Daydream Leisure Furniture: The Story Behind the Furniture

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It recently came to our attention that our customers aren’t completely aware of what goes on behind the scenes at Daydream Leisure Furniture. So, we wanted to take a little time to shed some light on how we source and create the wide range of products available on our website and in our two large showrooms.

Consumers and clients often think that the products on our showroom floor are simply picked and ordered from a catalogue or a showroom somewhere; when in reality this couldn’t be further from the truth.  We have spent 18 years in the furniture business, forming relationships with Chinese manufacturers and European suppliers, ensuring the high-quality or design flexibility are what both we and our customers expect.

Jason and I take such pride in the development and creation of our products, really taking the time to focus on the trends, high-quality materials and designs that our customers appreciate and want.  Throughout the year we are constantly assessing our ranges and asking ourselves; What’s selling? What’s not? Can the less popular items be improved by design, colour or style? We are also always on the lookout for colour ranges and trends that are happening here and overseas so that we can find new and exciting products to offer our customers.

It’s important to remember that some trends or fads are not necessarily what sell; they can be impractical and not built for longevity, especially when dealing with outdoor elements.  This is especially true for our customers living on or near the coast. Anything we develop or decide to introduce to our range requires a lot of research and development to ensure that it will withstand our harsh weather conditions whilst still produced in a quality that meets our standards and delivers value for money for our customers.

We always put our customers first, focusing on quality products that will last a lifetime not just structurally, but because they offer longevity of style with classic, simple and high-quality designs. We also focus on having a strong line of products that can be mixed and match to suit our customers’ sense of style and colour choices. This includes our range of table bases and tops, tables and chairs and more; we believe the customisation and flexibility are what makes creating your space and furniture pieces extra special.

Jason spends countless nights with graph paper designing furniture. I often wonder when we will reach a point that there will be nothing new to design, but, after 18 years, it hasn’t happened yet.  When we decide on a design we like, we send the drawings to our factory and when we arrive to discuss our designs and choose our materials, a sample will be waiting for us. As well as full furniture samples, our relationship with the factory allows us to explore new colour ranges. We often post a Pantene colour or a laminate sample we would like to include in our range to the factory, and shortly after we will receive a sample of powder coated piece of aluminium with a complimenting fabric for us to view. It’s these relationships that allow us to pass such quality and customisation on to our customers.

During our annual visits to our China factory every January, we walk through the factory where the furniture is welded, powder coated, and assembled by hand.  We also watch the wicker weavers hand weaving our furniture, and watch the furniture go through quality control and be boxed up and ready to load on our containers.  We spend time in the sewing section, where the sewers work systematically sewing our cushion covers and slings in our very own exclusive fabric colours and qualities.  It is this hands-on experience that allows us to be involved in the production of our furniture range, that makes us even more passionate about the products we produce and supply for our customers.  It is also very interesting visiting the granite factory where the granite tables are made and also visiting where the granite is sourced.  This is a mind-blowing experience; being surrounded by miles and miles of street lined granite suppliers.   We enjoy every year each new experience that our visit to China provides.

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The appreciation our customers have for the insight, tips and support we provide makes our love for the furniture industry grow each and every year. We are proud of our ever growing range of products for both commercial and residential customers, including tables, chairs, benches, umbrellas, daybeds, outdoor sofas, pool sun lounges, homewares and everything in between.

You can browse our range online, drop by one of our showrooms in Warana and Noosa, or give us a call today to discuss your needs with our experienced team.

 

 

 

The Ultimate Summer BBQ: Entertaining Tips

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Summer is well and truly here, and I have to say, we are loving the warm sunshine! Where there is sunshine and good company, there is the perfect excuse for a weekend BBQ with friends. So dust off the grill and get your backyard or patio space ready for the ultimate summer entertaining experience in your very own garden.

Having a BBQ is all about simplicity and ease. To help make things easier for you we’ve put together these entertaining tips as a guide.

Enough Food To Feed Your Tribe

Preparing a meal for a large number of people doesn’t need to be stressful. The beautiful thing about a BBQ is that it’s a very informal and light-hearted event. Why not turn your BBQ into a pot-luck? You’ll provide the grilled meats, and your guests can bring along cheese platters, bread, salads, and even dessert. Classic favourites like sausages, kebabs, steaks, and rissoles are always a hit at our family BBQ. What will you be serving up?

BBQ’s are fantastic when it comes to recipe planning too. They offer so much versatility with the kinds of meals you can prepare. Jamie Oliver and Webber offer some scrumptious recipes online, to spark your tastebuds with inspiration.

Get Creative With Your Seating Options

Make sure you have enough outdoor furniture to accommodate all of your guests. From classic outdoor settings to picnic rugs on the grass, you can never have enough options for accommodating your mingling guests.

Entertaining ranges like the Nardi and Kwila suites are fantastic! They’re durable, stylish, and comfortable all year round. Plus, they offer incredibly versatile arrangements, so that you can find the perfect chairs to match your table and home decor. Bench seats and bar stools are also a great option when entertaining a big group of people. Visit Daydream Furniture before hosting your next BBQ and make sure your entertaining space is a hit this summer!

