Thompson’s Guide to Creating a Fantastic Outdoor Living Area

Posted by Ben Thompson on 05.24.20

Now more than ever, homeowners are seeking a place where they can get-away from it all, relax, and recharge. That spot can be as convenient as your backyard! Outdoor spaces should feel like an extension of your home, providing additional living areas for eating, lounging, reading, playing, or really anything your heart desires.

Just follow our simple guide below to create an outdoor space the whole family can enjoy.

  1. Create a comfortable seating area. Think about your family room inside your home and translate that feeling outdoors with a cozy sectional and a lounge chair or two. Select weather resistant fabrics and materials that can withstand the sun, rain, and outdoor temperatures.
  2. Add an outdoor dining area. This can be as simple or lavish as you wish depending on the size of your family and the types of gatherings you plan to host. Consider how many people you need to seat comfortably and select furnishings that will complement your seating area.
  3. Protect yourself from the sun. You’ll want to have a shady spot or two for those hot summer days. Umbrellas can be placed wherever you like or you can consider more permanent features such as awnings or roof extensions.
  4. Add some lights. String lights, lanterns, tiki torches, and candles can all provide additional lighting and ambiance.
  5. Heat it up. Firepits and outdoor heaters will extend the use of your outdoor living space into the fall and make it more comfortable during cooler summer nights.
  6. Make it cozy. Add cushions to chairs and accent pillows and throws to your sofa or sectional. An outdoor rug will make your space feel homier too.

If you are interested in reading more about outdoor spaces, we invite you to read these blogs:

A Guide to Planning Your Outdoor Space Remodel

Outdoor Spaces that Beat the Heat and the Bugs

Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen




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