Winter brings lower temperatures no matter where you live, even in the South. This means that the comfortable outdoor spaces we enjoy most of the year are off-limits. Or are they? With the right adjustments, you can keep your patio warm and cozy in the winter. Keep reading to get some ideas for creating a comfy winter outdoor space.
Splurge on a Hot Tub
Hot tubs are an expensive splurge for your back patio, but they’re definitely worth the price. While you’ll probably enjoy one the most for keeping warm outside in the winter, you can use it year-round to relax. Hot tubs can also help reduce stress, muscle pain, and joint pain and can contribute to weight loss and improved heart health. If you want these benefits without the cost, consider an inflatable one that you only pull out during the winter or when you need some TLC.
Light a Fire
If you want a much more affordable heat option, consider lighting a fire in your backyard. You can dig a fire pit for a dedicated warming spot or just create a temporary fire-safe area wherever you feel comfortable. Your family will love gathering around a cozy fire at the end of a long day, and you’ll get to enjoy your patio space even when the temperatures fall. Grill hot dogs, make s’mores, and set up a projector and sheet for an extra fun winter movie night under the stars.
Depending on the setup of your patio, you may already have a system that allows you to easily add heaters. Some retractable patio awnings manufacturers let you attach heaters and other accessories. This way, you can continue to enjoy your outdoor space when it gets cold. If you don’t already have an awning with these capabilities, you can install one and enjoy the benefits year-round. If you’d rather focus on winter improvements, you can add a patio heater. Patio heaters exist in various designs, from table-top to hanging versions, so you can bring some heat outside whenever you need it.
Adding a hot tub, fire pit, or heaters can help keep your patio warm and cozy in the winter. While southern winters are normally mild, the colder temperatures can still keep you from enjoying your outdoor space. These modifications give your outdoor space back to you so that you can use it all year.
Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.