As the weather gets warmer, we’re all eager to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine. Due to COVID restrictions however, travel plans have been disrupted, meaning many of us will be spending a lot more time at home.
If you’ve got an outdoor space, now is the time to give it a makeover and get it ready for the summer. Stuck for inspiration? No problem, we’ve come up with some ideas to help you transform your outdoor space.
Garden furniture upgrade
A garden is for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, so it’s important that your furniture is doing what you need it to do. If your budget can’t stretch to new furniture then here are some ideas to freshen things up.
- Reclaimed pallets - Pallets can often be found for free and are a great DIY way of making your own garden furniture.
- Reclaimed furniture - Check out local adverts or junk stores and pick up a bargain. You’ll be amazed what people throw out and often all it needs is a bit of work and it’s as good as new.
- Lick of Paint - Sometimes all you need is a lick of paint to freshen up your look and bring some summer colour to your space.
If you’ve got the money to spend on a new set of furniture, the choices available can be bewildering. From plastic, wood, wicker and metal there’s a lot to consider when it comes to making your purchase.
It’s well worth checking out the most popular garden furniture trends to get some ideas first. Don’t forget to keep in mind exactly what you want from your furniture to make sure it meets your needs.
Invest in some outdoor lighting
Nothing transforms a space like lighting, and with such a variety of options available it’s easy to do. Wrap them round a tree, light up a seating area, highlight architectural plants in your border or create a fun multi-coloured party zone.
Don’t forget you’ll need a power source handy or you can pick up some solar powered lighting to keep the running costs down.
Create an at home gym
Keeping fit is important but not all of us are motivated enough to go to the gym when we should. So, the perfect solution is to build an at home gym and personalise it so you keep coming back to train.
Top tips for creating a home gym:
If you’re working up a sweat, you’re going to want to make sure the are is easily ventilated. That doesn’t mean you need to splash out on air condition unit, an opening window or two will do.
Mirrors perform two functions in a home gym. First of all, they make your space look bigger than it really is. Secondly, they’re a great way to help you make sure you’re exercising correctly and maintaining the correct posture.
Most importantly, make it bright so you can always see what you are doing. But don’t forget you can have some fun with multi-coloured lights too, for when the music is pumping.
TV and music
Most people like a distraction when they’re working out, so it’s definitely worth thinking about installing a music system or a TV in your new gym.
Grow your own fruit and veg
What many people don’t realise is that garden size isn’t an issue when it comes to growing your own. Fruit and veg’ can be grown in a flower border, container or window box, and it will taste just as good!
For those of you with the space for something bigger, then a veg patch or raised bed is a great way to transform your outdoor space. Just make sure you grow crops the whole family enjoy and don’t forget to choose a sunny spot.
Install a hot tub
When summer’s here and the suns out, there’s no better way to unwind then in your own hot tub. The most important thing to think about with tubs, is where are you going to put it?
The area needs to be big enough for the hot tub itself, with enough space for maintenance around the outside. You will also need to consider how and where people will get in and out of the tub and don’t forget a suitable base.
There are a variety of choices available from spa to inflatable, wooden, moulded, soft sided and portable tubs. Not to mention a multitude of features, including, lights, drink holders, speakers and jets.
Before you buy, remember to make sure you know your budget and exactly what you want from your tub.
Summer 2021 is coming
If you do decide to transform your outdoor space this summer, make sure you plan and research your project thoroughly. But most importantly, have fun.