4 Tips to protect your outdoor furniture from sun damage

Many of us value having an outdoor place to come home to, filled with plants, natural light and stylish outdoor furniture. However, the harmful rays of the Australian sun can damage both your skin and your furniture. Ultraviolet rays wear away your furniture’s sheen and gloss. Eventually, these can cause damage to the surface or, even worse, cause structural weakness. Regular maintenance is necessary if you want your outdoor furniture to last you through many summers. Here at Daydream Leisure furniture, we’ve created a few guidelines to make the process easier. 

Shade your furniture 

The best way to protect your furniture is by keeping it in the shade. Umbrellas have many benefits. Not only will they keep you cool, but they also reduce the amount of direct sunlight that your furniture receives. You can also arrange your furniture according to the sun’s position. This way, they’ll be kept under trees or a place where buildings block the sun. 

Store it indoors

Storing furniture inside when not in use for long periods of time or when the summer is over is one of the best things you can do to keep your outdoor lounge maintained. Doing this, which doesn’t take much time, can dramatically extend its lifespan and preserve its colour. The best thing you can do to protect the beauty of your outdoor furniture is to reduce the amount of UV exposure. 

Use furniture cover 

Investing in furniture covers is a good idea. It prevents direct sun exposure and protects it from the elements simultaneously. When you are not using your outdoor furniture, you can cover it. Ensure the covers are thick enough to protect your outdoor fittings from the sun. 

Choose the appropriate furniture 

While the previous steps will dramatically increase your furniture’s lifespan and prevent its colour from fading, choosing the right furniture will also make a noticeable difference. If you don’t know where to begin with picking the right furniture, you can read one of our previous blogs here. Otherwise, see us in-store, and one of our outdoor lounge experts will be able to help you find the perfect fit for your home.  

At Daydream Leisure Furniture, we understand how difficult it is to maintain your outdoor furniture. These tips will ensure that your outdoor living is maintained perfectly. If you have any questions, contact the experts at Daydream Leisure Furniture today! 

The Ultimate Guide to planning the perfect picnic for you and your loved one

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A romantic picnic is a great way to make Valentine’s Day special for you and your other half. It’s the perfect way to share bubbles and a cuddle or two. You’ll just need to pick your ideal spot, rock up with a stylish mat and bring your picnic basket filled with your favourite goodies – then all that’ll be left to do is settle in for a golden sunset. 

What to bring on your outdoor picnic

Our favourite time to picnic is late afternoon when the sun’s rays begin to fade, along with the heat of the day. As practised picnickers, our suggestion is to lay an outdoor rug under the cover of a shady tree or tucked up beside the for a little extra shelter and protection, if you decide to go earlier in the day.  

No one likes sand or dust in their food or drinks so make sure you bring a portable picnic table too. The legs unfold easily to make a sturdy table, complete with a pair of wine glass holders and plenty of room for a yummy cheese or antipasto platter too. Just as easy to fold away and carry home, it’s an absolute must for picnics, especially to the most remote romantic spots! 

We all love a picnic, but not the critters that can come join us, so consider one of our fantastic Shooaways too.

Romantic picnic food 

Delicious food and refreshments are a must-have for any picnic! Choose foods that are portable and won’t make a mess at your romantic picnic. Store-bought finger foods like almonds, olives, cured meats, gourmet cheese, and dips like hummus are quick and easy snacks. Bring a wooden board or a platter so you can make your own antipasto or charcuterie plate right there on the spot. Get innovative with heart-shaped pastries as another romantic picnic food option. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries are perfect for a hot summer picnic. A tip from us: Use cookie cutters to cut heart shapes out of them!   

Romantic picnic drinks 

Celebrate your love with a bottle of sparkling champagne! For an afternoon picnic, rosé and white wines are excellent alternatives or perhaps a case of your favourite craft beers for non-wine drinkers. Stay hydrated and bring lots of water, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outside in the sun. For a refreshing twist, infuse water with fruits like strawberries and lemon, as well as mint.

Romantic picnic activities & games 

Spending quality time together is the focus of a romantic picnic. This is the ideal moment to enjoy your favourite hobbies together. Going for a romantic walk along the pier or at your favourite park, reading your favourite novels together or playing music to create a more relaxing atmosphere a just a few ways to pass time. You might also enjoy spending the afternoon taking photos and capturing candid memories that will last a lifetime.

