Friday, April 30, 2010

Australian Patio Furniture??, Sydney

I could shoot this same picture all over Sydney.

So, what’s the deal with the house couch on the front porch?


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  1. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 5:40 am

    wonder how quickly it grows mold…

  2. a speer

    April 30, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I like to think if I had a patio like that, this is what the furniture would look like. The best part about it is, it just works.

  3. Zac

    April 30, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Why not?

    Most of those terraces are low rent, usually multi-tenant student accomodation. You find a couch by the side of the road ready to be taken to the tip.. drag it to your place with the help of your mates.. and voila, an excellent place to drink tea / beer with a friend and watch life pass you by..

    You don't usually find the porch-couch in front of the nicer pricier terraces in East Sydney / expensive parts of Glebe.. I guess some turn their nose up at it.. but that's speaking more of the gentrification of the traditionally bohemian inner west, and that's a different story altogether.

  4. Ann

    April 30, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Not enough room inside.

    • cappone

      December 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      totally agree…

  5. mynaturalanthem

    April 30, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Well, they're comfortable of course!

  6. indigo16

    April 30, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I shot many similar photographs when I was in Cyprus over Christmas. They tend to go for wood and plastic more than fabric, but is was the same in every porch, village after village.
    It was like a constant stream of William Eggleston viewpoints.

  7. La fille du marais

    April 30, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I absolutely love it. In a couch for a perfect chill-out.

  8. Lissy

    April 30, 2010 at 5:46 am

    uhmmm what's the deal?

  9. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Cause it's warm, doesn't rain very often, they're more comfortable and most importantly it's cheaper to drag home the couch your neighbour puts out on hard reduse day then to buy actual outdoor furniture.

  10. jill

    April 30, 2010 at 5:48 am

    It's how we do

  11. teresa

    April 30, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I'm from NZ, not Australia, but you'll see a similar thing here. Most likely they're student flats.

  12. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 5:50 am

    It looks like you're in Darlinghusrt…. these terraces are usually teeny tiny, dark and with little or no backyard to speak of. A lounge on the patio is great for hot nights, cigarette breaks and watching the passing parade.

  13. Emily McGuire

    April 30, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Great photos. I saw the same set-up happening when I was in Sydney a few years ago. I love it; bring the inside outside without sacrificing comfort! Plus, being Sydney, it is done in an ultra-stylish manner, naturally.

    I can just imagine a bunch of trendy hipsters with their de-caf and bi-annual fashion magazines lounging on the leopard print number!

  14. I'm a mean street kid.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:52 am

    we aussies just like to sit by the front door with a beer in our hands and watch the people walk by!

  15. VVRI

    April 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

    let me guess your in either Redfern, Surry Hills, Waterloo, Darlinghurst or Paddington. Its the intoxicated roommate bed/bad boyfriend bed/or afternoon drinks type of couch, usually.

  16. saba

    April 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

    aussies know HOW to enjoy life.. so movin back !! im done in sweden

  17. ruby

    April 30, 2010 at 5:55 am

    because the weather here is so beautiful, and we like to be comfortable. that's why it makes sense to me, at least.

  18. Henri

    April 30, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Awesome. I did this recently, couch on the lawn, chilling out redneck style.

  19. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I think it's just an aussie and sharehouse thing… Happens whereever there's student sharehouses, all over Australia.
    …. exactly what Zac said.
    It's much cheaper than buying outdoor furniture, the fuel used for transportation on it is hardly anything because you need to drag it and it's comfortable. An because it would hardly rain into the terrace front veranda, hardly any mould.
    comfy too…

  20. Colleen

    April 30, 2010 at 5:58 am

    This is an Australian shared-house institution! It symbolizes parties, late afternoon beers and mid-morning cups of tea.

  21. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Oh dear. The memories! When I lived in Melbourne we had at the highest count 16 sofas in our shared house and its garden. I think we sourced most of ours from either hard rubbish days or the local op shop (thank you Brotherhood of St Lawrence!).
    Good times, good times…

  22. pentagramica

    April 30, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Because it's a comfortable place to sit in the sun and watch the passers-by! If I had my way, there'd be a couch on my back verandah so I could sit in the sun and read my book!

    p.s. I doubt you'd have that much trouble with mould.. it's not that wet here.

  23. sevendialsgirl

    April 30, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Ha ha! It's so true. My brother lives in Melbourne and everyone there just seems to rock the old furniture from inside on their porch instead. The Aussies seem to like it, I think it looks a little like they're waiting for the junk collector to come…

  24. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Uni students and share houses… Porch = extra living space. On a Sydney Summers night a drink on the porch after uni with friends, very nice! Im guessing you where in Surry Hills?

  25. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 6:02 am

    cause thats how we roll..the best place for people watching..especially in surry hills/darlinghurst

  26. Luca

    April 30, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Haha – this must be Surry Hills – its for sleeping on when you stumble home late from a night out and have forgotten your house keys (or are not in a state to fit the key in the lock), not uncommon! lol

  27. Siobhan Curran

    April 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

    We don't call them patios. They are front verandahs. And it is one of the most comfiest ways to watch the workd go by.

  28. mimi

    April 30, 2010 at 6:13 am

    four words: student housing/share accommodation.

    not very glam, but comfy all the same. plus, also practical – those terrace houses are tiny.. no room for much furniture.

  29. AnastasiaC

    April 30, 2010 at 6:16 am

    oh gosh – thats awful!!!
    being a Sydney sider …thats SO embarrassing….but guess its a comfy way to watch the world go by…

  30. the maisies

    April 30, 2010 at 6:25 am

    to sit, smoke, drink tea or wine or beer, enjoy the warm weather and watch passers-by. i'd say 90% of those couches are picked up from hard rubbish. terrace houses are tiny and dark, and if it's warm enough, why not just have your living room outside?

  31. Lauren

    April 30, 2010 at 6:30 am

    We do the same thing here in Melbourne!

  32. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 6:36 am

    It's a great way to save perfectly good furniture from going to the tip. Personally all my furniture in our sharehouse is rescued from curbsides. I used to think it was just a student thing but now I'm working and I still do it. Who wants to spend money on cheaply made (but expensively priced!) new furniture when the old stuff is just as good and looks COOL? Not I.

