What you need to entertain outdoors

With longer days and warmer nights, now is the perfect time of year to entertain outdoors. When it comes to setting up a great outdoor area, there are a few key ways to make your place shine this entertaining season.

Throw some shade

You can now pick up semi-permanent shade structures that not only look great but are easy to assemble. Slimline louvre panels and retractable designs give you ultimate flexibility in a frame that looks both contemporary and stylish. They’re also a cost-effective alternative to building a completely new pergola.

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Get comfortable

The right outdoor setting is not just a great place to sit and enjoy a meal with family and friends. It can also be a feature in itself. This season, we’ve seen a shift to lighter, brighter colours which can make your whole outdoor area feel modern and fresh. Purchasing lounges separately can also give you more flexibility in creating a space that suits your needs.

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Refresh your deck

A timber deck is not only a great spot to entertain, it can be like an extension of your home. Giving you an extra dining area or another space for the kids to play in. Because it is a high traffic area and can often be exposed to the elements, it’s a good idea to give it a good clean every so often. We’ll show you how easy it is to bring your deck back to life.

Set the mood

The right lighting can transform your outdoor area into something magical once the sun goes down. Whether it’s the soft twinkle of fairy lights to set the mood, path lighting for safety and security or accent lighting to highlight a particular feature of your garden. We have a wide range of outdoor lighting to choose from and you can find out more by reading our article on how to light your outdoors.

Prepare your BBQ

If your BBQ has been sitting idle since winter, it’s time to lift the cover and get it ready for the months ahead. We’ll show you how to clean and maintain your BBQ so it’s ready to fire up when you need it.

Keep your drinks cool

When you’re entertaining outdoors, you don’t want to be running inside every five minutes to replenish everyone’s drinks. An ice bucket can do the job if it’s not too hot, but an esky or ice box is even better for keeping your drinks cold.

Get your outdoors sorted

View the full range of outdoor entertaining available at your local Bunnings.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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