When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, the thing that matters most is spending quality time with your significant other; and a romantic picnic is a perfect way to do that. At DayDream Leisure furniture we have foldable picnic tables, rugs, and even shooaways to make this Valentine the perfect one for you and your someone special. Visit us in-store or give us a call and one of our furniture experts will be here to assist you. 

4 tips to enhance your outdoor pool area

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A well-designed swimming pool area can give your landscape a bit of sparkle. Because the swimming pool is the focal point of the backyard, you’ll need to figure out its shape, size, and position before moving on to the next step. You need to construct a space that inspires you in addition to the pool to create the backyard of your dreams. In this blog, we will give you 4 tips to enhance your swimming pool area. 

 

Creative lighting 

Use imaginative lighting to give your pool some personality. For the pool, you can use a variety of lighting options. Fiber optics, floaters, wall lights, and others. Pools with different colors look lovely during the night. Be sure that you will add lights to your pool. You should show off its beauty even in the nighttime. This will also make swimming more enjoyable. Ensure that your pool has lighting. Even at night, you should show off its attractiveness. This will also make swimming more enjoyable.

 

Outdoor furniture 

Consider installing a seating area near the pool. You could put daybeds or lounging chairs there. Even outdoor dining sets can be excellent for entertaining friends and family. Just make sure to get a set that will last despite being exposed to heat and rain. Take a look at our selection of outdoor furniture that is ideal for a poolside setting.

 

Water features 

Water features can be used for more than just gardening. It can also be incorporated into the water of your pool in the form of a fountain or waterfalls. Water elements have a significant impact on the experience of being in the backyard or at the pool.

 

Fire pits 

Consider adding a fire pit to enhance your outdoor pool area. The combination between fire and water is always stunning. It creates a good balance and can also enhance the appearance of your pool area. Apart from that, it may provide warmth and light to the area, which is ideal for night swimming and gatherings.

 

We hope this little list provides you with ideas for improving the appearance of your backyard and swimming pool. Contact the specialists at Daydream Leisure Furniture today if you’re looking for outdoor furniture to complement your pool area!

 

The ultimate guide to throwing the best outdoor Christmas party

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It’s that time of year when relaxing and dining move outdoors. Christmas falls during the summer months in Australia, so it’s the best time to celebrate outside. This blog will provide you with ideas to help you organise the best outdoor Christmas party without breaking the bank, regardless of your style.

Prepare your patio furniture for the holidays.

Cleaning and prepping for your party isn’t always easy or enjoyable when planning an event, but it is unquestionably one of the most crucial and required tasks. Start the weekend before your party by cleaning your house and outdoor space thoroughly. When doing last-minute preparations during the day, this will help to reduce stress.

Add a decorative touch 

Decorating for a Christmas party is a lot of fun. Put up your Christmas decorations if you have them stored away. Now is the moment to let your imagination run wild and start decorating. If arts and crafts are your thing, Pinterest has lots of inspiration, but if DIY decorations aren’t your style, you can easily find deals at Kmart, Target, Spotlight, and other places. Include fairy lights and modest centrepieces if you want to go for a basic and elegant look.

Christmas Icebreakers 

Christmas games are a terrific way to break the ice, especially if you have guests who don’t know each other. It’s also a terrific method to keep youngsters occupied  at the party. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites to make things a bit easier.

  • Christmas Charades: This ones simple, it’s the same as regular charades except with Christmas characters such as Santa, Rudolph, Grinch, Christmas elf, Scrooge and others. 
  • Pin the tail on Rudolph: Just like pin the donkey but instead of the donkey you have rudolph. You can order one online or just draw your own rudolph. 
  • Christmas trivia: Trivia but with questions relating to Christmas. 

An outdoor Christmas gathering can be perfectly highlighted with a new outdoor setting. Check out our collection of outdoor furniture and don’t forget to accessorise with perfect pillows, tables and umbrellas and additional outdoor chairs for those unexpected plus-one. 

If you have any questions contact the experts at Daydream furniture today! 

 

A guide to your outdoor furniture care this summer

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As the weather warms up here, you begin spending more time outdoors, making sure your outdoor furniture is ready for summer by cleaning any dirt, pollen, or other debris that may have gathered over the offseason. If you don’t take care of your furniture, it may begin to seem worn.  In this blog, we share some tips on how to refresh your outdoor furniture in time for summer and care for it throughout the season.

We’ll give you some tips on how to spruce up your outdoor furniture ready for use, so you can spend less time cleaning and more time getting back to relaxing and entertaining.

