While the warm weather may be cooling, it doesn’t mean your favourite outdoor furniture needs to be hidden under a rain cover until spring or ousted to the back corner of the shed among the spider webs. The change of season is the perfect time to switch up your interiors and bring some of your beautiful outdoor pieces indoors while giving your winter spaces a much-needed beachy boost. We’ve got 5 ways to use your outdoor furniture indoors to enjoy your teak tables and hanging basket chairs all year round.
1 Switch up your sofas
Outdoor furniture has come a long way since the old brittle rattan sofa days when the first gust of wind would see it taking flight across the neighbourhood. Now commonly crafted from robust timber and all-weather wicker with strong metal frames topped with thick, moisture-resistant cushioning, contemporary outdoor sofas are sturdy and stylish enough for indoors too. Think of spaces in your home that could use a little extra cush over winter, such as the playroom, rumpus or mancave. Spending so much time indoors over the cooler months, it’s a win–win for the furniture and the family.
2 Bring your dining indoors
The key to creating quality outdoor furniture that can endure the baking sun, odd downpour and salty coastal spray is in crafting it from hardy, quality materials. Acacia timber, teak and reclaimed teak are ideal for outdoor conditions and, as an added bonus, they’re also stunning with their rich woodgrain and naturally high oil content that keeps the timber nourished. Relish the earthy elegance of your outdoor table suite by bringing it into the family dining room. Better yet, get a second set to achieve a striking unity between your indoor and outdoor spaces and have a dining zone ready for every forecast and occasion.
3 Best seat in the house
When investing in new dining chairs, particularly if you like the coastal, boho or beachy vibe, consider picking out a sturdy set that’s also pretty enough for inside the house. Chairs crafted from all-weather wicker are designed to sustain outdoor conditions and often come with moisture-resistance cushions, which — let’s face it — is always ideal at the dining table, whether inside or out. Unexpected guests? No worries! Bring a couple of extras chairs out from the patio to the dining room or vice versa.
4 Bask in the beach vibe inside
Love the laidback look of rattan and all-weather wicker furniture that’s oh-so-reminiscent of balmy summer afternoons and tropical getaways? With its stunning design, generous dimensions and fitted cushioning, you can bring your beloved Byron pieces into the living room, sunroom or beneath a luminous bay window to bask in the natural light in any season as you recline with a book (and cheeky daiquiri!). Dress your pieces up or down with vibrant floral cushions or plush furry throw blankets to set the mood for snuggling up.
5 Happy hang out
Whether swaying on a balmy breeze in the sunshine with a glossy magazine or curling up with book or Netflix binge in the lounge, it’d be a crime not to enjoy this soothing swing-seat every single day of year. Made from all-weather wicker with moisture-resistant fitted cushions, it’s perfect on the patio all summer long. When the weather cools, bring it into a comfy corner of the living room or bedroom with an extra cushion or two and a snuggly throw blanket. Ah, bliss.