Furnishing Your Patio: What You Need to Consider

A patio can be designed and furnished to function as an extension of your living and dining space, as a personal retreat or as a multi-purpose area. Before you begin furnishing your patio, you will need to decide how you want to use that space and what benefits you hope to gain from it.


It's essential that you select patio furniture, such as resin wicker, that is durable enough to withstand the outdoor elements. Be sure to select cushions and fabric accessories that are specifically designed for outdoor use, such as the rugs and accent pillows available from places like Design Furnishings. Purchasing a patio furniture package is one of the easiest ways to get patio seating that will attractively fit in the space that you have to work with.


To get the maximum amount of enjoyment from your patio, you may need to include some shade producing features in your design such as a table umbrella or shade cloth. A pergola or decorative fencing can also be used to add shade to a patio.

Live Plants

Plants can add beauty and aroma to your patio. You can get some wonderful patio garden ideas online. Not every patio has an impressive view; plants can help hide unattractive areas and provide an element of privacy on a patio in an urban area.

Special Features

Fire pits and water features can be included in a patio design to help achieve a relaxing atmosphere. You'll need to plan ahead when incorporating either or both of these features into your patio design. The location of a fire pit can have an impact on the furniture arrangement. A water feature can be used as an impressive focal point of the patio design. It can also be placed in a corner or on a wall as a more subtle part of your design.


Outdoor lamps, lanterns and string lights are just a few of the exterior lighting choices you have for your patio space. The lighting you select can greatly influence the ambiance and functionality of your patio.

When you're furnishing your patio, you'll want to create an arrangement that allows guests the freedom to easily walk around on the patio. Comfort should be one of your top priorities. Furnishing the patio so that it can serve as an entertainment space and as your personal relaxation retreat will enable you to fully utilize that portion of your outdoor space.


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Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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