Outdoor living spaces have certainly changed since my childhood in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Back in that time people either used wooden crates, discarded kitchen chairs, or homemade wooden benches when sitting outdoors. Those who were planning on eating outside often spread a blanket on the lawn and everyone sat on the ground to enjoy their meal. In fact, my father and uncles carried kitchen chairs out to the nearest shade tree and sat in a circle while spending the afternoon sharing stories of the past. There are still a variety of ways to spend leisure time in your own yard depending on where you live. However, spending time outdoors is much more sophisticated than in the days of my youth.
In recent years, more families are enjoying outdoor living areas that often resemble living rooms or dens. Not only do these living spaces contain sofas or loveseats, but matching end tables, coffee tables, ottomans, and even television sets. For those people who are blessed to live in areas where the weather is warm the year round, these outdoor areas are ideal. Usually located on or near a patio area, a swimming pool will undoubtedly be nearby. Family members enjoy hours of fun in the sun, eat a leisurely meal on the patio, and relax after a busy day while watching the sun go down. Later in the evening, an outdoor fire pit provides a welcome heat source for hot dogs or s’mores.
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Other options that can enhance the pleasure of outdoor living are swing sets for the children, gazebos, outdoor grills, and bars complete with barstools. With the addition of outdoor lighting spaced around the area, people can enjoy the cool of the evening after a hot summer day. Recent outdoor living furniture changes include the growing popularity of wicker patio furniture, although many people prefer wrought iron or wood. While some people still cling to the plastic chairs that have populated many lawns throughout the years, others are moving toward a more eye-pleasing style of lawn outdoor furniture.
Many outdoor seating rooms are available in groups of four or six pieces, or more, so that the patio can have the look of an outdoor living room. Wise shoppers purchase the whole set, especially if it is at a discount price. Buying in a group also assures the buyer gets the complete set. Nothing is more disappointing than to buy a couple of pieces intending to buy the rest at a later date only to find they are no longer available. Whatever style or number of pieces is preferred, outdoor living spaces is the way to go when people want to create a special place to enjoy the great outdoors.