Welcoming Sweater Weather: Five Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space Longer

Labor Day has passed and while technically summer isn’t over until September 22nd, for many, especially those who have to go back to work and school, we’ve now unofficially entered autumn. But just because the days and nights are going to start getting a bit chillier doesn’t mean you have to pack it in and stop spending time outside. You spent all that time a few months ago getting your outdoor living space ready for use, why not continue using it into the fall? Here are some simple things you can do to enjoy your time outside even once the temperatures begin to drop.

Add Heat

The best way to extend the time spent in your outdoor living space is to add heat near seating areas. There are a few different options for adding heat, some permanent and some portable. One of the easiest and most portable ways to add heat is a fire pit. It can keep you toasty warm and also provide a place to toast marshmallows for some late season s’mores. If you want something portable but are nervous about fire a space heater could also be brought outside to help take the chill off. Just make sure the one you use has been manufactured with weather-resistant hardware, and keep it sheltered from moisture since water and electricity do not mix. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside into the cooler months you may want to invest in an outdoor heater or outdoor fireplace.

Use Weather-proof Furniture

If you have an outdoor living space with furniture you probably already have weather-proof furniture. But the proper furniture can help you enjoy your outdoor living space longer than pieces that can’t hold up against the elements. You should still plan on covering it or bringing it inside when it begins to snow, but furniture made from materials like powder-coated steel, teak, and poly-resin wicker are built to withstand the elements and last through many seasons.

Add Lighting

Perhaps one of the saddest parts of fall is that it starts getting dark much earlier in the day. So if you want to make use of your outdoor living space into the autumn months, lighting is a must. You may have been able to get away with little to no lighting the summer, but since you don’t want to have to head inside at 5 o’clock you’ll need some artificial light. If you had some strings of lights up for the summer you may want to add more or supplement with lanterns. If you have outdoor lighting connected to timers, remember to adjust the timers so the lights go on when it first starts getting dark.

Get Protection from the Wind

Blustery fall days can put a damper on your enjoyment of time spent outside, so look for ways to protect your space from the wind. Decorative screens can help break the wind when needed, and can also be used throughout the house as room dividers when not needed outside. Outdoor curtains are also a good way to get protection from the wind. They can be kept tied back out of the way when not in use to not obstruct your view, and then easily closed when it gets too windy. Decorative screens and outdoor curtains can provide added privacy for your outdoor living space as well.

Make Things Cozy

Obviously adding heat will make things cozier, but you can make things look and feel cozy in other ways as well. Stock up on throw blankets and pillows to bring some of the comforts of the indoors out. Throw pillows make a great outdoor accessory not only for coziness but also because they’re easy to switch out with the seasons. Decorating your outdoor living space for the season will also help it feel homier and cozier. Keep your outdoor space looking fresh and vibrant to entice people to spend more time there.

The autumn landscape has a lot of beautiful colors and sights to offer, so don’t let a little chill in the air scare you inside. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to easily upgrade your outdoor living space into the best fall hangout spot around. Grab your favorite warm beverage, snuggle up with a throw, and let the good times with friends continue.