After the past year, spending quality time together with our family and friends has never felt more important. An easy way of minimising the risk when meeting up together is to stay outdoors in the open air. Keep on reading to find out some simple steps you can follow to create a stylish outdoor dining area in your very own back garden.
Create a Plan
The first tip you should bear in mind is to plan out exactly what you want to achieve with the new dining area before you start purchasing any items. Will it be used for large dinner parties, intimate family gatherings or on special occasions? Do you need it to be accessible for your kids and able to keep them covered in the sun, or protected from bad weather if you’re concerned about them being exposed to the elements? You should also assess your current space and think about how your new area will work with your existing spot.
Work From the Bottom Up
It may not even cross your mind to consider the flooring of your dining area, but it’s an important element as it makes the space more useable, safer and adds to the aesthetics of the space. It can also stop your furniture from sinking into the ground and becoming damaged. One popular choice is decking as it is a robust option which is long-lasting, or you may opt for paving stones and slabs for a more neutral look.
Choose Your Furniture
When it comes to garden furniture there are endless designs and options to pick from. From a simple rattan set to a classic wooden table to a modern metal look – you can find something to suit every style. Remember to measure the furniture carefully to check that it fits well with your space and take note of whether the products are suitable for outside usage.
Add A Personal Touch
Once you’ve got your table and chairs sorted, it’s time to add some personality and flair to your space. Lighting is one way to add atmosphere and set the tone, whether that’s with fairy lights, candles or lanterns. Fire pits are also a great way of keeping your guests warm on those cool winter and autumn nights. You could also add a shade sail to your garden to further increase the functionality of the garden. And don’t forget your soft furnishings, pick up some waterproof cushions and rugs to add some texture and colour to the dining area. Then add the final finishing touch with your tableware.
Don’t forget the Rest of Your Garden
One widely recommended tip is to make your garden a multipurpose space, so it’s key to plan your dining area to work with the other activities you enjoy outside too. You may want to set up your dining table away from the space where your family plays games, especially ball games like padel. And if you use your garden as an outdoor gym, then make sure there are no obstacles in the way of your workouts.
Utilise Your Plants
Your plants can also be a great addition to your dining space. You can add privacy and create a more enclosed space with shrubs and climbers. Plant pots can add to your colour scheme and theme and herbs can be added to your cooking too. You could also choose plants with strong aromas such as lavender, rosemary and honeysuckle.
Make it Weather-Proof
Once you’ve created your new outdoor eating space you’ll certainly want to get the best use from it. By adding a retractable roof canopy you can have control over whether you want shade or sunshine. These come in different styles, colours and sizes so you’ll be able to pick the right structure for your space.
Get Cooking Outside Too
Outdoor kitchens are rapidly growing in popularity as they’re a great way of adding more functionality to your garden. This doesn’t have to break the bank either as you can use simple cupboards and tables for worktop space and use your BBQ as a grill. You could also hook up an old kitchen sink to your hose for a washing up spot or to keep drinks cool.
So now you should be able to start creating the ultimate outdoor dining space in your garden, perfect for hosting family reunions and catching up together over some good food.
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