Our gardens are spaces that far too often, we fail to do anything useful with, but that shouldn’t be the case. If you are lucky enough to have a good sized garden, it’s crucial that you do something with the space.
Creating a beautiful outdoor dining space is a fantastic way to take advantage of your home’s outdoor area. If you are the type of family that loves spending time outside, designing an amazing alfresco dining area is the perfect way to invest in your garden. Being able to dine and drink outside, as well as relax, is one of the best benefits of owning a garden. However, very few of us take full advantage of this.
To help you transform your garden into a beautiful dining space, I have put together four handy tips:
- Be practical
When it comes to picking where in your garden you would like your dining area located, be practical about it. If you are going to be carrying bits and bobs out from the kitchen, the closer to the kitchen it is, the better.
In terms of choosing where to create your dining area, if your home has a beautiful view, place the table where you can enjoy the view. If you have been blessed with a lovely view, it’s important to make the most of it.
- Incorporate a patio or deck
Your dining area should be separate from the rest of your garden, and the best way to do that is by placing it on a raised patio or deck. This will allow you to overlook the rest of your garden while you eat, as well as enjoy the views.
Plus, by having your dining area away from the grass, this means that even if it rains, you can still use it. If you were to place your table and chairs on the lawn, it could end up sinking into the mud, and the legs rotting.
- Make it comfortable
Your outdoor dining area should be just as comfortable and appealing as your indoor area. The best way to achieve this is by being picky about the furniture that you opt for. Don’t just choose any old table, think the decision through, carefully.
A table and chairs is a must. Ideally, pick something with large chairs, so that there is room to add garden chair cushions to make them more comfortable. As well as having a dining table, it might also be a good idea to add a couple of outdoor armchairs and a coffee table for relaxing in.
- Create a space that can be used all year
The downside to outside eating areas tends to be that they can’t be used all year around. However, if you want to make your outdoor dining area more cold weather friendly, there are some simple things you can do.
Adding an outdoor heater or two is fantastic for keeping you and your guests warm and cosy, as are a couple of thick blankets. You could also consider adding a roof to your outdoor dining area, to make it usable all year around. However, this could be quite pricey, so it’s important to think the idea through, properly.
If you want to transform an area of your garden into a lovely outdoor dining area, make sure to follow the tips, above.