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Sitting Pretty

August 9th 2009

Good outdoor furniture can turn a deck into a party space. Need more room? Extend your living space outside with the help of a few elegant pieces of outdoor furniture. A smart set will make your al fresco space an instant entertaining area and if you add outdoor lights and heaters you can continue to use the space all through the year.

Some of the material being used now in outdoor furniture include sleek, chic aluminium and plastic, both of which are lightweight and well priced, as well as weather resistant cedar, teak and mahogany, and combinations of timber and stainless steel. Poolside pieces include sophisticated hotel-style deckchairs, simple Balinese rattan mats, swish sun lounges, bamboo folding chairs and even hammocks, all of which can be easily stored when not in use.

The most important thing to remember when buying outdoor furniture is to buy the best you can afford. Invest in good pieces and you’ll have an exterior play space that’s as impressive as your interior one.