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Search engines are a great resource when looking for information on things to buy, build, learn more about, and much more information.  

When I am looking for an answer to a question or problem, I learn so much more as there seem to be endless questions to answer people’s questions.

In this post, I will reveal some of the most common questions consumers ask about patio life and all things related to patios. Then you will be able to read the best answers to patio FAQs right here.  

Some information you can expect to learn about will include general patio living, outdoor patio furniture, options for patio plans, patio heaters, and a summary of my findings.

If this is of interest to you, sit down, get comfortable, and keep reading!

General Patio Living 

Consumers have many questions about patio living and what it means. Since the pandemic, patios have become a big deal, with people enjoying outside spaces now more than ever.  

Improving our patios to include making them more comfortable, more liveable, and a place where the family can hang out is beneficial as we navigate life with restrictions.  

Knowing that you can enjoy your outdoor patio for longer in the season is truly a gift.  

So I ask you, “what do you want to know about patios?”

Some of the questions I saw when searching are:

What Are Outdoor Living Spaces?

Outdoor living spaces are the areas that extend from your indoor space to outside onto a patio. The idea is to bring the elements of daily living outdoors.  

Some examples of these include: cooking outdoors (a kitchen outside maybe?), dining alfresco, entertaining outdoors, hanging out with the family and playing games, watching movies, and snuggling all outside.  

Having birthday parties, graduation parties, baby showers, etc., is a great way to use your outdoor living space for more joint activities mostly held inside.  

The advantages of using outdoor spaces more regularly as part of your daily life are endless. For example, the research has been widely studied about improved mental health due to increasing your outdoor time has  

Benefits

The American Psychological Association has advanced the research about how our time in nature and the outdoors will not only improve our mental health, but it will also make our brains sharper.

Increasing the amount of time spent outside links to many benefits, including improving our attention, boosting our mood levels, increasing our character traits to include cooperation, and being more empathetic. 

Additionally, being outside can act as a salve for our overworked and stressed-out brains. According to one study, the effects of spending time outdoors led to improvements in positive emotions and the ability to reflect on problems found in life. (Mayer, F.S., et al., Environment and Behavior, Volume 41, No. 5, 2009).

What Do You Want From Your Outdoor Space? 

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According to Forbes, 88% of Americans are unhappy with their outdoor spaces. Mostly this is because of a lack in style, function, and comfort. However, 9 out of 10 Americans agree that our outdoor living spaces are more valuable than before. Here are some of the reasons:

  • There is an increased interest in doing our daily routines outside in a comfortable area. These interests include having cocktails, having a barbecue, entertaining friends and family, and generally enjoying the comfort of being outdoors.
 
  • Some people who continue to be overworked and overwhelmed find the call to nature so very inviting. Nourishment comes from Mother Nature and acts as medicine for our stressed brains. Listening to the birds is a beautiful example.
 
  • Improving our backyard patio spaces to include becoming more of a play area for our children and ourselves.
 
  • Enjoying the green scene that our backyards provide for us. Adding plants and flowers only increases our contentment.  

Outdoor Furniture

People wonder what outdoor furniture is the most durable and will last them a long time. Answering this question is helping families everywhere make better decisions based on their climate, space, and budget.  

What’s Trending In Outdoor Furniture?

There has been a massive uptick in patio furniture sales during the pandemic. The trend is to purchase more comfortable, longer-lasting furniture that is stylish and budget-friendly.  

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The biggest thing to consider is what weather elements your patio furniture will be exposed to and make decisions based on that information. You can read more about this in my post about the latest and most sustainable materials used for outdoor furniture.

Another common question includes:

What type of outdoor furniture can be left outside? 

The furniture that can be left outside is furniture made from aluminum to prevent rusting and corroding. Synthetic (resin) rattan furniture is weather-proof instead of wicker, which is not.  

