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An outdoor room with wood-fired pizza oven, BBQ and furniture looking into a living room

Overview

Creating an outdoor living room is the perfect way to make the most of your entertaining areas, our great weather and it will increase the value of your home. This guide gives you advice about drawing up a plan, choosing outdoor furniture, lighting and storage space.

Steps

1The size of your outdoor room

To be able to properly plan the design of your outdoor room, you need to know how big a space you're working with. This will help you decide what you can fit in the space and where it will go. 

An outdoor room with wood-fired pizza oven, BBQ and furniture looking into a living room

2Draw a plan

Sketch out a plan of how you want your outdoor room to look. Think about what you want in your room, how big it is and then mark it out on the floor to make sure it fits. Also, think about what you want to use your outdoor room for, whether it's cooking, eating and entertaining or simply relaxing. 

A pad and measuring tape on a table outside

3Plan your budget

This will help you decide how much you can spend on each new piece for your outdoor room, whether it's on a bbq, pizza oven, furniture, plants, artwork or lighting. A small budget doesn't mean you can't have a great outdoor room, just be creative and clever.

A modest outdoor area with seats, pots and planters

4Choosing outdoor furniture

Consider location and size when it comes to outdoor furniture.  Will the furniture be undercover or exposed to the weather? Knowing this will help you choose what your furniture will be made of – wood, glass, granite or a range of other materials.  When it comes to size, how many people are you going to be seating when you entertain and how large is your space?

A deck area with grey cane furniture against a painted paling fence

5Protection from the elements

When designing your outdoor room, consider protection from the sun and wind. This might be by building feature walls, or installing alfresco blinds, awnings or shade sails.

A shade cloth raised over a backyard

6Outdoor lighting

There are two types of lighting to consider for your outdoor room, task or feature. Task lighting, is practical lighting for over the bbq, pizza oven and dining table. Feature lighting, highlights aspects of your outdoor living area like water features, plants and trees and artwork.

A deck area at night with a fire drum and downlights on the walls

7Think storage

Just like inside your home, you need lots of storage outside. Whether it's for soft furnishings that you need to protect from the weather, wood for the pizza oven or cooking and cleaning utensils for your bbq.

An outdoor room with wood-fired pizza oven and BBQ

8Outdoor heating

With a range of different heating options to choose from, don't leave them out when planning your outdoor room. An efficient heating system will increase the amount of time you can spend outside. 

An outdoor room with wood-fired pizza oven, BBQ and furniture looking into a living room

9Think green

The easiest way to decorate an outdoor room is with plants.

Pot plants come in all shapes and sizes and add colour and brightness. Plants can also add warmth and texture to your outdoor space, making it more liveable. For smaller spaces, think about a vertical garden.

An array of planters with flowers mounted on a wall

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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