> When selecting outdoor chairs, tables and sofas, consider the scale of the furniture in relation to your other outdoor furnishings, just as you would inside.
> If space is tight, go for non-solid objects made from open materials such as wire, slatted timber or rattan. They’ll create a more spacious, less cluttered feeling.
> If you go for a chair that has padded seats or cushions, think about where you might store them during winter.
> Remember that stackable chairs are a lot easier to keep tidy, both in your garden or storage.
> To keep your chairs and outdoor furniture protected in cold or wet weather, invest in some covers that are easy to throw over the top. Protecting your furniture will make it last a lot longer. 1 Low outdoor chair, $349, from Green With Envy. 2 Bailey outdoor dining chair, $85, from Target.
3 Rattan-look chair, $45, from Kmart. 4 Portobello chair, $329, from Ico Traders. 5 Cate chair, $129, from Early Settler. 6 Sydney outdoor wicker dining chair, $399, from Design Warehouse. 7 Helena one-seater, $1599, from The Design Depot. 8 Click dining chair, $299, from Houe. 9 Gypsy outdoor dining chair, $499, from Design Warehouse. 10 Saffron one-seater armchair, $599, from Early Settler. 11 Ellis outdoor dining chair, $95, from Target.