Of course, plastic furniture is safe for various weather issues. However, if buying plastic and you have some wind, please be sure to buy heavier furniture so that it isn’t tipping over or flying around your and your neighbor’s yard. 

Wood furniture is made mainly from teak or acacia are good options. The reason is that they are both very thick and robust and have a naturally high rate of oil in the wood that protects it from moisture.  

Patio Plan Options

When you are first planning your outdoor patio space, you can benefit from asking yourself a few questions about how you plan to use your outdoor space.  

Are you planning to use it for celebratory events, dining, lounging, playing games, or TV watching? How many people do you plan to have on your patio regularly?

There are online patio plan designers to help you. Two that I find easy to use include https://www.mypatiodesign.com or https://www.decorilla.com.

A couple of other things to think about include what materials you want to use in building your patio? Will it be concrete or various types of pavers? Here you will find an excellent explanation of this in a recent post.  

Patio Heaters

Ultimately, you will probably go inside if you feel cold when in your outdoor space. However, there are solutions to the chilliness if you add a patio heater to your area.  

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The patio heaters that are the most efficient are electric. Over 95% of the energy is converted to heat using radiant heat. Radiant heat is passed directly to humans, so the power is not wasted on heating the room air. To learn more about patio heaters, you can find good information in a previous post.  

People ask, “Can patio heaters be left outside”? The answer is yes but with cautions. All patio heaters are considered outdoor products and are safe outside. Consequently, leaving heaters exposed to the elements over time does degrade the working parts of the heater as well as the finish.  

What are some things to consider if you have a covered patio?

If your patio is covered, you may want to check out this video about heating-covered patios. It will tell you some of the benefits and disadvantages of various heaters.  

Patio Living In A Nutshell

To conclude this post about the best answers to your patio faqs, allow me to summarize.  

  • Improving our patios to include making them more comfortable, more liveable, and a place where the family can hang out is beneficial as we navigate life with restrictions.  
  • Outdoor living spaces are the areas that extend from your indoor space to outside onto a patio. The idea is to bring the elements of daily living outdoors. 
  • Increasing the amount of time spent outside links to many benefits, including improving our attention, boosting our mood levels, increasing our character traits to include cooperation, and being more empathetic. 
  • Nine out of ten Americans agree that our outdoor living spaces are more valuable than before. Some reasons include extending our comfortable living space to include the patio and also the fact that we are spending more time at home with our children and family
  • Outdoor furniture that is the most durable for the type of weather that is the wettest, coldest, or sunniest is aluminum or resin wicker. See notes about others.
  • The patio heaters that are the most efficient are electric.
  • Easy to use online patio plans include

               https://www.mypatiodesign.com

    •                  or 

                    https://www.decorilla.com 

Thanks for stopping by.  Please leave your questions or comments below.  I will be sure to get back to you.  

As always,

Marla

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Marla is a wife, a mom, a former special education teacher, and a massive fan of all things to do with patio life. Marla’s dream is to take her whole family on a fabulous vacation because family is always an essential part of her life.

2 Responses

  1. Patio spaces, if planned correctly, are amazing places to separate yourself from the worries and the cares of the world. As such, planning a space that will be relaxing, enjoyable, and stimulating, seems to be a no-brainer. In a properly planned outdoor space, we are able to remove ourselves from the problems of life, even if only for a while. It is no wonder that our mental health is improved and that we become stronger emotionally to handle the stress of living!

    1. Hello,

      Thanks for stopping by my post to make a few comments.  I am in full agreement that one of the best places in the world to relax is right outside my backdoor.  I will be honest, I didn’t buy the best of the best furniture, but I did do my due diligence and bought good quality that will last for a long time. Most importantly, the furniture I chose is very comfortable and inviting.  I think that is the number one factor in how much you use your patio, by the comfortability of the furniture itself.  

      As the seasons change, adding heaters or patio misters can make all the difference in the world for not a ton of money.

      Thank you for your comments and get ready, prime patio season is not too far away!

      Marla

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