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How to create a family-friendly outdoor space

A family-friendly outdoor space offers a little bit of something for everyone – a place for playing, socialising, eating and – of course – relaxing. Need some help getting started? Read on for our tips to help you design your dream setup this summer.

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1. Designate a dining space

Before picking your table and chairs, consider your space and needs. If you’ve got a small patio or balcony, then go for something compact like this Emu set. Or if you’ve got lots of room to play with (and love entertaining), you can’t beat a generous corner set. Next, you need the right tableware. Caesar’s perfect for special occasions, while Ingram taps into this season’s laid-back, Mediterranean mood – check out that warm terracotta tone. 

 

2. Be sun smart

If you’re spending lots of time outside, it’s important to ensure that everybody’s protected from the sun. Create a shady spot with a garden parasol – it can be placed over the table while you eat, or angled above your outdoor sofa to shield you while you nap. Don’t have the space? Then add some tall, leafy plants instead – a palm in a woven planter will create tropical vacation vibes and offer coverage, too.

 

3. A spot for snoozing

Family life can be hectic, so it’s important to create a space that you (and the kids) can escape to. Adding a hammock or hanging chair is a foolproof way to turn that empty corner of your garden into a relaxing oasis. Amp up the comfort by adding piles of throws and cushions – something neutral like Adra will give you that zen feeling you’re craving. Just make sure to choose materials that are hard-wearing and easy to clean.  

4. Destination: date night 

Spending quality time together (without the kids) is important. So dial up those date night vibes with a sink-in garden sofa that’s made for snuggling (hi, Balawa). Looking to serve some food and drink? This corner lounge set comes with a built-in side table – perfect for placing a sharing platter and a few candles. Finally, light a fire pit to complete that cosy ambiance. How romantic.

 

Article written by: Katharina Hogenkamp

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