What to consider when choosing outdoor furniture?


Good outdoor furniture is weatherproof, long-lasting and easy to maintain. It also helps to make your stay in urban space more comfortable and functional, therefore, it directs people towards using public space more and enjoying their time spent there. When choosing outdoor furniture, you need to keep in mind that it is a long-term decision and you need to consider the surrounding milieu and the exact place where the furniture is going to be installed. Therefore, when choosing outdoor furniture, you should pay attention to both design and quality in order to guarantee it is as convenient as possible and that it lasts for years.

Choose outdoor furniture according to its functionality

When choosing outdoor furniture, you need to start by defining its future function. For example, bus shelters ask for significantly different furniture than greeneries or areas surrounding shopping centres or business quarters, where in addition to benches and litter bins you should immediately think about bicycle storage solutions.
Moving on bikes and the greenway of thinking should definitely be encouraged. One opportunity for that is to create bicycle-parking areas in the proximity of office buildings and shopping centres. A modern and safe solution is to use bike racks, which enable the cyclists to lock their bicycles using a frame lock. Such bicycle racks, for example, are Move and Edge that have been produced in Estonia and which can easily be combined to make bigger bicycle-parking areas.
Litter bins in an urban area should be placed according to people’s moving habits. When considering convenience, it is more functional to place smaller bins more frequently, however, there are places where one big litter bin suits better. The Dambis’s Novus collection has elegant litter bins of all sizes and colours that are suitable for both indoors and outdoors.
The City collection, which also offers products in a wide variety of sizes and colours, is getting more and more popular in modern cityscapes. Among other things, the City collection has a special City 60 Doggy litter bin that is perfect for dog parks and residential areas, and which securely closing front flap guarantees hygiene, diminishes the smell and keeps the inside of the bin dry.

Consider the outdoor furniture’s design

The future location of outdoor furniture largely defines the design of the furniture. For example, a modern downtown area and high-rise buildings ask for absolutely different benches and bins than old and historic wooden settlements or a large and centuries-old park area do. If in a contemporary and modern environment we tend to have mostly airy and minimalistic outdoor furniture, then in historic settlements and green areas are more suitable for softer forms and more classical design.
A good solution for a historic and respectful environment is a Roda park bench with its beautiful classic line. When looking for a more modern bench, then the Vela bench might be ideal for you since it is big enough, yet it does not look heavy.
When planning the city environment, more and more attention is paid on how to create greenery near sitting areas. Beautiful flowers and smaller trees can easily be integrated into public space and city environment when using planters that suit well with benches. One example of such a solution can be achieved with the Penta Islands’s house-shaped bench modules that can be rearranged in a countless number of ways. It is possible to combine the modules with plants and planters and therefore make cosy and green sitting areas that are suitable for both smaller and bigger squares.

Right materials guarantee a long lifespan

The greatest enemy of outdoor furniture is undoubtedly our climate. When choosing furniture, you need to consider both sunshine and rain, heat and sub-zero degrees. When cheap materials tend to lose colour and break in our versatile climate, then quality materials have been processed according to our climate, thanks to which they last for significantly longer periods of time.
In addition to the weather, you also need to consider possible acts of vandalism when choosing outdoor furniture. Therefore it is not recommended to use details of more expensive metal nor other easily removable parts that are often either broken or damaged in the course of vandalism.
The most common materials used in the production of outdoor furniture are wood and metal. The most durable types of wood are larch, thermo ash and oak, also pine is used quite often. When it comes to metal, the most determinative feature is its corrosion resistance. Besides hot-dip galvanization, additional durability is achieved by powder coating, which is used for final finishing and providing the sleek look, but which also provides extra protection from rust and other types of corrosion. Take a look at our previous article on materials: “Quality materials guarantee product’s long durability”.

The most important factor when choosing outdoor furniture is its suitability into the urban space, but it must also look good after many years. When looking for suitable outdoor furniture, you should start from its function and location where it must suit. It is also very important to pay attention to the quality of the materials and how the materials have been processed in order to guarantee the outdoor furniture’s maximal convenience and lifespan. Dambis’s outdoor furniture has been made to decorate the city space for many years and it meets the highest possible standards. The product range includes bicycle racks, benches and litter bins, but also other types of urban furniture. Take a closer look at Dambis’s products at


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