6 Tips for Getting Your Terrace Summer Ready

6 Tips for Getting Your Terrace Summer Ready

Does your terrace need a makeover this summer? With spring just around the corner soon it will be light, bright and sunny, the perfect conditions to start enjoying parties, barbeques and get-togethers in the garden or on the terrace. But is your outdoor space summer ready?

If your patio is looking a bit dull or your fed up with rattan, then you could be in the market to upgrade to some super stylish bamboo garden furniture. In which case read on, we have six tips for creating an inviting and social outdoor space.


1. Clear out the clutter

It is a universal fact that when faced with items that have no specific place in our homes, they tend to find their way to the corner of the terrace, balcony or patio. Then when summertime comes around, we are faced with a cluttered space that needs some ruthless thinning out.

Getting rid of any unnecessary clutter is a crucial first step for preparing your outdoor space for summer. When planning any space, inside or out, it is helpful to start with a clean canvas. This will allow you to see the space clearly and to take advantage of the size and scale without being distracted.  This also applies to old furniture that is damaged, dingy or just doesn’t do it for you anymore.


2. Refresh, upgrade and renew

Once you have cleared away any excess or old items you can turn your attention to giving your outdoor space a facelift.  This involves cleaning, repairing and general maintenance, so everything is in shape for the summer!  Take a good look at the floor, walls, fixtures, fittings and furniture. Anything that has been exposed to the elements will need to be maintained regularly in order to ensure they last. For example, repair or replace any rusty metalwork, varnish wooden floors, doors and furniture. If you have bamboo garden furniture, there are specific products (available from to maintain their quality and life).


3. Repairs

Now is the time to do those niggly little repairs. If your high-quality furniture is suffering from a little wear and tear but you are not quite ready to replace it yet, taking some time to repair will prolong its lifetime. If you tackle one small job at a time, then without seemingly much effort your furniture will be looking as good as new and ready for summer. If whilst repairing any furniture you discover that it is necessary to replace an item, you will have plenty of time to replace. In which case, you may consider mixing and matching rather than buying a brand-new luxury outdoor furniture set.  Did you know that quality bamboo furniture looks great as stand-alone pieces?


4. Less is more.

If possible, try to resist the urge to undo all of your hard work by adding new clutter, too much furniture, decoration or plants.  An effective way of including additional pieces of furniture is to include folding chairs and tables.

“Less is more” is NorthbyNorth’s mantra, as we believe that the simplicity of our Danish designed furniture speaks for itself.  


5. Privacy and shade

When the weather is warm, we will spend as much time as possible outside and so will your neighbours,  so now we need to address the thorny issue of privacy. You may have created the perfect intimate setting but too much midday sunshine or nosy neighbours could detract from the experience. But don’t worry, you can kill two birds with one stone by erecting shade sales or an awning to provide sun protection whilst blocking the view from prying eyes. A wood or a bamboo trellis is a great way to screen off an area to create a different zone and to create a sense of privacy.


6. Choosing new high quality outdoor furniture

After you have cleared out the old, updated, repaired and cleaned, you are now ready for the fun part… it’s time to plan!  There are many different types of high-quality garden furniture on the market, in all different materials.

In the world of decoration, eco-trends are becoming increasingly prevelant, particularly with regards to materials. Few materials are more eco-friendly than bambooNorthbyNorth is passionate about protecting the environment and as a result we’re constantly expanding our range of bamboo furniture designs.  A sentiment supported by Laurie Wiluan, Founder and CEO of Personal Space MB who says, “A sunroom should be a place to reconnect with nature as much as possible. Use of sustainable products like bamboo or rattan is an excellent choice of textural elements that also invokes appreciation of nature. Using these materials will bring you back into alignment with Mother Earth.”


There is plenty of opportunity for you to choose a sustainable natural furniture option that will deliver the desired enticing outdoor area that you can enjoy for many years to come.


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