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8 Outdoor Furniture Pieces to Lust (& Lounge) Over this Summer

These cool alfresco settings and stylish outdoor furniture pieces will take your home to the next level!

With summer vibes and balmy nights upon us, it’s time to upgrade your outdoor furniture for endless alfresco fun. From balcony nooks to spacious courtyards, and everything in-between, outdoor furniture has come a long way. It’s time to wave goodbye to those uncomfortable, wrought-iron outdoor settings that the French bestowed upon us. Out with the old and in with the new. Oh, hello plush cushions, deep-set loungers and hanging chairs. Here’s how to create the garden or terrace of your dreams…

Outdoor Furniture: Modular Lounge Set

Modular outdoor furniture isn’t going away anytime soon, and why would it, when it’s so versatile and adaptable? Modular outdoor loungers can be configured to work within most spaces, plus they come with durable fabric that weathers well, just like the King Cove Collection from King Living

King Cove Outdoor Collection, King Living, from $3,990

Outdoor Furniture: Hanging Chairs

Hanging egg chairs, the retro classic that keeps coming back in fashion. Whether you’re short on space or you want a cool spot to relax and unwind, the vintage egg chair is fast becoming a staple in the realm of outdoor furniture. We’re all over the Lucy Love Seat from Byron Bay’s very own Hanging Chairs. But there are a variety of  colours to select from, because versatility, after all, is what has won it so many fans in the first place. 

Lucy Love Seat, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, $850

Outdoor Furniture: Dining Tables

A timeless piece of outdoor furniture, beautifully crafted timber tables are an essential buy for your outdoor space.  Pair with woven chairs of textured, durable material to create a relaxed coastal feel that oozes holiday vibes. The Logan Dining Table from Early Settler is one of our favourites. Outdoor furniture settings also look amazing when you combine aged and contemporary material. Extendable tables are a great option too, especially if you have limited space to work within, allowing you to accommodate more or fewer people when needed.

Logan Dining Table, Early Settler, $599

Outdoor Furniture: Bar Carts

A much-welcome addition to any outdoor space, the beloved bar cart not only adds another layer of luxe to your outdoor area, but it also brings a whole new level of convenience when well stocked with refreshing drinks. Opt for a bar cart that is equal parts stylish, functional and weatherproof, just like this Cane Bar Cart from harpers project.

Cane Bar Cart, harpers project, $699

Outdoor Furniture: Sun Loungers

On a sunny Australian summer day, nothing's better than basking in the glorious sun. And even more so when you can lounge around on a luxe sun lounger. Freedom's Cannes Sun Lounger combines coastal vibes and natural materials, and with its oversized look and plush upholstery, you'll never want to sit on another chair ever again.

Cannes Sun Lounger, Freedom, $799

Outdoor Furniture: Armchair

Low slung sofas were made for lazy days, especially the deep-set ones when topped with plush cushions or throws. For compact spaces, the Mico Armchair by Castlery is perfect. And although this may be pure heaven for some, it’s not for everyone. So, if space allows, mix it up with a low-slung sofa and a higher armchair, blending them with a mix of textured and patterned cushions. 

Mico Armchair, Castlery, $499

Outdoor Furniture: Statement Pots & Planters

Create a tropical oasis that you can withdraw to this summer. Fresh foliage is a must for any outdoor space. Mix it up with brass, rattan and terrazzo pots – big and small – with a variety of plants that can endure long summer days. Check out the Bishop Pedestal Planters from West Elm, which look stunning. You can also add a few hanging plants and wall climbers to create that dense jungle look. 

Bishop Pedestal Planters, West Elm, $199

Outdoor Furniture: Plush Cushions

Soft, textured and patterned cushions add an element of comfort, luxe and ease to your outdoor space. Have fun playing with different size cushions, textures and hues. And what’s more, they’re an easy and affordable way to spruce up the home as the seasons change. To keep in line with your monochromatic look and feel, or add in a classic pattern to mix with your block-coloured outdoor space, pick up Pottery Barn's Ziggy Striped Cushion. Equal parts chic and comfortable, you'll love how it works with your outdoor furniture.

Ziggy Striped Cushion, Pottery Barn, $119

Inspired by our favourite outdoor furniture pieces to get creative with your interior styling? From rattan finds and gorgeous drink trolleys, to the best online homewares stores and landscaping advice, our Home Design page has everything you need to style up your home.