This is a question we are asked repeatedly, and we are happy to answer YES, you can confidently leave Design Concepts sofas and chairs outside through rain, wind and shine. Our furniture is specifically designed to be left outside year-round.


It’s true we spend more time in our gardens, decks and patios during the summer, but your outdoor furniture needn’t be stored away in winter.

Design Concepts have purposefully designed, manufactured and curated our range of durable outdoor furniture to withstand New Zealand weather conditions all year round. And for additional weather protection, we also include covers with our sofas, chairs and tables.

Simple, contemporary and elegant, our collections are designed in-house or by our suppliers’ design teams and manufactured by skilled craftsmen to ensure they are of the highest quality.

Innovative materials are fundamental to provide endurance and resistance and that’s why we only use Sunproof and Sunbrella water and fade resistant fabrics for our upholstered outdoor sofas and chairs. These fabric brands are made to last, and the highly resilient fabric is also dirt and mould resistant for easy cleaning.

Reticulated, quick dry foam is used exclusively throughout our outdoor furniture range to ensure you can make the most of sunny moments and not worry about getting wet pants.

High-performance Urecel foam is engineered specifically for outdoor use – from residential applications to marine environments. The large, open-cell structure ensures superior water drainage and prevents dirt, dust and irritants getting easily trapped and protects against mould growth.

The structural frame materials we use are specially selected for their practicality and durability. Metal framed furniture is made in either aluminium, which does not rust, or marine grade stainless steel which tolerates extreme temperatures better than most metals – its composition makes it virtually immune to rust and corrosion. Metal framing is then powder-coated for added resistance and good looks.

Our range of concrete tables and benches are strong, solid and built to last, while Teak outdoor furniture is particularly enduring in all weather conditions. Due to the natural oil content of the teak timber, it is extremely resistant to water, heat and UV.

Be wary of poor-quality imitations

We live in an environment that features extreme levels of UV, temperature fluctuations and rapidly changing weather conditions. A large proportion of the furniture imported into New Zealand is made for overseas climates and simply doesn’t stand up to our harsh environment. When selecting your outdoor furniture, the adage “Quality remains long after price is forgotten” is very appropriate. To ensure your furniture continues to look good for many years to come, regardless of the season or where in New Zealand you live, look for the composition of fabric and frame and the company’s warranty time period.

For advice on the care and maintenance of your Design Concepts please click here.

Our guarantee

Purchase your outdoor furniture from Design Concepts and you will have complete confidence that your outdoor setting will remain looking good, all year round.

For our detailed Warranty information and Terms & Conditions, please refer to our website.