  33. truffles

    April 30, 2010 at 6:37 am

    its much cooler than being inside! and you can chat to the locals

  34. lungile

    April 30, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Coz its better that sitting on plastic ar wrought iron

  35. SydneyGal

    April 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

    With reference to Diana Vreeland… if you have constant fabulous weather, why not bring all things indoors outdoors!!!

  36. saradowle

    April 30, 2010 at 7:10 am

    What a great idea, they'd get soaked here in the UK!
    Last night there was a programme on tv about Sydney, now I reeeeally want to visit!

  37. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 7:12 am

    If they were nicer they'd be stolen. The good ones are probably on the back porch.
    I think I'd prefer to put big plants there!

  38. simple things

    April 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I love the traditional Australian front verandah couch. They are not unique to Sydney – I've seen them in every major Australian city that I have visited. They are great for relaxing and watching the world go by.

  39. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

    its because we [students] are awesome.

  40. Lara

    April 30, 2010 at 7:29 am

    It's an outside couch! Outside couches are a simply glorious phenomenon. They bring the comfort of the inside of your home outdoors. Usually rescued from the kerbside rubbish collections. I sometimes wonder what my future outside couches will be like.

  41. Nick

    April 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Scotty its the same in melbourne

  42. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

    What's the deal? It's self-explanatory – sociable and comfortable!

  43. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 7:46 am

    this is my hood so i shall share my view…

    probably couch was found on council rubbish collection day… not a stylish find but a useful one.

    this is not a small terrace, it is at least a 4 metre wide front, which by Newtown standards is enormous… would have at least 3-5 bedrooms…it may be Surry Hills or Paddo. Rents are ever increasing in the inner city here and out of necessity you have to collect furniture this way.

    tenants are likely smokers. we don't like cigarettes much in Oz.

  44. bawkbawk

    April 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

    this made me extremely homesick (for melbourne)!

    & yes, its for drinking beers & smoking & etc etc. Some of the best summer nights are spent on such couches.

  45. Mandy

    April 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

    You see that occasionally in North Carolina. But more recliners, I'd say. Especially in old houses that may not have AC.

  46. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Come up north to Queensland where there are real verandas – we love and live in our outdoor rooms!

  47. Felicity

    April 30, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Reminds me of frat row.

  48. Ellie

    April 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I love my couch. I like being outside while maintaining that "in-doorsy" feel.

  49. Emily Play

    April 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    It's our thing. Like, how in other countries people put a flag out the front of their house. We put a couch.


    April 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

    It's the same as a stoop in the US.

    The couch on the porch provides a nice comfy way to watch the world go buy.

    These are typically found at student flats where there's always an old couch kicking about.

  51. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    It's widely known as recycling – reusing what we have and reducing our global footprint. Yes, they're probably relics of previous tenants and it's mostly likely of a share house. What dumbfounds me are your regular naive comments in your blog and book. It's a contradiction for a well-travelled person. Is it suppose to humour or simply to condescend?

  52. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

    It's too hot to sit inside so share houses or student houses often put a couch on the patio for drinking beers.

    On some days you'll see they drag out their tv's to watch the cricket.


    April 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

    it's perfect for chilling out on a nice day.

  54. jenson

    April 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

    aussies love to sit out in the sun

  55. lesdeux

    April 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Yea, this seems to be what most of them look around in the inner city area like Surry Hills, Glebe etc – a lot of the time, students co-renting / hippy-like people living there.

  56. Lucy

    April 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Porch couch! I have of these on my porch in Melbourne. Student furniture staple.

    We, in fact, bought ourselves a couch to go on our porch before one for inside! Good for warm nights of wine drinking and a comfy outdoor reading spot.

  57. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Sigh, reminds me of Crown Street days in Surry Hills, we had a sofa on our terrace porch too and for all the reasons mentioned, nice to be taken back, seems so far away in London

  58. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The cheetah print on the bottom works, but the other couch looks like a class-less, blob-like lump next to the door that is begging to be put out of its misery. You would think that if someone would set a fabric-covered piece of furniture on the front porch, they would at least have the decency to throw a tarp on it when not in use. Coninuing visits by strays can set (FAST!) the whole business in motion for the retiring a piece of outdoored-indoor furniture

  59. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I've seen the exact same thing in some North American cities, including as far North as Toronto. It's always in the more underprivileged/student neighbourhoods.

  60. Little Kell

    April 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Some of my best and fondest memories are of sitting on a couch out the front of a terrace in Surry Hills with the gang, drinking and watching the people. Grimey and awesome. Thank you for posting these! It's so Sydney!

  61. Just me and my bon genre!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

    People down under are laid back! Couch is there for the mates to come down have a chat & a beer, then pass out not on the mouldy gutter but on the comfy couch! :)

  62. neil

    April 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

    It's where the husband sleeps when the wife locks him out for being in the pubs to late.

  63. Ayesha

    April 30, 2010 at 9:44 am

    eew..that is embarrassing! And may I add, not at all representative of all Australian porches! But each to their own I suppose! Just not my idea of comfort! :)

  64. msd

    April 30, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hilarious! I never realised how weird this looked to outsiders.

    As others have said, the couch is a sure sign it's a share house full of young people, probably university students.

    What happens is this… someone moves out (generally after forgetting to pay the last phone bill) and leaves a crusty old couch they don't want anymore. No-one else can be bothered to take it away so it migrates to the front. Alternately, someone drags it out onto the street and someone else down the road drags it back over to their house. (Free couch, woo hoo!)

    It's cold and rainy this week but in Summer you often see young people smoking/drinking/talking on the couches. Space is at a premium so the front of the house becomes a second living room. It's very useful when the actual living room is full of annoying friends of your even more annoying housemate.

    Sigh, I had some good times hanging out on lumpy couches like these in my student days.

  65. Rob

    April 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Oh! back in my student days we had a bed on our porch…boy if that bed could have spoken….

  66. loolah

    April 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Not on my porch you couldn't :-)

    But it's for chillin', innit?

  67. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

    In Melbourne too!

  68. The Duchess of Amboy

    April 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Lots of porch couches in Pittsburgh, Pa too!

  69. Lydia

    April 30, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Looks like Newtown to me, I've seen house couches dragged out of upstairs windows onto shop awnings on King Street too – makes a great place for a bird's eye view, if not such a great idea for those with vertigo ;)


    April 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Cool couch! Doesn't it get wet outside? x

  71. Mumei

    April 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

    while it doesn't happen often in toronto, there are more than a few porch couches to be seen. my old room mates and i had one and it was THE party spot on warm summer nights. we may have been doing it for the sake of white trash inspired irony though. by "may" i of course mean "were".

