Patio Essentials for Your Outdoor Space

Two women playing guitar on an outdoor patio.

Now that it’s patio season again, it’s time to make sure your veranda, terrace, deck, porch, etc., is ready for company. For the most part, it’s never too late to make improvements to your outdoor space, and the right ones allow you to make the most of your backyard any time of year. So, let’s get started!

Year-Round Comfort

Whether you’re hosting a party, just entertaining a couple of guests or are enjoying some family time in the backyard, the last thing anyone wants is to have to leave the fresh air and ambience of your backyard oasis because of a little chill. That’s why an outdoor heater is a must-have for any patio. Not only will it come in handy on those unseasonably cool spring/summer/fall nights, but with the right heater, you can make the most of your patio all year long.

When it comes to outdoor heating solutions, opt for the best outdoor electric heater on the market and give yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing your heater is safe, reliable and will last for years to come. 

Shelter

Climate control doesn’t end with ensuring comfortable year-round temperatures on your patio. Another weather-related necessity for outdoor living is cover – from rain and intense sunshine. 

 There are plenty of options for every budget and square footage, including: 

  • An extended roof.
  • Awnings.
  • A gazebo or pergola.
  • Strategically placed umbrellas.

You may want to consult a landscape designer who can assess your backyard’s orientation and factor in your local climate, prevailing winds, and sun positioning to recommend the type and location(s) of shelter/structure that is optimal for your patio to keep you protected from the elements. You can even stay outside and enjoy those refreshing summer rainfalls with the right shelter in place.

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Furniture

Every great destination patio has plenty of comfortable places to sit, so opt for bench seating, a.k.a. outdoor couches, as the foundation of your patio’s seating options and floorplan. Of course, the size and amount of furniture depend on how much space you have to work with. The ideal layout is a relaxation area with outdoor sofas and a coffee table and a separate ‘dining area’ with an outdoor kitchen table and chairs or stools.  

Lighting

The type of lighting you choose should match the décor/style of your patio, but lighting is absolutely essential after the sun sets. If you have an overhead structure, you may want to take advantage of it and install overhead lighting. String lights and lanterns make for great mood lighting during late-night parties and get-togethers, but they don’t always provide enough light, and you may want to take them down before the colder weather brings strong winds with it.

Food Service

Like your patio furniture, the size of your barbeque may have to be regulated by the size of your yard and patio, but no patio is complete without a grill. Regardless of the size, opt for stainless steel and a sturdy construction. Lower-priced metal barbeques may seem like a viable, cost-effective option, but, best case scenario, when connected to a heavy enough propane tank in windy weather, their frames bend until they can’t stand up on their own; worst case, you’ll be picking up your grill, cover, brushes, etc., from various locations – and not necessarily within your own backyard. 

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It’s also a good idea to invest in a drink cart to save you from multiple trips to and from your kitchen while hosting your guests.

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