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Cozy Winter Patio Tips

Photo of a romantic couple having a warm drink while sitting on the terrace of their loft apartment on a cold winter day

Winter is just around the corner and your preparation for chilly days is probably already in progress. While some of the of the most common activities include making sure your home is properly insulated or winterizing the exterior of your home, it’s also a great time to cozy up your patio for year-round enjoyment. These tips can help you make your patio look and feel extra cozy during the winter months!

Get Outdoor Furniture

Patio terrace with stunning views of snow-covered mountains in the background, featuring a cozy seating area with cushions and blankets for relaxation.

The first step is opting for the right outdoor furniture. In order to withstand the winter elements, you should look for furniture constructed of materials like synthetic wicker, teak, and aluminum. Then you can add colorful cushions to brighten up the set, giving you a durable and well-designed space.

Adorn the Space With Fluffy Textiles

Outdoor terrace with an armchair, pouf used as a table, and wicker couch, providing comfortable seating options for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors.

We’ve all felt the shiver of walking on a cold, hard floor on the interior of our homes. In the same way, it can be tough to get comfortable on your patio when the temperatures drop. Adding thick and fluffy textiles alongside your outdoor furniture not only helps liven up the décor, but it can also add some warmth and comfort. The right rug can absorb moisture and cold from the ground, weather-resistant fabrics can be used to cover seats or pillows, and wool throw blankets are great for guests to cover up with when it gets cold.

Let There Be Light

Patio with a heater and string lights, creating a warm and festive atmosphere for winter gatherings.

It gets darker earlier in the winter months, so adding patio lights can help soften the effects of early twilight. String lights are on-trend and come in a variety of styles, from vintage to modern to industrial, to match the look and feel of almost any space. LED bulbs make the design more efficient and sustainable, and you can typically find them in almost any color imaginable.

Install a Fire Pit

Outdoor patio with a wood-burning black metal fireplace, featuring a poker stick and surrounded by winter patio furniture and accessories for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere during outdoor winter gatherings. Perfect for adding warmth and ambiance to your winter patio entertainment.

One of the most common ways to create a cozy outdoor space is to add a fire pit. There are a few different ways you can add a fire pit to your patio: you can buy a portable one (there are both wood-burning or LP-gas fueled designs), build your own using bricks or pavers, or hire a designer to build one into your existing patio. There are a myriad of shapes, sizes, and designs so you can get creative in finding one that fits your patio layout and budget. 

If you're looking to add warmth without a flame, try a patio heater! Free-standing heaters and tabletop heaters are available in various shapes and sizes to complement your style.

Get Cooking

Elderly man wearing a red shirt, standing by a gas grill in the snow-covered winter landscape, grilling food for a winter outdoor barbecue. The man is dressed warmly for the cold weather and is using cooking utensils to prepare food on the grill.

Your outdoor space is not complete until you add a grill! In fact, 80% of U.S. households own a grill–meaning you should utilize one if you have one! Whether you’re grilling for 2 people or 20, enjoy the convenience of a propane grill or the authentic taste of a charcoal or wood-fired grill, we have a great selection of all sizes and types on You may even want to build your grill right into your patio and create an outdoor kitchen complete with a sink and stone oven. Even utilizing your fire pit to make winter s’mores can do the trick on some evenings!

Combine all these great elements in one place, give it your personal touch, and come up with something unique and awe-inspiring this winter!


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