Furnishing Outdoor Patios & Decks

outdoor patio and deckIn most regions of the US and pretty much all of Canada, the cold weather is more than enough to deter many outside activities – especially activities that are normally reserved for late spring and summer months. However, once the snow begins to melt and the trees begin to bud, most outdoor enthusiasts will start to get that warm weather itch. Or, maybe you have a new years resolution to build spend more time on a patio or deck you finished late in the fall. Either way, here are some tips to make your outdoor abode more comfortable and welcoming.

Figure Out Functionality

Do you like to lounge and sip coffee in the morning? Maybe you prefer hosting summer cookouts with your friends and family. Before diving in and buying / placing various furniture items, you should consider how you plan to use the space. If you intend to host events, estimate ahead of time the number of available seats you’ll need and coordinate so your guests can easily engage with one another. If there’s additional space, separate the patio or deck by functionality (i.e. dining area, sitting area, standing area)

Furnish the Space

Once you know what you want and where you want it, you need to place your furniture in the appropriate arrangement. If you’re using older outdoor furniture, giving it a rinse or a thorough cleaning will provide you with that new, fresh feel. Furthermore, adding an outdoor rug or indoor rug┬áto the space can add a bit of pop if placed below a dining table or in between seating arrangements.

Incorporate Other Items

If you want to go the extra mile, think about other items worth adding to the deck or patio. For instance, although it’s nice to catch some sun, during hot summer days the sun’s intensity can prove overbearing. Incorporate shading features or maybe even misters to help keep you and your guests cool. If you feel your deck or patio is feeling bare, include plants to offer a refreshing, tropical feel.

Once you’ve completed the space, enjoy your new outdoor digs.