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Top tips for planning an outdoor dining area

If you’re thinking of creating a stylish and practical outdoor dining area, here are a few ideas to consider before you get started:

Finding the perfect spot

When selecting the location of your dining area, you’ll want to make the most of the sun, but think about providing shade too. Partial shade created by walls, hedges or plants can be ideal. Large pivoting parasols also do the trick, and pergolas offer lovely, dappled shade and create structure in a dedicated eating space.

Obstacle-free access to your kitchen is important, as you may be carrying plates and dishes back and forth, and you don’t want any tripping hazards. Place your barbeque close enough for ease of serving, but ensure heat and smoke don’t disturb your eagerly awaiting diners.

A flat base is vital, which is why paving and decking are the most popular choices for defining a dedicated alfresco eating area.

Measuring up

Choosing your dining set before you tackle any planting, paving or decking means you can work with accurate measurements. Whether you opt for the chunky rustic style of the Charles Taylor garden furniture range, or a more compact option, such as the Supremo Barcelona mini modular dining set, you’ll need to make sure there’s enough room for people to get in and out of their chairs comfortably.

Finishing touches

Outdoor lighting means you can use your space well into the evening, and with such a great choice of lanterns, outdoor rugs and weatherproof cushions available here at Burleydam Garden Centre, it’s easy to create an outdoor dining area that’s stylish, inviting and full of character.

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