5 pointers for the perfect patio

The patio is an extension of the interior of a house and is the perfect warm-weather spot for entertaining guests or just relaxing. This makes it a complicated area to design and create furniture for. From a design and manufacturing standpoint, what are good options to follow when creating patio furniture? Keep reading to find out.

1. Durability

Starting with a major point, durability is a property any homeowner will look for in outdoor furniture. This usually comes down to the types of materials the furniture item is made up of; be it wood, aluminium or plastic. 

It is important to do thorough research into what materials you would want to use to design your furniture. Strong, weather-resistance materials need to be used, but they need to be versatile to be incorporated into any design.

Sustainability is also a major factor consumers will be looking for in furniture, therefore make it a point to opt for greener and ethical manufacturing of your products.

2. Materials

What materials you use can decide the overall look and aesthetic of your end product, so choosing the right materials is of great importance.

  • Wood – Wooden furniture is a classic option that even modern-day designs utilise. The best wood for outdoor furniture would be ‘Teak’, it is also rare and expensive, however, it will add a touch of luxury to any piece. Teak is hardy and can withstand almost any climate, it does not warp and crack and is quite water-resistance. It also has a resistance to rot and insects.
  • Plastic – Plastic is an obvious choice for outdoor furniture because it can withstand many climates, but the world trend is leaning towards greener choices which means as a manufacturer opting for sustainable options is your best bet.
  • Aluminium – Most outdoor furniture is made of aluminium or has aluminium coated frames. Aluminium is a versatile material and has a stylish sleek look that works well with contemporary designs. It is also resistant to rust and is similar to stainless steel. Most of our designs use aluminium powder which gives our furniture that minimally stylish look.
  • Fabrics – It is important to note that not every fabric is completely weather resistant, therefore when choosing the right fabric for upholstery you must make sure that it is weatherproof/resistant and also compliments your design. Outdoor fabrics are usually made of polyester, acrylics, synthetic fibres, cotton blends and linen. Some key features to look out for are: UV resistance, fade-resistance, mould and mildew resistant, weather-resistance, waterproof, stain-resistance, and breathability.

3. Comfort

Apart from having practical properties like durability, outdoor furniture must also be enjoyable and comfortable. When designing furniture human anatomy must be taken into consideration, how the textures will feel on the skin, how weight will be distributed on the seat.

Using padding on the seat is a great option, as well as utilizing cushions in your design. Have supportive backrests and/or armrests for added comfort as well as design appeal. Make use of different crafts like wicker/rattan which is weaved plant-based fibre or synthetic fibres that may not always require cushioning. 

4. Design Aesthetics

Global trends come and go, as a furniture manufacturer, it is important that you keep updated on what the next biggest trend is, or even create your own! Contemporary design in furniture is a mix of many older styles innovated to look completely new. 

Here are some interesting trends you can use for inspiration;

  • Sculptural furniture – organic forms create a subtle but dramatic effect.
  • Grey – an uncommon colour, fast becoming a staple for upholstery, change the mood of the living space with subtle differences in the tone of the colour. Warm greys for a more homely feel, and cool greys for a more stylish and modern look.
  • Tropical aesthetic – the best way to bring in that sunny warmth to any living space is by incorporating furnishings with a tropically rustic aesthetic. Wood, rattan, and wicker all bring about that tropical bungalow feel.

5. Storage

People mostly use their patios during the warmer seasons of summer and spring, which means that during the colder seasons they may want to put away the patio furniture. Ease of storage is an important aspect that homeowners may look into especially if they have smaller patios. 

When designing your furniture look into innovative ways that you can make your products versatile and flexible for easy storage. Design foldable chairs that use stainless steel or aluminium frames, wooden tables which have a lighter frame for easy dismantling.

There are many aspects to designing patio furniture, the most important points to consider are durability, practicality, and aesthetic value. Every detail counts, and nothing should be overlooked. Create outdoor furniture that will elevate the living space and be a part of peoples’ memories.

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