Arranging Your Outdoor Furniture - Aurora Pools

Arranging Your Outdoor Furniture

DateJuly 10, 2020

by Aurora Pool, Spa & Billiard Gallery

Unless you’re a professional designer, arranging furniture can be a challenge. Arranging furniture outdoors? That’s another ballgame altogether.

But don’t worry – with a few simple tricks, you can master your patio or deck arrangement and be all set for year-round outdoor fun.

  1. Grab some paper and a pencil. No, really. This doesn’t have to be a scale drawing, but a decent sketch of the area will help you develop a good plan.
  2. Think about the purpose of the area you’re considering. Is it a dining area? A conversation space? A front porch people watching spot? The purpose of the area will obviously dictate the type of furniture you purchase, and how you arrange it.
  3. Choose your focal point. Just like designing an indoor space, outdoor spaces need focal points! An outdoor fireplace, a swimming pool, a hot tub, a pergola, or another architectural element can serve as the focal point – as can a view!
  4. Think about traffic flow. Arrange your furniture so that people will be able to walk comfortably around and through the set up. Make sure people won’t be tripping over tables – or each other – as they maneuver to a seat. Also, ensure the main traffic flow (for example: from the pool to the patio door) goes around the seating area and not through it.
  5. If you’re furnishing a large outdoor area, break it up into smaller sections with furniture groupings. Establish an area for outdoor dining, and a separate area for relaxation and conversation. Comfortable furniture is the key to ensuring said pieces don’t turn into expensive, large yard ornaments!
  6. Don’t forget the accessories. Complete your outdoor area with cushions, accent pillows and rugs made from sturdy outdoor fabrics. Add greenery with potted plants, and include decorative outdoor lighting.

With a little planning and the right furniture pieces, you can maximize the style, comfort, and ultimately the communal time your family and friends will enjoy together!