Ahhhh, spring! Over the weekend, we had our landscaping cleaned up and it seemed like a great opportunity to do some patio prep. Plus, if we’re doomed to coronavirus lockdown, I figure we’re probably gonna be shuffling from bedroom to living room to outdoors and back again AND WE MIGHT AS WELL MAKE THE BEST OF IT, INTERNET. Actually that doesn’t really sound all that bad, come to think of it …
Regardless of coronavirus quarantines, if you’re planning on doing any updates to get your outdoor space ready once spring finally shows up, it’s time to get started NOW. Why so early, you ask? Intentional planning means you’ll be able to get the most amount of options for what your particular patio/porch/deck requires.
BRING THE INDOORS OUTSIDE
For several years we had a dining table outside but pretty quickly it became obvious that it never got used. We realized that we rarely eat outside (our kids freak out over flies for some reason??) but we are more inclined to hang out outside if we had something comfy to lounge on. So it made more sense to maximize our patio space as an extension of the living room. Luckily we have enough patio space to do both a living and a dining space, but if you’re short on square footage, choose what makes the most sense for your family.
I love that our renovated patio feels just as comfortable as our indoor living room. And yes, you can have upholstered furniture made for outdoors.
GET THE LOOK
Despite our Oklahoma extremes in temperature, we do manage to enjoy our patio for more than just the spring and summer. And there’s a few different ways you can prep for every possibility.
Add shade or cover as much as you can, whether it’s through an umbrella or pergola. We have a built-in extendable umbrella to add a little protection to what is otherwise an exposed area of the backyard. (Luckily the position of the house also provides a wind block.)
In the cooler months, consider outdoor heaters or a firepit. Simon’s especially a fan of the Solo Stove and we use it also for smores. I also keep a variety of blankets on hand to curl up in
SET THE MOOD
Don’t forget about lighting and sound. Outdoor speakers can easily be wired to add ambiance (we love our Sonos throughout the house and outdoors). And string lighting is more accessible than ever with options at Target and Amazon.
GO WITH DURABLE MATERIALS
Take into consideration what your climate is. Can your patio withstand salt, wind, heat, cold, etc.?
Don’t forget about outdoor rugs, either. There are so many great options that are super durable and made to withstand everything the elements can throw at them.
For cushions and pillows, you can’t beat indoor/outdoor performance fabrics and they’re not just in boring plain canvas anymore. All of our outdoor upholstery is covered in Sunbrella that are made to be indoor/outdoor and withstand fading. I also bought furniture covers off Amazon and when we know that rain is coming, we cover everything up. But even if it does get pelted with rain or snow, the furniture frames and cushions are made to withstand the elements.
Finally, have some fun with your outdoor space. Experiment with color through accessories like throw pillows, rugs, pots and planters. Light a few candles, put them in lanterns and make the most of a beautiful season.