When you are setting up your backyard, you need to pay as much attention as you do to arranging your living room. This is particularly important if you plan on spending a great deal of time outside. Only the right arrangement will encourage everyone to come and spend time in your open air creation.
You cannot simply plop down a couple of chairs and a table and hope for the best. Instead, you need to determine the best way to structure all of the furnishings. If you find yourself stuck for ideas, keep reading to find out what you need to do:
Pick Central Spot
Although it is termed ‘central’, this does not mean that you have to place your commercial outdoor furniture in the middle of the backyard. Instead, this refers to a spot that will be considered the central position of your garden. Thus, you need to pick somewhere that is aesthetically appealing.
Perhaps look for a spot underneath some trees or a particularly beautiful part of the garden. If you have a pool, you may want the pool to act as a focal point. Once you have decided where this is going to be, this is where you will set up all of the furnishings.
Prior to arranging the chairs and tables, think about the flow of movement. Try out a practice run to see how easy it is to get to your seat. If you have to avoid overhanging branches, go out of your way, or will jostle several people, this is a bad spot. There should be plenty of room for people to come and go as they please. If the area is too crowded or just too difficult to get to, people will just opt to stay inside. Most importantly, make sure that there is a clear line of sight to the back door or any other entry or exit.
Placing the Pieces
Do you have a long bench that you are trying to figure out where to put? Well, here is a tip – choose the longest wall. Place your bench against the longest wall in the backyard. Of course, you should make sure that it is facing the central part of the backyard that you have created. Avoid boxing in an item such as a bench with too many walls. Otherwise, people will not be able to get to their seat easily.
If you are going to have to continuously get up and go inside the house, people are not going to want to stay outside. Make sure that everything is within arm’s reach outside. The best way to ensure this is to have lots of little tables or other counters in the backyard. This way, you can store drinks, food, and plenty of other necessary things. Then, everyone is able to relax just where they are.
Light and Airy
When deciding where to put the furniture, make sure that you choose an area that is both light and airy. At the very least, make sure that the chairs and tables are positioned in an area with artificial lighting or lanterns. Then you will be able to sit there even in the evenings.
It might take you a few tries to get the right arrangement. The important thing is that you keep attempting to find the perfect spot and style for your furnishings.