How to Create the Garden Seating Area You Can Be Proud Of



If you’re keen on showing off your garden this summer, you’d better get started with creating a stunning seating area that will host your garden parties, barbecues and catch-ups with friends on a Friday night over a glass of wine or two. While the weather might not always be nice to you, you have to make the most out of the space and location to the best of your abilities. Below you will find a few tips on how to get started.
Decking and Flooring



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The first step is creating an elevated platform that is like an extension of your home. You can opt for traditional decking with steps and rails, or a paved area that uses Indian stone or weather resistant paving slabs. It is important that you weatherproof all the wooden elements, or they will deteriorate over time and need replacing in a couple of years. There are several wood protection lacquer available in DIY stores.
Choice of Materials for Seating

Once you have the blank space, it is important that you choose the right garden furniture. While rattan can be decorative and comfortable, it is not that good when it comes to rain and sun. The good news is that you can get some faux rattan, plastic garden sets that will not get damaged by wind, sun, temperature change, and rain. Simple plastic chairs and tables tend to fly away in the wind and don’t last long at all.
Shading and Lighting

It is also important that you take care of the shading and lighting of your patio. You can find plenty of outdoor patio and deck lighting ideas online. When it comes to late night parties, you can get some solar powered lanterns that will not only keep the area illuminated but also create a great atmosphere for a friendly chat. If your patio area gets direct sun, you can get canopies and sun shades that can be removed whenever needed, but keep you protected from the sun’s rays when it is too hot.
Windproofing

While the sunshine might not bother you, the wind will for sure. You can get bamboo screens installed around the seating area, so you can stay out even when there is a storm outside, or the breeze tells you to get back inside. A more natural solution can be planting fast growing hedges and shrubs around the patio, or getting potted plants that will break the wind’s force.
Decoration






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If you would like to transform your garden, you will have to add your personal touch. Visit your local antique and thrift store and get some unique plant pots, garden ornaments, statues, and sun catchers, as well as decorative candles, lanterns, and wind chimes. Adding that personal touch will make your newly created patio feel more like home.




If you would like to enjoy your great outdoors this summer, but don’t want to sit in the garden, creating a seating area and patio is a great idea. Make this your next DIY project and enjoy barbecues, family gatherings, and friendly chats all through the summer.