March 29, 2018 / by Emma Jones

First impressions last, and when it comes to your home’s exterior, there’s one little design element that can make a great statement – the letterbox. After all, it’s difficult not to notice a letterbox when it’s always placed takes a prominent spot – whether mounted on the front porch next to the door, attached to the front fence, or traditionally post mounted on the turf. Therefore, if you want an impressive curb appeal booster without having to spend an awful lot of money – installing an attractive letterbox is the best way to go.

While there’s a huge range of styles and materials to choose from, wooden letterboxes have remained the most popular choice for homeowners. Unlike in the past, when wooden letterboxes had a short lifespan, today, with the advancements in production methods, there are wooden models designed to be almost impervious to the outside elements. Like for instance, the wooden letter boxes made of Accoya, which is a modified type of timber with properties exceeding the best tropical hardwoods.

Even when exposed to harsh weather conditions, such as damaging UV rays, heavy storms, and humidity – a letterbox made of Accoya can remain as beautiful as it was when you first purchased it. This type is a great solution for coastal areas with humid and salty air since it’s not prone to warping like like most woods are. However, just like with any wooden letterbox, you should consider applying a dense coating to improve its longevity and accentuate its texture. In terms of finish, you can opt for timber oil or stain for a more natural touch, or even paint if you want to personalise it.

When it comes to design, wooden letter boxes have changed a lot from the traditional, “box house” variants. Today, you can find all sorts of modern versions sure to win you over with their sleek aesthetics and smooth shape, perfect for a contemporary exterior. If you want to add your personal touch to it, you can do it with the help of a variety of accessories. Like for instance, a matching planter box which can take your letterbox design a step further with the help of charming plants. Engraving it with a custom fond is also a unique way to personalise this piece. For homeowners who want security, there’s also the option to add a lock and safety hinges, which will deter anyone from tempering with your mail.

When purchasing a letterbox, as a homeowner, you’re bound to be faced with a lot of concerns, ranging from practical to decorative ones. Your ultimate choice should fit your exterior, lifestyle, and budget, and also be in accordance with Australia Post’s conditions of delivery.