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Designing an outdoor dining area: Tips & tricks

by Len Hart 09/21/2022

Having an outdoor dining area is a major goal among homeowners who want to make the most of their backyard. Along with outdoor kitchens, outdoor dining spaces are a heavily sought-after home feature and can enhance not only your enjoyment of the outdoors, but your home value as well.

If you're interested in setting up your own area dedicated to outdoor dining, here are some expert tips to get you started:

Consider the location of your outdoor dining area

It's crucial to choose a logical but comfortable place to set up your dining area. When choosing an outdoor dining table, measure your space carefully to ensure you get the ideal size and shape. Having your dining table close to the kitchen or barbecue is a convenient option, but avoid setting up too close to smoke or heat sources.

Include shelter against the elements

Consider creating shade over your outdoor table with a pergola or umbrella. A classic table umbrella design works wonders for ambiance and shelter. You can also use privacy screens for additional protection against the harsh sun rays and chilly winds.

Use garden design to define a dining space

If you're having trouble defining your dining area, take some inspiration from garden design elements. Try surrounding your dining area with raised planter beds or container plants. Or, separate the dining space from the rest of the yard with stepping stones or a paver walkway.

Tablescape to impress

While practicality is important for dining outdoors, don't pass up the opportunity to show your style with table settings. For easy cleaning and maintenance, set your table with outdoor-friendly cloths & runners. Include a decorative centerpiece to provide depth, texture and a personal flair to al fresco dining.

With the right dining furniture choices, you can enjoy outdoor dining no matter the size or shape of space you have. However, keeping these ideas in mind will help you get the most out of your outdoor space.

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