A Designer's Guide to Creating Your Perfect Outdoor Space

By Samantha Todd | December 28, 2021

No matter where you live, the summer months mean outdoor living. From the balmy Floridian coasts to the always temperate shores of southern California, we begin a mass exodus outdoors after Labor Day. 

If your outdoor space isn’t what you’d like for it to be, we can help. The team at Modloft is passionate about the use of outdoor space as part of your total living area. Outdoor space should be inviting, relaxing, and able to withstand wear and tear from season to season. 

You don’t need an excessive amount of landscape to create an outdoor living space that is functional and comfortable. With the right pieces, even a small patio or porch can give you the big feeling of outdoor living. 

We’ll tell you how to create your perfect outdoor space, from the essentials every space must have, to the extras that can complete your space and make it more aesthetically pleasing. From balconies to pool decks, we’ll help you get your space ready for summer entertaining. 

Essentials for Any Outdoor Space

Outdoor living areas go hand and hand with relaxation. Even if you plan to use your outdoor space to get work done, you’ll likely spend most of your time outdoors relaxing and entertaining your family and friends. As such, comfort is crucial.

Investing in outdoor furniture that focus first on function can help ensure you have pieces that you and your guests will actually want to use. No matter how beautiful a particular piece may be in form, if it fails on function the comfort factor will be missing and your outdoor space won’t see as much activity. 

Here are the essential items you absolutely must have for any outdoor space, large or small.


It goes without saying you will need a place to sit. The size of your outdoor space will determine how much seating you can afford. If you have a small stoop, for instance, you may have room for one small chair. This can still create a great space for a solo occupant.

The biggest rule of thumb is to never attempt to put too much seating in your space. Even if your space accommodates a chair, small couch, and table, if there isn’t enough space to comfortably walk around the pieces of furniture, it will not be a comfortable place to sit. 

Seating for your outdoor space should be aesthetically appealing and low maintenance. You’ll end up spending more time in a space that is comfortable and visually stimulating than just one or the other. 


Surfaces in your outdoor space will be used for numerous different activities. Whether you are eating, enjoying a game, or simply in need of a place to sit your favorite glass of whiskey, your outdoor surfaces should be stain resistant, sturdy, and large enough to accommodate your items. 

Here’s what we suggest for every size outdoor space. 

Outdoor Space Extras

You’ve got the basics, now it’s time to design the space with your own personal style. You can decorate your outdoor space just like you would the interior of your home. Here are a few tips to keep it simple.

Final Thoughts

When considering how to create the perfect outdoor space, avoid feeling like you have too little or too much space to work with. You can easily accommodate any space with the right pieces of furniture and accents. 

If you’ve already got your outdoor space ready for summer, check out our outdoor furniture cleaning and care guide for tips and tricks on how to keep your patio set looking great all season long. 

Modloft is your solution for outdoor furniture that looks beautiful and is always comfortable and functional. Our pieces are crafted with precision and durability, so you can enjoy your space for years to come. 



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