When I move to my new home, I will be creating an outdoor all weather dining room for when I have friends over. I doubt my new place will have a dining room and really, you can’t sit on the sofa with trays on laps. You need a dining room of some description if you want to have people over for food. When it’s pouring down with rain outside you just can’t go alfresco without getting a little soggy. So you’re left with no other options. How embarrassing! That doesn’t have to be the answer though!
I do have a simple solution. You can easily create an outdoor all-weather dining room in your garden. It’s a realistic solution for many families who do not have a dining room in their home. It’s not particularly expensive either.
A gazebo is a fantastic substitute for a dining room. It creates an extra bit of living space for your home. It can also be doubled up as a play room for the children or a chill out space for older kids or adults! A Garden Camping 3m x 3m gazebo can double up as an all-weather dining room.
Gazebos are great, they are all weather proof and most of them now have removable side panels which can be adjusted according to the weather. Some models even have windows in them so you can still let the light in when it rains! You can make the best of a bad situation and an outdoor dining room means you can always eat at the table together, no matter what the great British weather is doing!
If it’s a nice day, simply tie back the sides of the gazebo with nice ribbons or rope. If it’s a miserable day, you can use fairy lights or solar powered lights to create mood lighting. You can even add bunting and all kinds of hanging decorations to brighten it up a bit and make it feel more homely. Just add a table and some chairs and you are well on the way to making an all-weather dining room in your own back garden.
Eating outside doesn’t have to be all picnic food on plastic backed blankets and waiting for the sun to shine or moving your chairs around the garden to make sure you stay in the sun. It can be fun and it need not involve playing grown up musical chairs or bringing the party inside if the weather suddenly changes.
It means that you can cook food in the kitchen and bring it out to the garden. Or if the weather is nice, you could consider using a BBQ or a fire pit (if you’re feeling adventurous) for cooking with. Cooking outside is a lot more sociable too. Kitchens are not designed for the cook and all their friends & family! Some spaces just don’t have the room for everyone. Have you ever tried to cook in a crowded kitchen for a load of people. Cooking a big meal whilst trying to keep your guests entertained is stressful enough without treading on their toes as you try to create something delicious!
This article was in collaboration with Garden Camping.