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Browse Landscapes Get ideas for your yard Backyards Front Yards Research PatiosBrowse photos and get patio ideas Most Popular Links Patios Home Patio Pictures Patio Styles Backyard Patio Design Flagstone Patios Concrete Patios Patio Design & Planning Landscaping Plans Patio Planning Guide Patio Gardening Patio Materials Patio Placement Ideas Patio Lighting How to Build a Patio Ideas for Patios Custom Patios Patio Makeover Ideas Deck Landscape Ideas Find a Local Concrete Contractor See contractor photos & info in your area on ConcreteNetwork.com Search by city/state or postal code SUBSCRIBE TO GARDEN DESIGN MAGAZINE Packed with design ideas for your backyard and front yard, each issue features amazing gardens, beautiful plants, bold products, and insights from the world’s best designers.Subscribers get up to $36 off the cover price. Subscribe Now 3 Patio Layout Considerations Tips for determining the best layout for your new patio By Maureen Gilmer retweet Swipe to view slides This pair of matched lounges are located facing south at pool edge in order to receive plenty of sunlight all day. Designer furniture with its lavish cushions can dictate how a patio is laid out to best accommodate a favorite piece such as this. Patios may rely on dense perimeter planting for privacy or protection from wind or excessive sun. This simple square patio provides enough room to seat four comfortably beneath the shade of an umbrella, but there is enough open area to expand a table if a larger group is expected. For a small patio where space is limited, downsizing furniture is the best way to get the most out of what area is available. These large comfortable arm chairs and coffee tables should be treated just as you would furniture inside the living room. In this severely limited space seating options are increased by topping the raised masonry water feature walls with a smooth ceramic cap. The wall around this fountain and pond doubles as a seatwall where there is no space for furniture. When costs to build are high, creation of spaces must be exactly sized to allow for the intended use without becoming overly cramped.

Patio Furniture Layout

How do I plan a proper patio design?Planning out your patio design before your remodel is crucial. When perusing patio ideas, keep in mind that people use patios for different things, but they primarily use it as a space for entertaining and relaxing. Because of this, figure out what you want this area’s overall functionality to be. Will you have large groups over or a few intimate gatherings? Will you be serving food or are you more of a cocktail hour type? Secondly, take time to figure out what materials will work best for your remodel — different patio designs call for different materials, some of which might not work for your budget and space limitations. Then, decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area; think about any weather (rain or sun) that you want to protect yourself from. Next, determine what amenities are important to you; is an outdoor fireplace essential, or would a smaller scale fire pit work just as well? Do you need a big grill or will a smaller barbecue work for you? Lastly, much like any other room in your home, decorate the space to ensure that it’s welcoming, interesting and aligned with your home’s style. What materials can patios be made from? As with any outdoor space, materials dictate the overall style and feel, so make sure your choices accurately reflect the vibe of your home. Stone and terra-cotta tile are common with mediterranean houses, while brick is most often seen in traditional homes. Concrete works well with almost any space and style, so it’s always a great option when you’re choosing patio materials. After you figure out your foundation, decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area. You can always add a pergola, arbor, awning or trellis for some shade, or you can let the sun shine down on your patio. As you look through pictures and compile your favorite patio design ideas, note which materials you’re drawn to and try to incorporate those into your own design. What should I incorporate in my patio design? Even though patios can be nothing more than paved slabs outside your house, they can also be so much more if you add the right touches. Fire pits and fireplaces are great for cooler nights, while an outdoor kitchen and bar make it an ideal party mecca. Regardless of what you do, a spot to grill and eat is a must for al fresco dining, and you need good furniture to truly enjoy even the most basic outdoor space. Depending on your budget and maintenance threshold, you can even splurge on a few additional patio ideas, like a hot tub or pool to warm up or cool down all year round. How should I incorporate patio decor? You won’t have to look far for patio decorating ideas, since every little thing can double as decor outside, including plants and flowers. You should make sure that everything you do place outdoors, like furniture, is weatherproof. That doesn’t mean your patio can’t look as good as any indoor living room! Rugs, throw pillows and chair cushions all come in waterproof fabrics, while coffee tables, side tables, sofas, sectionals and armchairs often come together in sets. Rope or string lighting are popular patio decorating ideas (as well as mood setters), as are candles, which can also keep bugs away if you get the right kind. Put together some flower or succulent arrangements in pretty containers and place those around your space to liven it up. Fun little accessories, like a garden gnome, tiki torch, bird feeder or umbrella can add more personality where it’s lacking — keep your eyes peeled when looking at patio pictures to see what decor you can draw inspiration from.

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3 Patio Layout Considerations Tips for determining the best layout for your new patio By Maureen Gilmer retweet Swipe to view slides This pair of matched lounges are located facing south at pool edge in order to receive plenty of sunlight all day. Designer furniture with its lavish cushions can dictate how a patio is laid out to best accommodate a favorite piece such as this. Patios may rely on dense perimeter planting for privacy or protection from wind or excessive sun. This simple square patio provides enough room to seat four comfortably beneath the shade of an umbrella, but there is enough open area to expand a table if a larger group is expected. For a small patio where space is limited, downsizing furniture is the best way to get the most out of what area is available. These large comfortable arm chairs and coffee tables should be treated just as you would furniture inside the living room. In this severely limited space seating options are increased by topping the raised masonry water feature walls with a smooth ceramic cap. The wall around this fountain and pond doubles as a seatwall where there is no space for furniture. When costs to build are high, creation of spaces must be exactly sized to allow for the intended use without becoming overly cramped.