  72. John Hutchison

    April 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    This is a very common thing in the deep south of the good old US of A. A place to just kick back & watch the world go by.

  73. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Lived in Sydney – Mosman actually ? in a house with a bunch of friends and we had a couch on our porch too! Drove all of our fancy neighbors and the local neighborhood council crazy!! We were having a great time though…

  74. Andrew

    April 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I think the concept is cool but it should be done with style. Aside from that, indoor couches easily absorb dust and moisture which would totally ruin the furniture. I suggest having a proper
    patiofurniture would be best. If it's a matter of being comfortable, recliners or deep seaters is what I would advise rather than exposing the couch outside.

  75. Allison

    April 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Ah, the porch couch! This is a very common sight in Portland, OR. I'm born and raised here so I didn't realize how odd it looks until visitors started questioning it. And it Portland it's not even a frat/student thing, either – it's very wide spread. It's something of a "we don't care if this looks presentable, we want to be comfortable and drink beer (and not throw away something perfectly good because we bought something new/got rid of pets/quit smoking)".
    Thanks for sharing some of Sydney daily life for those of us stuck at home.

  76. evalyn

    April 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Well, I don't live in Sydney, but my reaction is: why not? It looks like a (hopeful) return to front porch living, visiting with neighbors, etc. Have a beverage, sit outside and say Het to people passing by.

  77. nicole

    April 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Another person here from Portland, OR confirming that there are many porch couches to be found here! And they are spectacular. My current house does not have enough room outside for a couch, and oh how I miss the morning cup of coffee out on the couch, listening to the rain hit the pavement.

  78. Christina

    April 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Really interesting…good on ya mate!

  79. litlstrawberry

    April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    haha.. so you can save the money of buying outdoor furniture.

  80. Mark Cone

    April 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    This is the best use of an old couch that has been replaced. I have one on my back patio in AZ, and it is awesome. Everyone needs to give it a shot, it will change your life.

  81. Lucy

    April 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    You could shoot that all over Indianapolis.

  82. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    the question should be, " so, what's the deal with uncomfortable 'patio' furniture on the front porch?"

  83. My Roman Apartment

    April 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Q: What do the really rich and the really poor have in common?

    A: They both have upholstered outdoor furniture.

    Scott–You've never lived in a neighborhood where everyone has a front porch? This is so common in Los Angeles and all over the south.

    Indoor furniture often looks great outdoors. I use a vintage chandelier as a patio light. People love it.

  84. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    it's where you drink beer and smoke cigarettes

  85. transplnt

    April 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    No worries! It looks just like the Portland, Oregon, USA, Inner South East neighborhood – for all of the aforementioned reasons…tres chic!

  86. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Haven't you ever been to a college town? I see this all the time.

  87. Judith

    April 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I've seen those alot in California and even in Germany on Balkonies! When I grow up I'll have my own front porch with a couch on it! :)

  88. Raphaƫl

    April 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Ahaha, it does make me think to the old people from corsica that like tp gossip around everyone, but this is such a good idea to enjoy conformtable bothh sunny sky and hot weather.

  89. Marissa

    April 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Classic Sydney! This one is making me homesick!

  90. Realistic Optimist

    April 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    We do that in Boston too!

  91. Eri

    April 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    They're always crappy old couches that no one in the house can be bothered throwing away – why would you when you can just stick it outside for you and your mates to kick back on and enjoy a beer together at the end of a long day/night?

  92. Lucy Laucht

    April 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    People watching! Lucy Laucht

  93. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Indeed, as many readers are asking, why not? It is amusing to read the wide-eyed accounts of the well-heeled, as they scour the globe and think they're uncovering something radically different in another society. What the Sartorialist sees as something particular to a national culture is very much particular to a socio-economic class.

    It's odd to see The Sartorialist's slow transformation toward more broad subject matters. Yet, The Sartorialist's efforts reek of exclusivity, the same sort on display in well-tanned, sculpted bodies at pool side in Rio. Bravo.

    I am reminded of his photographs of India's poor, caught from inside cabs, and from his effort to reduce the photograph of a Pakistani lawyer to a mere fashion critique, and to ignore the lawyers social context, a moment of demonstration over the dismissal of a supreme court judge. This is nothing new.

    But we keep coming back for the eye candy he gives us. And, every so often, we are reminded of what eyes gaze and frame the photos of these high-couture-blogs.

  94. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I love how two couches can get more comments then some other photo's here, gheh.

  95. Helen

    April 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    This is not a respectable abode.
    A bunch of 20-year-old party animals with no money and no jobs live there (otherwise known as students). I think I lived there once. That is someone's mum and dad's old couch that no-one wants anymore. Enebriated friends who have drunk through all their cab money always know they can stagger to your house for emergency accommodation. They will be snoring on the couch when you wake up in the morning, or, more likely, at midday, to share stories about the previous night's excesses and make plans for tonight's.

  96. Ms Dash

    April 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Yep, what all the other Sydneysiders have said! Plus people generally don't smoke inside in Oz (especially if you're sharing with nonsmokers) so comfy outdoor furniture protected by the rain is a must! Also people-watching is a glorious tradition! My terrace is so old it doesn't have a verandah (1800s) but I sit on my front step with tea/glass of wine and watch the world go by all the time. Love it!

  97. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    great colours.

  98. chloe

    April 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    a great sight is when they start to grow weeds!

  99. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Best place to have a cigarette and watch the passers by.

  100. after the rain

    April 30, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    thats my boyfriends backyard right now, i kinda like it it's a lot comfier than real patio furniture

  101. princess glee

    April 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Ha ha, how provincial!

  102. Anonymous

    April 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This takes me right back to college years in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Everyone who was anyone had a sofa on the porch. How could you not? Where else would you sit whilst dinner was cooked on the porch grill? And what else would sit alongside the porch keg? Porch furniture forever.

  103. Melissa

    April 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I think it's a down under thing – we do it here in New Zealand as well. Nice and comfy haha

  104. jess

    April 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    HAHA I laughed so much after realising that we used to have a couch outside at our old house like that.

    I sit on it to put my shoes on, to avoid tumbling down the stairs.

