Icy pops. Beach bonfires. Fireworks. Cold drinks on hot nights. Summer is all about creating outdoor memories with the ones you love, but winter doesn’t have to equal hibernation—especially with these awesome ideas for retrofitting your patio and other outdoor living spaces for colder weather.
Propane Fire Pit
Picture your closest friends huddled around a propane-lit fire. Glasses of mulled wine clink, the scent of roasting marshmallows and melting chocolate permeates the air, and the antique penny-finished fire bowl glimmers against the flames. Don’t worry if you were never in the Scouts, as a propane fire pit features matchless ignition and safety shut-off (and almost no clean-up!).
An Outdoor Bed
Once you’ve watched the fire die down, graham cracker crumbling between sticky fingers, move the party over to a cozy outdoor bed. Snuggle up with two of your besties in the furniture equivalent of a giant s’more. Make sure to get an outdoor bed with a big frame so that you can hang thick, thermal curtains to keep the chill off. As more friends hear about your entertaining expertise, you’ll need to be perpetually prepared for drop-in guests, making foldable, easy-to-set-up furniture a must. And why not also include a few deck chairs with swivel tables, which are the perfect place to keep a warming drink. Hot toddies, anyone?
Quilts & Pillows
Loved ones laugh around the patio, snuggling into these inviting outdoor living spaces with lively chatter. Warm blankets add comfort to the conversation. Why not choose a nice throw that celebrates your favorite team, while you spend the colder days waiting for the baseball season to start again? Add some matching pillow, and now things are getting cozy!
A Grill Cover
After the guests have gone home, with burgers in their bellies, it’s important to cover up your grill to keep it safe from the elements, which can rust and ruin it. The type of grill cover you purchase will depend on the grill itself. Make sure the cover is not too tight and can easily drape over the entire grill. Security straps and rain skirts also make for handy features, especially if you live somewhere with unpredictable weather. Always make sure to clean the grill before covering it, so that it’ll be ready to go for your next chilly evening get-together.