There are SO many things to take into consideration when planning your outdoor space. It can be overwhelming trying to select materials, colors, shape, and size of the patio.
Let’s try to break down how to plan your patio into a few actionable steps. Our four-part blog series to help you plan your perfect patio will cover patio size, firepits, wood vs gas fire elements, and patio plantings. To learn more about patio materials, check out this blog on material appearance or this blog on durability and budget.
First up, patio sizing, as it is one of the topics our clients tend to struggle with the most. It can be difficult to visualize how large your space needs to be to accommodate guests or an outdoor kitchen set up or an outdoor dining area. You don’t want your space to be way too big and unused, but you don’t want things to feel too tight either.
Let’s dive into our first installment of planning your patio with five guidelines that should help you navigate and communicate with your landscape contractor regarding the correct patio size for your space.
1. Helpful Measurements and Recommendations
First, a few measurements we, as industry professionals, use as guidelines when discussing the size of outdoor spaces.
- Looking to accommodate a 6ft patio table and chairs? In order to comfortably fit this furniture on your patio, a minimum of 150 square feet is required.
- How much space does every person typically need? We recommend a minimum of 25 square feet per person. So, if you plan to host 15 people- plan for a space around 375 sq. ft. We recommend a patio around 550 square feet for comfortable entertaining.