In the previous post, we discussed the importance of outdoor furniture and how it can enhance the overall look of your space while providing comfort to you and your guests. But it's not just about having furniture - it's also crucial to arrange it in a way that maximizes function and style. In this post, we'll dive into the key factors to consider when arranging your outdoor furniture.
The first thing to keep in mind when arranging outdoor furniture is its intended purpose. Will it be used for dining, lounging, or entertaining?
Understanding what you want to do in your outdoor space is essential to creating a layout that works for you.
Dining areas should be placed near the kitchen or grill and have enough room for chairs to be pulled out comfortably. Lounge areas should feature seating that allows for relaxation without feeling cramped. Entertaining areas should have a mix of seating options for guests, such as a combination of chairs, sofas, and lounge chairs.
Another important factor to consider when arranging outdoor furniture is traffic flow. Walkways and entryways should be clear and unobstructed to allow people to move around comfortably. Additionally, keep in mind any natural focal points or views when placing furniture - you don't want to block a stunning vista or a water feature with a chair or table.
If you have a pool, be sure to create a designated area for sunbathing and lounging that is separate from the pool deck to avoid accidents. Also, keep the furniture away from any pool fences or gates to avoid blocking access.
Scale and Proportion
The size and scale of your outdoor furniture should be proportional to the size of your space. Large pieces may overwhelm smaller areas, while small pieces may look lost in larger areas. Creating a focal point with larger furniture pieces, such as an outdoor sofa or dining table, can anchor the space and give it a cohesive feel.
Consider the layout of your outdoor space as well - symmetrical arrangements can create a clean and balanced look while asymmetrical arrangements can add visual interest and uniqueness.
Outdoor furniture needs to withstand the elements, so choosing durable materials is crucial. Materials such as acacia, aluminum, HDPE or resin wicker are weather-resistant and low maintenance. If you prefer wood furniture, make sure you treat it with weather-resistant sealant or finish.
Consider choosing materials that complement the style of your home - modern homes may benefit from sleek metal furniture while traditional homes may look better with wooden furniture.
Arranging outdoor furniture may seem like a daunting task but following these guidelines can help you create a functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor oasis. Consider the purpose of your space, traffic flow, scale and proportion, and material selection when choosing and placing your outdoor furniture. With proper planning, you can enjoy your outdoor space for years to come.