When designing a space we spend plenty of time thinking about the theme, colour, and space distribution. However, it is important to be mindful of the environmental elements as some materials flourish in certain climates whilst others deteriorate. In this article, we’ll go further in-depth on each climate and discover how the right furniture can benefit you in the long term.
DREAM SPACES NEARER TO THE SEA
The sound of waves crashing as you live and work each day is probably a dream of many. However, choosing the right furniture that can withstand salt and humidity in the air is crucial for it to last. It is important to handpick materials that resist corrosion and are resistant to harsh conditions. More attention should also be given to fabrics to prevent moulding and the ease of washing off any imperfections. Some examples of materials that can withstand harsh conditions include N-Dura Resin, Teak and Stainless Steel.
BE AWARE OF TROPICAL RAINFALL
If your space is situated in the Tropics or areas with constant rain, it’s important that your choice of furniture is made of water-resistant materials. This is to prevent rot, mould, rust or corrosion that can impact the health of other users. One of the best examples of materials is synthetic braided resin. These materials are produced to look like rattan, however withstanding harsher rainfall without much damage. Widely used in the furniture sector, it is a synthetic fibre that is mounted on a metal structure to guarantee durability. Furnitures made from this material include armchairs, outdoor sofas, garden chairs and even coffee and dining tables. For outdoor sofas, it is also practical to have the sofa covers made of water-repellent fabrics that won’t soak in much of the rain. Using protective covers is also a good habit to have so that you can prolong the life of your furniture.
HOT, DRY & SUNNY SPACES
It is said that the sun brings out the fun in everyone, but the sun can also shorten the lifespan of your furniture, especially when exposed for a prolonged period outdoors. While it does mean you can enjoy being outdoors more, dry weather can fade the colours of your furniture, deform or even break your furniture easily. That’s why products resistant to UV rays, heat and dry air are crucial in these spaces. Synthetic resin is once again the choice for most people living in sunny areas. Their molecular structure makes it difficult to break down and leave unsightly spots. If you’re looking to feature wood, teak is a popular option, however, they require more maintenance such as applying teak sealant regular
THE COOLEST CLIMATE POSSIBLE, SNOW
In cold areas, if you’re placing your furniture outdoors, remember to only use furniture that withstand sudden snowfalls, as the weight can break them if they’re not strong enough. In some cases, it might be good to have movable furniture that can be kept indoors. Synthetic resin is both light and resistant to those temperatures. If you’re looking for wood, cedar, redwood and pine are favoured options as they help to insulate warmth. Many finishes can also be applied to wooden structures to help resist the environmental elements.
STRONG STRUCTURE, RIGHT FURNITURE
At the end of the day, what’s most important is that the structure for your space is strong enough to handle natural adversities; may it be snow, strong winds, waves, hot weather or heavy rainfall that prolongs. A strong foundation leads to a better and long-lasting space, and all your chosen furniture will have a longer lifespan. If you’re looking for a professional opinion for your space, get in touch with our team here for a free consultation!