Creating a Functional Outdoor Living Area

Getting outdoors is great when the weather allows; many people enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors in the summer months. Some even eat all of their meals outdoors and regularly entertain in their garden. For an outdoor living area to be suitable for entertaining, it must be functional as well as beautiful. In this article, we take a look at some tips that can help you create a functional outdoor living space. 

Invest in lighting

Although the summer days are long, there is nothing better than a garden party that goes on late into the night. You'll need appropriate lighting for your outdoor living space to be functional at night and during the day. Choose lighting that can be easily turned on and off and isn’t too bright. The space should be lit with lighting to convey the atmosphere of your garden. For those that want an environmentally friendly form of lighting, consider solar lights that will charge up during the day and come on when it gets dark. It's also a good idea to have some back-up electricity-powered lights just in case your solar lights don’t get enough charge during the day.

Comfortable seating for everyone

Outdoor seating can be very expensive, but if you’re planning on spending lots of time outdoors, it will be worth the investment. You and your guests will want somewhere comfortable to sit and enjoy the outdoor living experience. Quality seating will also last much longer than cheaper alternatives, as long as you can store them properly in the winter, keeping them away from harsh weather conditions. As well as being comfortable and high quality, make sure you have enough seating for your usual number of guests. You don’t want anyone needing to stand or sit on uncomfortable emergency chairs when you’re hosting.

Provide rain and sun cover

Spending all summer outside is great, but there may still be a chance of rain. If you have a rain cover for any unexpected showers, you can keep your furniture in great condition and avoid having to take all of your guests inside. Shade from the sun is also vital; many people won’t enjoy sitting in the hot summer sun for extended periods without access to shade. A shaded area is also great for children and guests that are sensitive to the sun.

Design your outdoor space for privacy

Being overlooked by neighbours can ruin the fun and enjoyment of spending time in your garden. Clever landscape designers will be able to design almost any garden to have privacy and space where no one else can see you relaxing. You can use plants, sunshades and seating structures to create secluded private areas in your garden. You and your family and friends will enjoy your outdoor space much more than a garden that’s overlooked by neighbours or passers-by. 

Outdoor plug sockets

One thing that people often forget when designing their outdoor space is the importance of functional items such as plug sockets. When you don’t have enough sockets outside, you’ll need to trail wires from your house to your garden in order to plug things in when you’re spending time outdoors. Plug sockets can make things much easier; you can quickly plug in a lamp if things get too dark, a speaker for entertainment or garden maintenance items to keep your outdoor space looking great. In most outdoor spaces, a minimum of two plug sockets will help and ensure you can plug in the things that you need. 

A functional outdoor living area is an essential investment that can improve your quality of life and create wonderful memories with your loved ones. By investing in appropriate lighting, comfortable seating, rain and sun cover, privacy, and outdoor plug sockets, you can transform your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation and entertainment.

Here are some tips for designing your outdoor living area:

  • Prioritise functionality as well as aesthetics.

  • Consider the needs of your family and friends.

  • Choose materials that are durable and easy to maintain.

  • Add personal touches that reflect your style.

  • Make sure your outdoor living area is comfortable and inviting.

With a little planning and effort, you can create an outdoor living area that you'll love to spend time in for years to come.

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