Need advice for outdoor furniture in Singapore? These happy customers share how they chose key pieces for their outdoor living space, including rattan furniture sets, and what they love about them. It’s always good to hear recommendations from readers and what they think are the best outdoor furniture stores.
Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations for Rattan Furniture
Amanda Rackham (@allmyloveamanda), British
I was looking for outdoor furniture that would not only withstand the heavy downpours and scorching heat of Singapore, but also the potential messes that can occur with two young children! For the same reason, it had to be stain resistant and easy to clean up from food spills, tough games and messy art sessions. Finally, it had to be beautiful!
As an avid follower of Expat Living Hong Kong back when I lived there, I naturally used the magazine here as my bible for everything when we moved in the summer of 2021. When the first furniture in outdoor furniture I purchased broke after only a few months of use, I turned to your 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards in search of my outdoor furniture saviour! With Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations winning the gold award, I was confident that I would be in good hands.
I purchased two two-seater Sabeto outdoor sofas, the Sabeto outdoor lounger and the Wicklow outdoor serving cart. I love the simplicity yet detailed design of the Sabeto range – the beautiful rattan wicker stands out as a statement.
Our condo is very green and lush, and the collection blends perfectly with the style and tone I wanted for my outdoor cabana space. And the cart is great for moving food, drinks, snacks, dolls, cars, pencils, etc., between my cabin and home.
As cliché as it sounds, the whole shopping experience was seamless! From the first contact to customer service and after-sales support, I was taken care of by Paul who is very knowledgeable and patient in answering questions. He even suggested loaner service when I originally wanted to buy the Sabeto three-seater and it was out of stock.
There are so many items at Boulevard that I have on my wish list, including outdoor lantern lights, outdoor hanging chairs, and planter sets, to name a few!
43 Keppel Road, #W1-01/02/03
200 Turf Club Road, #01-18 The Grandstand (South)
80 Marine Parade Road, Boardwalk Parade #04-K3
6781 3211 | boulevardoutdoorfurniture.com
Arete Culture – Range of outdoor furniture
Sylwia Mulani, Polish
As an architect, I had a precise vision of my outdoor space, I wanted it to be a natural extension of our living space. The furniture had to adapt well to the deck and withstand the weather.
When we moved to Sentosa Cove, with a bigger outdoor space, I knew where to go – I’ve been reading Expat Living for years and Arete Culture was one of the first places I visited.
I ended up buying the New Costa Rica Lounge Set from them. It is a three-seater sofa, with two armchairs and a coffee table. The design is simple – a sturdy wooden frame with light gray fabric – which suits my minimalist taste. It is made of teak, with beautiful braiding and comfortable cushions.
The Arete team first gave me the space to do some research, then I was welcomed by Cherry who listened to my expectations and answered my questions – in store and also via WhatsApp as a follow-up . The piece I chose wasn’t actually in the showroom at the time. And while I normally prefer to see before I buy, I made an exception this time, choosing it from their catalog as the modern design and spec spoke to me; Cherry shared photos and videos of the piece in the warehouse. From purchase to next day delivery, everything went very well. And when I reported an issue with the structural base creating sound, we discussed a few solutions and it was replaced with no problem.
20 Depot Lane, #01-01/02
9640 3829 | areteculture.com
OHMM – Outdoor Furniture Store Singapore
Alan Teo, Singaporean
My requirements for outdoor furniture were exceptionally designed pieces with solid build quality and exceptional durability, which is especially important in Singapore’s harsh tropical climate.
I googled “outdoor furniture” and ended up going to a few furniture stores to take a look; I finally opted for OHMM because although it is more expensive, the superior build quality, stunning design and fine workmanship stand out from the rest.
Luckily, I ended up buying a beautiful eight-seater outdoor sofa set. I found the customer service experience extremely pleasant; there was ample parking available, store layout was a breeze and the customer service manager was very knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.
I’m in the process of renovating my pool deck and can’t wait to get another set of OHMM sofas, as well as an outdoor dining set to add a splash of color and totally refresh the space .
#03-09 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road
6836 2747 | ohmm.sg
Gallery 278 – Al fresco dining
Sara Zhang & Olivier Biot, Chinese & French
We were looking for a new dining table for our outdoor space, which is like an extension of our living room. It’s a place where our family can spend time together, and also a place where guests can relax.
The main criteria in our search for outdoor furniture was quality, especially given Singapore’s humid and unpredictable climate. Also, we live in Sentosa and our balcony gets direct morning sun until around 2pm – so quality is very important. When it comes to styles, we love classic, wooden, and tropical styles.
We had heard about Gallery 278 in Expat Living, and ended up buying a round wooden dining table from them, complete with four dining chairs. The table measures 1.2 meters in diameter – the perfect size for our balcony. My husband and I can have our meals or dinner there with friends.
Our shopping experience at Gallery 278 was seamless. We visited without a clear idea in mind, and they really listened to our needs and tried to understand our family size, lifestyle, and expectations. Using our floor plan as a starting point, they determined the perfect table size for our space and then gave us recommendations. The delivery service was great too. Also, when the original chairs turned out to be a little high for the table and for my height, the store offered a trimming service. Now the set is just perfect.
203A Henderson Road (Wing A), #11-01/02
6737 2322 | gallery278.com
The Furniture Makers – Outdoor Rattan Furniture
Anika Minocha, Australian
I searched high and low for a stylish and durable set of outdoor furniture, but many weren’t of the right quality or they were incredibly expensive (over $10,000). I was starting to get desperate until I came across this piece at The Furniture Makers after many Google searches of random phrases such as “Bali outdoor furniture” and “outdoor summer sofa”! It wasn’t a top google search which is a shame because I think all of their pieces are amazing.
I ended up buying the Furano sofa and the Furano chairs. They scream stylish Bali vibes, and I love the unique multi-dimensional rattan look; I also love the muted gray and toned brown look – I paired it with a cement table from the store to tie it all together.
The furniture makers were great! Yu Ting is very responsive on WhatsApp and it was easy to book an appointment. She helped me find my way around the store (a bit of a maze – I got lost in the loading dock!) and provided advice when I asked. Customer service was excellent; I love that they can fit almost anything. Same day delivery was no problem and they placed everything in the exact location I requested.
All of their pieces are beautiful – if I had more space, I’d smash everything! I especially love all of their rattan lounge chairs, including the Saturday Lounge Chair and the Wally Rattan Lounge Chair.
1 Upper Aljunied Link, #05-01 Joo Seng Warehouse (by appointment only)
9234 4966 | thefurnituremakers.co
Ancient wooded house
Renée Kok, Dutch
We were looking for a comfortable and nice outdoor lounge set – a quality set that would also last in the rain. We happened to be walking down Dempsey Hill, when we passed Woody Antique House.
The first thing we bought was actually an antique cabinet to store our china. In our Singapore home, we missed having internal storage space for things like cookware and china, so that was the main reason to buy. We also looked at other places but fell in love with this specific cabinet. The color, design and measurements were perfect for what we wanted.
We also bought the outdoor lounge set – we hadn’t brought ours when we moved from Holland, so we started looking for one very soon after arriving in Singapore. We liked this one at Woody Antique House; the price was quite expensive if you compare it to prices in Europe, but we bought it anyway because we liked it the best among those we had seen for its design. Service at the store was perfect, parking at Dempsey is easy – not much more to add; we are happy with everything! We may also return to Woody to review side tables in the future.
13 Dempsey Road, #01-05
6475 7036 | woodyantique.com
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This article first appeared in the June 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can buy the latest issue or subscribeso you never miss a copy!
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