How to Maximize Your Patio’s Potential

It’s finally here – Mother Nature has granted us spring! Why are you waiting any longer to get back outside? Break out the patio furniture and enjoy warm evenings and weekends sitting outside again. If you don’t already have a plan in mind to maximize your patio’s potential, keep reading to find out 7 ways you do just that.

Before you go crazy trying to decorate or furnish your patio, start checking to see if Old Man Winter did a number on your space. If so, what can you repair? Different kinds of patios will have different problems to address. HGTV explains how you can keep your patio as good as new. You won’t want to find damage later and hurt yourself as a result.

Participate in Spring Cleaning

After checking for repairs and making the necessary ones, give that patio a good scrub down. Whatever it is that’s cluttering your patio, remove it. Your guests will appreciate how clean you keep your space. Take a broom to the surface and sweep the place well. You can even use a power washer or your garden hose to wash away any grime.

Furnish Your Backyard

Now that everything is all fixed up and clean, break the furniture and fittings back out. Think about what you already have and what you’d like to have. There are plenty of stores like IKEA or Target to get your furniture fix but consider estate sales as well. is a great website to find sales near your location. Adding an umbrella to your table out back or a rug can make a huge impact on comfortability.

Add Color

Do you already own patio furniture, but it’s just not doing giving you the right vibe? Consider changing its color. Take those old white chairs and add some spring-themed pillows or cushions. Purples, yellows, and even reds will really make them pop. Painting is always an option, too! Working with metal? No problem! You can paint over rusty metal patio furniture.

Include Plants for Decoration & Privacy

If you don’t have any in sight, try to include plants on your patio. These will add a touch of life to your space. Potted plants and flowers are an easy solution as you can replace them at your leisure. Are you more interested in private moments with the family? Adding bushes or an ivy covered fence will give you that secluded feeling you’re thinking about. These can make your space more welcoming to those invited in.

Light Up the Night

Lighting is essential when it comes to sitting out on the patio at night. There are classic lights you can install outside, but there are also string lights, TIKI torches, and fire pits. According to Angie’s List, a fire pit “adds a feeling of sophistication and elegance that is sure to bring your family together for valuable, quality time, which certainly adds real value to any day.” Think of all the nights you could be spending sitting by a fire with marshmallows – looking up at the stars.

Explore Water Feature Options

Lastly, the sound of running water is one that can bring peace and tranquility to your afternoons and evenings at home. When it comes to outdoor water features, you can go as big or small as you want. There are fountains, ponds, waterfalls, and a lot more options to explore. Pinterest is a great platform to check out for inspiration.

Maximizing your patio’s potential will give you a spring experience to remember. Don’t forget that you don’t have to do it all alone! Gather the family or a group of friends to help out. They may even give you a few more pieces of advice that cater to you.

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