Using Handmade Furniture to Enhance Your Outdoor Patio
How to Use Natural Elements to Create the Best Outdoor Dining Experience
Eating al fresco during the summer months can be refreshing to both the palette and your family. You can enjoy both the nature around you and a delicious meal as the fireflies twinkle and glow. But finding the best handmade furniture, layout and even lighting can be hard. Here is a look at some of the things to consider when planning an outdoor design.
Outdoor Dining on the Deck
Having a deck makes you very lucky. Often raised above the yard, they are natural and yet subdued, and close to the home, which makes them perfect for entertaining or cooking inside and bringing a lot of food out. Situating your handmade outdoor furniture on your deck is important, as it can take up a lot of space when you are entertaining.
How to Extend Deck Space for Large Gatherings
A deck can be extended to make room for a party of outdoor dinner guests with one simple handmade furniture trick: benches. Just adding benches to the edge of a deck will create plentiful seating and won’t be as cumbersome or limited as deck chairs. Even so, if you’d like a more intimate seating, the classic umbrella table with two to four wooden chairs is perfect for a family gathering or having a few dinner guests over. There are multiple options for deck lighting. You can install lights to beam from your home, or use lanterns and Tiki torches for a more intimate feel. Also, you might want to consider installing an outdoor fire-pit to cozy up the area. Outdoor fire pits add warmth, light, and dimension to your property. An installed fire pit allows you to enjoy starlit evenings with the company of those you love. A fit pit becomes a mesmerizing distraction for your kids and grandkids so they can join in become part of the group conversation. As always, it’s best to supervise the area so that you don’t burn your own house down!
Outdoor Dining in the Garden
A garden can be a tricky place to situate furniture. Heavy pieces can sink, but too light, and they can blow away. You also want to consider how guests will interact with being too close to nature (and bugs, if you have that problem). One possible solution would be areas covered with smooth gravel or pebbles.
Courtyard with Interesting Handmade Furniture
If your garden has a fair amount of shade by large trees, then there may not be much need for a deck or even patio umbrellas. Place both chairs and small tables for conversation in one area, and a larger dining table in another, under larger trees for shade. Utilize lanterns on tables or hung between the trees, or even string lights to create a soft light that’s interspersed between the trees and the different areas of the garden.
Outdoor Dining on the Patio
A patio has the best of decks and a garden: closeness to nature and a contained space for furniture. But if you overload a patio, it can become cluttered.
Simple Elements in Handmade Furniture
Planting larger ferns or bushes near a patio will keep it more contained, much like a deck, but still incorporate the natural aspect of the yard. Furniture should be refined rather than bulky because oftentimes patio furniture will take up a majority of the patio’s space. If the space flows from the inside of the home to the outside, then utilize the same colors to create a cohesive look.
Tips for New Home Owners: Outdoor Dining and Handmade Furniture
If you don’t have the budget or expertise to create a sumptuous outdoor dining experience, don’t worry! There are some simple ways to create a beautiful patio, deck or garden for guests.
Easy Ways to Change Your Outdoor Space
You can easily transform your space with a few elements. Finding unique handmade furniture, like pieces from local furniture craftsmen, will add a homey feel. Color in the form of seat cushions, tablecloths, and even lamps and candles can be very transformative.
Where to Put Your Handmade Furniture
The placement of handmade furniture is useful. If you haven’t purchased furniture yet, draw out with sidewalk chalk where you’d like pieces to go and approximate dimensions. Take these measurements to the store with you so you have an idea while shopping. If you have purchased pieces already, play with the placement. You may be surprised how moving the table from one corner of the patio to another can change the entire look of your backyard.
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