Sneaky Ways to Organizing Your Patios and Porches Furniture

August 29th, 2012
Furniture Design
Sneaky Ways to Organizing Your Patios and Porches Furniture 1

Keeping Your Patio or Porch Organized with the Perfect Furniture Layout.

When you’re working to keep your patio or porch organized, keeping your patio furniture arranged appropriately is important. It’s even more important to have the perfect furniture layout if you have a small outdoor area that you’re working to organize. The right layout can give your patio great flow and maximum use. However, the wrong layout will make things seem crowded and cluttered. Sometimes it can be difficult to arrange the patio furniture outdoors, since you don’t have the traditional boundaries of a ceiling or walls. To help you out, here are some helpful organizational tips to enable you to create the perfect furniture layout.

Tip #1 – Measure the Space

If you haven’t yet purchased your patio furniture, measuring your space is essential to make sure you only purchase outdoor furniture that will fit in the space you have available. Measuring out your space and planning a layout on paper can even be helpful if you already have your furniture outdoors. It won’t take long to use a measuring tape on the outdoor space and it will pay off as you work to come up with a great layout.

Tip #2 – Start with the Longest Piece of Furniture

Once you know the size of the space you’re working with, it’s a good idea to start with the longest piece of furniture that you have for the patio or porch. Usually it’s a good idea to put your longest furniture piece up against the longest railing or wall outdoors. After you have the longest piece in place, it’s much easier to arrange the rest of your furniture.

Tip #3 – Don’t Forget a Focal Point

Even when trying to organize your patio with a furniture layout, you need to have a focal point to the area. Many people forget that even an outdoor area needs a good focal point to design the room around. Your focal point may be a sculpture, a piece of furniture or even an outdoor fireplace.

Tip #4 – Keep Activities in Mind When Grouping Furniture

As you work to group the furniture in the small outdoor area you have available, make sure you keep activities in mind. What do you plan on doing on your patio or porch? Will you be dining outside, relaxing with a book or visiting with family and friends? Consider your activities and it will be easier to come up with a practical layout that will meet your specific needs.

Tip #5 – Choose Furnishings in Different Sizes

It’s a good idea to choose furnishings in different sizes, especially when you’re working with a small outdoor area. Keeping everything the same size will make the area look smaller. Varying the size of your pieces will add visual interest and keep the area from looking overwhelmed with furniture. Just ensure you go with items that are comfortable and compatible with one another.

Tip #6 – Create Areas for Conversation

Last, make sure that you create areas for conversation as you’re working to create a furniture layout for your small outdoor space. You will want to place items like chairs around bigger pieces of furniture, such as a couch or loveseat. This way you can enjoy conversing with others while enjoying the outdoors. These groupings will also make it easier for you to free up space for walking in the small area you’re working with.

Article From : Lane, Heather (2012-06-25). How to Organize Small Spaces: Decluttering Tips and Organization Ideas for Your Home (p. 16). Ellington Marketing, LLC. Kindle Edition.

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