Choosing an Outdoor Fan

Year-round beautiful weather is one of the perks of living in Queensland, and no-where do we love entertaining more than on the big back deck.

In many homes, the deck, veranda or patio has become a natural extension of the living room - ideal for outdoor twilight dining or long summer lunches, and having a ceiling fan in the space adds a level of comfort and ambience to the area.

Choosing an outdoor fan is different to choosing an indoor fan, though. Here are our tips for selecting the perfect ceiling fan for your entertainment area.

Consider the elements.

As there’s a chance the fan will be exposed to rainwater, look for indoor/outdoor fans, or marine grade fans. Indoor/outdoor fans are for spaces where the fan will be completely undercover, while if your entertainment area will be exposed to light rain or if your house is in a coastal area, opt for a marine grade fan to avoid too much water or rust from the salty air.

Choose the material wisely.

All-weather-resistant materials are a must; plastic blades and quality stainless steel blades designed for the outdoors are recommended. Timber blades create a stylish and contemporary look, however they require more upkeep – think regular cleaning and replacing the blades more often.


What sized space are you buying for? To give a comparison, a regular indoor ceiling fan in a lounge area is generally 52-inch, or 132cm, in diameter. There are smaller and larger fans available and many people select a larger size, as an outdoor entertainment space can be open and airier than an indoor room. Consider the airflow reach you’re trying to achieve, and if the space is quite expansive or if it has more than one section, buying two smaller fans may be the most effective option.

Style and décor.

From simple white fans, to modern matte black, to tropical-style timber designs, there’s a huge range to choose from at Lighting Illusions to suit any deck, veranda or patio area.