Create Your Perfect Outdoor Space

Project Overview

There’s nothing better than spending time outdoors with family and friends. Whatever size outdoor space you have, you can set up an open-air living room for relaxing or entertaining that adds real value to your home.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cooking outdoors
2 Relax in style
3 Shade for every season
4 Lights to set the mood
5 Plants bring it to life
6 Create a colour theme
7 Smart storage ideas
  • Step 1. Cooking outdoors

    You can’t beat the smell of a sizzling barbie to really bring people together. Whether it’s a simple charcoal fired kettle BBQ, a classic two burner, outdoor kitchen or even a pizza oven, you can build your outdoor space around the great Kiwi BBQ.
  • Step 2. Relax in style

    An outdoor room should be your place to kick back and unwind. Resin, wicker or solid steel settings look great and are easy to hose down to keep them clean. Or for a classic look choose a hardwood timber setting. Add weatherproof cushions so you don't have to bring everything inside if there's a chance of rain.
  • Step 3. Shade for every season

    There are plenty of ways to shade yourself from the hot summer sun with portable umbrellas, pop-up gazebos or by installing shade sails. A pergola with climbing plants is a great idea if you have more room. There are also a number of outdoor bistro blinds you can install to make the most of your space in any weather.
  • Step 4. Lights to set the mood

    Simple lighting can give your outdoors real atmosphere. Wrap fairy lights around a tree or across the pergola to really set the scene. Candle lanterns can give a warm, subtle glow and using citronella candles also helps keep mozzies away. Solar lights are easy to install and great to light pathways or highlight garden beds.

  • Step 5. Plants bring it to life

    Plants can turn your outdoor room into an oasis. Brightly coloured pot plants liven up the space, while climbing vines can provide natural protection from the sun.

    Planter boxes are ideal for growing herbs or flowers in any size space, while hanging baskets can make an attractive addition to your garden walls or pergola. Vertical wall gardens are another popular way to add green life to a smaller space or divide a larger area.
  • Step 6. Create a colour theme

    You can make a big impact in a small space with a splash of paint. Add character by rendering a feature wall and choose colours that complement your natural surroundings.
  • Step 7. Smart storage ideas

    Keeping your outdoor area neat and tidy is easy. We have a range of storage boxes, designed to match your outdoor furniture, that are great for storing everything from BBQ equipment to the kids’ toys.

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.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.

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