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Ever since Lockdown, we’ve all learned the value of living outdoors and using our outdoor spaces to create more opportunities for entertaining and gathering family and friends. Perhaps you have been doing okay with a bare garden furniture suite but may be looking for ways to add more comfort and flair to outdoor hospitality in your home.
Many accessories and styling techniques can help you enhance your basic garden furniture and turn that outdoor space into a more welcoming space.
Read on for the simple, budget-friendly additions you can make:
Extend your ability to entertain outside for more months of the year and longer hours in the day by investing in a fire pit or chiminea. It’s a great way to make the most of summer evenings and keep them outside. Why not roast some smores around the fire?
Let’s take a look at some simple options:
The Red Fire Basket is sturdy and has a steel thickness of 2mm. AND it has a dual purpose! First, the fire basket includes a barbecue grill. An ash plate knockdown is underneath to save you the hassle of cleaning up. The perfect addition to any size garden!
For a rustic look and better control of the smoke emanating from your fire, opt for a Chiminea. The RedFire Acopulco Chimenea helps you keep it cosy with a Mediterranean-style finish in a textured clay design. It also includes a matching lid and handy poker.
A patio heater is a worthwhile investment if you see yourself holding multiple evening parties this summer. The Sahara 13kW Heat Focus Patio Heater Charcoal is ideal for any hard-working patio party space this summer.
Every Irish Garden should have one. A large self-standing parasol will make every garden party less susceptible to the whims of our “4 seasons in a day “- style weather. Ideal on those days with soft summer rain and even perfect for older or fairer members of the family who aren’t so good with the UV rays.
Here are some options:
The Garden Collection red parasol will brighten up and protect any patio or outdoor seating area. This 2.7m steel parasol has a handy crank for easy winding up & down. The covering is made with a durable and rain-resistant 180grm polyester fabric.
As it is a broad and heavy structure - You should always use it with a parasol base that is sold separately.
If you have more contemporary furniture sets or minimalist tastes, you can get it black, green and grey too. Click here to check them out.
You may already have a full suite of chairs and a centre table, but there may be opportunities for more gathering spaces in your outdoor space. It helps to have more incidental furniture to help you manage all that catering and provide guests with more surface areas.
A portable drink table will do the trick. Not just a party piece but also great as an accompaniment to your lounger should you need to relocate to a sunny corner of the garden with a good book.
Part of a more extensive matching bistro set, our mosaic wine rack could be your perfect helper at indoor and outdoor drinks parties. This particular range boasts unique patterned designs to give an elegant Mediterranean feel.
The sturdy iron frame can withstand a range of weights and is powder coated for durability. The unique mosaic-tiled ceramic table top is weather-resistant and easy to wipe down. It also has a frame for securing drinks bottles in the lower tier while being portable and easy to lift.
You may have a full suite of coordinated garden furniture perfectly sized for your family. However, there may be times when parties and gatherings demand a few more occasional seating options.
Here are some ideas
These are just some ways to create more usual corners and seating areas by supplementing your garden furniture in a flash.
For more ideas, you can also visit our advice on more significant DIY projects that could enhance your outdoor space: From Gazebos To Pergolas, Patios And Beyond - Create An Outdoor Room Without Blowing your Budget.
There’s more - We’ve also put together some sustainable ideas in 10 ways to Give Your Garden a Budget-Friendly Glow-Up During Summer Party Season.
We are looking forward to enjoying the grand stretch in the evenings yet! We’re here to help if you need a steer on your next garden project or good old-fashioned friendly DIY advice in any of our stores.