Planning a reno in the backyard this spring? Do you know how big you need to go when creating useable space? Most DIYers get it wrong when planning their own backyards, especially when it comes to calculating the useable space they really need.
So how big should the deck or patio be? It comes down to what you want to use it for. I always tell homeowners to start with the patio furniture. At the store, large patio furniture is shown as compact as possible so that they can get more sets on the showroom floor. Don’t be deceived by this. Too often homeowners plan their outdoor space and can’t find the furniture to fit it.
The easiest way to answer this question is to go to the furniture store and pick out want you really want for your space and then measure it. Bring some friends and make sure to measure your potential set with people sitting in it. Also consider how much room you need to walk around the furniture if it’s being occupied.