Monthly Archives: January 2014

Space need not be a problem!


Space need not be a problem!

Here at Outdoor Living Direct we have something for everyone. Regardless of how much space you have at home, outdoor furniture was made to be enjoyed by everyone for any area! Often people who live in small apartment buildings feel like they can’t enjoy outdoor furniture in comparison to someone who has a spacious outdoor decked area. This is by far not the case. Whether you live in an apartment, high rise, flat, cottage, single story, double story or a mansion the choice is yours when it comes to outdoor furniture. Here at Outdoor Living Direct we offer modern, well designed, affordable settings, so depending on the size of your outdoor area we have something for everyone.

Below we give you a few ideas when it comes to balcony settings. Do you prefer timber over rattan? Do you like to swivel? Are you after something ultra-modern? Do you like the idea of a space saving set? If yes then keep reading, this blog is for you!

For a modern, crisp look why not consider the Adirondack timber garden seat? Featuring added footrests, sit back and relax your whole body in this beautifully well-made timber set. Sure to make any balcony area shine!

Next is the Eva balcony set, an ideal setting sure to provide you and a friend hours of comfort. Manufactured to the highest of quality the Eva is a sure winner! Featuring a tempered glass topped table and two swivel chairs the Eva is comfortable, modern and visually pleasing. Also available in two colour combinations – the black/black and plum/latte the choice is yours!

Or why not consider the Killara balcony set? Ultra comfortable with a base and back cushion the Killara is sure to provide hours of comfort to you and your guest. When not in use the Killara is able to be stacked, thus creating an efficient space, saving solution. Perfect for smaller areas!

So at the end of the day, there are plenty of options for smaller, balcony or patio areas. There is also no need to spend a lot to make your area look good. With a bit of research you can find something that will enhance your area and add enjoyment to the lives of you and those around you.

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Maintaining timber outdoor furniture Part 2


Maintaining timber outdoor furniture
If possible store your timber outdoor furniture inside during periods when it is not being used. This will prolong the life of your furniture and reduce the necessity for treatment of the timber. Moisture is the other enemy of timber furniture, causing it to rot and warp.  If possible keep the furniture off damp surfaces like grass and soil, and when cleaning your outdoor area it is wise to remove the furniture first. Proximity to soil can also attract termites and other pests that can quickly destroy the timber.

Cleaning and Oiling
Periodically clean your timber outdoor furniture using warm soapy water and a gentle brush. After cleaning, and once it is dry, treat the timber with a natural oil such as linseed (widely available from supermarkets and health food shops) or a commercially available solvent-based product designed specifically for the treatment of outdoor furniture. These products usually include a tint to keep the timber dark, and a UV inhibitor to slow down solar degradation of the timber surface. This process should be carried out either 6-monthly or annually. Apply the oil, leave for a few hours, wipe off any excess, then repeat the process.

Deep Cleaning
To remove stains and mildew, mix hot water with a powdered oxygen bleach, following the manufacturer’s directions. Scrub the area with a soft-bristle brush, then rinse.

To remove rust stains or bird droppings, or to restore timber’s original colour, sand lightly along the grain using fine-grit sandpaper, then rinse. Alternatively, mix hot water with oxalic acid crystals (also called wood bleach or wood brightener) according to directions, and apply this solution with a soft-bristle brush, then rinse. Don’t use chlorine bleach – it can damage wood fibres.

Sealing of protects timber from UV radiation, dirt, and moisture. It can also preserve the restored colour of the timber.

First clean all surfaces and sand off any existing finishes, then apply a clear water-repellent preservative or a penetrating semitransparent stain (the stain’s pigment protects the timber from the sun).  Consult manufacturer’s instructions on how often to reapply – generally timber outdoor furniture should be sealed every 1 to 3 years.

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Maintaining timber outdoor furniture Part 1


Timber is a true outdoor furniture material: durable, attractive, and with a natural look that blends in with garden surroundings. However it does require some care. The amount and type of care and maintenance required for your timber outdoor furniture depends largely on the species and types of wood used, so this article will begin by examining the most commonly available species and their properties.

Outdoor Furniture Timbers
Teak is a tropical hardwood usually sourced from Southeast Asia, and renowned for its durability, solidity, and resistance to humidity and moisture. Teak ages gracefully, requiring only periodical cleaning and oiling in order to maintain its attractive surface colour and grain. If untreated, teak will weather to a silvery grey, which many people prefer if they are aiming to achieve a rustic or seaside look to their outdoor area. If on the other hand you wish to retain the rich, dark character of teak you will need to clean and oil it periodically.

A softwood famous in ancient times as a shipbuilding timber, cedar is highly resistant to moisture and rot.  Generally of a light colour, it does not easily splinter and has a very smooth surface when sanded.

Commonly used as timber decking for verandas, jarrah is a reddish or pinkish toned wood that is extremely durable and dense and thus holds up well in the harsh Australian climate.

A hardwood with a very attractive grain, eucalyptus is traditionally a native timber but is now largely grown in plantations so is environmentally sustainable.  It is resistant to rot so will last many decades if cared for, and responds well to oiling.

An affordable and attractive softwood that comes in a range of varieties, pine is a light yellow colour. Because it is not particularly weather-resistant it needs to be stored indoors during the winter.

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