6 Tips for Creating Outdoor Living Rooms that are User-Friendly,
Comfortable and Stylish – Even if You’re on a Budget.

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Ohana Outdoor Furniture SetOutdoor Sofa Sets

If you want to create a living room outside, you of course want to use living room style furniture.

There are certain types that I prefer using, due to their versatility. Plus, when you get a “set” versus individual pieces, you can really cut costs significantly.

Find out more about outdoor sofa sets that turn backyards into rooms.

Patio Bar Sets

You may or may not want a bar in your backyard or patio. However, did you know that many of they provide multiple functions? You may decide that you want a bar instead of a dining table…

“…on the other hand, if you are hosting a small dinner party, the set can be used first as an open bar and later as a dining table. No need for lots of space or furniture!”

See the top 3 multi-use patio bar sets.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Backyard kitchens aren’t only functional – they can enhance the look and feel of your deck or patio. They can also increase the value of your home. A more permanent-looking cooking structure with usable counter space can also make your home look like has more square footage.

Tip: try to match the coloring/style of your outside cooking space with your inside kitchen – or at least with your outside furnishings.

Find out more about surprisingly easy outdoor kitchens.

Outdoor Fireplaces

An outside fireplace or fire pit is nice to have for a variety of reasons. However, many people don’t consider that it adds beauty and ambiance even when not in use!

“An outdoor fireplace can be both a beautiful and functional asset – plus add value to a home. It provides the perfect focal point for entertaining, and it offers warmth at the same time.”

See more about how to build an outdoor fireplace.


Outdoor Lamps

Just like the rooms inside a house, interior decorators look at 3 types of lights for outdoor spaces: overhead lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Do the same, and you can create a lot more usability and style in your outdoor room.

Find out more about lighting an outdoor room.

Seattle Brown Fab Rug with ChairsOutdoor Area Rugs

You may have a nice-looking deck or patio – or think the floor will go unnoticed, until you check out these pictures.

It’s amazing how this often overlooked room accessory can even make your furniture look better! Here’s what to look for when shopping for area rugs