It used to be the case that gardens were purely places you wandered around on foot. Then, people saw that they could make the experience better by bringing indoor elements, like tables and chairs, outside.
In the early days, these weren’t the comfiest. Often manufacturers made sets of cast iron covered in thick paint to ensure that they could withstand the weather.
Even with the invention of waterproof plastics, things were slow to change. It’s only recently that we’ve seen the introduction of weaved vinyl seating and furniture to the garden. Before then, you either had to make do with solid wood or metal.
The following are some of the reasons you don’t feel cozy in your garden and what you can do about it.
You Don’t Have A Canopy Covering
Having a roof over your head is important, even when enjoying time outdoors.
The reason is simple: it protects you from the elements. Sometimes you don’t want to bake yourself in the sun. Other times, you want to sit outside, but not in the rain. Here, having some roofing over your patio and decking can help enormously.
You Can’t Recline Easily
Sitting upright is physiologically stressful. It’s what you do when you’re at work, tapping away at your computer.
Reclining, by contrast, is what you do after a long day in the office. There’s something intrinsically enjoyable about it.
Usually, though, you can’t recline in your garden. You have to make do with seating with straight backs – not ideal.
There is, however, a simple solution: invest in an Adirondack chair. This form of seating is specially made for outdoor settings and lets you sit back, relax, and enjoy a good book. What could be cozier than that?
You Don’t Have A Table
Arbors and regular seating are okay if you want to sit and observe your surroundings. But if you want to do anything else, like eat a meal, you need a table.
Tables are useful for a variety of reasons. For starters, they let you keep all your creature comforts to hand. Nobody wants to balance their hot cup of coffee on an uneven lawn. It’s much better to place it on a proper surface. Plus, you can use tables to dress up your outdoor spaces and make them feel more like regular rooms in their own right. Everything feels much less sparse.
You’re Not Making Proper Use Of Lighting
You might think that outdoor spaces don’t require lighting. After all, they have the sun for that.
But if you spend time outdoors in the evening or at night, you soon discover that you need a bit of artificial light to make it feel cozy.
When it comes to outdoor lighting, you have a bevy of options. One idea is to hang strings of fairy lights to your canopies that light up automatically when the sun goes down. Some people use natural candles too. Just be sure that your decking is fireproofed if you go down this route.