Keep The Kids Corner Busy

While you’re entertaining your guests at the ultimate summer BBQ, remember to keep the kids’ corner occupied too. There’s nothing worse than when all of the adults are having a great time and suddenly the kids start complaining that they’re bored. Perhaps plan a few fun activities for the littlies, or if you have a pool, you can encourage them to bring along their swimmers and floaties to take a dip?

There you have it. Use some of these tips and create the perfect entertaining space, no matter your budget. And when you’re ready to furnish your area with the latest in outdoor living and dining settings, look no further than Daydream Leisure Furniture. Our showrooms in Noosa and Warana are stocked with beautiful and stylish pieces to suit all tastes and budget. Shop our range online here or find us on Facebook.

 

The Advantages of Purchasing Furniture in a Bricks and Mortar Store

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While the lure of the internet can make shopping for clothes, furniture and well, almost anything, appealing, nothing quite beats the look and feel of the real thing.  Studies have actually shown that the effect of touching items that we love prior to purchase invokes a euphoric feeling, which is why we often refer to shopping as a feel-good experience or ‘retail therapy’.  Similar to purchasing clothing online, you simply can’t know for sure that your piece of furniture is the right fit until you are able to try it and see it in the space. Considering the cost of buying furniture can often be substantial, it’s worth weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing your furniture at a bricks and mortar store, rather than online.

 

Comfort & Quality

The convenience and almost infinite range of furniture available online can increase the temptation to purchase without actually testing or seeing the product in person. But most shoppers know that you need to sit down and feel a piece of furniture before you know it’s the one. Unfortunately, along with the benefits of having so much choice online thanks to overseas and online retailers, one of the biggest risks buying furniture online is that you can’t test or know the quality or comfort of a piece of furniture prior to purchase. From the seat material and zips to the structure and bolts, you need to be sure you are buying furniture that’s going to last. In a store, you have the ability to test and feel the quality of a piece, and a representative will be able to talk you through anything else you need to know regarding the upkeep and maintenance of your new purchase.  Alternatives which are significantly cheaper online can skimp on the quality of the parts or materials used in order to make a profit. This reduction in quality parts and materials means not only will the furniture have a shorter lifespan, but the comfort and colouring will be lacking from the beginning.

 

Colouring & Size

Behind the overwhelming amount of product choice online, there is also the risk of not getting exactly what you want. It’s no secret that products on the internet are often enhanced to look more appealing, colours are brighter and backgrounds are whiter, altering the overall appearance of the product. It’s not uncommon for someone to have purchased a stunning white couch online, to have it delivered and once it arrives you find it’s a cream colour.  When you are spending your hard-earned money on something you will be looking at every single day, it can be devastating to find it’s not what you thought it would be. The size of the furniture can be a similar scenario. While the product descriptions online should always have exact measurements included, sometimes customers can be fooled by an image that looks much larger than life.  Customers need to make sure they check the measurements and map out exactly where they will be in the space so that there are no surprises when the product is delivered. That beautiful teak outdoor setting might have 8 seats on the internet, but you need to read the fine print to know for sure that’s what you’re getting.

 

Price & Security

Many people shop online to find the best bargains and the cheapest price they can. It’s a tactic that will work for some, but if you want your furniture to last more than a few years it’s probably not the best approach. Quality furniture is not necessarily cheaper when bought online. In fact, prices are often on par, when you consider the shipping costs involved with buying from online retailers.  Another risk that’s associated with purchasing anything, including furniture online, is the security of your banking information and accounts. Consumers need to be increasingly aware of the sites they pass their personal information to. If a company’s website isn’t properly secure for online transactions, your information could be privy to hackers.

Bricks and mortar stores not only offer customers a beautiful showroom to look and feel around for the perfect item, they often also provide delivery for a small fee. Second to this, there is the added benefit of warranties available with the product. When purchasing furniture online, you may have a warranty in place but you will need to pay for the cost of sending the piece to the company, which can be a significant amount. Retail stores give you the peace of mind that there will be a real person you can go and speak to about any issues and a product warranty that you can rely on.

 

Customer Service

Perhaps one of the most underrated benefits of purchasing furniture in a physical store is the face-to-face communications with staff. In fact, a report by Retail Touchpoints highlighted that 90% of consumers say they are somewhat or extremely likely to make a purchase when they receive assistance from a helpful salesperson. It’s been shown that retailers that create high-value, personalised interactions provide a more satisfying experience for customers. Retail assistants not only provide customers with product information, they are also a great avenue for customers who want interior or styling advice for their interiors and exteriors.

We understand that being able to thoroughly check and sit on furniture, being able to see it in a space and having the help of a salesperson for advice and any questions has a huge impact on a customers’ furniture shopping experience. At Daydream Leisure Furniture, we wholeheartedly believe in customer experience and aim to provide the highest level of service in both our Warana and Noosa showrooms. View our range of high-quality outdoor leisure furniture and accessories online or visit one of our showrooms today and create your dream outdoor space.