Weather-proof your outdoor entertaining area!

July 17, 2015 - 2 min read

In Australia’s beautiful climate, more and more people are opting for outdoor dining areas. These are a great place to entertain guests and enjoy dinner on a balmy summer night—but what happens when winter rolls around?

If you’re worried your outdoor entertaining area may not be so versatile come the colder months, we have some great solutions to make the area fully weather-proof! Check out these top tips below.

Take it inside-out


One of the best options for creating a versatile entertaining area, is to include a roof and bi-fold doors or sliding screens to enclose the area. This means you can take your outdoor entertaining area inside during bad weather, and enjoy the beautiful nature while it’s warm and dry.

Grab some stand-up gas heaters


If you already have an outdoor entertaining area, and don’t want to spend a fortune installing new doors, why not invest in a gas patio heater? Similar to the ones you often see at restaurants, a patio heater is a great option for warming up the area without spending a fortune.

Have a blanket box


Another great and affordable option is to have a handy blanket box outside so that guests can rug up on those cold evenings! Are you worried it will take up too much space? You can put your blanket box to use and disguise it as bench seating just by adding a few cushions.

Sink the dining area


If you’re worried about the cold breeze chilling off your swanky dinner party, why not build in a sunken dining area to your deck or backyard? This will act as a windbreak, and can be filled with comfortable furnishings like cushions and blankets to create a cosy little space for you and your guests.

Invest in a fire pit


There is nothing quite as cosy as sitting around a campfire late into the evening—so why not have a permanent one at home? With plenty of people opting to include a fire pit in their backyard, this trend has produced some very stylish looking constructions, so it won’t just look like a pile of sticks!

Move your oven outside


If you’re not too keen on moving your whole kitchen outside, why not just install a wood-fired oven in the backyard? This is great for making homemade pizzas and slow-cooked meat, and also helps to warm up the surrounding area. A win-win!