Preparing your patio for Fall isn’t difficult. Here are a few things you can do right now that will keep you outside longer.
Now that summer has ended, the sun appears less frequently and you find yourself spending fewer moments in your outdoor space. Your long summer nights of barbecues with friends and family are replaced by Sunday gatherings around food and football. T-shirts and shorts are replaced by coats and pants. Things are changing with the seasons and so should your patio.
Don’t let autumn take your outdoor space from you. Here are 3 simple ideas on how to keep your patio functional even when the temperatures drop and days become shorter.
Putting up a pavilion or tent is such a great way to add a few more months to your outdoor living space. They come in all different sizes and styles. A simple four post tent with sidewalls can provide shelter from the rain and wind of the fall. Sidewalls will also help keep heat in the room during the colder autumn months. Awnings that are connected to a permanent structure are also a great option.
Outdoor space heaters are no longer just for fancy restaurants and bars with patios. Heaters are easy to find, use, and maintain. There are 2 main types of outdoor heaters – propane and electric. You can choose your preference based on how you like to generate your heat. They are also very safe and energy efficient.
Here’s a great review of the top 10 outdoor heaters for 2016.
Fire pits are also a great way to stay warm and cozy. And, there’s no need to have to chop firewood or come away smelling like a campfire. New age fire pits can be fueled by propane or connected to your already existing natural gas line. New styles and models also look great and become wonderful centerpieces to any outdoor living space.
Both of these features can be used in covered areas if used properly.
Protecting your outdoor furniture is paramount if you want to get the most out of your investment. The rain, sun, dust, and falling leaves can wreak havoc on your upholstery and hardware. If you are using your outdoor furniture less frequently, having some simple and easily accessible outdoor storage can prolong the life of your cushions.
Your outdoor hardware, no matter if it’s wood, metal, or other should be cleaned from time to time to help protect and ensure a lasting life. Between seasons is a good time to do this.
If you’re looking for a simple no stress option, outdoor furniture covers are great. Simply purchase some covers to fit your furniture, toss them over the top and “Voila”! Instant protection from the outdoor elements. When you want to use your outdoor space, they’re easy to remove. Your outdoor living space is intact and ready for use.
Don’t let fall and winter drive you inside. Keep your outdoor space in full swing right through the changing seasons!