A patio can be one of the most prized areas of your home, but if you don’t have the necessary furniture all patio owners need, no one is going to join you on that sunny afternoon. Therefore, I thought I would find nine crucial patio décor items all homeowners need.
I have to start out with the most basic in a patio table or dining set. We like to host BBQs on our patios. We like to host 4th of July parties. People are going to be eating and drinking on your patio, so they need a place to put their food and beverage. No one likes to hold a plate of food and eat at the same time. There are limitless possibilities with tables, so whether it’s glass or wrought iron, make sure it's durable and fits your taste.
You can’t have a patio table without chairs. In fact, patio chairs should be the first furniture items you purchase after installing or building your brand new patio. Keep in mind, no one likes to sit on a hard, metal chair for a long period of time. You want your guests to be as comfortable as possible and stay well into the night.
If you do buy metal or iron chairs, be sure to buy cushions as well. They may have to be cleaned more often, but your guests will surely thank you for the extra relief.
Note: Most patio furniture sets come with tables and chairs. If you like one, you better like the other.
We like to enjoy the outdoors at night. The only way to truly take advantage of your patio is to install plenty of lighting all around it. You could add track lighting around the floor, lanterns on the sides, fairy lights along your house or custom lamps if they’re below a cover. The possibilities are endless. After tables and chairs, lighting is the next item all patio owners must own.
On top of lighting your newly installed patio, lanterns can also keep away those annoying mosquitos and flies. While you could just spring for some bug repellent, most of your friends will forget the spray and still want to enjoy a relaxing summer night on your patio, deck or porch. Make sure you never run into these issues by buying two or three patio lanterns.
Flowers & Plants
I realize flowers and plants don’t fall into the furniture category, but they are an aspect that should be present on all patios. They give your patio a sense of pride and beauty. Whether you go with lilies on the railing or flower pots all around, make sure you add a splash of color to your patio décor. It may be the only outlet for color other than the landscape you’re maintaining.
Now that we have all the basics out of the way, it’s time to get to the meat of your patio. Speaking of meat, you will need a grill to cook all those burgers, sausages and hot dogs you have been craving all winter. Everyone loves a holiday BBQ, but to satisfy everyone’s quench for those perfect, medium rare burgers, you’re going to need a grill. If you’re looking to save some cash, try building your own. See our DIY Tips for How to Build an Outdoor BBQ.
If all homeowners purchased the bare minimum, our houses would be boring and dull. Patios are no different.
The summers can get very hot. You need to protect yourself. Instead of applying all that sunblock, consider installing an awning over your patio. The average price to install an awning is just over $2,000. Additionally, awnings can reduce the need for air conditioning. Many awnings can be retracted in the fall or winter, and be extended again in the spring or summer.
On the contrary, if you don’t want to install an awning, you can always buy a canopy. They make for the perfect outdoor reading spots.
Patios aren’t only designed for summer. They should be utilized year-round. The only way to really take advantage of your patio in the winter is to install a fire pit. You can go modern or build your own with brick or stone. If you do decide to build your own, we highly recommend contacting a professional first to see what permits and materials you need.
You can’t have people over without a cold beverage (or two). If you wish to make your patio the hot spot of the summer, make sure you add a gazebo cooler. If you don’t want to buy one, you can always build a cooler in your patio table. See how it’s done at 7 DIY Ways To Make Your Patio Awesome.
The old saying “build it and they will come” does not always apply to outdoor patios. They will come only if you have updated furniture, comfortable chairs, perfect lighting and a grill. Make your patio the place to be this summer by purchasing these nine necessary items.
For more patio inspiration, be sure to check out our Peaceful Patios Pinterest board.