The addition of a patio dining set turns your backyard into an outdoor oasis. But aside from the basic table and chairs setup, there are a number of accessories that can add charm and convenience to the basic design.
An umbrella is not just a good looking piece of equipment, it is healthy. Pair one with your patio dining set to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays, relentless sun, and rainy days. There are two main kinds of umbrella: free-standing umbrellas will stand upright on a heavy base. There are also table umbrellas which fit into a pre-made hole in the table surface. Both kinds work equally well. They are then divided into manual and auto tilt umbrellas. Manual umbrellas must be opened by hand, usually by a basic rope pulley mechanism. Once open, they normally secure with a peg and hole. Auto tilt umbrellas open with either a crank mechanism or a collar tilt. Once open, these umbrellas can be adjusted to tilt in various directions so that the direction of the shade can be controlled as the sun crosses from east to west.
Many a patio chair will come with matching cushions, especially less comfortable materials like metal. However, you can buy outdoor cushions for any kind of patio dining set for an added measure of comfort. These cushions are stuffed with polyfill and their covers are tough, rip-proof and waterproof. Cushions can cover the seat only or the entirety of the seat and backrest. Typically, they tie to the backs of chairs, or some other easy to remove method so that cushions can be cleaned separately from the rest of the chair. They come in a variety of colors and prints and can really add a nice accent to your decor.
Perfect for entertaining and moving food from indoors to out, a rolling cart adds a small but effective piece of furniture to your patio dining set. These simple carts, made from wood, metal, etc. have one or two shelves and operate by a push bar. Some carts have two wheels so it that it does not roll around and moves very much like a wheelbarrow when the one end is lifted up. The models with four wheels usually have two small wheels paired with two larger wheels for ease of rolling on grass and bumpy ground.
Not directly a part of the patio dining set or its functions, a well-placed planter box can add charm to the surrounding patio area. These are made from wood, metal, concrete, stone, and resin. Inside you can find anything from flowers, to leafy green foliage, herbs and fresh vegetables. They are good for beautifying an urban area and make your garden come to you. Having a salad caprese with your evening meal? Reach over and pluck some fresh basil from your planter box.
The fun part about decorating is gradual addition of accessories, decorations and various odds and ends. It turns a backyard into a continual work in progress, a project that just keeps better each time around.
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