  105. alh

    May 1, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Sometimes when you're broke and moving to a new terrace, you drag your huge old couch with you… only to find the terrace's doors and staircases are too small for your furniture to get into.

    So you give up and leave it on the porch on your way to ikea. It becomes a place for your and your hipster friends to smoke and drink beer.

  106. Little Lovables

    May 1, 2010 at 12:18 am

    In my student housing at college, every porch had an old goodwill couch.

    It's where the boys played their guitars trying to woo the ladies and such.

    The older and kitschier, the better.

  107. hannah

    May 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Oh my! When I first saw this I did a double take. Thought it was my sister's terrace in inner city Sydney.
    Yeah we're all about recycle and re-use in Sydney!

  108. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 12:47 am

    During Mardi Gras they were all having house parties along here. So many people on all the verandahs. There were DJs next to the couch & everyone walking past wanted to join the party.

  109. Gin

    May 1, 2010 at 12:59 am

    LOVE the comments :)
    i see outdoor furniture around my campus a lot during summer as well, even on roofs sometimes

  110. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 1:24 am

    It's so clear that your not from Australia if u ask a question like that?!! Ha ha…. It's just how we roll.. Comfort, style environmentally friendly and yet another way to enjoy our fabulous weather! … Jealous rest of the world??? ;-)

  111. Rebeccak

    May 1, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Haha.. I never even thought of it as odd! Where else would you want to chill with your mates in the afternoon?

  112. Jessica

    May 1, 2010 at 2:21 am

    From the comments, it's clear that many of you have not spent much time in Southern California (and I'm not thinking Newport or Malibu). I can't even begin to count how many times I saw this sight during the time I spent there. It seemed to work because of the dry climate. My mind would always run away with thoughts of bug colonies or small animals taking up homes within the furniture though…

  113. mk

    May 1, 2010 at 2:40 am

    its a social thing, it's common all over australia.

  114. kylie

    May 1, 2010 at 3:36 am

    i love this. i'm a sydney sider and i live in the burbs rather than inner city. there are plenty of those couches around here and we had one for a time, i still miss it. we got ours off the curb, just an opportunistic acquisition. it lasted about a year before the fabric started to degrade in the sun. it's just way more comfy than outdoor furniture and didnt cost anything.
    as for the embarassed sydney people, well you shouldnt live in sydney

  115. Jody

    May 1, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Awww this and the comments makes me so happy! Makes me want to go to Sydney and hang out in one of these!

  116. GeezLouise!

    May 1, 2010 at 3:51 am

    When you live with 3-4 other people, who usually move into a house with all of their couches/furniture/etc, you need to put them somewhere – and a porch? Why not? You can have your morning coffee (and smoke if you do) in comfort, out in the fresh morning air. Also – outside couches + parties = good times.

  117. Jacinta

    May 1, 2010 at 3:59 am

    That is pretty much Australia. Its all over Melbourne too, and not just front porches but backyards…why sit on plastic furniture when you can sit on a lounge, usually one you've picked up for free on hard rubbish collection day.

  118. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I agree – the couch on the verandah (not patio) is an Aussie institution! However, are you being humourous or condescending Scott? If you ask me, this is a great way to enjoy Australia's great weather, develop a better sense of community, as well as recycling old furniture!

  119. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 5:02 am

    its gross and unsightly, and yes they do get mouldy and stinky.

  120. Erin

    May 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I'm pretty sure that first one is one of my mates' flat in Newtown…
    Yeah, student accomodation. And why be uncomfortable when you're outside for a smoke?

  121. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

    You're making me homesick. it don't happen in Canberra mate. We are all inside wearing uggies now :-(

  122. Ros

    May 1, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hey how come you didn't visit Wellington on your trip? We've also got some interesting things happening on the streets…maybe next time?

  123. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 7:17 am

    it's the perfect people watcher!

  124. Ben

    May 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

    The couch out the front = non-conformist. Which, plenty of creative, resourceful people do with their front verandah. Plus, whom really would want to steal a lumpy, often tea/ food stained couch covered sometimes with dog hairs from your front porch as opposed to a refined, purpose built outdoor setting?

    Yep, it is definitely a student thing. You find this setting heaps around Carlton, Fitzroy, Burnswick, North Melbs.

  125. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Dundedin in New Zealand has a slightly different spin on this quirky furniture arragangement – pop it in the front yard, and add a sharehouse of students in their pj's sprawled over chair ;)

  126. East Cape Beach House

    May 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

    These shots are really great!

  127. Craire

    May 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

    It's just what we do! Why sit inside when you can enjoy the beautiful weather outside? Happens all over australia. I'm in Perth and houses are more spaced out but still everyone does this. Frankly I don't understand the appeal of uncomfortable wooden or plastic furniture.

  128. rena; mockingbird.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

    because we sydney-siders are awesome :)

    rena @

  129. @nnoushka

    May 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    it never rains there….is that it????

  130. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

    It might be a student house aesthetic, but most students are priced out of the market around Surry Hills. Those terraces, even with unrenovated kitchens and bathrooms are very expensive to rent. It's true though that australians spend a lot of time on their verandahs.

  131. Meredith

    May 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Yeah, I don't think it's a Sydney thing, I think it's a student thing. Where I went to school, Madison, WI, plenty of student houses would have the same things, couches picked up from second-hand stores or the curb and given a nice home on porches.

  132. Roxana Farahmand

    May 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I live in an off campus apartment in Boston and saw this in more than three of the houses/apartments on my very small street. It's just what the cool people do ;)

  133. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

    This is such a southern U.S. thing–makes me gag to think fo the bugs in these.

  134. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Australians are awesome. I need to get out of the U.S.

  135. rementor

    May 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    It just can not rain… It gotta be sunny and warm…

  136. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    life on the street! you see that kind of interaction in europe, asia and south america… this is the australian appropriation of british architecture for a cosmopolitan climate!.. but it's pretty much a student house thing- and aquired from the side of the road during 'hard garbage' pickups… if only everyone would use them more!?

  137. Melissa

    May 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    i'm sure it's already been said (i can't read 106 comments) but i've seen a similiar sight around a lot of australia. i believe it's a part of our beauty. we're that relaxed we need a couch on our porch.

  138. dkzody

    May 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    No one there has heard of wicker? Or ornamental iron? Sad, really.

