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.
At first glance, many people tend to confuse rattan wicker furniture, thinking that it’s the same thing with just two different names. They can look very similar actually, so it’s quite easy to become confused, however they are very different.
What is rattan?
Rattan is a natural fibre that is harvested from climbing palms in Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa. These climbing palms are like vines with a flexible woody stem that grows over and through other vegetation and have been known to grow upwards for over 100 meters.
Rattan is a material that is used for making baskets and furniture, because it is lightweight, durable and can be used both indoors and outdoors (although it can fade in the sun and needs to be protected from the rain). It can also be stained or painted and can be worked into many different designs.
Unfortunately, rattan is often harvested too early, before the plant is able to regrow, leading to reduced harvests and exploitation of these plants. This is why you now see many synthetic rattans being used to make furniture.
What is wicker?
Wicker on the other hand isn’t a wood, vine or even a material, it is a method of weaving materials together to form furniture or other utensils. You could say that rattan is used to create wicker furniture.
Wicker weaving has been used for aeons and even dates back to the Egyptians with wicker baskets, boxes and chairs found in tombs of Egyptian Kings. Wicker furniture is hand woven and has a distinctive style all of its own that is very popular with many home owners, making it perfect for natural outdoor or indoor settings.
Over time however, because it is often made from rattan material, wicker furniture can fade and needs to be protected from too much rain. This is why synthetic rattan is often used to create wicker furniture, as it is much more durable and long lasting when compared to using natural rattan.
All of our wicker furniture is made using UV resistant high grade rattan, ensuring that your wicker lounge, dining or patio setting stays beautiful forever.
How to get the most out of your modular outdoor sofas
Modular outdoor sofas are a very cost-effective way to furnish your home, giving you plenty of options for a variety of different rooms. Our most popular modular outdoor sofa has thick 10cm cushions for extra comfort and is handcrafted from woven UV resistant wicker, so that it’s prefect for the Australian lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the many different ways you can use this modular sofa in your home.
U-shaped modular lounge settings
If you have a large indoor space or lovely spacious outdoor patio, this is the ideal configuration for a cosy afternoon with your friends or family. Simply fit all of the pieces together in a U shape with the coffee table in the centre and you are ready to socialise!
L-shaped modular lounge settings
This is the perfect shape for a dinner party where you aren’t closed off and can chat to people at the table or in the kitchen. Just form an L-shape with your modular sofa and you are good to go!
There is nothing quite like a daybed on the patio for feeling decadent! Now you can have one anytime you want, by simply moving the modular sections around to create the perfect daybed – ideal for an intimate evening together, watching the sun set on a hot summer night.
3 two seat modular sofas
With a six piece modular sofa you can easily create 3 two seat sofas in a flash. This configuration is suitable for a coffee morning with friends or for watching the kids playing in the pool while you relax with family.
2 three seat modular sofas
This configuration is ideal for after dinner drinks with family and friends, giving you plenty of room to chat and catch up. This is also a great configuration for playing board games with the kids while you wait for dinner to cook!
4 seat sofa and 2 single seats
There is no end to the number of configurations you can make with our modular sofas. This configuration of a 4 seat sofa with 2 single seats is perfect for any occasion, giving you lots of seating while waiting for the BBQ to be ready and the kids to hop out of the pool.
For more modular outdoor sofa ideas, visit our showroom in Chatswood NSW or Nerang on the Gold Coast.
With the weather warming up, spring is the perfect time to brush up on your outdoor entertaining ideas that you have been thinking about during winter. The birds are singing, the flowers are budding and everything is right with the world!
There is nothing that warms the soul more than spending quality time with friends and loved ones over a home cooked meal or a perfectly cooked BBQ. Aussies love their outdoor entertaining and we love nothing more than sharing great food, great wine and good company.
If you are ready to fire up the BBQ, here are some outdoor entertaining ideas that should give you plenty of inspiration for your next party or get-together.
Make sure the cushions of your outdoor dining chairs are clean and super comfy. If they are still good enough for another year, then give them a spring clean or replace them if they have seen better days.
Don’t worry about matching table wear, because a more bohemian and eclectic look is now quite trendy. This means that you can use all of your favourite tableware and not spend extra money to make it all match perfectly – this is one of our best outdoor entertaining ideas that help you to save money!
If your dining table is not undercover, then purchasing an outdoor umbrella is a good idea, particularly if you are entertaining during the hottest parts of the day.
Simple food is always best when eating outdoors, so go for a picnic style meal with lots of salads, a quiche, cold drinks, and maybe even throw a few steaks on the BBQ for the meat lovers.
Creating an outdoor room is another idea for outdoor entertaining because rather than just having a table and chairs on the patio, an outdoor room gives a more intimate feeling to your brunch or dinner party which is something everyone appreciates. It’s also great for those 40 degrees days.
If your outdoor furniture is not up to scratch and needs to be replaced, check out our 8 seater square wicker dining patio set for extra outdoor entertaining ideas. With low delivery costs across Australia, you can afford to make everyone envious of your fabulous outdoor settings!