Australians have a penchant for quality. With many of us regularly taking to updating, redecorating, renovating or rebuilding our homes, in most cases only the finest will do. After all, as a nation of entertainers who love to host a dinner party or summer BBQ, your home is something you can show off to your family and friends with smug abandon.
A home is also, of course, a place where you will spend most of your years, so filling it out with top quality furniture that will last longer than you is no bad investment. And since Australia is gifted a good chunk of sunshine throughout the year, we love to spend most of our time outside.
Which is where outdoor furniture comes in. Not only can you meticulously decide upon what sofa to pair with what coffee table, or how best to design your bedroom, your outdoor space is one that requires considerable attention also.
And being experts when it comes to how best to enjoy our time outside, Australia is home to a fantastic selection of outdoor furniture brands and stores, all serving up well-designed, well-made pieces that will instantly transform your shoddy excuse for a backyard into a garden of dreams.
We’ve rounded up some of the very best producers of outdoor furniture – and stores selling high-quality imports – in Australia so you can shop local and say buh bye to flat-pack forever.
Outdoor Furniture Australia FAQ
How to clean outdoor furntiure?
The way you clean your outdoor furniture will depend on what material it is made from. For wooden or wicker outdoor furniture, you should use an oil-based soap mixed with warm water to wipe away any dirt or grime build-up.
Wooden outdoor furniture can also be cleaned using a dedicated wood cleaner. You should make sure to clean your outdoor furniture regularly to ensure it stays looking its best for longer.
You can use a similar cleaning solution, or a heavy detergent mixed with warm water to clean any outdoor furniture cushions you have.
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Of course, pieces have to look good too (as well as being virtually bulletproof), and so along with a team of designers, Tait develops all collections from start to finish at the Melbourne factory.
Expect a personable approach to customer service whenever you deal with Tait, whether it be buying ready-made furniture or commissioning a custom project, they treat all customers like close friend.
Coco Republic's outdoor furniture collection is particularly opulent, consisting of large seat cushions that resemble small beds, tables that are capable of seating full rugby teams if you so wish and other small decorative pieces and ornaments that only serve to turn your outdoor space into an area you'll never want to leave.
The intriguing aspect of Zaneti's designs is that they're never destined for one area, meaning, they're not necessarily designed for the home specifically, but can equally be placed in commercial settings such as hotels and bars.
You'll find predominantly chairs, sofas and benches within Zaneti's outdoor furniture range, with a few tables thrown in for good measure.
This method allows Space to stock a larger range of outdoor furniture pieces than some other retailers on this list, giving you far greater choice.
Not only can you plentiful table and chair options, but Space Furniture also deals with outdoor lighting and various other small accessories such as vases and storage.
Trit's outdoor furniture collections comprise various seating, tables and accessories such as parasols, designed to give your outdoor space somewhere to relax or somewhere to entertain, however you see fit.
Whether its a set of table and chairs, a daybed or just some decorative pots you’re after, Cosh Living has extensive ranges covering all outdoor needs. Pieces are sourced from both local and international designers and suppliers, and Cosh also has its own in-house brand, Kett.
You’ll find outdoor furniture crafted from a variety of materials including wood, aluminium and wrought iron, meaning Cosh Living is able to accommodate every and all projects.
Much of Roda's seating collections are modular, allowing you to build your own pieces to perfectly fit your space.
Known for its water-resistant and durability properties, Gloster uses teak in the majority of its outdoor furniture pieces. The brand also makes use of other materials including stainless steel and aluminium.
Using fabrics and yarn also gives Paola Lenti outdoor furniture an incredibly cool look that will elevate your outdoor space like no other.
Several of Dedon's pieces are immediately recognisable, such as the Orbit seat with canopy and the Swingrest, which wouldn't look out of place at a pool club in Ibiza, but you'll also find various other seating options, side tables and lighting, all with the common aim of making the most of your outdoor space.
Of course, if you don't have such luxury but do have an outdoor space that is flooded with sunlight, Ethimo's tables, chairs and sofas will still feel right at home.
Outdoor furniture from third-party suppliers is equally stylish and even accounts for products such as pots, planters and side tables. Domo has showrooms along the east coast of Australia and down into South Australia. Sorry, West.
A vast majority of Manutti's pieces make use of fabrics, a deliberate decision made by owner Stephane De Winter, who grew up being surrounded by textiles, however, all of them have the overarching goal of allowing you to enjoy time spent outdoors.