Whilst the addition of an outdoor patio to your home is certainly a good way to increase your living space and entertaining areas, it is important that you have made the structure comfortable for those who will be using it. If the patio isn’t a comfortable place for your guests to sit and relax, they aren’t going to enjoy spending time at your home. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can achieve this in your space.
Even if your outdoor patio is covered, sometimes the sun will find other ways to get in and be a nuisance. If you have a clear roof (such as poly carbonate) placing an umbrella underneath can help to shield your guests from the sun without completely blocking out the light source. Placing an umbrella just outside of the structure can also add to your entertaining space when necessary.
If you would like the opportunity to entertain during the cooler months of the year then a heater is certainly something that you should consider. There are various types available – including roof-mounted, wall-mounted, and freestanding and even a fire pit – and each will be able to warm up your patio in what feels like no time at all. They can be powered by gas, electricity or even an open flame.
It is important that you have plenty of furniture in your patio, as you cannot expect your guests to just stand around for hours on end. You should choose furniture depending on the use of the space – a dining area needs a table, for example, and a living area needs couches or lounges. You should also choose furniture based on its ability to survive all sorts of weather conditions.
This point actually refers to the preparation or storage of refreshments on your patio. You could include a built-in barbecue, for example, so that you can prepare a quick and easy meal whilst still socializing with your guests. You could also include a built-in bar that features plenty of fridge and freezer space; this will ensure that drinks are kept cold and refreshing on demand.
Making your outdoor patio comfortable is not only beneficial for the humans you will be entertaining; it can be extremely advantageous for your pets, too. Provide your dog with a little undercover house or bed so that he can get out of the rain; strategically place a scratching post so that your cat doesn’t take to the new furniture; or arrange a little menagerie for the other pets that you like to keep.
As you can see from the above list, there are plenty of ways that you can make your outdoor patio more comfortable. You will find yourself hosting more events that can be held outside and you will also probably find that guests are choosing to stay longer and longer each time. If you would love to entertain more but really only have space on your patio, don’t be disheartened – use any number of the above tips to ensure comfort!