Being able to entertain al fresco is one of the primary benefits of having a patio, deck, or outdoor kitchen. Spring and summer weather are obviously perfect for this purpose, but fall is less so because of the shorter days and nippy temperatures. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy steps you can take to extend the usefulness of your outdoor living space for another season. Here are our top tips for prepping your patio, deck, or outdoor kitchen for fall.
- Give the area a thorough cleaning by first sweeping and then hosing down the wood, concrete, or tiled surfaces.
- Clean the furniture if you plan to continue using the same pieces or swap out your summer tables and chairs for their fall coutnerparts.
- Place an assortment of blankets in decorative basket so guests have a means of snuggling in on cooler nights.
- Install a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, patio heater, or similar warming element to help control the temperature in larger spaces.
- Add textured accents such as fuzzy area rugs or throw pillows and bolsters to give the space a warm, cozy feel.
- Create a custom centerpiece for the table by placing autumn leaves, pinecones, and other seasonal foliage in a glass container.
- Ambient lighting is a must, so make liberal use of candles, rope lights for deck rails, and walkway lights to help ensure guests can move about without encountering unexpected obstacles.
- For a fun decorative option that doubles as extra seating, consider placing a couple of real hay bales in your outdoor space.
If you’re only using your patio, deck, or outdoor kitchen during the spring and summer, you’re missing out on weeks of beautifully crisp autumn nights every year. Extend the use of your outdoor living space well into the fall season by implementing these tips and tweaks to make the cooler temperatures more tolerable as you entertain family and friends.