Outdoor Furniture Made of Timber

Cleaning your outdoor furniture is as simple as brushing it off and wiping it down with a damp towel or a mild soapy solution.  If your timber furniture has weathered, you will need to sand it back and then apply your chosen finish.  If it has not weathered and sanding is not required, then applying an oil or water based sealant will certainly refresh your timber. For Kwila timber furniture, we recommend Kasule Kwila oil.  For teak timber, there are many options, and it depends on what you want your teak to look like.

Outdoor Furniture made of Aluminum

 Aluminium is an excellent choice for outdoor use.  To maintain aluminium furniture you should clean it with a soap and water solution before rinsing with clean water.

Cushions and Fabrics

The fabric that covers the cushions of sofas and lounge chairs is an important aspect of outdoor furniture care. As they are exposed to the elements, they should be cleaned on a regular basis with mild soap and a lukewarm water solution. Most quality outdoor cushion covers can be removed and placed in a washing machine on a delicate wash.  However, check the recommendations for your cushions.

We know it’s hard to keep on top of your outdoor living space, so we hope these few tips and tricks help when sprucing your furniture back to life ready for the Summer months!

If you are looking for new pieces of furniture this Summer, come into Daydream Leisure furniture or if you are looking for advice on how to care for your outdoor furniture contact us today!

3 tips for choosing a style of outdoor furniture for your business

You have spent time creating a brand identity that tells the story of your business perfectly. Your workspace is a carefully crafted showcase of your brand’s aesthetic, for both your customers and your employees. Choosing the right style of outdoor furniture for your business can be the icing on the cake!

If you are considering which style of outdoor furniture to choose for your business, we have put together some tips to guide you through the process.

Review the space

A great place to start is to get a feel for your outdoor space and consider how it will be used.

  • Know your space- Get outside and take a look around! Are there beautiful natural features to enhance? A view to enjoy? Do you need to provide shade or privacy screening? Understanding the space is key to knowing what it needs.
  • Know your users – Put yourself in the shoes of your outdoor space’s “target audience”. Employees eating lunch may have different needs to your prospective clients. Think about what you need to make the space inviting and comfortable for the people who will use it.

Enhance your brand

Your outdoor space is an extension of your business, so you want to be sure that the style is consistent with your brand.

  • Colours – using your brand’s colours will create an exterior space that maintains your business influence. You may want to include branding or your business logo for an extra touch
  • Continuity – Choose furniture that compliments your workspace’s interior design to create a cohesive look and an easy indoor-outdoor flow.

A look that’s built to last

Furnishing your outdoor space is an investment. Choosing the right materials for the climate and your desired look can ensure your outdoor space will look great for years. And knowing what your outdoor furniture will be up against could save you time and money in the long run.

  • Aluminium – if a clean, simple look is what you’re looking for, aluminium furniture will fit the bill. It’s strong yet lightweight, and teamed with UV-resistant fabrics it will stand the test of time.
  • Natural wood – the beauty and warmth of natural wood is hard to beat. Popular choices are teak for its beachy blond hues or the warm red-brown tones of kwila. Natural wood furniture is beautiful but also durable, and with proper care will last a lifetime.
  • Resin – combining European style with quality and durability, resin furniture could be the perfect choice for your outdoor space. It is UV-resistant so will stand up to the harshest weather.
  • Wicker – versatile wicker furniture can create a colonial feel or a luxurious vibe. Modern synthetic wicker creates that much-loved look but is built to last in the Australian climate.

At Daydream Leisure Furniture we provide a wide range of styles and finishes to create the perfect look for your outdoor space. We use the highest quality materials and Sunproof™ fabrics so you know that whatever style you choose will look great for years to come. We also offer service and repairs to our commercial clients on the Sunshine Coast!

If you are struggling with choosing a style of outdoor furniture for your business, contact us or come in-store to chat with our friendly staff.

The best type of outdoor furniture for your industry

The type of outdoor furniture your business uses can significantly influence your brand, the type of customers you attract and the type of employees that you retain. Choosing the right kind of outdoor furniture for your industry is essential to creating a positive visual impression, maintaining a positive brand influence and developing an attractive and comfortable aesthetic for your customers and employees.

 

If you’re unsure what kind of outdoor furniture is essential for your business, we’ve put an industry specific list of outdoor furniture you’ll need for your business.

