Just because it’s officially fall and the days are getting chillier doesn’t mean you can’t still spend time outdoors. Even hanging out on the deck can be a comfortable, cozy experience—you just need the right set up. Here’s how to extend your outdoor season well into autumn’s cooler days.
Anything that cuts the wind will help keep your deck warm. Use inexpensive cloth, such as painter's drop cloth, and clip-on curtain rings and electrical conduit pipe for a simple, elegant stay-warm solution.
Turn up the heat
There are lots of options for adding a little heat to your patio, and these wall-mounted infrared heaters are a great option. Just plug it in and enjoy a nine-foot radius of cozy heat.
Light a fire
If your deck is suitable, an outdoor fireplace gives you an ideal spot to cozy up and stay warm without having to come inside. Just remember: don’t use a firepit or chiminea on a covered porch, never put a chiminea directly on decking, and don’t leave anything flammable unattended.
Use candle power
Candles throw off a surprising amount of heat, so collect your hurricane lanterns and pillar candles and venture outside—even if it’s a little nippy.
Serve hot drinks
This one is probably a no-brainer, but steaming cocoa or hot tea will definitely up the cozy factor of your deck. Add a little bit of Kahlua, brandy or amaretto for a more grown-up treat.
We know you love your traditional Muskoka chairs, but when the weather gets chilly, stocking up on pillows and cushions can make your outdoor furniture that much cozier. Soft, faux-furry throws will also amp up the warmth nicely.
Stock up on cozy, soft blankets
Great blankets—whether they’re wool, fleece or synthetic—are an inexpensive, portable way to extend your deck season. Even better if you’ve got a blanket big enough for two to snuggle…