There is no doubt that, as the long summer days dwindle along, spending time with family and friends is a pastime that many of us enjoy.
Whether it’s the traditional Aussie barbecue or a more formal dinner party, many people like to take in the opportunity to dine more alfresco when we have longer access to the sunny days and pleasant weather.
Yet, how many of us have a small outdoor dining table with a few deck chairs on the verandah or a small deck that doesn’t work well for large groups of friends.
Well, here are my tips on how you can turn an outdoor dining area from drab to fab because every zone is part of the home and you shouldn’t have to reserve dining to a certain room in the house.
1. Make it usable all year round
When designing your perfect outdoor dining space, it is a great idea to plan it out and think about it as a place that you don’t only have to reserve for the warmer months.
One of the best ways to make way for year-round alfresco dining is to install outdoor Ziptrak blinds that can enclose the space, whether it is an outside deck or pergola.
This can help create the essence of an extension and extra dining space for you to relish in and add extra room.
2. Have a means of warmth
If you intend to make your outdoor dining area accessible for all seasons, it is wise to encompass an element of warmth, particularly for the cooler winter months.
Whether this is achieved through those such as gas heat lamps or a fire pit around a patio, this can help to not only serve a purpose but also act as a gathering hub to swap stories or chat with friends.
3. Create zones to help the flow of the room
By sectioning your outdoor domain into zones while you work, you’ll have a clear definition of how each one will be used.
From a seating area to relax and chat with friends to the place to put the dining table.
It will also allow you to keep things neat and tidy and not clutter the yard.
4. Include an outdoor kitchen
A great way to define your outdoor dining area is by including an outdoor kitchen.
Provided you have the area and budget, this can allow you to not have to worry about transporting heavy dishes back and forth whenever you want to eat outdoors or when entertaining company.
It also helps to have a preparation area nearby for easy access.
5. Have functional storage:
Much like you would for an indoor kitchen and dining space, it is wise to integrate a functional means of storage to house those items you plan to use outside.
Whether it be a bench with shelves to place the crockery and drawers for the cutlery along with any linen, or a side buffet cabinet, make sure your items are in a secure location when not in use.
6. Repel unwanted guests:
When dining alfresco, you have the potential to attract some pesky unwanted visitors that will try to get a free feed.
I speak of insects who can be a nasty danger and create a pest invasion.
You can detract them naturally with those such as citronella candles and running water, which also gives off a nice ambience.
7. Create your style:
When creating your outdoor dining room, adding your personality into the design is what makes the style so personal.
Whether it is through fairy lights or that of draping plants, make sure you give off an ambience in which you would want to spend your time.
Now, I hope I have given you a few tips on how to make your alfresco dining room a place to enjoy.