Add a cushy outdoor rug and ditch your shoes outside
Build an outdoor lounge, add a rug and you're ready to entertain all summer long.
Each summer, I see more and more of them: outdoor rugs. It’s getting to the point that I’m almost ready to jump on the bandwagon. After all, putting a nice, cushy rug outdoors just begs for bare feet, and who doesn’t need more excuses to shed shoes in your own backyard?
Expect the growing trend of moving your living space outdoors to gain even more followers this year. It’s not just about a picnic table and umbrella anymore. More people are bringing entire kitchens into their outdoors, and that means it’s time to up the level of comfort.
Sunset takes a practical approach to that theory with its instructions for building an outdoor lounge out of everyday household items: PVC piping that can withstand even a blustery summer day. Add to that your weather-resistant, durable outdoor rug, and you’ve just expanded your living area by 100 square feet.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.