Sunny weather is here at last, the perfect excuse to spend more time outdoors with friends and family. Fresh air and sunshine can be great, but if you want to get the most out of the summer, you need to go above and beyond to create the best outdoor space for you and your family.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to elevate your patio or backyard and turn it into a little slice of paradise. You might make small tweaks like thoughtful landscaping or additional patio furniture, or you can go for big changes like adding a hot tub or above-ground pool. However you do it, get started now so you don’t miss the best weather of the year!

To help you create the best outdoor space for you and your family, here are our ideas:

sundance hot tub under a gazebo in a backyard

Update your style

Function over form is a great rule of thumb in many areas of life, but the beauty of the outdoors is one where you might want to make an exception. Being thoughtful about your patio or backyard’s design, layout, and mood can make it exponentially more inviting and comfortable.

Keep the landscaping fresh and neat

It’s tempting to skip lawn mowing this week, but there’s nothing attractive about an overgrown lawn. On the other hand, fresh-cut grass offers a serene environment and a wonderful smell to go with it. So make sure you cut the yard and groom the plant life around your outdoor space if it’s gotten too wild. While you’re at it, consider adding flowers, plants, trees, or bushes if you want to change up the look or get more privacy.

Choose your furniture well

There’s something eye-pleasing about a well-chosen furniture arrangement, but it won’t be easy to create any cohesion if you’re mixing and matching a random assortment of tables, chairs, and outdoor décor. Instead, consider purchasing new furniture to make everything match or complement each other.

A patio with a white couch and coffee table

However, here’s one area where you might want to focus on function just as much as form. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your outdoor space, then it may be worth investing in some high-quality, comfortable patio furniture. After all, it doesn’t matter how cute a lawn chair is if it’s too uncomfortable to sit in it for more than a few minutes at a time.

Add some décor

Plants and patio furniture can go a long way toward creating a peaceful and relaxing outdoor space. But if you really want to round things out, bring in some additional decor that matches the tone and elevates the mood.

Add some entertainment

You may have painstakingly labored over your lawn and garden to create a beautiful outdoor space, but if there’s nothing to do but watch the grass grow, your guests may soon grow bored. That’s why savvy homeowners will take it to the next level and create the best outdoor space by adding some entertainment.

Here’s what we suggest:

Bring in a grill

stainless steel BBQ grill on a brick patio next to a stone wall.

Food is the most universal form of joy and entertainment. As such, a brand-new grill in your outdoor space can help you spice up your warm-weather gatherings. Just make sure you’ve got the proper furniture to host a BBQ!

Add a firepit

When the sun goes down and temperatures begin to cool, it can be a little less pleasant to spend time in your outdoor space unless you have some light and heat. Firepits offer both while also doubling as a table to sit around.

Illuminate your space

When the sun sets and the night begins, keep the energy and excitement alive in your backyard with the mesmerizing glow of torches and lanterns. The captivating flames not only add a touch of enchantment to your outdoor space but also provide the perfect ambiance for unforgettable gatherings and memorable moments.

Go big with a hot tub or pool

installed above ground pool in a backyard

If you really want to take your outdoor space to the next level, adding some aquatic entertainment is the way to go. A hot tub or pool can turn your backyard into the number-one place to be in any weather. Use your hot tub in the cool weather and even in light snow falls!

Create the ultimate outdoor space with Pool City Leisure Center

By following the above tips, you should be well on your way to creating a fantastic outdoor space for you and your guests. If you’re in the market for furniture, patio accessories, outdoor heating, umbrellas, and more, we’ve got it all at Pool City Leisure Center. Stop by the nearest location today to have the patio experts help you create the most relaxing and entertaining outdoor space for your home!