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Organize Your Deck or Patio

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Maximize limited outdoor living space with areas for entertaining, dining, cooking, and container gardening.

Deck furniture arranged by use.

Built-in Flexibility

Give your dining area an outdoor cafe feel. To suit large parties or a few dinner guests, set your space with two small aluminum-top allen + roth™ tables with matching chairs, cushions, and pillows (#493673, #493675, #492088, #492110). Together, the tables easily seat six; pull them apart to seat eight. Define the outdoor dining room with a rug (#611363), and dress up privacy fencing with a DIY art installation.


Floor plan of the deck layout.

Start with a Plan

Dividing the space by function creates furniture groupings for dining or conversation. There’s still space available for raised planters that will resemble window boxes from inside the house.

Deck dining area.

Dining Out Redefined

Add to the casual cafe mood with an oversize menu using chalkboard paint and featuring a dish list. Place the menu board on a DIY easel. Flip the board over to use the chalkboard-painted back as a scoreboard for outdoor games.

Outdoor table centerpieces.

Outdoor Dining Centerpiece

Accent your dining table with live-plant centerpieces set in easy-to-make plant holders. Each is covered in 2-inch x 2-inch mosaic slate tiles (#72126). Fill each surround with a potted plant or cut flowers in an empty quart paint can.

Hanging planter.

Cover Gray with Greenery

Soften a privacy fence and add color and texture with hanging planters (#116331).

Serving cart.

Dinner to Go

A tool storage/utility cart (#473329, model TC301A) doubles as a mobile server that can roll where it’s needed. Use it to connect the dining table to the grilling area.

Painted fence decoration.

Outdoor Art

Turn a dull wooden fence into a backdrop for this colorful work of art you can make in a weekend.

Raised-bed planter.

Grow and Grill

Make these versatile containers that raise plants for convenient upkeep, harvest, and beauty. For convenience, position one near the grill, or build a matching group for more growing and decorating options. Flank the containers with decorative pots (#606085) filled with live flowering or foliage plants.

Storage beneath a raised planter.

Customize Your Storage

Hidden storage under raised-bed planters holds supplies for gardening, entertaining, or grilling. For the gardener, stow tools, potting soil, fertilizers, or watering cans. Entertainment supplies can include outdoor candles, seasonal decorations, or outdoor games. For the grill, tuck away cooking tools and charcoal in a closed container.

Kettle grill station.

Grill and Cooking Station in One

Keep the food prep area close to ready-to-harvest herb planters. A handsome rolling kettle charcoal grill (#622597) is adaptable and practical, with work space and storage options included in the design.

Organize your outdoor furnishings to create intimate retreats beside dining areas for company. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Set up an intimate area for coffee or cozy conversation. Ground it with a rug (#611363), allen + roth™ cushioned chairs (#402110, #243817), cushioned ottomans (#402113, #247048), a side table (#402114), and pillows (#605445). Shop Lowe’s outdoor furnishings for the look you like.


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