Unless you’re a professional designer, arranging furniture can be a challenge. Arranging furniture outdoors? That’s a whole other level.
But don’t worry – with a few simple tricks, you can master your patio or deck arrangement and be all set for summertime fun.
- Grab some paper and a pencil. No, really. This doesn’t have to be a to-scale drawing, but a decent sketch of the area you’re planning the furniture to go, will help you develop a plan.
- Think about the purpose of the area you’re planning. Is it a dining area? A conversation space? Texas Casuals wooden rockers on the front porch so you can watch the world go by? The purpose of the area will obviously dictate the type of furniture you purchase, and how you arrange it.
- Choose your focal point. Just like designing an indoor space, outdoor spaces need focal points, too. An outdoor fireplace, a swimming pool or other architectural element can serve as the focal point, as can a view.
- Think about traffic flow. Arrange your furniture so that people will be able to walk comfortably around and through the set up. Make sure people won’t be tripping over tables – or each other – as they maneuver to a seat. Also ensure the main traffic flow, for example from the pool to the patio door, goes around the seating area and not through it.
- If you’re furnishing a large outdoor area, break it up into smaller sections with furniture groupings. Establish an area for outdoor dining, and a separate area for relaxation and conversation. Comfortable furniture, including gliders, is a great choice.
- Don’t forget the accessories. Complete your outdoor room with cushions, accent pillows and rugs made from sturdy outdoor fabrics. Add greenery with potted plants, and include decorative outdoor lighting.
With a little planning and the right furniture pieces, you can create an outdoor space that brings the comfort and style of indoor living outside.