Now that the sun is out and shining loud and proud, there is no better time to work on your perfect outdoor alfresco dining area. Along with the heat, Summer brings the perfect ambience to host outdoor dinners, lunches, birthdays and barbecues. Ensuring that your outdoor area is well-prepped for friends and family is key when looking to create the perfect alfresco experience. Today, we have a look at 5 tips for creating the perfect alfresco dining area, so read on to find out more!
Secure The Perfect Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture including a sizeable dining table, chairs and stools are essential when creating the ideal alfresco ambience. When choosing the ideal furniture, it is important that you stay practical and decide on whether your furniture is going to be a permanent or part time addition to your outdoor area. If you’re looking for a part time addition, we highly recommend purchasing foldable chairs and tables that you can store away in the winter months. If you’re looking for permanent outdoor furniture, we suggest going with materials that are water resistant and can stand being exposed to various weather conditions. Treated timber and aluminium are fantastic options that won’t degrade or corrode over time.
2. Create Some Shade
Everyone loves a little fun in the sun, but even so, it is important that you provide some shade for your guests on a scorching summer’s day. You can do this by installing outdoor blinds that will protect you from the various elements – rain, sun and wind. Another popular option to protect guests from the elements include dining sets that come with a parasol, or the other option of adding a clip on free standing parasol to your existing table.
3. Install an Outdoor Kitchen
For those looking to go all out, why not install an outdoor kitchen? Outdoor kitchens are an extraordinary addition to any alfresco dining area and is a sure way to wow your friends and family. Consider equipping your outdoor kitchen with an oven, stove, fridge, grill, sink and integrated cabinetry. Having an outdoor kitchen will reduce the number of trips you’ll have to make from your indoor kitchen to the alfresco dining area, and allows you to cook food in front of your guests for an all inclusive experience.
4. Choose Practical Outdoor Flooring
Your outdoor flooring is going to come in contact with not just the elements but also human traffic, hefty appliances such as the barbecue and so on. This is why it is so important that you choose practical outdoor flooring that is durable, hard and smooth in surface to prevent accidents. Ensuring it is anti-slip is also a great choice in case your floors are wet from rain. Ideally, your outdoor flooring will mimic your indoor flooring in terms of style and colour, creating a seamless trail from inside to out.
5. Ensure Adequate Lighting
Everyone loves a romantic, dimly lit dinner, but this is not very practical if you’re looking to entertain outdoors. This is why it is important that you ensure adequate lighting in your outdoor alfresco area. A candlelit dinner is lovely for you and your special person, but if you’re looking to host a crowd, you are going to want to ensure that you have adequate lighting in the form of deck lighting, ceiling lights, lanterns, fairy lights, landscape lighting and path lights so that everyone can see where they are going and what they are eating!
We hope that this article has given you some ideas when it comes to creating the perfect alfresco dining area in your home. Bon Appetit!