You may not realize it, but your home has an additional living space: the great outdoors! If you have a porch, patio or poolside area, you have the perfect spot for dining, relaxing, and entertaining.

Whether you want to create an intimate conversation spot, an outdoor screening room, an al fresco dining nook or a Zen-like meditation area, you can bring your ideas to life with carefully selected furnishings, accessories and lots of imagination. Outdoor furniture is a great investment because it offers you and your family a comfortable place to enjoy the great outdoors. Perfect for picnics and parties, or simply unwinding after a long week, having comfortable furniture on your deck is a must-have luxury.

Use these outdoor furniture ideas to transform your backyard into a fabulous extension of your home:

1. Maximize what you’ve got.

Get creative and don’t be put off by a small or oddly-shaped space. Turn a tiny walled-in patio into a Zen breakfast retreat, or evoke a cafe feel by adding a bistro table and cozy seating area. In smaller spaces, add a potted herb garden or small greenery like bonsai trees for a tranquil feeling.

Dealing with a plain deck or a dreary concrete slab? These areas can become a dazzling dinner setting with a little creativity and the right patio furniture.

If you’re wondering what to do with expansive, open areas like these, focus on creating borders and defined spaces by using tall plants, decorative screens or trellises. By adding focal points at different heights and creating boundaries, you can turn a large backyard into an intimate seating area.

2. Find outdoor versions of the furniture and accessories you love.

Your outdoor furnishings can be as casual or as sophisticated as you like. If there’s a decor style you prefer for your interiors, chances are you can also find weather-tolerant versions for your outdoor spaces.

From luxurious outdoor sofas in fresh fabrics to elegant al fresco dining sets and outdoor kitchen appliances, everything you need for comfortable living is available in an outdoor model. You can even transform your outdoor space into a cozy “screening room” for summer family movie nights with the addition of a backyard theater system.

The biggest problem you’ll encounter is narrowing down the many fabulous outdoor living and dining options.

3. Light up the night.

Advances in energy-efficient solar technology have changed the landscape of outdoor lighting options. A wide variety of accent and path lights that require little or no installation are available at your local home improvement retailer.

New designs in sun-powered table and floor lamps offer indoor charm and function for your outdoor spaces, while modern string lights featuring over-sized bulbs offer a fresh take on the traditional Christmas lights.

Enhance the outdoor ambiance with stylish citronella candles, tiki torches, or solar lanterns, or light the way with an  outdoor chandelier. No matter what you prefer, you can find the perfect illumination to suit your style.

4. Add a touch of climate comfort.

Don’t ignore your deck, porch or patio just because the seasons have changed.

An easy and often overlooked way to cool an exterior space is an outdoor-rated ceiling fan. Add an optional light kit and you can brighten up your summer evenings. Fun colors, fan blade shapes and natural textures make these fans decorative elements in a space as well.

Don’t forget that there are fixes for all seasons: outdoor heating units ensure your family can spend as much time outside in the fall and winter as they want.

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Transform your outdoor living space with stylish patio furniture and colorful accessories.

5. Use accessories to add color and ambiance.

Whether it’s pillows, blankets, rugs or umbrellas, you can use weather-proof accessories to add pops of color, pattern and visual interest in any theme you like.

Do you plan on using your outdoor area for dining? Set up an herb garden from which you can easily snip fresh basil, parsley and mint for your meals. Or, if your space is mostly furnished with seating, arrange the chairs and benches around an outdoor fireplace or chiminea.

Don’t forget finishing touches like soothing water features or colorful flowering plants.

Your Outdoor Furniture Destination in Atlanta, GA

If you’re currently in the market for new patio furniture for your home, turn to Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet. We work very hard to maintain a tremendous stock of home furniture from the name brands you trust at prices that you can afford. Whether you want a single Adirondack chair or an entire set of tables and chairs, we can help meet your exact needs and wants.

One of the best ways to learn about the specific outdoor furniture that we offer is to stop by one of our Atlanta area showrooms, which are conveniently located in Dallas and Acworth. A sales associate will gladly walk you through your options to help you find the exact patio furniture that will best meet your needs and fit in your budget.

Contact us today for additional information. We’ll also happily coordinate local delivery if you need help getting your new furniture home. It’s our pleasure to make the entire shopping process as easy as possible.