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Buy Your Outdoor Cushions Online in Australia

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Hands up who loves shopping?

Ok. Who loves online shopping?

Me too.

Its just so easy but beware the pitfalls of online shopping.

Here are a few tips or things to think about just before you give out your credit card details online …

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1. Is this a reputable company? Check out their About Us Page

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2. Are they overseas or in Australia? – check their contact us page to find out where your item is coming from. It may take days, weeks or months.

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3. Do they have a terms and conditions page? All shopping websites must have a legitimate terms and conditions page and these should be reasonable. see our Terms and Conditions

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4. Do they have a returns policy? Customers have a right to be able to return an item if it is broken, damaged or unsuitable for purpose. Make sure they have a reasonable returns policy. This should also be an easy process. see our Returns and Exchanges Policy

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5. Do they have any other online presence? Like a Facebook page, Instagram or Blog where you can get a better feel that they actually exist and are reputable? Search for feedback, testimonials or reviews for a particular company if you want to check what other people’s experiences have been like.

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6. Do they take PayPal as a payment option? – This is vital if you’re not 100% sure. If there is a problem and you don’t receive your item, PayPal’s policy is to refund the customer in full, so there’s much less risk in paying via PayPal.

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7. Do they offer any member discounts or Free Shipping?

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Tick all those boxes when you shop for outdoor cushions online with Beach Abode Living.

UV Treated Outdoor CushionsTo Buy Outdoor Cushions ONLINE

Visit our retail website now: www.beachabodeliving.com.au

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Colour in your outdoors

What properties does an OUTDOOR CUSHION have?

Ask anyone, they’ll say an outdoor cushion can be left outdoors and it will survive….

Hmmm, are we talking Bear Grylls type survival skills of a simple home decor item?

Apparently yes.

(Not to mention they should be good looking as well!)

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Most of us want any item we buy to do what it says on the packet, but many so called ‘outdoor cushions’ are either WATER RESISTANT or UV RESISTANT. The majority are not both.

But a 3rd property that is essential to any good quality outdoor cushion is MILDEW RESISTANCE.

Otherwise, they may actually start to develop black spots and stains after a few weeks exposed to heavy overnight condensation.

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I’m not saying an outdoor cushion should deflect bullets, but it should give the user suitable value for money considering the weather conditions the items will be exposed to.

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Insist on an outdoor cushion that suits your lifestyle and the environment in which you live.

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Buy outdoor cushions with at least these 3 properties:

  • UV Treated
  • Water Repellent
  • Mildew Resistant

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Even though Bear Grills is an “Outdoors Man”, he does venture indoors from time to time too, I’ve heard. “Outdoor Cushions” are no different. If you’re not using them for long periods, bring them in. They’ll last even longer.

Looking for outdoor cushions with all 3 properties?

View our range online now: www.beachabodeliving.com.au

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The Versatile Choice – Indoor / Outdoor Cushions

Let me tell you a story.

It was the first day of my holidays (back a few years ago when I was single and free) and my friend had offered me their holiday house down the coast for 2 whole weeks where I could come and go as I please, relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.

I was so excited to just spend some time out by the pool on the sun lounge, reading my new book and catching up on some gossip from some trashy magazines when I decided to increase my comfort level and take a few cushions outside too.

I had a lovely day and as I mixed a few cocktails, then that afternoon it suddenly started pouring with rain! Oh no! I’d left the cushions outside! Oh well. I’ll just hang them out to dry tomorrow, no problem…

Tomorrow it rained. The next day it rained. The day after that it also rained. Great Holiday! I hadn’t bothered to get the cushions in for a few days. What am I supposed to do with wet cushions anyway…. Put them on the line… Yep, so I did that. ‘Round the back in the sun. They’ll dry in no time, if the sun ever comes out again!

So almost 2 weeks went by. I forgot about the cushions on the line. it rained nearly every night, but the sun did come out every day of my last week at the holiday house. On the last day, as I packed up ready to leave, I remembered the cushions I had left out on the line out the back.

Good, they were dry, lucky hey! But as I un-pegged the first one, I could see fade marks from underneath the peg. Oh dear – Major fading had occurred!

I took the second one down, I noticed mildew starting to spot in the corners – GROSS! They were ruined. My friend is going to kill me!

What should I do now? There were only 2 options – Buy her some beautiful new cushions that she’ll love! or go into witness protection.

I chose to buy her some new indoor/outdoor cushions. Soft enough to use indoors but triple treated to resist sun, rain and mildew.

Problem solved and friendship saved.

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When trying to teach me value for money, my Dad always said:

“If you pay a little more now, you may lose a little, but pay too little now and you may lose the lot”

This can be said for spending a bit more money on buying good quality outdoor cushions now, so you don’t risk losing the lot by having to throw out ruined indoor cushions that have gone mildewy and faded in 2 weeks time.

It just makes good sense.

Thanks Dad xx

Swatch This Space…

Ever bought an item online only to be disappointed when it arrives on your doorstep because the colour is wrong?

Problem:
COLOUR-MORPH-ONLINE-A-PHOBIA – The fear of buying something online in case the colour of the actual item is different to what it appears on your computer screen.

Solution:
We now offer free SWATCHES!
(no, not the watches!) … FABRIC COLOUR SWATCHES, so you can see the colour of the fabric for yourself before you buy. Eliminating the disappointment if it’s not quite right.

Problem solved!

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Colours1. Choose a colour.

2. Ask us for a fabric colour swatch – info@beachabodeliving.com.au
    (Include your name, colour choice and address.)

3. Be 100% confident in your online purchase.

Just another reason to shop with Beach Abode Living.

