A patio can be a hot slab of concrete baking in the sun – or it can be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable seasonal room. Below are some ways you can store everything you need to enjoy your day on your patio.
Do you enjoy reading on your patio, playing board games or working on a new Sudoku? If so, why not invest in a table with built-in storage to keep some of your favourite things? This will ensure you’re not constantly carrying items back and forth. There are tables with shelving, cubbies or even ottoman-type ones with lids to keep items readily available but out of sight. This is also a great place to hide some of those extra throw pillows and blankets to snuggle up with on cooler nights.
Serving Cart or Cooler
Do you prefer coffee or tea? Maybe a mojito or three? No matter your preference, you can use a serving cart or cooler to store extra drink supplies (or even snacks) such as a kettle, french press, cups, sugar, tea bags or coffee grounds nearby so you can brew up a hot cup or cool drink to enjoy anytime. This is great for entertaining and saves you running back and forth from the kitchen, keeping you on the patio where you belong. I would, however, skip the cream; this could freeze in the winter and spoil in the summer.
Ottomans, Deck Boxes and Benches
Just like a table with storage, benches, ottomans and deck boxes can offer places to sit and relax as well as act as storage for your throws, pillows, books and board games to enjoy on the patio. In the summer months don’t forget to refresh your stash of bug spray and sunscreen to keep them close.
Hooks and Shelving
Are you looking to add some privacy to your patio? Put a shelf on the area you want to block and fill with planters, décor items and use as additional storage space on your patio. You could add hooks to the shelving to hang up umbrellas for easy access, a broom for quick cleanup or hats to grab in a snap in the summer. The possibilities are endless!
Planters and Mason Jars
Find and repurpose old planters and mason jars to store candles, lighters and other small items like lip balm on your patio for easy access. This adds a decorative touch with functionality. Mason jars are also great to use as cups in the summer for home-made ice tea or lemonade.
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Tell us: What are your biggest challenges when it comes to enjoying your outdoor space? If you could wave a magic wand and transform your porch or patio, what would you do?