How to make your outdoor furniture work indoors

Make every penny count with these great tips on how to love your outdoor furniture both inside & out.

British summer-time can be a thing of beauty - for those five minutes of sun before the heavens open up and you have to drag your furniture back inside. So, do I invest in beautiful sun loungers that I'm only going to enjoy a handful of times a year? Where will I store them in this tiny London flat? If you’re wondering the same thing, check out my foolproof summer items that you can use indoors and out.

Tip 1: Outdoor stool = Indoor side table

Habitat - Milton black round concrete garden stool £95.00, House Doctor - Pablo stool £127.00

These concrete stools are waterproof and robust, ideal for an extra seat outside at your BBQ and works perfectly indoors as a side table too.

Tip 2: Outdoor / Indoor Friendly plants & pots

Made - Jouko Set of 2 Fibre Cement Plant Pots £59.00

You can use these planters both inside and out, so add some greenery to your spaces with plants that love both environments.

Tip 3: Outdoor woven platters = Indoor wall art

The White Company - Seagrass woven placemat set of 2 £16.00, Made - Cam Set of 3 Seagrass £49.00

These seagrass platters are the best way to elevate your outdoor summer soirees. But don’t stash them away once the party’s over - put them on your wall to enjoy them all year round!

Tip 4: Outdoor BBQ food caddy = Indoor bar cart

Ikea - Klason trolley £100.00, West Elm - Fulton bar cart £335.00 Struggling to carry the cutlery, plates, glasses, ketchup and mustard outside for your BBQs? You need this food caddy that double as a drinks trolley in your living room when summer’s over.

Tip 5: Outdoor picnic rug = Indoor room rug

Ferm Living -way outdoor rug £ 183.00 , La Redoute - Loscan indoor/outdoor flat woven rug from £99.00

These waterproof rugs are made of recycled plastic bottles so you can soften your space with a clear conscience, both inside and outdoors.

Tip 6: Outdoor tableware = Indoor party-proof dinnerware

Royal Doulton pacific melamine dinner plate, Set of 4 £28.00

Royal Doulton makes a resin version of the classic blue and white plates, perfect for lending a contemporary touch to your outdoor dinners.

Tip 7: Outdoor lounger = Indoor occasional chairs

Maison Du Monde - Resin wicker and solid acacia garden armchair £270.00

This outdoor lounge chair work as the perfect sun lounger on a hot day. As the evening cools off, bring it inside and settle down for a movie.

Tip 8: Outdoor floor cushion = Indoor boudoir cushion

Zara Home - Wicker cushion £79.99

This oversized outdoor version adds a lovely addition to any picnic. Plus you can bring them back inside to keep channeling those summer vibes.

Tip 9: Outdoor Seat Cushions = Indoor Futon

Sklum - Said Futon £76.61, Madam Stoltz - Beige and Black Printed Cotton Mattress £80.49

Sun lounger & bench covers work wonderfully layered up on any floor space to make the Parisian daybed of your dreams, inside or out.

Tip 10: Outdoor LED candles = Indoor Bathroom Decor

Ikea - Godafton LED candle £3.00

Candles outside is a lovely idea but it’s near impossible to keep them from blowing out. These LED candles look like the real thing and are so much more practical. I’d even bring them inside for an easy way to create those warm flickers by a nice warm bath.

Tip 11: Outdoor / Indoor Nesting Tables

Maison Du Monde - Matte terracotta metal garden nesting tables £140.00

These metal nesting tables are designed for outdoor use but work perfectly inside too for a clean minimal aesthetic.

Tip 12: Outdoor Dinner Seating = Indoor hallway bench

Zara Home - Rustic wooden bench £229.99

Benches - the minimalist way to get more bums on seats. They’re perfect for your outdoor dining set-up and equally good as a spot to perch while you put your shoes on.

Tip 13: Outdoor / indoor dinner chairs & table

Maison Du Monde - Rattan effect resin and black metal chair £99.40, Round Matte Black Metal 4-Seater Garden Table £432.00

Forget the flimsy plastic outdoor furniture and get yourself a set of cool dining chairs that you can grab straight from your kitchen table and set them up outside, whatever the weather.

Tip 14: Outdoor Sofa = Indoor Sofa

Ikea - Havsten indoor/outdoor sofa from £200.00

Last but definitely not least, this outdoor sofa designed by IKEA embodies everything I love about the brand. It’s modular, water-resistant, affordable and somehow beautiful too. You can thank me later.

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