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3 IKEA Upgrades That’ll Elevate Your Outdoor Entertaining Space This Summer

published May 24, 2022
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If you’re lucky enough to have a private outdoor space at home, you’re probably already thinking about all the ways you can make the most of it this summer: a haven for plants, an alfresco dining area, or your own tropical-inspired at-home getaway. Whatever your vision, chances are you’re hoping to share that space with friends and loved ones.

If you’re planning to entertain, you’re going to need some supplies. From extra seating to serving ware to mood lighting, IKEA has the solutions to turn any space into a destination for get-togethers, group hangs, and peaceful me time. Here are three style boards that will help you tap into the full potential of your outdoor oasis.

Summer Entertaining Upgrades

When designing an outdoor entertaining area meant for hosting, start with the furniture. Modern, neutral pieces like the HÖGSTEN Armchairs and the NORRMANSÖ Table can easily be personalized with pops of color and cheerful accessories. Speaking of color, pick up some statement glassware like the POKAL Glasses, which come in both pink and turquoise. And these ANLEDNING LED string lights are not only trendy but also battery-operated, making them an easy addition to any outdoor spot. Instant mood lighting = achieved.

PRO TIP: Start with the furniture layout when planning your outdoor space.

Summer Fun with the Kids

Pop quiz: How do you design a kid-friendly space with grown-up style? The answer is smart storage paired with playful accents. Embrace fun with items like the CIRKUSTÄLT Children’s tent and the GÅRÖ Hammock stand. Ditch beiges and browns and cover your cushions with patterns instead: We’re loving the GULLBERGSÖ Cushion cover with cheerful dots and the GULLBERGSÖ Cushion cover with nautical stripes. Then add stylish bins and a SOMMARFLÄDER Tray, and voila! Don’t forget to add the KALLSINNIG Wine glasses to your cart (because parents deserve their own fun, too).

PRO TIP: Just like inside, a good storage strategy is a must for kid-friendly outdoor spaces.

Summer Refreshes to Treat Yourself

No matter how big or small your home is, it’s important to carve out a space that’s just for you. And maybe that’s your outdoor space! Create your own slice of paradise with finds like the TÄRNÖ Table set and the STACKHOLMEN Stool (both of which remind us of traveling abroad). For a simple table styling hack, gather whimsical items like the KRINGSYNT Lanterns and SMYCKA Artificial bouquets in groups of three. Doing so instantly creates a focal point in any space, indoors or out.

PRO TIP: Use natural materials and textures to create a calming outdoor oasis.