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Patios have been a game-changer during these socially distant times. They allow you to hang out with a few friends and family members at home in the open air while keeping a safe distance. Outdoor spaces have been ideal for summer when it’s still warm out, but as temperatures start to drop (especially at night), there are a few things you can do to elongate the life of your patio as we head into fall.
Products like patio heaters, outdoor-friendly blankets, fire pits, and more can ensure you and your guests are nice and cozy outdoors, even as the leaves start to change. Here are 10 things that will help transition your outdoor space from summer to fall.
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1. A heater that fits on your patio
Patio heaters are quintessential for most outdoor bars and dining during the colder months, so why not put one on your own porch? They keep a wide area nice and toasty as temperatures dip below 55 degrees. This Hampton Bay model is quite popular for its simple stainless steel design, and that it heats up to 200 square feet. Reviewers particularly love that you can control the temperature and that it was easy to install.
2. An outdoor blanket to keep warm
I love a soft, fleece blanket as much as the next person, but when they’re outside, they tend to get ratty and gross from all the leaves, dirt, and dampness. That’s why an outdoor blanket is key if you plan on spending a lot of time on your patio this fall. This one from L.L.Bean has a cozy, fleece side and a waterproof, nylon side, so it doubles as a picnic blanket. Plus, when it does get dirty, you can just throw it into the washing machine.
3. A firepit that can be used on a deck
A firepit definitely brings some ambiance to outdoor gatherings—as well as warmth. This compact firepit on Wayfair is quite popular because it’s portable (i.e. you can bring it from the patio to the backyard) and durable. Reviewers even like bringing it along to their campsite. Plus, it burns wood into a super fine ash, meaning it will run until every last drop.
4. A stylish way to store your wood
Now that you’re spending more time around a firepit, you’re good to need a place to store all your wood. This stylish log rack from Amagabeli is just the spot to do so. It comes with tongs, a poker, a broom, and a shovel for all your fire assessing needs, and has two levels for wood storage. It’s earned a 4.7-star rating from 1,700 reviewers on Amazon who praise it for its compact size and sturdiness.
5. A candle that keeps bugs away
Bugs are the one thing that can ruin a nice evening outside. The biting—and the itching—is enough to make the party go back inside. Those of us who hate the smell and stickiness of bug spray will love this candle from Cutter. It’s loaded with citronella, a bug repellent, and has more than 3,000 reviewers on Amazon who vouch for it. They claim it’s effective and doesn’t have any nasty odor.
6. Chair cushions that upgrade metal furniture
I love the look of metal patio furniture, but when the temperature drops they get way too cold to sit in. One easy upgrade you can make is adding some seasonal outdoor seat cushions—like these ones from Wayfair. Reviewers love them because they’re comfortable, soft, and fit on most outdoor furniture. Alternatively, you can opt for a few thermal stadium cushions. They’re not the most attractive, but keep your bum nice and warm on metal surfaces. This one by Northeast Products is quite popular with a 4.4-star rating from over 1,000 reviews.
7. String lights to bring ambiance
During the fall, the sun sets much earlier than it does in the summer, so you’ll need to up your lighting game in your outdoor space. String lights are always a go-to because they add a nice glow without being too harsh. This set features 12 large bulbs and is available for just under $15 at Home Depot. With over 250 reviews and a 4.4-star rating, reviewers like the large size of these orbs and say they’re a great way to add some pizzazz.
8. A charcoal grill to warm up the space
Who said grilling is just limited to summer? Not only do charcoal grills create a great smokey flavor, but they also heat up the space and keep guests warm with a hot meal. Weber makes one of our favorite charcoal grills. We loved that it cooked our burgers evenly and is light and compact, so it will fit on the smallest of patios.
9. An outdoor shade to block the breeze
Now an outdoor curtain might sound counterproductive (you’re probably going outside to soak up the sun, right?), but hear me out. The chilly fall breezes can send a shiver down your spine, which can be blocked by an outdoor curtain, depending on what your patio layout is. Reviewers like this one from Wayfair for its natural appearance, and that it still allows light in while blocking the breeze.
10. An outdoor rug for added warmth
Rugs not only elevate the style of a patio, but they also provide a barrier between feet and the cold, stone ground. Plus, by choosing a rug with warm color tones, you can match your patio with the fall aesthetic. This amherst colored one from Wayfair is popular because of its fun geometric pattern and that it’s durable to foot traffic.
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