Design your patio like a pro using these Pinterest-inspired designs!
Changing up your space can be a daunting task and be fun at the same time. We find ourselves wanting to spice up our living spaces and sometimes forget about our outdoor spaces (patio, etc). Now it’s time to pay that same attention to our outside abode.
I will share some ideas and inspo to get those creative juices flowing. I felt stressed initially, constantly searching through the Internet for ideas, and spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Google. So I created a photo board to visualize what I wanted to do. I wanted to revamp my patio to enjoy being outdoors and create another safe space I love.
Outdoor Grade Items
It is best to avoid using indoor furniture outside for the following reasons. It will not hold up as well, and indoor furniture can not handle inclement weather. With outdoor patio furniture, the likelihood of it becoming ruined is a lot slimmer than using indoor furniture outside. Of course, there is no 100% outdoor proof patio furniture but there are some that come close.
Ultimately it would come down to the area you live in and what the weather is like there. With the threats of Mother Nature, I would recommend searching for some specific outdoor grade material that is durable and can withstand inclement weather. These include some forms of wood; teak; shorea; white oak; aluminum; wrought iron; stainless-steal; and much more.
In this paragraph, we’ll discuss how certain areas could affect your patio design. For instance, if you live in a sunny area there are a couple of things to consider. First, purchase patio furniture that can withstand the harmful UV rays, and secondly, purchase fade-resistant products to maintain the quality of the product much longer.
I live in Austin, Texas and it can get pretty humid here. After a rainstorm, I hang the outdoor rug over the balcony railing to dry. This allows the rug to dry and ensures there are no wet areas that could harbor mold and mildew.
If you live in windy areas use sandbags to hold down the patio furniture. In addition, investing in a durable patio cover is also a great idea to keep your patio furniture looking nice and new. The patio cover helps to maintain the beauty of the furniture by protecting it from inclement weather and keeping it dry. This patio cover was relatively inexpensive from Amazon (affiliate) and with a few adjustments like adding a sandbag on top of the cover it has stayed in place very well during our storms.
Budget Or No Budget
Setting a budget is a great way to map out exactly what you need to get for your patio. I gave myself a $400 budget initially and then slowly increased it to $600 then eventually $700. You could choose to finance your project using a new credit card with a 12-month interest-free period.
Or if you have a roommate, you could share half the cost and just pay it off instantly split between the both of you. In addition to this method, we also used cashback that we have received from previous purchases and enabled it for these new purchases as well. By using Rakuten we were able to save anywhere from 1% to 10% in cashback that we will receive later in a big fat check to use again to fund yet another project.