Don't Pack Up Your Outdoor Living Area Just Yet - Tips to get the most out of it all Winter Long
The seasons are starting to change, and winter is right around the corner. During this time many people start to think about packing up their outdoor gear to spend more time indoors during the cooler season. But, it doesn't have to be that way! You can still enjoy your outdoor living space during the winter; there are so many benefits for both your mental and physical health. So, instead of packing it all away, here are some tips on how to transform your patio space this winter.
Umbrellas aren't just for the summer
We tend to think of outdoor patio umbrellas only being used during summer. We use them to keep the sun out of our eyes on hot sunny days or to cool off in the shade. We think of smaller hand umbrellas as being used to keep the rain off us as we come and go. However, your outdoor umbrella can also provide shelter from the cold and rain.
Our umbrellas are 100 percent waterproof, they are built for high wind performance and are designed to stand up to the elements. Therefore, instead of needing to pack them away for the winter, make use of them year-round to truly enjoy every season.
Outdoor umbrellas can be tilted into nearly any position, allowing you to angle your umbrella to protect yourself from the winter wind and rain while still getting to enjoy the fresh air. Another way to take full advantage of your outdoor living space is by using umbrella systems that allow you to attached multiple umbrellas to one pole. This allows you to create a space that is protected from wind or rain on multiple sides with minimal interference on the ground.
Light up the space
Just because we have less sunlight during the winter months doesn't mean you need to stay indoors. Once you've created a lovely patio area you are going to want to enjoy it!
One way to enhance your space and create a warm and cozy feel, is to add additional lighting to your outdoor area with the use of LED lighting. Some umbrellas come with LED lighting built in, but if your umbrella did not come with lighting you can purchase lights that can attach to the underside of it.
Also look to other lighting options like string lights, or lanterns to create a warm, welcoming glow. Once your area is well lit you’ll be able to enjoy extended hours under your umbrella all winter long. You can entertain family and friends, read a book, or just sit and relax after a long day at work.
Make sure you stay warm
You may be thinking that you don't want to sit outside even if the wind, rain, and lighting isn't a problem because you will be too cold.
Outdoor heaters that attach to the pole of your umbrella are a great way to warm up your space. There are various types and styles available, from freestanding propane heaters to small halogen heaters that connect to the underside of your umbrella. They are barely noticeable because they are overhead, but they can produce enough heat to allow you to enjoy the outdoors even in the winter.
Focus on comfort
There is more to comfort than being dry and warm. Look for ways to dress up your outdoor space for the winter months. Start by choosing comfortable seating. When it's a little cold outside you want to sit on a soft surface with fabric that provides you plenty of padding and warmth. Sitting on hard surfaces is sure to make you feel even colder.
Once you choose comfortable seating look for other ways to style and add comfort to your space. Outdoor throw pillows are an effective way to dress up the space, choose colors and designs that complement the exterior of your home. Don't forget to add a few blankets as well, that way you can cover up and stay warm while enjoying the brisk fresh air.
Winter doesn't mean you have to head indoors
If you love being outdoors, then there is no reason to pack up your patio for the coming months. With a few simple additions, you can transform your outdoor living space into a place that you’ll enjoy all year long.
Check out our options for outdoor umbrellas and accessories to help you get started.