Many of us look at home décor magazines and brochures and find something that catches our eye. However, to transform that vision into our own outdoor space –whether it is a patio, balcony, porch or covered deck – is not that easy.

The term ‘outdoor space’ is used to mean anything from tiny apartment balconies to large suburban patios. The former might be small enough to fit a couple of chairs and an ottoman while the latter can be practically a room that fits a full-size sofa set. But whatever the size and layout of your outdoor space, the proper furniture is the easy first step to enhance it to an entertainer’s haven.

When choosing patio furniture, here are some things to keep in mind:

How much space do you have?

Like we discussed, outdoor spaces can mean different things to different people. Putting heavy pieces in a small space often gives a cluttered appearance – but the same styles add charm and elegance to larger spaces. For smaller spaces, we recommend light, airy styles like our Cubeb Outdoor Sofa Set or add a spot of colour with our Gloriosa Outdoor Sofa Set.

What is your furnishing style?

Most people like to stick to one furnishing style throughout their house. But done right, selecting a completely different style for your outdoor furniture works! If your living room has soft colours and sensible styles, why not go for something bold and trendy for your patio?

How will you use your space?

It is often difficult to find the right balance between functionality and style. Think about how you will be using your space. Are you looking for an entertainer’s balcony/ patio? Or a quiet spot to enjoy the lovely weather? Will you have children running around? Do you plan to leave your furniture outside year-round? Do you have a covered deck? Will you be covering up your deck for the colder seasons? Though all outdoor furniture has to withstand the vagaries of the Aussie seasons, furniture for alfresco areas have obvious differences from uncovered garden furniture.

Quality and comfort:

If your furniture is more than just décor, comfort is extremely important. No one wants to sit in stiff, unyielding chairs. And when it comes to outdoors, easy-care is the key. Choosing light rattan pieces will undoubtedly add elegance and style to your outdoor space.

At The Furniture Stop, we have a range of affordable choices that will be suitable for all budgets, large and small. Take a look at The Furniture Stop’s range of outdoor furniture choices to find something that is ‘just right’ for you.