A big part of enjoying the spring and summer is creating a space outdoors for you and your family and friends to enjoy. Creating your own outdoor gathering place is much more than just setting up chairs near the garden, you have to utilize your space and style to create a place where people can feel comfortable and relax. Whether that means a great shady spot under the pergola or at an outdoor bar poolside is all up to you. Here are a few tips to crafting that perfect summer spot…
Getting Some Great Furniture
First and foremost you need a place to sit, serve drinks and food and enjoy them together. You don’t necessarily need a fancy dining setup but the right pieces of furniture can really tie a gathering place together.
If you’re low on space a simple Permaquid Picnic Table can do wonders for your backyard. If you have a lot more room you can really put the beautiful Sag Harbor Deep Seating to good use. This set is comfortable and luxurious, perfect for under the pergola or pavilion. If simple is what you are going for you can never go wrong with a few Adirondack chairs and side tables perfect for the garden, pool area or relaxing by the beach.
But don’t forget about entertaining! The Windsor Buffet Table is perfect for setting up food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. Another beautiful piece that is endlessly functional is the Portsmouth Party Bar perfect for storing and serving refreshments all summer long (plus it’s super adorable).
Pulling The Space Together
Creating a space is more than just putting a few chairs together – you have to make it feel like a contained space of its own without putting up walls. This is why a pergola is the perfect structure to craft an outdoor entertaining space around. Pergolas aren’t enclosed so you can still see the garden and stars but it provides enough structure and shade to make you feel like you are in a purposeful space weather it is a free standing structure in the yard or an attached pergola right next to the house.
While it may seem like a spend, adding a pergola to your yard is a great investment in the future use of your home. Each pergola is crafted using cedar or the low maintenance wood alternative material AZEK which ensures that each structure is long-lasting, durable and pretty much maintenance free.
You can go simple with a kit pergola already measured and packaged or have one custom designed for your space.
Pergolas are endlessly customizable which makes them great for fitting into your existing space. You can even add a shade canopy to create more shade in the daytime while easily retractable for enjoying the stars from the same place when the sun goes down.
They look beautiful in backyards, in pool areas, on rooftops or by the water (if your lucky to live by the beach). Each structure can be customized with lattice panels, lighting and other decor items to make it feel like an extension of your home.
For more information on any of our products give us a call at 800-343-6948 and speak with one of our design experts or fill out our free design consultation form online. All of our products and some examples of past projects can be found on our website, walpoleoutdoors.com.