10 Ways to Improve Your Patio Living
Don’t let your patio go to waste this summer! Whether you are setting up chairs to enjoy the sun, planning your next big party or renovating for a bigger outdoor space, your patio deserves to be the center of attention. Check out these helpful suggestions to make patio living better than ever.
Sweep, Weed and Seal
If your patio has been left to its own devices over the colder months, you probably have some cleanup to do. Start with the basics like sweeping and getting rid of any weeds that may have sprouted in or near your patio. If you finish this basic prep and find that your patio is looking a little worn, it’s time to take action. You want to prevent cracks and wear as much as possible when dealing with stone or concrete, so this is a good opportunity to seal and improve your patio. Remember that sealants can take some time to fully set, so don’t seal right before you are planning a patio party.
Clean Out the Grill
Build Extra Seating
If you really want to make your patio a great hangout area, you need the right seating! There are plenty of options here: You can build a patio bench, buy new furniture, construction a built-in patio seat with weatherproof fabric and much more. Try to pick the most versatile seating possible, but make sure it doesn’t get in the way of grilling or patio living playtime.
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Add Shade With Canopies and Awnings
Plant that Herb Garden You Always Wanted
Find Attractive, Durable Outdoor Dinnerware
Ditch the paper plates and find something more fancy, durable and reusable. Acrylic, melamine and wooden dinnerware sets are available. We like the wood option because it’s more organic and fits better with an outdoor theme, but consider all of your choices and needs before you buy.
Want to make a simple wooden cutting board? Check out the simple how-to steps for making one that doubles as a serving tray.
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Set Up Some Subtle Outdoor Storage
Get a Versatile Above-Ground Fire Pit
Patios are generally safer and more suitable for fire pits than a wooden deck, so take advantage of your materials and look into an easy above-ground fire pit for added beauty and warmth (as long as you have the room). Keep in mind that it cannot be too close to your house because of smoke damage and fire hazards. If you want a non-wood option and have access to natural gas, consider installing a gas patio fireplace instead.
If you’d like a brink, in-ground fire pit in your yard, away from the patio, here’s how to build it.
Add New Event Lighting
If you’re new to outdoor lighting, check out these helpful tips.