  139. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Were you conceived on a house couch like this? What's your deal. : )

  140. Nick

    May 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    This patio principle is like fashion – the incongruity is what makes it chic. I see this a lot in Madrid. Love it!

  141. Aussie's...

    May 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Oh, you just made this Nashville-based Aussie homesick!! :) I've hardly thought about it before, but it really is a staple item for the porch / balcony / beach + a good friend & cool drink… Perfection!

  142. charles

    May 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Is it my son's house in New Town???
    I have sat on a similar couch on his front porch with a mean 'short black'.It is great, relaxing and you can say just hello or chat to people that come past. I live in Tassie, the same thing happens here, but the couches DO get wet, because in Tassie is still rains!

  143. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I'm surprised neither of these photos have kangaroos hopping past, with people riding them.

    Poor Americans. They're very sheltered. But bless him, at least Scott has ventured away from home so that he can observe the weird and wonderful ways of The Rest of the World.

  144. Bronwyn

    May 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    This is not just an inner city thing….this is seen so much more in the suburbs! I live outside of Sydney and or us, it's a place to sit as the sun sets, as it's always so warm in the evening, and have a beer or cup of tea, while you talk to your neighbours or watch everyone go by. It's not about space in a house, because we still have backyards and room out in the suburbs, but it's such a relaxing place and you can sit and watch the kids play in the yard, enjoy the fresh air and the neighbourhood. Our couches aren't always that trendy aswell!

  145. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    assuming these photos were taken in Surry Hills… anything goes and it just adds to its it

  146. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    this is a massive trend in inner-melbourne too,
    love the old couches

  147. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    my parents rent out a terrace in newtown, the first week the tenants went in there was a couch outside, apparently the homeless get some use out of it :)

  148. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    my sister has one. she calls it a bal-couch-ony

  149. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    This is common in low income neighborhoods and housing projects in the mid-west.

  150. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I'm from Australia and i didn't know it was such a wierd thing to everyone else! It seems pretty normal to me. i mean why NOT a couch outside!? like all of the above have said…chill nights, party nights, drunken sleeps, smoke breaks etc etc seems logical hahah

  151. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

    like so many have said before me, it pretty much is an indication of a student house.

    When there is hard rubbish collection and there are any decent couches/armchairs they almost always become the furniture in and in front of a sharehouse.

  152. eric g

    May 2, 2010 at 1:33 am

    You're from Indiana, just like home!

  153. Bronwyn

    May 2, 2010 at 3:12 am

    The Dunedin, New Zealand spin also includes using the couch as fuel for mid-street party night bonfires. Something the university authorities are doing their best to crack down on.

  154. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Wicker furniture or ornamental iron? You would NEVER see that here (to comment by dkzody above)
    It would be nicked in no time!

    Yes, maybe it is a common thing all over the globe with students but our obvious weather advantage makes it seem all the more plausible. Did i mention it is Autumn and 24c here today..?

  155. Alexandra

    May 2, 2010 at 4:16 am

    It's usually found in places with renting university students. A great place to sit outsite if you have lots of friends over for some drinks. Usually the couches are found on the side of the road for hard rubbish collection.
    You can see this in Melbourne too. :)

  156. Mint mannequin

    May 2, 2010 at 4:47 am

    in Newzealand, especially dunedin, students do it everywhere, its near impossible to be here and not see it.often their burned at the end of study year on the streets, if their lucky enough to not get slapped with a fine.

  157. Lisa

    May 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Well firstly is a 'lounge' not a couch and secondly its a 'veranda' not a porch :-)

  158. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 5:39 am

    we keep a couple of old couches in the garage & drag it out to the back yard for parties :-)

  159. Pretend Chef

    May 2, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Mate, it usually signifies student accommodation.

  160. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I'm pretty sure it's in Surry Hills down past the hoey. My mates home is just down the road. It's just what the hipsters do: have your friends round, chill on the couch with a beer or three. This is supposed to be one of the trendy suburbs so there are a lot of students and artistic people in this area.

  161. Sophisticated Misfit

    May 2, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Oh, hi there. I'm an Australian uni student/40 year old hipster. Together with 15 of my friends, I rent a small terrace built for 2. See that couch on the front porch? It defines me. We placed it there because that's the best place you need to be to annoy the neighbors as they're trying to sleep.

    Yeah… how dare they complain at 3:30 AM cause they can't sleep. Who cares if they need to work in the morning to pay taxes and put food on our table. Who cares if we're trashing this joint whilst they work 4 jobs to pay the mortgage on their overpriced shoebox. Yeah, who cares about civility, cordiality and common sense. Not us. We like to put a decomposing couch on our front porch cause that will make us Australians, somehow.

    How ridiculous. How vulgar. Next time I see one I will douse it with petrol and set it alight. Be warned. I'm in Paddington, often.

    Just another reminder of why I should move back to Italy.

  162. Chips

    May 2, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I think it might owe something to the Mediterranean migrants. near my Mum's house in Surry Hills, Sydney the Greek Australian nmeighbours always sit outside the front of their terrace. Tho they are usually on plastic chairs, not upholstered couches.
    Love this blog, have only learned how to make a mark myself. I read yours, Scott, and Garance's every day, tho I am in my late 50s!

  163. Sophisticated Misfit

    May 2, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Scott, I've spent 3 decades living in Sydney and sometimes, I swear, it's like being stuck in a parallel universe. Don't even try to understand it.

    And what they're saying about whole street parties where everyone mingles with one another… it doesn't happen. The community to which they're alluding… it doesn't exist. The passing parade which they're mentioning… there is no parade of people.

    The couch thing, like the couches themselves, is an issue of social decay.

  164. Miss Moshi

    May 2, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Its not just a Sydney thing. Its an Aussie thing.

  165. Silla

    May 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Weird!!! I don't like it at all! :)

  166. leticia

    May 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Its an australian thing. Many a good time have been had on those couches on the porch.

    I'm from Perth in the wild wild west.

  167. leticia

    May 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    australians also take couches camping

  168. Laura Evrard

    May 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Ah! I love it! I mean really, why not put old cheap furniture to use? Plus, all the comments by appalled snobs are hilarious. Thank you for posting this.

