Outdoor materials

With a wide range of designs and materials you have plenty of choice when decorating your outdoor areas with House Doctor. Read on to learn more about our outdoor selection, the materials we use and how to best care for them, making sure they last for many seasons to come.

Bamboo

Bamboo is among the more strong and durable types of wood which makes it a great material for our outdoor furniture. While bamboo is quite durable, it is always a good idea to take good care of it to minimise everyday wear and tear. Leaving your bamboo furniture out in the rain is for example not recommended as it will shorten the lifespan of the material. If your furniture has become wet, we recommend wiping them dry with a cloth. In summer this might not be a problem, depending on where you live, but in wintertime it can be a good idea to either cover up your bamboo furniture or, even better, move them inside where it is dry. Regular cleaning with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap can extend the lifespan of the bamboo even further.

If bamboo is the right material for you, check out the light and timeless design of our Sedeo furniture which are all made from bamboo, creating a laid-back and coherent look in your outdoor areas.

Metal

Metal allows us to create versatile furniture like the Helo tables. When not in use, the Helo tabletop can be moved into an upright position, making the table a great fit for your outdoor areas – whatever the size. As with bamboo, it is best not to leave the metal tables out in the rain or cold and instead move them inside when not in use. This is made easier thanks to the movable tabletop. The best cleaning result is achieved by brushing off the tables to remove dust and dirt and then wiping them with a moist cloth.

Concrete

If you are looking for durable furniture in a material that can withstand the elements, concrete is the perfect choice. With concrete you can add an industrial, elegant look that beautifully contrasts your green plants and flowers. Since abrasive cleaners can damage the surface of the concrete, it is recommended to only use mild soaps and water to clean the furniture. If you spill during dinner, it is a good idea to wipe the furniture quickly as concrete can get stains from food, beverages and so on. We also recommend moving your concrete furniture with care in order to not cause any damage to them. The concrete is not frost safe so, depending on where you live, it can be a good idea to move the furniture inside during winter. Other than that, concrete is strong and a great pick for your outdoor furniture. Check out our concrete table called Stone for a minimalist, handcrafted design and smooth surfaces.

To sum up

Time for some final recommendations. While birdsong is among the many joys of summer, bird droppings can actually cause damage to your furniture due to their corrosive nature. It is therefore recommended that you clean these off quickly. If you cannot move your furniture inside or out of the rain, furniture covers can be a good investment. Just remember to pick one that is breathable to avoid a build-up of moisture, heat and mould underneath.

Nature can be hard on your furniture, but if you follow this guide, your furniture is certain to last for many years.

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