Outdoor Furniture

Wednesday, August 25th

Outdoor furniture is much sought after in Australia due to its beautiful climate and outdoor spaces. Most houses are equipped with larger decks to accommodate this outdoor living. To use this external living space to its full potential we source furniture that will make it most comfortable. Patio furniture and outdoor furniture have become prime articles.

Australia’s beautiful weather comes with a price however; it is very harsh on materials. Ever changing humidity levels, scorching sun & heat to the other extreme of hammering rains. Not particularly good for the longevity of furniture!

Only the best materials and products will last. We all know that cheap materials especially in timber furniture will warp and cup and do not stand the test of time.

To accommodate solid wood furniture, Tokens of Living supplies only FSC certified timber products or recycled timbers. FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.

In this age of sustainability, we at Tokens of Living believe that it is better for the planet and cheaper in the long run to acquire Patio furniture and outdoor furniture made from better made products and high end materials. Quality wood and timber furniture is made from timbers that have time to fully grow and dry accordingly. It is unacceptable that trees are harvested in such an early age to be used in furniture to find only after a short while that the materials do not sustain the weather conditions… Just for quick and cheap supply of timbers.

The consumption/throw away society needs to stop. We at Tokens Of Living strongly believe that if we all buy less and better, longer lasting products it will be so much better for the planet and for ourselves too.

Over time we have found that still one of the best timbers due to its natural oils, for Outdoor Furniture and Patio Furniture is Teak.

For outdoor use of Timber furniture and wood furniture the choice is to either let Teak weather with no maintenance and the timber becomes silvery grey or one can oil it with natural oils to seal and maintain it. However this needs regular maintenance.

Apart from their own imported teak products, Tokens of Living is also the retail outlet for Cotswold outdoor furniture on the Northern Beaches, with the following brands: Cotswold Teak, Fermob, Vincent Sheppard and Arbor Vetum Teak.

Another sustainable way for outdoor tables in particular, is to use stone tops with steel or stone bases. This has proven a good concept too at our store.

Currently we have added another product to our range that is a very natural way of outdoor living: ‘Coast’ beanbags, outdoor beanbags made of Sunbrella marine fabrics with a 5 year warranty. We found that a lot of the larger couch-type seating arrangements will ‘fix’ you to sit in one location. Flexibility is key and the ability to move in or out of the shade/Sun is highly desirable. ‘Coast’ Beanbags allow you to do exactly that. Needless to say they are very, very comfortable to sit in. And a last advantage is that they sit a bit lower than the standard seat, giving the opportunity to view the view under your deck railing.