Sustainable Furniture for Your Backyard Oasis


One of the big trends for the coming summer in outdoor furniture and accessories is the bean bag, resurrected from the 1970s, or has it ever gone away? They’ve been revamped in any case and now you can source them in bright splashy colours to suit your mood or style.

Classic, useful outdoor furniture styles never seem to lose favour, such as timber (preferably teak) table settings with soft weather-proof backs, throw cushions and the ever so comfortable outdoor day beds. People in the Caribbean knew what they were doing when they made hammocks to sleep in (mosquito nets too, of course) taking advantage of the fresh air and moonlight.

But something that won’t ever be out of vogue is furniture that will last. What use is something that falls apart or corrodes after one season or two? Which is why all good manufacturers take weatherproofing outdoor furniture very seriously in their designs and creations.

You can choose sofas and other outdoor furniture made from many metals like aluminium or stainless steel for example, which will not corrode no matter how close you live to sea spray.  Teak weathers beautifully to a distinctive grey palette that will never be passé and combined with economical steel gives an industrial feel to your outdoor space. The patinas on aged steel and brass and also the look of unfinished stone can add a feeling of welcome warmth.

Don’t forget wicker, cane or rattan furniture. Wicker and rattan are two different beasts, by the way – though most people use the terms interchangeably, when in fact there is a  difference between the two. Rattan, a close species to the palm tree, is a pole shaped vine growing up to 30 metres in the South East Asian jungles and is one of the strongest woods available. Wicker is an ancient technique using rushes, willow, rattan and other natural fibres woven into materials to make furniture and such. Today, wicker is made of resins and vinyl coated with UV resistant materials for more wear and tear.

Some of your outdoor furniture can be key to making your space more versatile and friendly than your indoor areas; a place where you can entertain or de-stress on your beautiful furniture, relax and while away the time reading or just dreaming on a day bed.

For even more versatility, why not try tables on wheels, fold-up chairs so you can cater for a cosy cuppa with a friend or entertain the whole football team?

As for materials, the old style Art Deco rattan is moving from indoors to the outside space this summer and so is the very versatile cane furniture part of the revival, complemented by lovely blues and coffee colours in fabrics and throws, cushions and covers. Whether your backyard sprawls or you live in a unit with a balcony you can make the most of the outdoor areas of your home. If you only have minimal space, try portable furniture that has many functions.

If you’re on a budget, or you want to inject some of your personality into your open air rooms, why not head to the local rubbish tip where they resell or ‘re-purpose’ items others have discarded? You would be amazed at what you can find and you’re helping the environment at the same time. Or try op-shops and secondhand furnishings shops, even antique outlets to add some spice to your contemporary or designer brands.

For the best, highest quality contemporary outdoor furniture you can’t go past Cosh Living Furniture in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.. They deliver right across Australia. Ring for a Quotation. Check out their website here:

Cosh Living Melbourne

7-13 Rupert St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

+61 3 9281 1999

Cosh Living Sydney

1/69 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia

+61 2 9317 3011

Cosh Living Brisbane

130 Arthur Street Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

+61 7 3666 0377

Cosh Living Perth (opening July 2017)

21 King Edward Road Osborne Park 6017

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