Festive seasons mean good food, great company and loads of fun. That said, just being outside lifts people’s mood, which is another reason for celebrations.
Whether it is dining outdoors on a calm evening or just chilling on a warm day, it is a chance to unwind and enjoy the company of friends and family in a relaxed setting. But first, you may want to get your outdoor area looking sleek with furnishings that can comfortably accommodate a larger guest list.
While some may think taking care of outdoor furniture requires a lot of work, the truth is that outdoor furniture is built to be weather-resistant. In our tropical climate with its alternating storms and sunshine, professional outdoor furniture makers know that their products should be designed to stand up to these harsh conditions.
Thus, maintaining and caring for outdoor furniture is simply fuss-free unless you have particularly messy guests or family members. As they can survive outdoor use, this furniture will most definitely be usable indoors, without bringing in the weather elements.
Before embarking on a shopping trip, consider investing in pieces that you can actually use inside your home for double the value of money spent.
“As the development of outdoor furniture continues to push through design and style barriers, we are finding more and more cross over between outdoor furniture and indoor than ever before.
“A lot more homes these days are using outdoor designed furniture indoors.
“Outdoor lounge suites are really leading the way here as popularity increases over their comfort, size and durability in all conditions, ” said Harvey Norman’s Furniture general manager Mark Mah.
Tips when picking outdoor furniture
As much as you want a furniture based on design, it is also important to take into account some major considerations. Consider these factors when shopping for outdoor furniture
“How much space do you have for an outdoor setting?” There is furniture that can fit from the smallest terrace to a spacious patio. If your life and schedule are jam-packed with commitments and activities, you want to choose a low maintenance outdoor furniture set.
The location of your home will determine, firstly, whether it is conducive for outdoor furniture. For instance, if you live in an area that is prone to rain and shine with little shelter, remember that extreme heat followed by extreme humidity, furniture made of fragile materials will suffer more.
Care and maintenance
If your preference for outdoor furniture is timber furniture – for that rustic natural look – remember to thoroughly wipe and clean to remove dust particles. To care for your timber furniture one step further, lightly oil the furniture and allow to dry.
This helps to extend the longevity of the furniture. To prevent damage to your wooden furniture, remember that fasteners must be tightened regularly.
For painted or washed timber furniture, just clean with soapy water using a soft cloth or a soft non-metallic brush, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth. It is recommended to clean your furniture once a month and apply a very light coating of clear timber oil once a year.
Keep Resin wicker and Textlene furniture looking new by just wiping with a soft, dry cloth. To remove dirt, simply rinse with water and use mild detergent as required. Cushions need to be removed and stored in a dry and generally dark place when not in use.
The fabrics are water-repellent but not water-proof, so seat cushions will absorb water if left out in the rain. It is recommended to use a furniture cover over unused furniture to protect against weather elements. Harvey Norman offers a wide range of outdoor furniture with great versatility that can be used indoors no matter if you have kids or pets, or if you want to just spruce up the place on festive occasions.
With these quality pieces that work just as well indoors, you have more reasons to host bigger gatherings this festive season.
Bon Bar Range
The Bon Bar range will make your outdoor spot a focal point of good memories and festive gatherings while sprucing up your patio or poolside. This stainless steel-range would be a good choice for those who are looking for a fuss-free contemporary design.
With steel being a low maintenance material, these sturdy pieces that also come with rust-resistant aluminium frames are likely to be less of a hassle, thanks to its durable powder coated finish.
The aluminium slat-top tables are built to withstand wind and rain, without having to worry about glass shattering, especially for families with kids or pets.
Designed for immersive seating, the chairs that come with this four-seater bar and dining set features durable Textilene padded-slings.
The five-seater lounge set features comfortable yet stylish cushions covered with hard-wearing spun polyester fabric; while the high-density foams for the seat and back cushions provide extra comfort and support.
Prepare a feast and enjoy dining outside this festive season at one of these generously sized outdoor sets. For a blend of rustic and modern, the Granada Range is the perfect collection to enjoy basking in the outdoors on a warm day.
Available in four-seater and six-seater sets, the Granada range is built with high-density polyethylene handwoven wicker over a powder-coated strong steel frame for long-lasting use. The outdoor sets come with a tempered glass rectangular table top, which makes it easy-to-clean after a long session of dining and entertaining.
For long lasting comfort, this Granada Range also comes with plush, spun polyester covered-seat cushions with high-density foam to keep you and your guests cosy throughout.
Every Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified product purchased helps promote responsible forest management and the Concorde range is one of them.
A perfect match to every outdoor space, the four-seater and five-seater Concorde sets give an elegant touch for your patio or garden.
Furthermore, the Concorde set is designed for those with eco-sustainability concerns as it is manufactured with FSC-certified teak timber tabletop slats and arm caps.
Us Malaysians are natural great hosts, and so the Concorde set has generous-sized seating, so when you have more guests turning up than expected, these pieces will surely accommodate everyone comfortably. The Concorde sets come in stylish gunmetal and cool white, modern yet interesting, complete with Olefin or spun polyester cushions.
Now you can shop with confidence knowing that these sophisticated Harvey Norman sets come with a two-year warranty, specifically, for the aluminium frames, timber slats and arm caps. The steel frames and parts made of fabric and foams come with a one-year warranty.
Two worry-free years is a lot of festive seasons, thus, check out the ranges available at Harvey Norman, knowing that your next purchase of outdoor furniture is a good investment.
For more details on the entire range of outdoor furniture, visit a Harvey Norman store near you or visit www.harveynorman.com.my.
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