As the weather gets warmer, you’re going to be spending more time in the garden. It’s the perfect place to entertain friends and family, but you can make it even better. This guide will show you how to turn your garden into the perfect social space. 

Create a shaded area 

When the sun is beaming down, you and your guests need some shade. Sure, it’s nice to get a tan but it can get unbearable after a while. Install a retractable canopy and you can choose between full sun and shade. Alternatively, for a cheaper option, get yourself a parasol. 

Choose comfortable seating 

For some reason, people make the mistake of installing uncomfortable seating in outdoor areas. A metal bench is going to last for years outside, but who wants to sit on metal? Treat yourself and install some comfortable weatherproof seating, so you can spend hours in the yard without feeling uncomfortable. 

Create a focal point 

All good spaces need a focal point – something for everything to gather around. Not only does it look good from a design standpoint, but it also takes the pressure off people sitting too close. A focal point can be anything from an outdoor coffee table to a fire pit. Choose something that adds to the area, whether that means somewhere to put drinks or something that will keep you warm. 

Eat al-fresco

If you really want to make your outdoor space more social, you should eat al-fresco as much as possible. Eating is one of the social things we do as humans, so bringing it outside will make a big difference. Just remember, you’ll need somewhere to rest your plate and food could attract bugs, so it’s worth investing in a bug zapper

Consider the lighting 

Your outdoor area is bound to be flooded with natural light. But what happens when the sun goes down? You don’t want to give up and go indoors. That’s why you need to consider outdoor lighting. Dimmable lights – like those found at – work best, so you can adjust them as it gets darker. However, lighting can be another huge attraction for bugs, so take the necessary precautions. 

Create a seamless indoor-outdoor transition

To maximize your outdoor space, you need to make the transition from indoors to outdoors as seamless as possible. This makes entertaining outdoors much easier because guests have a choice of sitting in the shade or completely outside. Bifold doors are the best way to make the transition seamless and will encourage guests to venture into the garden. 

Take your kitchen outside 

Most gardens have a BBQ but you could take it a step further with a fully stocked outdoor kitchen. In addition to a BBQ, you can have kitchen worktop space, shelving, and even a fully functional sink. This will make al-fresco dining even easier and will certainly give your guests something to talk about. 

Add warmth with textiles

Your outdoor space will benefit greatly from some well-chosen textiles. Soft furnishings – like pillows, blankets, and throws – make a place feel more inviting and will help you stay warm when the sun goes in.