Fall is the perfect time to prepare to overcome the cabin fever that is just around the corner. No one likes to be trapped indoors during the winter. If you have a patio, go ahead and get it “outdoor ready” for this winter with these ideas:
1. Lift Its Spirits
If you leave your summer beach balls, sun hats and pool toys strewn around your patio or, alternatively, lock all your patio furniture away to hunker down for winter snow storms, your patio will easily slip into hibernation and wait patiently for next spring.
Instead, prepare the patio for cooler weather use. Add some evergreen, cold hardy plants to keep the space alive as well as some seasonal or fall decorations like lights or pumpkins. Replace the sun hats and swimsuits with durable cushions and heavy blankets, great for cozy outdoor time.
If you’re worried about protecting your patio furniture from the elements, store only the cushions in bins near the patio. That way, when you get an Indiana summer day, it will be quick and easy to enjoy the outdoor space.
2. Fight Off The Cold
If you’re ready to spend some serious time on your patio during not-so-perfect weather, you may to consider screening in your porch, adding a retractable canvas, or installing a wind break. By shielding your patio from rain or wind, you will find more uses for the space in colder weather.
It’s amazing how easy it can be to add heat to an outdoor space like a patio as well. Many manufacturers offer a range of patio heaters from small tabletop designs using gel fuel for small areas to commercial heaters that can warm a larger space.
Patio fire pits or outdoor fire places are another option to heat a patio for winter use. Gathering around a fire outside in the middle of winter is a comfortable and unique way to enjoy the season and get out of the house.
3. Plan Outdoor Patio Activities
Many people enjoy outdoor activities throughout the winter from watching outdoor sport events to skiing and sledding. There’s no reason that patio activities cannot be adapted to the winter season.
Move your television outside and watch the games bundled up and under blankets just like at an outdoor stadium. Start a tradition of making and drinking a specialty hot, homemade beverage outside snuggled under blankets on a Sunday afternoon. Throw a cabin-fever-breaking party whether it be star-gazing in the evening or grilling out over a fire pit in the middle of January.
The best ways to keep your patio “outdoor ready” is to have a positive attitude and a little creative energy to make that goal a reality.