EX­PERT TIPS

Mia Del­port, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Pa­tio Ware­house, shares her tips for pur­chas­ing a lounger

South African Garden and Home - - The Green Room -

Con­sider the space be­fore de­cid­ing on a par­tic­u­lar shape; some mod­els are big­ger than oth­ers and you don’t want to crowd the deck or pa­tio.

If you want to leave it out all year round, choose one made from long-last­ing alu­minium or good qual­ity branded ar­ti­fi­cial wicker. Look out for new tech­nol­ogy loungers. The fab­ric is UV re­sis­tant and the cush­ions are made from quickdry­ing foam, which if out in the rain, dries com­pletely within half an hour.

Choose a style in keep­ing with your ex­ist­ing out­door fur­ni­ture. If you al­ready have ar­ti­fi­cial wicker fur­ni­ture it makes sense to choose a lounger in the same ma­te­rial.

Make sure the lounger or sunbed is com­fort­able. Try it out in the store first.

If you need to move the loungers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, choose ones that are light­weight. On the other hand, if your out­door liv­ing area ex­pe­ri­ences strong winds, it may be bet­ter to choose mod­els that can’t be blown over eas­ily.

De­don Mbrace daybed, POR, Cane Time. Bello sun lounger, R16 999, Mo­belli Fur­ni­ture + Liv­ing. The Surf sun lounger, R20 515, Core Fur­ni­ture On­line. Cay­man sun lounger, (incl. cush­ion), R2 990, MØN ex­te­ri­ors. Juno fold­able lounger, R3 995, Block & Chisel. Xanadu daybed, POR, Mo­belli Fur­ni­ture + Liv­ing. Grace lounger, R3 990, Pa­tio Ware­house. Lily lounger, R4 990, Pa­tio Ware­house.

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