Transforming your Patio
Having a patio can come in handy for numerous reasons. In humid weather, it's a cool, breezy area you can relax in. It can be your own personal, peaceful outdoor retreat. Or it can be a space for entertaining guests and having parties, gatherings, barbecues and other activities. Some people prefer to treat their patio as an extension of their living room area. However you choose to use it, it is no doubt a useful addition to any home and can actually increase the value of your property.
When setting up and decorating your patio, you should ensure that it is comfortable and inviting so that you or your guests will want to spend time there. One of the most important selections you will have to make is furniture and seating. Furniture is probably the biggest purchase you will make for your patio and the items you will use the most.
Whether you're just relaxing and reading a book or having a family gathering, you will need a place to sit.
Your choice of furniture will depend on the size and shape of your patio.
The best patios are the ones that have an abundance of places to sit. But if your patio is small and narrow, arranging seating may be a challenge.
For small spaces, a sectional may work best as it is designed to preserve space while providing enough seating for four or five people.
For additional seating, you can place outdoor rugs and throw pillows or poufs. These can be kept indoors and brought out for guests and they do not take up much space.
Multi-functional furniture is also a smart choice for a small patio. A pouf can function as a side table, leg rest or extra seating depending on what is needed at the time.
If you plan on using your patio for barbecues or parties, it will be useful to have an area for dining.
Bistro tables are a perfect solution for a small patio. They do not take up much space and can be folded and stored away quite easily when not in use. A bar cart may also be a useful addition for storing drinks and utensils if you do not have enough room for an outdoor kitchen.
A perfect patio will also include a place to lounge. Whether it's a da