Patio Furniture Layout

Is there anything more inviting than a comfortable and inviting porch? Whether it’s a front porch that welcomes visitors or a back porch that’s private and perfect for entertaining, we love the way a porch functions as an additional living room during the summer months. That’s why it’s important to make the most of the outdoor space you have, and the biggest thing you can do to up your porch game is to arrange furniture in a way that functions for your needs. Here are 15 ideas for coming up with a layout for your porch furniture. 1. Classic Arrangement — A Sofa & Two Chairs Our go-to setup for larger porches is the classic combination of a comfortable porch and two chairs. Just like your living room, this is a foolproof layout that works in a den, on a patio, and yes, on your porch too. In the porch above, we love the way louvered shutters and a chandelier really give this outdoor space the polish of an indoor space. 2. Two Loveseats and a Mix of Chairs Loveseats are a great use of space because realistically, you’ll only seat 2 people to a couch (just like you will a love seat), but their shorter width allows you to squeeze in more chairs. In this space, Suzanne Kasler used her Directoire collection — two loveseats, three lounge chairs, a coffee table, side table, and even a little folding cafe chair. The great thing about this arrangement is that all of these pieces can be moved around for a more versatile setup! 3. Create a Corner with Two Sofas Your first instinct might be to place two sofas facing each other, and while that’s a great layout that always works, we also like to create a corner with two outdoor sofas. The result is an intimate corner where you can chat tête-à-tête. It also opens up the other side of the seating space for easier flow. 4. Use a Sectional to Create Boundaries Alternatively, a 3-piece sectional can create the same intimate seating as the corner to corner arrangement above. We like to use a sectional when space is at a premium as sectionals will offer lots more seating for a smaller amount of floor space — always a winner! 5. Work a Chaise into Your Porch Arrangement Typically we think of chaise lounge chairs for relaxing by the pool, but they’re actually easy to work into your seating arrangement too! Here, we created an asymmetrical arrangement with our Amalfi Collection — a sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, and a chaise in the opposite corner. 6. Substitute a Chair with an Ottoman If you’re short on space, consider substituting a chair with an ottoman. This space uses a sofa, one chair, but then an ottoman can act as a foot stool or an extra perch when you’re entertaining. An ottoman is more versatile than a chair which is especially helpful when you’re trying to make the most of a small porch. 7. Dining & Seating in a Small Space We often run into a dilemma when decorating a porch — do you want a dining or a seating space. What if you want both! One way to bring both into a smaller porch is to do just a pair of chairs. It’s far easier to work two chairs into a space than a full sofa and coffee table. To keep the space above from feeling cramped, we substituted traditional dining chairs with benches. 8. Four Chairs in a Circle There’s no rule you have to use a sofa at all on a porch! And no space illustrates how inviting a porch can be with just four chairs than this one. How chic is this? Placing four chairs in a circle makes the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail with friends while you’re waiting for the grill to heat up! 9. Face-to-Face Seating We’ve showed you the combination of a sofa with two chairs on either side, but for a space that’s deeper than it is wide, place the chairs across from the sofa so they’re facing one another. We’ll often use this setup when we want to allow for traffic flow through the space. With a coffee table, side table, and floating cube, there are plenty of places to place your drink or kick up your heels. 10. A Pair of Chairs You may be noticing a theme with many of these spaces — a pair of chairs. Both inside and outside, we tend to think that two chairs are better than one. Who wants to drink a glass of wine alone? For a narrow balcony or small porch space, we suggest a simple pair of chairs with a side table between them. This is a great option for narrow front porches too! 11. Divide Your Narrow Porch into Two Seating Spaces If you have a long, narrow porch, it’s impossible to come up with an arrangement where someone at one end can socialize with someone at the other. Instead, divide your space into two different seating areas. Pull a loveseat and two chairs tightly together on one end, then do a simple pair on the other end. This way, you can have a more intimate, private setting for when you’re reading a book, but when guests come over, you have a larger entertaining space too. In other words, it’s ok if one seating area can’t do it all — divide and conquer! 12. Bring Together Dining and Seating Another option for long, narrow porches? Dividing them into a separate seating and dining area. In the outdoor room above, we used our Newport Collection to create a dining space, anchored by an umbrella and outdoor rug, with a seating area. Outdoor rugs are a great way to help visually divide the space as they clearly indicate two different areas. 13. Two Long Sectionals Side-by-Side At the 2014 Southern Living Idea House, Suzanne Kasler was challenged with furnishing a long, narrow covered porch, and she placed two 4-piece sectionals from her Directoire Collection side-by-side to create two distinct and equally inviting spaces — create for hosting big parties! She finished off the two different areas with mirrored coffee tables and lounge chairs. 14. Just Chairs On the porch of the Idea House Bunny Williams’ designed, she used just chairs to create a cozy but open porch. We love this because everyone gets their own seat, and with a porch as large as this, you can fit plenty of seating! 15. Mix It Up Why limit yourself to just one seating area? If you have a super long porch (what we wouldn’t give to hang out here during the summer!), mix it up. Here, you can see a pair of chairs in the foreground, a dining area, two chaise lounge, and a deep porch swing at the far end of the porch. Whew! That’s a lot of porches. Which one was your favorite? Do you feel like you now have a better handle on how to arrange your space? Find more outdoor decorating ideas, browse all of our outdoor collections, or find inspiration on our Outdoor Decor Pinterest board. Did you like this post and find it helpful? 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Patio Furniture Layout

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Patio Furniture Layout
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