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The 10 Commandments…

Sorry to mislead you. This segment is NOT about God, Jesus or biblical times, It is however about being RELIGIOUS… in taking care of your outdoor cushions.

OUTDOOR FABRIC TREATMENTS are designed to protect the material against the elements eg UV, water/rain or mildew, which makes them more durable when exposed to these elements than other fabrics, but this does not mean that they will never fade, never get wet or never have mildew.

OUR TRIPLE TREATED FABRICS have undergone Accelerated Weathering Tests to determine their durability and as a result, have been given a rating of 200hrs+ and an SPF rating of 50+

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Juli Case explains this process very well in her article. She says,

“Assessing how a fabric is going to perform outdoors is a tricky business. Not only is there sunlight damage to consider, but also potential damage from rain, atmospheric pollutants and other environmental factors.”

There are two basic ways to test the weatherability of fabric—direct weathering and accelerated weathering. Direct weathering is real time testing. As the name implies, a fabric is placed outside under very specific conditions, and its performance is measured. This type of testing uses real world conditions, but it also takes time. Years, even.

Accelerated weathering takes place in equipment that has been designed to simulate outdoor conditions, but at a much faster pace. Accelerated weathering is much faster than direct weathering, but the conditions are simulated, rather than real. To make the matter more complicated, different types of equipment use different light sources—carbon arc, xenon arc and fluorescent UV—and have different ways of simulating rain.”
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So, here are the 10 Commandments:

1. Thou Shall Store Outdoor Cushions In A Box or Shed When Not In Use

2. Thou Shall Remove Surface Dirt With Brush or Damp Cloth

3. Thou Shall Give an Occasional Wash To Keep Clean & Fresh

4. Thou Shall Remove Cushion Insert From Cover For Washing

5. Thou Shall Use Cold Hand Wash Separately

6. Thou Shall Use Detergent Sparingly

7. Thou Shall Rinse Well

8. Thou Shall Avoid Rubbing, Scrubbing, Bleaching or Soaking

9. Thou Shall Line Dry, Inside Out (Do Not Dry Clean or Tumble Dry)

10. Thou Shall Not Store Cushions or Cushion Covers Wet

At Beach Abode Living, we continually test and work to improve the performance of our outdoor fabrics. Just another reason to buy Beach Abode Living Products.

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Get All The Information

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You walk into a beautiful store, full of beautiful things.

You’re greeted by the shopkeeper:

“Good morning, let me know if there’s anything I can help you with.”

“Thankyou” you reply, but you probably prefer to be left to your own devices.

You browse the shop looking at everything and occasionally picking things up to turn them around in search of the tag.

You might find the brand name, or the price but perhaps occasionally you find something more.

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The answers to your questions. The solutions to your problems.

If you have ever experienced cushions that fade, cushions that have become mildewed or wet in the rain. You know that these are 3 things an OUTDOOR CUSHION MUST HAVE.

So now you also know you’re getting GREAT VALUE for MONEY.

Swing tags should give you more information about the product than just the price. They should help you make informed decisions, saving everybody time.

All our swing tags and care labels are designed to inform customers of the things they care about.

Just another reason to choose Beach Abode Living.

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Choosing A Director’s Chair Cover That Fits

You’ve had your old director’s chair for a few years now and although the faded navy blue canvas, mildew and bird poo stains are part of its charm, its finally time for….

 

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So you’re looking forward to transforming your old director’s chair …

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WARNING !


Don’t fall into the trap so many people do when buying a new DCC:

DID YOU KNOW there are many different sizes of director’s chair covers?

The last thing you want is one that doesn’t fit your chair.

  • Too small is a disaster – It’ll never fit
  • Too big – It’ll drag on the ground, get more crushed and folded, get dirty at the bottom and be a trip hazard!

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How To Avoid Disappointment with your new DCC:

- Measure your chair, write measurements down and check that the new cover you are going to buy has slightly larger measurements.

- They need a little bit of give so that they don’t rip or tear when sat on.

- 1-2cm at most.

 

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Now you know what you are looking for…

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How To Choose The Right Size Cushion Insert

 

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Ever wondered which size cushion insert you need for your cushion cover? or have cushion inserts that you need new covers for so you’re wondering what’s the best size cover to buy?

There are so many sizes of inserts out there and they increase in size usually by 5cm intervals eg

Square inserts Will fit cover Rectangular Inserts Will fit cover
35 x 35cm 30 x 30cm 35 x 55cm 30x 50cm
40 x 40cm 35 x 35cm 35 x 65cm 30 x 60cm
45 x 45cm 40 x 40cm 45 x 55cm 40 x 50cm
50 x 50cm 45 x 45cm 45 x 65cm 40 x 60cm
55 x 55cm 50 x 50cm 55 x 65cm 50 x 60cm
60 x 60cm 55 x 55cm
65 x 65cm 60 x 60cm

 

For plump, filled out cushions, you should always get an insert that is one size bigger than the cover as shown in the table above.

For instance:

if you have a 40x40cm cover, you’ll need a 45x45cm insert. -measured horizontally and vertically (not diagonally)

if you have a 45x45cm cover, you’ll need a 50x50cm insert and so on.

Likewise, if you have a 65 x 65cm insert, this will fit a 60x60cm cover nicely

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Great! Now that’s sorted, how do you put the insert in the cover?

Watch this quick and easy demonstration below.

 

If you wish to know more about this topic or buy inserts online visit www.beachabodeliving.com.au

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