Cooler temperatures don't have to bring an end to the fun of patio season. If you want to keep enjoying your outdoor spaces well into fall, a few handy tips and tricks are all you need. We've put together a list of the best ways to keep enjoying outdoor entertaining even when the seasons begin to change and summer says its final goodbye for the year. Check out this list of the top ways to extend patio season in 2018.
Heat Things Up
The number-one issue that keeps many people from using their home's outdoor spaces in the fall is chilly weather. It's simply not as enjoyable to hang out on your patio, porch or deck when you're starting to shiver. Fortunately, there are a few surefire ways to keep things warm and cozy so patio season can extend well into fall and possibly even winter:
Install a Fire Pit
You can build an in-ground fire pit in the yard or purchase a standing fire pit to place on your deck or patio. Add some benches around the fire or pull up some comfy chairs. The crackle of the fire feels intimate and cozy, which is perfect for cool nights under the stars. For smaller outdoor spaces, consider a portable tabletop fireplace to create a bit of extra heat.
Get a Patio Heater
Fire pits are great for smaller groups, but it doesn't work as well for hosting parties or eating dinner outdoors. Place one or more Serenity Health & Home Décor patio heaters on your patio or deck to create a warm atmosphere where everyone can comfortably relax.
Load up on Blankets
Keep a stack of outdoor blankets available for guests who might still feel the chill even when sitting by a fire or patio heater.
Light up the Night
Summer nights are marked by late sunsets that don’t occur until well after dinner is over. But over the course of just a few weeks near the beginning of fall, the sun starts setting much earlier. When your patio, porch, deck or yard are cloaked in darkness, it certainly won’t seem very inviting. That’s why it’s important to add extra lighting if you want to extend your patio season this year.
Fire pits are a great option since they double as a heat source. However, they aren’t very bright and aren’t conducive to entertaining large groups. If you need a bit more brightness outside, consider adding one or more of the following lighting options to your outdoor space:
String lights are lightweight, versatile and easy to install. If you want to hang yours over an uncovered deck or out in the yard, purchase some outdoor string light poles which will elevate the lights overhead.
Simply place your outdoor torches in the ground or attach them to your deck railing for added lighting outdoors.
Lanterns can be placed on tabletops or on the ground for extra lighting. If you're worried the risks of using real candles, consider using a Serenity Health & Home Décor solar lantern instead.
Don't forget to make sure any walkways or stairs in your outdoor area are well-light. Solar-powered path lights are a simple, hassle-free solution.
So there you have it. You can easily make your outdoor spaces more inviting than ever this fall by using the tips above for extending patio season.