You don’t have to wait until summer to make use of your patio. With a few improvements, you could make your patio a warm and dry outdoor living space that can be enjoyed all year round. Here are just a few improvements to help enjoy your patio in the winter.
Make outdoor furniture cosier with throws
Adding a few throws and blankets to your outdoor furniture could help to make them cosier for the winter. Sheepskin and faux fur throws are a great option for allowing you to snuggle up outdoors (you can even layer them for extra warmth). Make sure to look for throws that offer a certain level of water resistance so that they won’t get ruined in the rain.
Look into outdoor heating options
An outdoor heater could further help to add warmth while sat on your patio. There are many different forms of outdoor heating including electric heaters, propane heaters and old-fashioned wood heaters. Some people prefer the convenience of electric and propane heaters – you don’t have to keep attending to a fire and you have more freedom as to where you place them. Others may prefer the natural warmth of a wood heater such as a chiminea or a fire pit – they have a certain rustic campfire appeal and can be great for huddling around.
Install an overhead canopy
An overhead canopy could offer some shelter, so that if it rains you don’t have to rush indoors. There are lots of different canopy designs to consider from fixed options to retractable options. The likes of this new louvred roof system could be perfect for giving you the option of allowing in sunlight or providing shade, while still offering shelter from rain. There are also affordable canopy options to consider such as fabric awnings. Such canopies will likely need to be installed by a professional, although there are temporary options out there such as marquees that you can build yourself.
Add some outdoor lighting
Shorter daylight hours can also prevent many of us from using our patios in the winter. By adding some outdoor lighting, you can keep your patio illuminated long into the evening. Outdoor lighting comes in all forms from ambient glowing solar lights to mains powered flood lighting. Most outdoor lighting can be triggered to only come on when it gets dark. You could also consider motion-sensing lighting, which only turns on when movement is detected.
Upgrade to an all-weather barbecue
Grilling food outdoors in cold weather can be hard work. However, with the right barbecue it could be made easier. An electric grill with a lid will allow you to keep a constant heat without the temperature or wind getting in the way. There are lots of electric grills on the market to choose from, so it’s worth doing your research. You can find plenty of guides online on how to barbecue in winter. Great foods to try could include roast chestnuts, grilled lamb chops and stuffed butternut squash.
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