 

Hotels & Resorts

As a hotel or resort manager, it’s your responsibility to accommodate a variety of different people from different locations! It’s important for you to remember that you’ll need to furnish a number of different spaces around the resort including guest’s balconies and outdoor areas including the pool side. We’d recommend the following outdoor furniture:

  • Dining tables and chairs – Hotels and resorts often have plenty of outdoor space available to guests! Furnishing these spaces creates a place for your guests to enjoy sunsets, eat their meals and hang out. You should consider furniture that’s comfortable and low-maintenance.
  • Lounge chairs or Day beds – Guests are usually at hotels or resorts to relax! Creating an outdoor space where your guests can enjoy cocktails by the pool or just soak up the sun is essential.
  • Umbrellas – Guests can often stay by the poolside for hours at a time. Ensuring there is plenty of shade around will protect them from UV rays!

 

Restaurants

When choosing outdoor furniture for your restaurant it’s important to remember that your furniture needs to be inviting to customers. The type of food and atmosphere that you’d like to create will determine the type of outdoor furniture you’ll need. When furnishing a restaurant you’ll always need:

  • Tables and chairs – Having outdoor furniture where your customers can enjoy their drinks and meals comfortably is essential!
  • Benches- If your restaurant has an outdoor area that isn’t furnished, that’s wasted potential! Create an attractive area outside with benches and picnic tables. You could also set up lounge chairs for your guests to relax.
  • Umbrellas – If you’re setting up an outdoor area, it’s important to protect your guests from the sun’s harsh rays or any unexpected rain. Umbrellas are a great way to do this!

 

Offices

After spending all day inside the office, during breaks employees can often be found outside enjoying the day! Placing furniture outside your office areas where your employees can have lunch and chat is a great way to increase productivity and boost their mood. We’d recommend the following outdoor  furniture:

  • Picnic tables and chairs – Setting up picnic tables outside the office is a great way to give your employees a place to eat for lunch when the weather is nice! If you’d prefer a more professional look then we’d recommend having outdoor tables and chairs.
  • Umbrellas – If there’s no shade available at your office, umbrellas will be a necessity to protect your employees from the sun or rain.

 

Here at Daydream, we provide a variety of high quality outdoor furniture suitable for all commercial industries! We can facilitate custom orders and create custom packages to provide stylish and cohesive furniture choices For commercial clients on the Sunshine Coast, we also offer onsite consultations, service and repairs!

 

Experience the benefits of becoming a daydream commercial partner today! Apply and reap the rewards.

4 Tips to Improve Restaurant Ambiance

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Think of the last time you went to a restaurant, what drew you to dine in? Was it their great taste in music or the appeal of their authentic interior design? Whatever the reason may be, having the perfect restaurant ambiance is essential to spark interest in customers. If you’re not sure where to start, we have some great tips to create the perfect restaurant ambience and enhance your customers’ dining experience. 

Lighting

This one sets the mood. Picking the lighting in your restaurant will depend on the type of ambiance you’d like to create. If you have a certain mood you’re trying to capture, ensure that your lighting reflects this! 

If the majority of your customers dine in the evening we’d recommend not using harsh or bright lightning and instead opting for dim lights or a soft glow. This will allow your customers to relax and wind down. 

Bright lighting would be perfect for cafes or more breakfast focused restaurants to create a light and bright feel and wake your customers up.

Music

Great music can draw customers to dine in at your restaurant but it also drowns out the noise of other customer’s conversations. 

When it’s peak hour and your restaurant is filled with customers, you want to create the illusion that they’re the only customer in your restaurant. The only way to do this is by playing music. 

The music you play should reflect the theme of your restaurant and the ambiance you’d like to create. We’d recommend playing energetic music during the day and quieter music in the evenings to promote relaxation. You could even get creative and have themed nights where you play particular music to enhance the particular theme you choose for the night. 

Entertainment

Whether it’s a local busker, a popular artist or even a stand up comedian, planning entertainment to play on busy nights will increase the number of customers in your restaurant. 

Live entertainment often draws the attention of the performers’ fans, they’ll discover your restaurant and want to see the act perform. This will increase the chance of those individuals grabbing a bit to eat or ordering a couple of drinks. We’d also recommend a karaoke or open mic night depending on the type of restaurant you own and ambiance you’re trying to create. 

Furniture

Interior design trends are constantly changing and as a restaurant it’s important that your furniture reflects these trends while staying true to your brand’s theme and style. Updating your restaurant’s furniture every now and then is a great way to ensure that your restaurant’s interior design stays relevant and fresh. 

At Daydream, we specialise in high quality outdoor furniture with a diverse range of styles to choose from to suit your restaurant’s style. To help ease the process of choosing new furniture, we can create tailored furniture packages to suit your restaurant’s particular needs. 

