One thing on a lot of homeowners’ wish lists is a great outdoor living space. Creating an outdoor living area helps expand the usable square footage of your home without an expensive expansion. It can be used as a living room, a kitchen, a playroom, or just a quiet space to unwind at the end of the day. If you’ve been dreaming about an outdoor living space for your home, we have tips to help bring that dream to life. Check out our how-to guide to creating a beautiful outdoor space for you and your family.

Start with a good foundation.

Whether you have a concrete slab or use pavers to create a patio, you need to make sure you have a solid foundation for your space. This will make the area more comfortable, with level areas for furniture and space for you to spread out. If you don’t have a foundation currently in place, you can talk to a local contractor about doing it for you. Pouring a concrete slab is relatively inexpensive and makes a great starting point. You can also look into options like decking and pavers if you want something a little nicer.

Add some comfortable seating.

Seating is key for your outdoor space. Whether you want to use it as a kitchen, a play room, or even an outdoor movie theater, you’ll need great seating. Look for furniture that’s weather resistant and can stand up to moisture (you don’t want to be covering everything whenever it rains!). Seating should be comfortable but not too big for the space that you have. A lot of outdoor furniture comes with hidden storage, too, which is a great way to tuck away toys and other pieces that end up outside.

Hang your outdoor blinds.

Arjay’s has a variety of outdoor blinds that are perfect for this step. To get the most use out of your new outdoor living space, this is a step that you won’t want to skip. By hanging exterior shading, you’ll be able to use your outdoor space on even the warmest days. Simply adjust the outdoor blinds to keep the sun out of your eyes or to keep your patio cooler. You’ll be able to stay outside longer and enjoy more activities when you have the right shading. It can even help you regulate the temperature of the inside of your home, too!

Add outdoor lighting.

Don’t let the sun going down ruin your fun. Pick some outdoor lighting that can light up your space! Add romantic touches like string lights and lanterns as well as practical lighting such as outdoor lamps. You’ll love being able to enjoy the soft glow of a lamp in your outdoor space as you enjoy dinner or drinks with your friends. Lighting can really bring your outdoor space to life.

Choose the right amenities.

This is where you turn your outdoor space into something special! Think about what you want to use your space for and purchase equipment accordingly. Want an outdoor kitchen? Time to buy a grill. Want to watch movies al fresco? Invest in a good projector. Whatever it is that you want to do with your space, there are plenty of outdoor-friendly options that will help you make it perfect.

Ready to get started on your outdoor space? Arjay’s has the outdoor blinds, shades, and awnings that you need. Take a look in our online store and choose from our great selection. Call us for a free consultation on your outdoor blind needs and we’ll help you create an outdoor space that’s really special for you and your family.

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