As windy April waves its blossoming branches towards warm May, the weather is perfect for staying outside the whole day – not too cold and still very comfortably hot. You step down into your garden, book in hand, looking for a perfect place to relax and read for an hour or two.
After a few circles you find yourself where you started, a bit disappointed. You’ve tried the bench, a cushion on the sidewalk, a blanket on the grass – somehow nothing felt right. Eventually, you found yourself sitting at the wrong side of the window, again. If you are looking for an outdoor space that is comfortable for long reading sessions, you’ll have to make one yourself. This is a list of things that makes a perfect garden reading nook.
A perfect seat
Out with the hard truth – there’s no comfort without a good quality garden chair. The seat can make or break a reading corner and there are many options to choose from. Those who like seating that’s a bit reclined will find the classic Adirondack chair perfect. The 11 flat wooden boards that form a straight back and wide armrest was first designed in 1903, by Thomas Lee while vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. For others it will be the hammock, the chaise or an outdoor teak loveseat furnished with a lovely cushion set.
When people think about outdoor cushions, they see themselves rushing outside and moving them indoors before every sudden spring shower, or even at the first sight of clouds gathering. Well, those are not real outdoor cushions. They need to be made of waterproof or quick-drying fabric and quality foam core to resist the elements. Outdoor Oasis Double-Welt Seat Cushion by JCPenney has great compression properties and won’t fade from UV light. In addition, it is sit-ready minutes after a summer shower. Another recommendation is Kmart’s Outdoor Wicker Seat Pad by Country Living that comes in floral or striped pattern. It is resistant to stains and dries quickly.
A side table
You can’t have complete comfort without a sturdy side table, even just a small one to set a drink or a phone. It needs to be stable enough so you can move around without fear of tripping it over. Apart from the functional purpose, a beautiful outdoor table will greatly improve your garden setting. Bristol Teak Side Table is designed to provide comfort and style for everyone’s outdoor moments. Constructed from high-quality teak wood, this two-tier side table is both classic and attractive. Alternatively, if you have any DIY aspirations you can make your own Adirondack-style side table using these free plans.
While during colder days we pray for a little sun, once the temperature starts rising, everybody thinks about moving their reading spot somewhere in the shade. Unless you are lucky enough to have a yard with many natural shady nooks, you need to look to man-made shading options. As the weather can easily get moody and unpredictable, your shading solution needs to be both effective on sunny days and resistant to unexpected summer showers. To this end, you might want to consider an attractive waterproof shade sail, which is made of resin coated polyester fabric and resistant to UV rays and staining, so it will provide a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing backdrop to your garden.
Last but not least, think about creating the right ambience for your backyard reading retreat. Candles are always welcome, especially if they are of mosquito-repellent kind. A pair of outdoor drapes and pretty planters will complete the backdrop of your sanctuary.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on LinkedIn.
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