Create a cosy outdoor entertaining space
Enjoy your garden from sunrise to sunset.
Chill in the air? Don't care
Let's face it, the Great British weather doesn't always lend itself to entertaining al fresco. But with some forward thinking you can create a space that you can still enjoy on those darker nights and cooler evenings. We'll show you how…
1. Set the scene with the right patio furniture
From socialising to foody feasts
Deciding how you'll use your outdoor space will help you find the perfect patio set. Sofa styles are perfect for lounging, and creating a snug space for nibbles and drinks.
But if you enjoy BBQs and buffets in summer, then opt for a table and chairs set. Short on space? Don't despair! These petite picks are made for you.
Choose multifunctional furniture
Get the most out of your garden furniture with one of our great multifunctional sets. This versatile mini corner sofa can be placed outside or in the conservatory. It has a cushion-top table that doubles as a footrest. Lift its lid to reveal hidden storage space with a waterproof bag inside; perfect for stowing away your blankets and books. This clever set can also be positioned left or right - whichever suits your space best.
Casual cushions and relaxed rugs
Make your garden feel cosy and inviting by decorating with cushions and an outdoor rug. As well as giving comfort underfoot, a rug helps to define your seating area. Floor cushions are also great for creating a really relaxed, picnic-esq vibe. They look great indoors too as lounge-about beanbags.
Top patio picks
2. Let there be light (and heat)
Set the mood with ambient lighting
Enhance those dusky evenings with a mix of outdoor lighting. String lights over the patio area adds a warm glow, or try wrapping them around tree trunks to make a feature of your foliage.
If you want to light the way for guests, lanterns look lovely at night - or try lights that 'plant' into the ground either side of the path.
Make your lighting smart
Really show off to guests with outdoor lighting you can control from your phone. Just connect to the Philips Hue app and control how bright, and even what colour your mood lighting is set to.
Keep it cosy (and marshmallows toasty)
Patio heaters are great for pumping out warmth, but if you're after more of a talking point choose a fire pit or chimenea. Some are even set up to let you toast marshmallows - s'mores anyone?
Top outdoor lighting & heating
3. Bring on the food and drink
We're all longing for those sunny days and warmer evenings. It's never too early to start thinking about how you'll entertain family and (hopefully) guests in your garden this summer. What's more of a draw than flavoursome food and chilled beverages? Come on, let's fill up those bellies!
4. Add a final flourish
Make it cosy with cushions and throws
Adding squishy cushions to your outdoor furniture instantly makes it more welcoming. Have a few blankets on standby too in case it gets a bit nippy.
Give your garden a bit of personality
You wouldn't leave your lounge bare would you? Wall hangings, quirky lighting, potted plants - a few of these dotted around your outdoor space will add interest.
Squeeze in some secret storage
Keep your outdoor party essentials sheltered when not in use. If a big shed would cramp your space (and your style) opt for smaller units, or furniture with secret storage.