  169. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    i see this in trendy singapore bars clubs now. sofas and ottomans taking over arcaded sidewalks after six. Must be a pain to take them in after hours

  170. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    when i used to live in Surry Hills, a homeless man used to sleep on our front porch couch, but primarily they're just to sit and watch from.

  171. Lee Oliveira

    May 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Why not?!
    Sydney is always sunny, we might just enjoy the sun outside.. Lx

  172. winky

    May 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    lots of people do it here in portland, oregon, too.

  173. petal

    May 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Sophisticated Misfit, why not go back to Italy if you're so desperate to escape Australia! your attitude clashes with this beautiful city.

  174. rachel

    May 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    What Zac said! Plus it's much more comfy than regular patio furniture. I once saw a red couch in a park in Surry Hills too (where they have the markets. It was sitting in front of a nice green hedge – I have a lovely photo of it!).

  175. Melissa

    May 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I've noticed many people saying that it something seen in only low income areas, student accommodation, one person even went so far to say that it is a sign of social decay!

    I'm from Perth and I will concede that you would more often see this in those areas.

    That said, I have seen many well looked after couches on huge verandah/balconies/porches in some of our highest socio-economic areas.

    I am currently a student and am living in a flat that has no balcony or porch but you can rest assured when I am working and am able to buy my own house (or at least rent a bigger one), I will be buying a big beautiful couch or similar to wile away a lazy afternoon while watching the world go by.

  176. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Haha, that was my old house.

    New (old) couch though.

    The mardi gras pary was awesome and was one of the fondess memories of that street.

    ps. we were not poor uni students or wanky emo bitchs or whatever stereotype you douches.

    My flatmate just got drunk one night and brought home a couch he found on the street for our dogs.

    And yes it is Surry Hills.

  177. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Love a good couch on the porch, ours tend to be the left overs from music festivals such as meredith and falls in melbourne / victoria, we take them so that we can sit on the hill /campsite and enjoy the music/scene. If they make it thru the festival they live on the porch to be enjoyed until the next festival rolls around.

  178. la panique

    May 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    its very common in melbourne to. And i'm pretty sure comes from the sharehouse thing. Too many couches not enough space, so the spare either ends up on the balcony, in the backyard or the front porch. The purpose is for smoking ciggies and drinking beers on warm nights. its the best!

  179. Sharyn

    May 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    and when the couch is finally too grotty for the porch – you take it to meredith – uber-stylish festival seating

  180. Nicole

    May 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Old couches found in the local council cleanup (when people dump their old junk on the streets for other people to find) and probs couldn't be bothered to take it inside lol. But also its mixing the comfiness of inside with the relaxed atmosphere of outside.

    Nicole, sydneysider.

  181. sophie

    May 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    eww – even reading unsophisiticated misfits comments made me feel cheapened

    soonest gone – soonest mended buddy

    see ya!

  182. elmien

    May 3, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I haven't read all of the comments, but I think maybe it has to do with climate. I live in South Africa, and didn't think it odd at all.

    We do like to kind of extend our houses from the inside to the outside because of the warm weather as well. Even the very nice houses sometimes have couches (newer and sometimes specially bought for that reason) on their verandas, it is comforatble, and the best place to be for sundowners.

  183. Natashia

    May 3, 2010 at 1:01 am

    If I think about it, it's really an Australian icon – the couch outside. In Perth they are everywhere, as many have said, mainly in shared houses. Plus it's an awesome concept! Although they do get dirty really quickly..

  184. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 2:20 am

    This is very common in Australia! We love to make the most of the weather.

  185. Elizabeth

    May 3, 2010 at 2:45 am

    it's so funny you put these up- i was around Paddington/Surry Hills the other week and counted about 7 places with couches out the front!

  186. Pip

    May 3, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I'm from sydney and that looks really derrow. Students or people on welface payments. There's nothing wrong with that but its hardly stylish!

  187. Poivre Monkey

    May 3, 2010 at 7:10 am

    i don't say it's weird bt we don't have this in europe.

  188. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Beer and couch… we love to watch the world go by!

  189. Kathleen

    May 3, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Dear Scott,

    If you ever visit the deep south, you will find plenty of couches on the porch. The Australians got it from us!
    I'm not kidding about the couch thing here in the south, but they've got us beat by a mile as far as the style of the couch. You wouldn't see any leopard print couches out front people's home down here, or anything so bright. They win!


    May 3, 2010 at 11:31 am

    How funny..i go past this terace often and always wish to myself that the couch on my veranda was leopard print.
    I cant think of a better use for a couch that has seen its day but is still too good the throw away.
    Mine occasional makes an apperance in the back yard in good weather.
    Cant beat it!

  191. Santa Cruz Kid

    May 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I've observed that almost everything you find a bit "bizarre" or "the look" in other countries (couches on the porch in Sydney, men wearing leggings under shorts in Tokyo, etc.) has all been normalized for years in Santa Cruz, CA. I guess no big-wig fashion people ever really bother to stop here. But, I suppose, we kind of like that…..the death of Bohemia is commercialization.


  192. men's t-shirts

    May 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Fascinating shots!

  193. Teresa @ good-grace

    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    oy! All I can think of is it's a big home for mice. (lovely shots, though.)

  194. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Nothing to so with space inside, or being a student. When the weather is as great as it is here (and I'm in Perth, Western Australia, which has even better weather!), why would you sit inside on your couch? It's much nicer outside! And it doesn't get mouldy due to the lack of rain.

  195. flybynightkarmarepair

    May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    We used to do the same thing 30 years ago at the frat in Berkeley. Families would gift us with often very nice couches, when Mom redecorated, and when the "Sun Room" at the back filled up, out to the porch they went. Once the winter rains came, it was off to the dump with them – it DOES rain in Northern California.

  196. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Haha, that's in no way a trend. Take a walk through a college town, and you'll see couches outside all the major frat houses. It's a comfy place for us students to sit and watch a rousing game of beer pong.

  197. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Two words: Student housing

  198. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Haha. So Sydney. So Melbourne. So rental.


  199. pdmeyer

    May 4, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I go to school in Los Angeles, and all the students do this. It's comfortable, and if it doesn't rain then it's no problem!

  200. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I'm from Brisbane, and we have one of these as well. Student/poor 20somethings house. The students next door were moving out and offered it to us. And yes it is totally about sitting outside with a book, watching the West End weirdos go by and smoking cigarettes. Also to those who said that the weather is so good that they don't get mouldy, have you looked UNDER the cushions lately? We've had enough rain in Brissy over the last year that ours is, admittedly, pretty damn grotty. It doesn't smell though so we keep sitting on it. We're looking to get a set for the backyard as well.

