has become one of the best outdoor furniture stores Australia wide, supplying high quality winter & summer patio furniture to customers in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.
The reasons why My Wicker is one of the most popular outdoor patio furniture stores in Australia is due to our excellent customer service, quality products and our fast turnaround times.
Excellent customer service
As a family run business, we treat all our customers as if they are part of our family. Our philosophy is to treat everyone the way we would like to be treated, so we always do everything in our power to answer all your questions.
For example, when you visit our outdoor furniture store in Brisbane or Sydney, our staff are more than happy to help you select the perfect outdoor furniture from our collection of wicker patio sets on sale in our store, sitting and chatting with you until you are happy with your decision.
Even though we provide winter & summer patio furniture at wholesale prices, all the furniture at our outdoor patio furniture stores is of the highest quality. Not only is it made to our exacting standards, but our patio furniture is stylish and elegant and suits a range of styles.
All our outdoor settings are water resistant and rust proof and is designed to withstand the harsh Australian climate. The frames are made from strengthened aluminium and are powder coated to resist rust, the PE wicker is extremely resistant to weathering and the cushions are highly durable and won’t fade. All of this means that you can leave your winter & summer patio furniture outdoors all year long – uncovered and exposed to the elements, without worrying about moving it under cover in bad weather.
You can order your patio furniture online, but if you prefer to visit one of our outdoor furniture stores in Brisbane or Sydney, before you make your final decision, we will be happy to see you!
Fast turnaround times
We make sure that your winter & summer patio furniture leaves our outdoor furniture stores as quickly as possible, so that you don’t have to wait one more minute than necessary. When you buy online, one of our friendly staff members will contact you to arrange a delivery day that is suitable for you, so you can be at home when your new wicker patio set arrives. They will also call you with an updated arrival time on the delivery day. However, if you prefer, you also have the option of picking up your outdoor furniture at our Brisbane or Sydney outdoor furniture stores.
We also offer a special delivery service where our delivery men unpack your furniture, put it all together (only minor assembly is required for some of the tables), and then remove the packaging when they leave.
Popular products from our outdoor furniture stores
Gartemoebe outdoor patio furniture setting – With two stylish and comfortable armchairs and a drinks table, this stunning European styled outdoor patio setting is perfect for a quiet shady spot on your veranda, patio or around the pool.
Royale 10 seater wicker outdoor dining setting – Available in a range of colours, this stylish table and chairs setting provides seating for 10 people and is perfect for larger gatherings at home. This is a very popular outdoor setting, simply because it can accommodate so many people.
Seven ways diner lounge wicker outdoor furniture settings – For large patios or around the pool area, you can’t beat this elegant lounge and dining setting that can be put together seven different ways. This is our most versatile outdoor patio furniture setting, giving you additional flexibility for a variety of events at your home.
Why not visit one of our outdoor furniture stores in Brisbane or Sydney or give us a call on 1300 886 541 for a chat about your requirements? We look forward to helping you find the best winter & summer patio furniture for your home.