Summer is here. Flowers are in bloom. The sun is shining. Pools are open. It’s that wonderful time of year where sitting outside and basking in the warmer weather is on our mind.
If you are looking to make your backyard come to life, now is the time to do it! Make the most of your summer with an outdoor area that works for you! Our guide can help you find your way, or call us to set up a consultation, and we’ll do the work for you!
Whatever you decide, start by assessing your outdoor space. Decide on the ideal use for the area you have. Do you want to use your space for relaxing and socializing? Dining? Entertaining? Is there a pool? The list could go on and on; the bottom line is, be sure you know how you will be using your space. This will help you make the space work for your vision.
Follow our guide to choosing furniture and decor to make sure you get what you want.
Are you looking to have family and friends sit back, relax and talk up a storm. Then you will definitely want furniture that allows for easy conversation. This can be done many different ways. One of the more common options is an outdoor patio table and chairs. This can be a great use of limited space. It is dual purpose; sit relax and enjoy the company and/or cookout and eat your delicious meal. Because it is a table, drinks and dinnerware are easily placed with no need for other smaller tables crowding the area.
Another option would be a sofa setup. This allows for comfort and beauty. Because you will be having a conversation, be sure your sofas are setup in a logical manner so that it is easy to see everyone and talk without turning around or straining their neck. Sofas come in many different shapes, sizes and combinations, making it easy to create a unique style to fit your personality. Make sure to have end tables near the sofas so that everyone can set drinks, phones, food, etc. down close to their seat.
Chairs are a great alternative to the sofa or large table options. Chairs can be moved with ease and are great to set around a fire pit or smaller outdoor coffee table. Many times they will take up less space and the arrangement can be altered to fit the mood and company. There are many options for chairs as well, letting you personalize the look and feel completely.
And of course, you can always do a combination of the options. Just be sure everything works well together and heights and sizes are compatible.
The simplest way to create a dining space is to choose a outdoor patio table with chairs. Like we mentioned above, this works well in smaller areas with limited space for furniture. Because it can be used before, during or after a meal. It is a simple combination of conversation area and eating area. There is less furniture so it takes up much less space than a sofa or large chairs making it ideal in smaller areas. But can easily be combined with other furniture in a larger area.
Another option is an outdoor kitchen bar. This works well with an existing outdoor kitchen. It makes serving a breeze and many times adds prep space to the kitchen. Combining the kitchen and eating area saves space in smaller outdoor space or can be combined well with other furniture in larger areas. Outdoor bar stools add the final touch of personality.
If you have a pool area, it is important to have a setup that allows enjoyment of the surroundings. Most pools have loungers that allow a place to sit and relax before and after swimming. Placing these around the pool can help with flow and overcrowding in one area. You can also add some tables and chairs to give your pool area some variation.
Make sure you do not overcrowd the area, you need room to walk around the pool without falling in or tripping. Pools can be dangerous if adequate space is not provided.
Once you have the furniture in place, add your accessories. Here are some ideas on what you may need to complete the area.
- Plastic dinnerware, servingware, utensils and drinking glasses
- Outdoor table decorations
- Tablecloths, placemats and napkins
- Ice buckets/coolers
Now sit back, relax and enjoy your oasis!