  201. Saffrongraphics

    May 4, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Probably already said elsewhere here, but it's a pretty common thing for students in rental properties to do.

    In Dunedin, New Zealand, the couches are often burned in the winter chill and don't make it through to the next year's tenants. Plenty of second hand couches around!

  202. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

    the print couch is in surry hills right near the cricketers arms

  203. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Yes – this is fabulous Student house share Australia. We find it very difficult to throw away a comfy couch. FYI you may also find a couch on the back of a ute (small open back truck) ready to go to an outdoor concert or other summer event! Beaut idea!

  204. bird of light

    May 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Do I detect a hint of irony here, as opposed to sardonic humor, or other as has been suggested?… The incongruous pose has revealed the brains behind the beauty of the Aussie-outdoors couch… ;)

  205. Anonymous

    May 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Since when are we (Aussies) calling a verandah a porch?
    Is this yet another example of American cultural imperialism?
    It's fascinating to hear new fashion in our vocabulary. Last time in Melbourne I was stunned to hear young people use "You guys" instead of "you". Wha…??
    An especially alarming habit to observe in a waiter :
    I rather like the colours in the animal-print sofa pic. Thanks Scott, your work is beautiful.

  206. Hel

    May 5, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I wish I could have the same coach on my small, small balcony!

  207. Anonymous

    May 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Awesome direction to focus your camera, Scott. Not. It seems like such a waste to picture Australians as a bunch of yokels. Not to mention unimaginative. Like no-one's done that before. Can't you think outside the stereotype, and be respectful rather than condescending?

  208. Anonymous

    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    we're creatures of comfort

  209. Marleena Hills

    May 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I live in France and I have a couch on my terrace too. I love when I'm resting on it during summer nights, smoking a cigarette and chatting with friends.

  210. JelizaRose

    May 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    come see Atlanta, Portland, Boston ! students do that in your own country – but i guess not in the kind of neighborhood you like to go to…

  211. 5thandsweet

    May 6, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I live in Sydney in Newtown.. Its what my porch looks like.. It nice just sitting outside with a beer and watching the people walk past =)

    And if it gets mouldy just throw it out and find a new one on the street heheh =)


  212. Anonymous

    May 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Its just the thing to sit on while contemplating the street life in summer with a good G&T. And its a reflections of the egalitarian Australian spirit.

  213. Izzi Maria

    May 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    <3 it!!! You see the same thing all over New Orleans :)

  214. M.J.Woodbridge

    May 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    yeah def a student thing most of the time…i remember when i first moved into one of these small terraces the couch we had, didn't even fit through the front door so our only option was to leave it out on the porch. Quickly became our everyday hang out after work & lunch or study in the sun. Or just watching the different people walk past.

  215. Anonymous

    May 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Couches are an astonishingly common sight on porches in Alabama, USA, despite the humidity. Often they are accompanied by a fridge and a washing machine, and guarded by an overgrown truck motor or some fake deer.

  216. Amy

    May 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Porching – the art of sitting on your porch watching people pass by. Couches are an essential tool.

  217. Cindy at LottieBird

    May 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I've seen this kind of decorating often in the states.
    But usually it is found in rural Georgia…

  218. Penelope Red

    May 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    it screams "Backpacker" to anyone walking by doesn't it!?

  219. Jake Ward

    May 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Student places in Canada do this all the time as well

  220. Anonymous

    May 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I have just moved back to Wellington, New Zealand after living in Perth, Australia for two years and one of the things I miss the most is our front porch couch! There is nothing better after a big night out to have a comfortable nap on the couch, in the sun. Bliss.

    (And it never gets moldy in Perth because it only rains about four times a year!)

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  222. Anonymous

    May 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

    WOW a couch on a porch! Unreal!!

    Seriously its weird that you don't get it…beam me up Scotty.

  223. zana

    May 10, 2010 at 1:52 am

    that is my house with the glorious cream velour couch outside- that damn thing would not fit through any of the doors into our house so that is why it is there!

  224. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 3:51 am

    its an endearing and very comfortable
    antipodean thing.
    chuck yr old sofa out on the patio or verandah – and enjoy a morning cuppa tea while taking in the view….

  225. Felicity

    May 11, 2010 at 4:19 am

    In Abu Dhabi this is a common sight!! the coolish evenings and the passing parade of cars and people are wonderful. i particulalrly love the roccocco revival with tattered check covering down by the Al Mina docks.

  226. Yasmin

    May 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I agree with what VVRI said…

    "let me guess your in either Redfern, Surry Hills, Waterloo, Darlinghurst or Paddington. Its the intoxicated roommate bed/bad boyfriend bed/or afternoon drinks type of couch, usually."

    We have them in our back yards too!

    It's just a Sydney quirk.


  227. Yoga Trish

    May 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Ann Arbor Michigan in the USA is home the The University of Michigan, you see this all over campus in the apartment/house rentals. This is pretty common in most college areas, despite where one is from. Nice to know that we are not so different.

  228. uyenng

    May 12, 2010 at 7:27 am

    haha that's paddington for you ;)

  229. femmefraiche

    May 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Kind of reminds me of my porch. Instead of a sofa I have a futon with a wooden frame, raffia coffe table and a wooden bench. The beige sofa looks rather dumpy but the leopard print is fun. We all need somewhere comfortable to people watch!

  230. Matt

    May 13, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Haha – Aussie gold. We're such bogans.

  231. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

    oh man i love how the world marvels at australian creation….come to carlton, melbourne, grab a mug of tea, take off your shoes and watch the streets take place (imagination the shots youd get from the view of the couch)

  232. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 1:32 am

    These 2 houses are in Surry Hills one on Fitzroy Street. The house regularly drinks on it out the front with there dog. Heaps of houses in Surry Hills are the same lots of the locals all know each other or work in the bars cafes in the area. Just a typical Sydney summer of stooping and drinking beers really.

  233. Kristine

    May 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I'm fairly certain most of these sofas and houses would belong to young groups of students or 20-somethings house sharing. Another tennant moves in, with their own sofa and it goes onto the verandah. A place for "mates" (friends) to enjoy a beer together.

