Published at Tuesday, April 10th 2018. by Angelina Stanton in Bench Design.
Considering a garden as an outdoor room is nothing new to garden designers. The concept is just now making its way into the public consciousness. But just what are outdoor living rooms? Are they places where you try to recreate your indoor living room outdoors? No, not exactly. Are they places like your deck, patio or terrace where you just plop down a set of furniture and hope that youll feel like spending time out there? No, that wont do either. An outdoor living room is a space outside of your house, built with materials suitable to the outdoors, where you will actually want to spend time! Its also a state of mind, the idea of living life outdoors.
When we generally think of ottoman they are nothing but a low, rectangular footrest, usually upholstered accompanying an accent chair. They are used as footrest and are perfect for comfortable seating. However ottomans have outgrown its role and we now see them along with sofa sets adding new features of extra seating or an occasional table. They come is different sizes and shapes and are much higher than the footrest. Ottoman involves a combination of shape, style and function. They are padded, upholstered low-rise bench with no armrests or back supports.
This multi-tasking bench has also evolved into a media bench, where you place your flat-screen TV. The media bench is designed with storage cubbies below to place all the essential electronics and store the DVDs you want to keep handy. A bedroom has always been a welcome place for a bench. Sit down there to slip your shoes on and off; theres no need to mess up a freshly-made bed. Place your suitcase on the indoor bench to pack and unpack without straining your back. If its a bench with storage, keep your spare sheets and blankets inside.
Bedroom furniture is no longer confined to the regular bed, dresser and chest of drawers. There are so many innovative pieces of furniture now available for bedrooms. These include lingerie chests, sofas or chaises, ottomans, jewelry armoires, blanket racks, bed benches, closet organizers, vanity tables, lounges and a whole entourage of other furniture. These new pieces provide persons with ways to better organize their lives while bringing a certain level of sophistication to their bedroom as well as their life. They also provide some necessary functions that sometimes overlap when one piece serves more than one purpose.
Spend some time out there and identify just what are feels the best to you. Bring a chair outside and just sit in it in different spots until you get a feeling of being in the right spot. Then you must ask yourself, can this spot be turned into an outdoor living room? How will you connect it to visually to your house? Are there interior elements of your home that you can repeat outside? How will you connect your new outdoor living room physically to your house? How will get there from inside your house? There must be an easy way to go from inside to outside and back inside. I cant stress this aspect of the design enough so. Smooth transition between inside and out is how you start feeling like your outdoor living room is really just another room of your house; an extension of your home.
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