Does your log cabin have a patio or porch? If so, you probably only use it during warm weather. Now that it’s winter, doesn’t that mean your porch is unusable until springtime? Surprisingly, this isn’t the case! There are actually a variety of uses for your cabin’s porch or deck in the winter. Keep reading to find out how to use your patio in the winter!
How to Use Your Patio in the Winter
Heat it Up
One of the simplest ways to use your patio during wintertime is to add a heat source. Whether it’s a fire pit or a patio heater, a heat source can be the focal point of your patio and provide people with a place to gather around. Keeping your porch warm and cozy will make the area inviting and comfortable, even during the cold weather months! Another option is to buy heated furniture or install heated floors. While they may be pricey, they’ll definitely keep you warm.
While snow may be beautiful to look at, it certainly isn’t comfortable to sit in. If your patio isn’t covered, it may be a good idea to cover the space during the winter by investing in a retractable canvas awning, building a roof yourself, or even converting the area into a screened-in porch. Additionally, patios and decks, especially those made of wood, can quickly become worn down by winter weather, and covering them up is a great way around this.
Add Some Plants
Believe it or not, there are many plants that are able to survive and thrive through the winter. Winter jasmine, snowdrops, camellias, and winterberry bushes are just a few plants that do well in lower temperatures. However, depending on where you’re located, some plants will survive during winter while others will not. Be sure to do some research on which types of plants you can grow during winter in your area.
Use Throw Blankets and Rugs
If heated floors and furniture aren’t an option for you, throw blankets and rugs can be a good alternative. Drape some cozy blankets over the furniture on your patio and add layers of warm rugs to keep your feet warm. Also, blankets and rugs are a great way to add some color to your porch and give it some more pizazz!
Create a Warm Ambiance
Creating an environment that reflects warmth and happiness is a great way to make your porch extra cozy for wintertime. Set the mood by stringing up some white twinkle lights, sparking a few candles, or lighting some large lanterns. While these accessories may not add heat to your space, their soft light and delicate flickering will make you feel warm and cozy on the inside!
During the winter, it’s not hard to get stuck in a rut, spend most of your time inside, and count the days until springtime. However, you shouldn’t let the cold weather turn you into a grump and stop you from having fun. Grab some fuzzy blankets and a hot beverage, and brave the cold to sit outside on your patio and take in the crisp winter air. Even when it’s cold, getting some fresh air can do wonders for your body and health!
Do you have any tips for how to use your patio in the winter?