    In Melbourne we had a house full of junkies down the street from our first house in Richmond. They sat on an abominable sofa each afternoon and got high and drunk. Not nice neighbours, but that's what you get with inner city living.

  234. racheltcm

    May 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    So beautiful! I hope go to australia one day.But in my country we see a lot of beatiful places too.I live in Brazil by the way.

  235. natasha.greenwood

    May 15, 2010 at 3:13 am

    One reason really. Couches are comfy. We are lazy. This way, the couch is accessible. Meh?

  236. somewhere else

    May 15, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I've never thought to question this!!

    It's because we're students, and council clean-up furniture (once a month, people put their junk out and the council comes to pick it up) is so hard to pass up. So on the way back from a night out/the pub, you spot one, you think 'awesome! A couch!', you get your friends together and drag it home and realise you've got nowhere to put it.

    Nearly everything in our house is from the street.

  237. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 5:28 am

    It's for when you get locked out.

  238. amy.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    i lived in brisbane for 4 years while i was at university, this is exactly how we furnished our front & back verandahs. the couches were either found on the side of the road or they were hand-me-downs from friends or the previous tenants. when you're a uni student, $$$ comes before hygiene (unfortunately!)

  239. It's Quite Lovely Being Lindsay

    May 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    It's an American frat boy thing too!

  240. milly

    May 21, 2010 at 1:04 am

    i live in paddo, sydney. us terrace house dwellers are bandits for a couch on the front porch as smokers can keep their smoke outside and still be entertained by passers by. the upstairs balcony will protect said couch from rain and the smokey smell doesn't penetrate the house. everyone's happy!

  241. Tessa

    May 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Twice a year, the capital city councils have 'hard rubbish collection'. So we all put out our old couches, dead tellies/ hifis et al. Most of us also have a tightass streak so it is almost irresistable to pass a perfectly functional couch on the nature strip without swiping it. We always think we will be sitting on these couches with a frothy and watching the world go by, but with one of the highest working hours in the developed world, it usually becomes property of the house's cat.

  242. Anony-Mouse

    May 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It doesn't 'work' whom ever thinks this works is deluded. It's just other peoples trash that they have picked up. Renters. Nothing against that, but the life span of foam furniture outdoors is very limited. Wouldn't want to live next door to this eyesore and the stench after a few months of we weather. What's wrong with a nice bench?

  243. Jakin

    May 27, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Perfect place to smoke, drink tea, chill and watch the world go past. I ? my porch couch.

  244. streetspaghetti

    May 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Is there a flat screen TV across the street?
    I am from Sydney and love this observation!

  245. Kim

    May 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I know where that first picture is, i'm pretty sure it's in Surry Hills! :) I go past a house that has a couch like that out the front every day on the bus. It makes me smile haha. What can i say, we Aussies are awesome like that.

  246. Sabina F

    May 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I love it.I picture people drinking coffee…or a party with many children.

  247. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    indoor furniture, outside used to be very common in NZ and aussie, but now is solely the domain of students young workers and the lower classes

  248. maya

    June 1, 2010 at 10:00 am

    it's the same in tel aviv, every balcony/porch has this or armchairs…it's warm most of the time and cumfy!! so you can sit outside chill have coffee etc…..and it's a biiid student thing, as everyone else has already said!! : )

  249. personal stylist

    June 7, 2010 at 12:34 am

    This is so typical of a lot of rental properties in inner city sydney and melbourne.. an old couch sitting outside an otherwise beautiful old two storey victorian terrace.. not sure why local councils don't do something about it??

  250. Tiffany

    June 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    That is different… I would be afraid of weather wear and tear!

    Check your credit

  251. Student Accommodation

    June 18, 2010 at 1:21 am

    This is definitely a great place to live in. a one of a kind beauty indeed.

  252. Anonymous

    June 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

    This made me smile, I never thought how it would look strange to outsiders.

    We got our verandah couch free with a table and chairs. It has a bright yellow Nepalese throw in it and we out there drink tea, smoke rollies and talk about how we are going to change the world. Even in the winter. It is the inner west Sydney way.

  253. Kids Furniture Stores

    June 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I absolutely love it. In a couch for a perfect chill-out.

  254. Anonymous

    June 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Oh Kathleeeen, You must know that the whole world dosen't revolve around America.

  255. Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture

    July 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I think there's nothing wrong with these! The blue one actually looks great.

  256. Anonymous

    July 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    It's all over Toronto too.
    Especially in Little Italy, Little Portugal, and anywhere twentysomethings are renting.

  257. chicago office furniture

    July 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

    This is what i called a best Patio. I will be happy if i would have like this. Really outstanding patio.

  258. Anonymous

    July 11, 2010 at 12:13 am

    it's a student housing thing in canada, but it's also a ghetto thing…

  259. tabx

    July 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    You used to see the bench seats out of old Holden utes and cars on the front verandas, with a hub cap ashtray next to them.

  260. Polaroid soph

    July 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I have a antique javi lounge on my front porch… its the best seat in the (well out side of the) house!

  261. rosewood furniture

    July 31, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I would like to think that the weather is always perfect! Always a fine day! Furniture like that in the patio is a risk.

  262. Aluminum Patio Furniture

    August 17, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Well, if you found it cheap and there's no room inside, then a couch outdoors isn't that bad. Personally, though, I won't go for it. I still prefer aluminum or wood on the patio.

  263. Wind spinners

    August 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    i love your patio the coach it's cute, i wish i have that..

  264. Ben

    September 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    In oz, they leave all their unwanted items out the front and more often than not, someone will drive past and want it! One man/womans junk is anothers treasure I suppose! Here in London though, that would be massively frowned upon! I think it's wrong – it just turns your street into a tip!

  265. Anonymous

    September 5, 2010 at 1:09 am

    My roomates and I kept a futon on our back porch in an apartment I lived in. It was great to lounge outside. I even took a nap in a thunderstorm-lovely!

  266. Anonymous

    January 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    alot has been said…but that is my house and my next door neighbours house…the couch ended got stolen and we caught homless ppl sleeping on it..only happy to help

  267. Home Living Furniture

    February 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Use the new home living furniture can make your interior compact.

  268. OakMark

    October 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

    It’s a great way to keep in touch with your neighbours. It would be nice to keep a piece of furniture outside your house in London; unfortunately the weather is a bit different here.

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