Preparing for Outdoor Living

The season has finally come again to get outside to enjoy the fresh air and the warm breeze. After a long winter (and an even longer spring!) spent inside your home, the draw to get outside is strong. Preparing an outdoor living space can now be on the top of the to-do list.

What is most important to you? Consider these elements:

Outdoor living room:

Even if you don’t eat outside, sitting and enjoying the fresh air can be a lovely way to relax. Dust off your outdoor patio furniture cushions and inspect your furniture to be sure no breaking or rotting has occurred through the winter.

Some fabrics are able to withstand laundering; however, be sure to read the label to determine what your fabric can handle and clean accordingly.

When setting up your outdoor living space, consider how many seats you will need. You want to balance an intimate setting with enough room for your extended family and a gathering of friends. Cushioned patio sets in beautiful, weather-resistant fabrics, as well as comfortable swivel and reclining chairs and quality accessories, will convert your backyard into the living space you’ve always wanted.

Outdoor Kitchen:

Investing in an outdoor kitchen is a great way to add value to your home. Whether you have a built-in barbeque or a high-end outdoor kitchen, enjoying family meals and entertaining outside is good for the soul. In fact, studies show that eating outside improves moods, increases memory, and promotes mental health. In addition, creating memories with your family and moving your everyday activities outside provides great relief from the long winters.

If you have a table for two or ten, setting the mood with some outdoor accessories will give you a fresh look without too much investment. Consider purchasing a new umbrella, updating weather resistant pillow and cushions, and adding candles to the table.

Table settings! Your outdoor kitchen needs to be stocked with the tools, place settings, utensils, and cookware you need to entertain. You can avoid running back and forth inside by having a checklist of all the things you’ll need for successful entertaining.

  • Tablecloth
  • Placemats
  • Plate Sets
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Cutlery
  • Napkins
  • Serving Utensils
  • Serving Plates and Bowls
  • Grilling Utensils
  • Grill Scrape
  • Lighter/Matchbook
  • Ice Bucket and Scoop
  • Pitcher/Drink Dispenser
  • Beverage Cooler
  • Bottle Opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Candles
  • Waste/Recycling Bins

Nothing feels better than being prepared! And consider making clean up easy by storing cleaning supplies outside with your grill.

According to real estate studies, outdoor kitchens tend to pay for themselves in increased value at the time of sale. So, your investment in your outdoor space is good for your life and good for the value of your home. Start planning your space today!

Come visit the Overhead, Inc. showroom! Our expert advisors will gladly show you our extensive options in outdoor furniture, grills, and awnings. A visit to our showroom is your first step to better living and cooking outdoors. We look forward to meeting you and helping you design your new favorite space!