Enjoy Your Backyard All Autumn Long With These Easy Patio Upgrades

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Fall is here, and that means cool air and shorter days. If you are prepared to abandon your patio for the year, there is still hope! You can keep on enjoying your backyard with these three patio upgrades.

Staying Warm

Blaze Fire Tower

Of course the changing season brings colder weather. Depending on where you live, it gets downright chilly at night — too cold for casually hanging out in the yard with friends. That’s where the Blaze Fire Tower comes in. This thing is not just badass to look at and it doesn’t just keep you warm on cool nights; it is also a charcoal grill and a wood smoker. The Blaze Tower is reason enough to spend every fall night outside.

While your pergola blocked the hot summer rays, come cooler clime, you’ll need a different kind of protection. Try using the support beams of your pergola to put up some trendy outdoor bamboo shades. The natural material can stand up to harsh weather and the woven texture lets sun through in the afternoon while blocking chilly winds at night.

Don’t have a pergola? Don’t worry. Mid-century modern breeze blocks are back in style and they’re an easy way to create a stylish privacy wall. OutDeco offers a wide variety of patterns, from organic to geometric, to fit any style. Create a single panel screen or an entire wall. OutDeco’s step-by-step guide and modular system make it easy to put together a unique backyard privacy wall that can help cut down on wind while creating an interesting focal point.

Proper Lighting

Duncan Meerding log lights CB2 Edison String Lights

One of the worst parts about this time of year is that the days are getting noticeably shorter. It’s hard to be excited about hanging out in the backyard when the sun sets at 6 pm. But, with proper lighting, you can create a cozy atmosphere and hang out late into the night. These cracked log lamps by Duncan Meerding are a seriously awesome way to light up the perimeter of your yard — much better than those cheap solar lights that never work and look just as bad.

Stringing lights on your pergola (or newly built breeze block wall) will add just the right amount of ambiance to your patio. Check out CB2‘s urban industrial Edison String Lights, which are both stylish and functional.

Cozy Seating

Polywood Adirondack

It may seem like a minor detail, but patio furniture is seasonal. What was perfect on a hot summer night may not be able to stand up to harsher fall weather. If you are looking to get the most out of your backyard, upgrading to all-weather seating is a wise investment. Check out this sleek Adirondack set by Polywood, which you can also find at One King’s Lane. This made-to-order collection is well worth the price; it is made from high-density polyurethane, which will stand up to the harshest of climates.

Want to use the patio furniture you already have? Treat your outdoor seating right and it will last for years to come. Cold and rain will ruin untreated wood, metal, and rattan over time. Wood or rattan pieces should be oiled to help protect against splintering. Metal can be coated with a rust protection spray like Krylon’s Rust Tough. Taking the right precautions against the elements ensures you won’t have to store away your furniture and can keep on enjoying your backyard all autumn long.