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Outdoor furniture trends

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Furniture can help make your outdoor entertaining area more inviting, comfortable and stylish.

Bunnings merchandise trend and design manager Jane Wright says trends in outdoor furniture include sustainable materials, weather-resistant fabrics and built-in storage. 


Check out Jane's top trends to consider when shopping for new outdoor furniture this summer. 

1. Multi-purpose storage solutions


Many people are embracing the concept of adding storage to their outdoor areas using furniture.


"A storage box can serve as both a bench seat and a makeshift table, perfect for stowing away outdoor cushions, foldable chairs or gardening essentials," Jane says. "This multi-purpose approach helps keeps your space tidy and organised."


Bunnings Workshop member Tony (@tony1982) embraced this trend with his gabion bench seat with built-in firewood storage.


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Don’t miss more outdoor bench seat ideas from Bunnings Workshop community members.

2. Diverse materials


Outdoor furniture options have evolved says Jane, and now include designer dining settings and weather-resistant sofas. "Choose materials that align with your desired aesthetic," Jane advises.


Trends include sleek and modern looks with powder-coated steel and aluminium. You can also opt for a relaxed coastal vibe using natural timbers or woven materials. "Durable hardwoods like Teak and Merbau are excellent choices, while resin wicker offers greater durability than natural wicker for woven furniture," she adds.


A good example of a coastal aesthetic is Workshop member (@LaCasaDIY)'s Mediterranean-inspired outdoor renovation, which paired an all-white palette with wooden and textured elements.


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Get more inspiration from 8 ways to bring coastal style to your home.


3. Sustainable, quality furniture


Jane encourages people to prioritise high-quality furniture when choosing key items like outdoor sofas and dining tables. 


Investing in quality can ensure longer lifespan and reduce the amount of unwanted furniture ending in landfill. The Bunnings guide How to choose the right outdoor seating contains more advice.


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Those wanting to build their own outdoor furniture should check out our Top 10 most popular outdoor furniture projects.


4. Weather-resistant fabrics


Jane also recommends considering how exposed your outdoor furniture will be to the elements.


When choosing cushions and fabrics, she recommends opting for pieces that are water-resistant and designed to withstand your local climate.


Find more handy tips on choosing weather-resistant cushions and fabrics with the Bunnings guide How to choose the right outdoor lounge furniture.


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The Bunnings team also shares How to mix and match your outdoor furniture.

More inspiration on transforming your outdoor area


For more project inspiration, check out 10 ways to transform your outdoor entertaining area and 7 ways to add privacy to your outdoor area.


The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with further inspiration and advice for renovating your outdoor area. Don’t hesitate to ask a question - we’re here to help.

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