Your garden is a great source of extra space and can give you and your family an area to enjoy the outdoors without getting too far from home. However, gardens are often underutilised. Some people don’t have the time or energy to do a great deal with their outdoor space, so it goes wasted.
But your exterior space doesn’t need to go to waste. One wonderful way to use it is by creating an Outdoor Dining Area area fit for all your al fresco dining needs. This is perfect for those family get-togethers where it would otherwise get too crowded. Even better, you don’t necessarily need to dedicate that much time or money.
Select a Dining Area
First things first, you need to figure out where you want to set up for dining. If you have very little outdoor space, then this isn’t going to be a difficult task, but otherwise, it helps to have a specific section of the garden.
There are no rules for this, but there are a few suggestions. At the very least, you will want a relatively flat part of your garden. If you have a yard or paved area, then it’s likely to be flat. Otherwise, many people chose to use some kind of platform, like decking or patio. This provides a natural place to set up, as it’s flat by design.
Most deckings or patios are relatively close to your home, which can come in handy. Whichever one you choose depends on personal preferences. Patios and paved areas are sturdy and fireproof, making them ideal for barbeques. Wooden deckings aren’t fireproof, true, but they don’t get as hot under the sun and some people prefer how they look.
If you’re planning on sitting outside, you should have a shaded area to protect you from the sun. Trees are a natural shade, but there are plenty of options for gardens without trees or other natural sources of shade.
The simplest option is erecting a shade umbrella, which can slot into some furniture and block out the sun. However, an umbrella might not be big enough for everyone, and there’s always the risk of them getting caught out by the wind.
Another favourite option is the good old gazebo. A gazebo provides excellent shade over a large area, while also protecting you from any rain. Gazebos are still vulnerable to strong winds, however, and most shouldn’t be left outside for extended periods.
Or, you could build what’s known as a pergola. A pergola created from oak, for example, is a versatile, attractive, and permanent solution. You can leave them as they are, or use them as a frame for climbing plants. You can even top them with a shade sail or a roof, for more protection.
Furniture & Decor
Once you have your outdoor dining area set up and ready to go, you just need to add some garden furniture. Find something sturdy, weather-resistant, and attractive.
While you’re at it, make the area look nice with some decorations and lighting solutions. Consider a heater for those cooler evenings and you’ll hardly want to come inside.