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Turn your backyard into a social space

Want to host parties in your backyard?

Here are a few improvements that will help to make it a more social space.

Use the right surface

Decking and patio slabs are the two most popular surfaces for the social area of a backyard. These allow a sturdy surface for furniture and are easy to clean. However, there could be other options worth trying. For something a little more stylish, you could consider the likes of this Geostone decorative concrete. For something a little more rustic meanwhile, you could consider gravel. Think about which surface is likely to fit the style of your home.

Upgrade your furniture

Good outdoor furniture will keep your guests comfortable whilst also staying resistant to rain and sun exposure. The likes of this Banksia rattan lounge suite could be a good option – it’s cosy and it’s weatherproof. You may also want to consider outdoor dining tables for eating al fresco. Other pieces of furniture such as swing benches and deck chairs could provide extra seating for larger social gatherings.

Upgrade your barbecue

Some purists prefer a coal barbecue, but if you’re looking for something convenient so that you can still entertain your guests, you could try upgrading to a gas or electric barbie. There are even pellet stove grills on the market that are great for slow cooking meat.

Provide shelter from the elements

For protecting your guests from the heat of the sun and the rain, it could be worth investing in a canopy for keeping furniture under. This could be a fixed canopy attached to your home or a temporary gazebo. You may also be able to look into patio umbrellas for providing some extra shelter.

Light it up

Some outdoor lighting could allow your guests to continue socialising after dark. Solar lighting can be an economical option and can provide a nice ambient glow. You could also look into battery powered fairy lights.

Add some outdoor heating

It may get cooler after dark and so it could be worth investing in an outdoor heat source. These Heatstrip gas and electric patio heaters could be an option worth looking into. If you’d prefer some natural fire meanwhile, you could consider constructing a fire pit to huddle round or you could buy a chiminea.


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