Friday, December 6, 2013

Ideas for an outdoor dining area

Having an outdoor dining area certainly has its perks , like being able to enjoy an outside meal on one of those perfect sunny days and cool nights. Outdoor dining offers an alternative dining area when you want a change of scene, particularly if the dining area is located in a beautiful garden. It can also serve as an extension of your main dining area during parties or small gatherings.

You may have your dining area in a gazebo or if it’s in the middle of your garden, you can choose a table with a built-in umbrella.

Here are a few essential elements to help you create an outdoor dining area.

Dining set

As with any dining space, the main feature is the dining table and chairs. Go for durable materials such as teak, metal and woven plastic, which can stand various weather conditions. Like any furniture piece, comfort and functionality are just as, if not more, important as design and style. Test the chairs to see if they are comfortable and check whether the seat height is right for the table height.

Dining chair upholstery, if any, should be waterproof or easy dry for easy maintenance. Alternatively, you may opt for detachable cushions that can be tied to the chair backs. 

Lighting

Lighting is an important element in an outdoor setup. It can also become a great focal point or decorative element in the area. Pendant lights hanging over the table are a traditional arrangement, however, you may go for a more whimsical take reminiscent of Christmas lights, with strands of bulbs hanging from the ceiling. It’s also important to light the way to your outdoor dining area to avoid accidents and mishaps at night.

Add wall sconces by the doorway and if there is a path leading to the dining area, add some garden lamps along the path as well. 

Shade and ventilation

The weather in the Philippines can be unpredictable. It can go from sweltering hot to a rainy downpour in a matter of minutes. Sometimes, it also rains while the sun is still out. To deal with these random weather conditions, consider adding shade and ventilation to your spot. If your outdoor dining setup is just by your house, an awning or actual roofing will do the trick. You may also have your dining area in a gazebo or if it’s in the middle of your garden, choose a table with a built-in umbrella.

A ceiling fan will help deal with the heat during those painfully hot days. Some ceiling fans also come with lighting. 

With these basics covered, you are on your way to a wonderful outdoor dining setup. As with home interiors, you can also step it up a notch with design and décor. - Aislinn Kee 


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