Cosy patio ideas – how good does that sound now things are starting to feel autumnal? You’ve been relaxing and socialising in your garden right through summer, but just because the weather’s cooling doesn’t mean you can’t continue to make the most of your outdoor space. Whether you’re planning get togethers to celebrate Halloween or Bonfire Night or simply like stargazing with friends while snuggled in blankets with warming mugs of hot chocolate or toasting marshmallows over a fire pit, the changing season is something to celebrate.
So how do you ramp up the cosy factor? It's easy with our great patio ideas for autumn. Create a snug seating area, add layered lighting for ambience and plenty of luxe throws to see off autumn chills. Nothing says cosy like gathering round a fire pit or brazier to watch the flickering flames. You could think about adding a heater too when the temperature really starts to dip. Keep reading for our 5 must-haves to think about when you want to cosy things up...
1. Get fired up for extra warmth
Gathering around one of the best fire pits, log burning braziers, chimineas or outdoor fireplaces is a tried and tested way of ramping up the cosy factor. Nothing beats the crackle and pop of a real fire. As well as warmth, the flickering lights will create magical ambience in the garden. Fires can also be used for seasonal treats such as cooking sausages on Bonfire Night, making s'mores or warming mulled cider.
2. Choose cocoon chairs to ramp up the cosy factor
Cocoon-style egg chairs are super snug for chilly evenings, especially if you add a furry fleece. Alternatively, opt for armchair-style seating that’s comfortable, weather resistant and durable. Check labels thoroughly before buying though as many designs are not built to withstand a winter outdoors. Try synthetic resin as it can be left outside and there’s a huge choice of sofas and armchairs, which usually come with deep cushions for added comfort. Find more outdoor buys in our best garden furniture buying guide.
3. Add a welcome glow
Choose the right lights to add that all-important glow at dusk. For the best results add layers of outdoor lights at different heights, starting with low-level recessed uplighters and battery powered or oil lanterns to light your way. Then add tealights in glass jars and hurricane lights at table height, finishing with outdoor wall lights and festoon lights looped through the branches of shrubs or to dress up a pergola. Think also about spotlighting individual plants and adding a few solar stakes to create warmth in a shadowy corner of the garden.
4. Go for a stylish heater
The latest sleek patio heaters are another option to cosy things up. As well as adding warmth they are a real design feature too as they look good. Many can be wall hung so offer a great alternative if space is tight. The height can be adjusted to suit your requirements and the freestanding ones can be moved around to direct the heat exactly where you need it.
5. Choose snug accessories
Make sure you add some super soft throws, blankets in rich autumnal colours and luxe sheepskins to curl up with. Fleece and sheepskin add an extra tactile dimension that's perfect for snuggling up. Layer them up with cushions on seats so there's plenty to go round. Outdoor rugs add a cosy touch that helps create that all important indoor-outdoor feel.