Our patio is not very large (10′ x 18′ where the patio table is set up) and while I realize I don’t need a huge patio I’m facing a quandary and I’d love your help. OR, I just need to ponder it via this venue to help sort it out myself. 🙂
I don’t expect to be able to start a new project this summer but since I enjoy dreaming, especially where ‘home improvements’ are concerned, I thought I’d give this topic some attention—if you only have room for ONE set of furniture do you prefer a living room space or a dining room space outdoors?
My first choice would be BOTH, yes, that’s right, I want it all! But now that I’ve grown older and wiser I realize that’s not going to be my reality.
I confess that one of my favorite things about summer used to be dining al fresco. That all changed about 3 years ago when we purchased this teak-like patio set from Costco.
I don’t mind the style but when we got the set home and assembled we discovered the chairs are impossibly heavy and almost impossible to slide. We have tried all manner of items sold at the home improvement warehouse stores to assist with this problem, to no avail. In fact, the chairs not only don’t slide on the concrete, they collapse when you try to scoot them close to the table—you see the design is meant to have the chairs recline if you choose (what were they thinking, right?).
This has seriously hampered my enthusiasm for dining (not to mention entertaining) outdoors.
So, do I replace the chairs, which I could do or do I chuck the entire set and go for this fabulous outdoor wicker that could create a cozy and inviting space to enjoy reading, relaxing, sipping wine, entertaining? This would leave me without a spot to dine outdoors, would I miss this little luxury of summer?
I’ve attached some of my favorite outdoor rooms and I am hoping I can decide before we actually go forward with this project.
photos (other than my yard) via ~ BHG
LOVELY photos. Love your backyard table and setting!
French Kissed said:
You might consider having both in one by going with the living scenario but using a tea table instead of a coffee table which is a little higher and easier to eat off of. A couple of small folding campaign tables could be brought out for other dining options.
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