Outdoor entertaining essentials
You’ll need protection from the sun when temperatures peak. Natural shade can help your entertaining area flow seamlessly into your garden, with deciduous trees offering shelter, privacy and the hint of a breeze. A drawback, however, is you’ll have to contend with falling leaves and animal droppings, so factor in a little time for pre-party maintenance.
While alternatives like a covered patio or traditional roofing are good alternatives, they can get costly. For effective budget-friendly options, consider a shade sail or even an outdoor umbrella which you can rotate as the sun moves across the sky.
Deck out your space with furniture that sustains our Australian conditions. While a rattan dining setting might look like the perfect fit, it’s likely not going to hold up through thunderstorms and harsh sunny days. Go for outdoor-grade materials like steel, teak, pine hardwood, aluminium and wrought iron. You’ll want designs that won’t blow over in the wind, dampen in the rain or peel in the sun.
For small spaces, consider multipurpose furniture like bench seats with under-seat storage and ottomans that double as chairs. Depending on how much space you have to work with, consider the clutter and measure to make sure there’s enough room for people to comfortably walk around.
Comfort is king when choosing a seat. Choose designs that are inviting and suit the size of your area.
Short on space? Add hanging seats, benches or a bar table with stools instead of a dining table. Or, if space allows, consider setting up two seating areas - one zone with a long table for dining and another with comfortable chairs or lounges for after-dinner drinks.