Three people sat at an outdoor dining table with a variety of food and drink; 3 Tips For Creating An Outdoor Dining AreaSource (CC0 License)

Outdoor dining areas are splendid additions to the home that brings a new dimension to family life. Instead of crowding around a dining table indoors, you can take your meals outside and enjoy the wonderful weather every evening. Sure, you might not get the benefits of your outdoor dining area during the winter, but it’s still worth it for the long spring and summer months.

If you’re keen to create an area to dine outside, here are three really useful tips to keep in mind:

Ensure you purchase outdoor dining furniture

You can’t take your dining chairs from the kitchen and move them outside with the same dining table. Well, you technically can do this as nobody will stop you, but it’s a very silly move. Regular furniture is designed to be used indoors, not outside. So, there’s no guarantee it will be weather resistant, meaning one rain shower could destroy it forever.

Instead, purchase proper outdoor dining furniture that’s made to resist the elements and thrive in outdoor conditions.

Provide a stable base for your furniture

Obviously, your outdoor furniture has to go somewhere. You could put it on your lawn, but this throws up two problems.

Problem number one: you could damage the lawn. The table and chairs shield it from the sun and the extra pressure of people sitting on the furniture can flatten the grass and harm it.

Problem number two: your lawn might be unstable, leading to wobbly tables and chairs that are potentially dangerous and definitely annoying.

Therefore, you need a solid base for your outdoor dining area. Most people opt for patios, but you could choose decking if you prefer the aesthetics. Either option gives you the stability you need to place a table without harming your lawn or worrying about everything wobbling.

Outdoor seating area with an outdoor oven and a wood burnerSource (CCO License)

Find a way to cover the area

Even though your furniture is equipped to withstand rain, you’d prefer if it didn’t get absolutely soaked during showers. So, having something that covers your outdoor dining area is really useful.

Plus, it gives you a nice shaded area to sit and eat, rather than eating in full sunlight that might blind you or make you too hot. There are different things you can do to get some shade, but the simplest of all is to use an umbrella. Some outdoor dining tables come with holes in the middle to place a big sun umbrella that shades the entire area. Or, you can buy standalone ones that sit on your patio and can be moved around to block the sun depending on where it currently is in the sky. Other ideas include installing an awning that stretches out from your exterior wall or building a pergola/gazebo.

Keep these tips in mind as they will definitely help you create an outdoor dining area that shines. You need the right furniture, you need a place to create this little space, and you need to keep it covered. Tick all three boxes, and you’re good to go.

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I'm Stacey, in my (very) early 30's, from a small village in North Lincolnshire. I'm a stay at home mum to two boys and a mental dog. You'll find me blogging mainly about food & lifestyle with a bit of random thrown in.

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