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If you’re fortunate enough to have a deck or patio to extend your living space, the summer is the perfect time to take full advantage of it. Read on to discover some summertime deck and patio ideas.

Invest in a Fire Pit

A fire pit is more than just a heat source—it adds interest to your yard, is great for parties, and is an excellent place to gather with friends and family. Not to mention it’s the perfect way to warm up cooler evenings. 

A Natural Deck and Patio Idea: Use The Benefits of Nature

Your outdoor space might already have some lush beauty that you can emphasize, like trees, native greenery, mountains, or a water feature. Think strategically about where you place your furniture. Arrange a seating area that focuses on your best backyard view or near fragrant herbs and colorful flowers.

Utilize Shade (Natural or Otherwise)

Create a comfortable and refreshing area for you and your guests by setting up your gathering spaces in areas with plenty of shade.  If you don’t have many trees to offer shade, purchase some neutral-colored umbrellas to sit under or a large overhanging shade for your deck. When not in use, put these coverings away and store them during cooler months to avoid wear and tear from the elements.

Maximize a Small Space

Do you have just a small deck or patio space? You can still enjoy the time outside and make the best of it with comfortable chairs or a loveseat. Maintain privacy with attractive outdoor curtains hung over the railings.

Deck and Patio Ideas for Storage

Storage is essential in helping you make the most of your deck and patio. It should look good, be functional, and protect your outdoor/sports items from inclement weather. Some storage tips for your deck or patio:

  • Tall storage solutions save floor space.
  • Look into furniture that doubles as storage, like ottomans.
  • Ensure the unit or piece is waterproof or water-resistant and designed for outdoor use.

Lighting is Essential

You’ll likely be using your deck or patio more in the summer, so make sure you have good lighting at night. Fairy lights are easy to hang around the area and are fun and decorative. 

Outdoor lanterns are another great way to light up a deck or patio. They are inexpensive and some are even solar-powered. Solar options charge up during the day, light up at night, and cost you nothing besides the initial purchase.

Summer is a popular season to spend more time outdoors. Refer to these simple deck and patio ideas to get the most out of your space this year.

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