These simple tips provide great and easy ways to create the perfect ambiance for your restaurant. From lightning to music, there are many ways that you can enhance your customers’ restaurant experience. If you’re a business owner that’s looking to refresh their restaurant’s furniture, contact the team at Daydream today and we’ll create a tailored package that’s perfect for you!

How to enjoy your outdoor living area in Winter

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As the cooler season kicks in, your outdoor living area might not be getting the attention that it deserves! With less and less people opting to snuggle up in the comfort of their homes to escape the chill. What if we told you that the hard work you’ve put into your outdoor area in the warmer months, doesn’t have to go to waste in Winter? We have 5 easy ways you can enjoy your outdoor living space this Winter. 

Add a little sparkle with some fairy lights

Have a little fun with decorating this Winter and invest in some fairy lights! These lights are an inexpensive and easy way to jazz up your outdoor space! From jar string fairy lights to rope lights, there’s plenty of options to choose from. So if you’re looking for a way to make your outdoor space a little more inviting this winter, we’d recommend adding a little sparkle to your space! 

Gather round a fire pit

Looking to spend a little more time outside but can’t stand the cold? The addition of a fire pit to your backyard is a great way to chase away the chill! Not only can a fire pit keep you warm, it also adds a stylish touch to any outdoor area! With a ton of varieties to choose from this accessory can keep you warm throughout Winter so you can take full advantage of your outdoor area. 

Buy some blankets and throws

Blankets and throws are a must-have for keeping warm and cosy! Many of us have our blankets stocked away in the cupboard just waiting for Winter to come. Well it’s here! So get those blankets out and add them to your outdoor lounge. The addition of a blanket helps create a cosy and warm outside area. We’d suggest throwing large cushions to accompany them to add that extra bit of comfort. 

Invest in high quality outdoor furniture 

There’s nothing worse than having your favourite outdoor furniture destroyed by Winter moisture! If your outdoor furniture just isn’t withstanding the elements we’d recommend investing in high quality furniture that’ll last all year long. Our Nardi range is perfect for adding a little colour to your backyard. If colour isn’t what you’re looking for this Winter, we’ve got plenty of other furniture options including aluminium, teak and resin polypropylene.

Here at Daydream, we are passionate about providing stylish and high quality outdoor furniture. Contact our friendly team today or check out our range here.

How to increase low season occupancy rates

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Every resort owner knows that there are constant ebbs and flows in the holiday industry, as the seasons change and the cooler weather returns it brings high vacancy rates with it. So it’s important that every resort owner knows what they can do to increase their low season occupancy rates. Here are our tips! 

Reward Loyal Customers: 

Rewarding your loyal and repeat customers is a great way to decrease vacancies during low occupancy seasons. As a resort owner/manager you should not only be focusing on attracting new guests but maintaining your loyal customers! 

Your loyal customers are one of your best marketing assets so it’s always worth rewarding them with great guest experiences each time they stay at your resort. Ensuring that you continuously reward your loyal customers ensures that they’ll promote your business and provide you with more new bookings. 

We’d recommend utilising this strategy during peak season, to attract the most guests for their next stay. 

Implement seasonal deals:

Everyone loves a good bargain on their holiday including your resort guests! Discounted stays during your low occupancy season is a great tactic for decreasing vacancies. 

Attract more travellers and even locals during your low occupancy seasons by providing discounts. Travellers are always searching for ways to get more bang for their buck, especially in the low season. So, providing discounted rates that are effective and clear can really increase your bookings. 

We’d recommend encouraging your guests to stay longer as they add in their dates. We’d also suggest discounts on group bookings to encourage families and business groups to stay at your resort. 

Organise events:

Events are a consistent way to increase revenue for resorts during low occupancy seasons. Unlike the holiday season, events are something that consistently occur year round making them a reliable way to increase occupancy by up-selling extra services to attendees. 

Always keep an eye out for local events such as gigs, parties and comedy events that could be happening in the area. These are likely to attract guests from fat and wide, which means they are more likely to need a place to stay at your resort if you up-sell effectively. 

Update your furniture:

Low occupancy isn’t always a bad thing! The low seasons give you time to update and prepare your resort for the next influx of guests. What better way to spend your down time than updating the furniture around your resort? Here at Daydream, we can keep your outdoor area looking cohesive and stylish all year around! If you’re looking to invest some time in updating and maintaining your resort furniture this low season, contact our wholesale team via our website or on 5493 4277.