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The patio – a living room under the open sky

Susanne Loacker

Garden furniture is of course also patio furniture. But while there is usually more space in the garden, and the weight of individual pieces of furniture does not play a major role – after all, they are usually not designed to be repeatedly stowed away after each use – space available on the patio is often limited. That makes it an advantage if the furniture can be put away. We present seven of our favorite items here.

1. Patio umbrellas with sun protection factor

A patio umbrella can restrict the view – and hence social contact with anyone not underneath them. This model from Möbel Pfister (889 francs, price on 09 September 2020, available in various colors) does neither of these things, because you can effectively look past it. Thanks to the inbuilt sun protection factor 50, it provides perfect protection against excess sun, is UV resistant and has a practical crank handle for opening and closing. It measures 260 cm square.

A roof patio can be seen in the picture. It is framed by large gray pots with plants growing in them. There are four chairs at a table, and a bright yellow patio umbrella provides shade.

A place in the sun: why not on the roof?

2. Colorful folding chairs

These folding “Hawaii” purple and raspberry garden/patio chairs are both practical and stylish. They are available from the Swiss garden furniture supplier Hunn for 119 francs (price on 09 September 2020). They create unusual splashes of color outside – especially on urban patios, which are often more gray than green.

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3. A (highly) stackable chair

The “Albi” stacking chair from Pfister, available for 89.90 francs (price on 09 September 2020), is made of powder-coated aluminum. This handy chair that comes in light orange and mint has a weatherproof coating – but can also be easily stored in the cellar or summer house thanks to its stackability.

4. An inflatable sofa

A sofa on the patio – definitely the exception rather than the rule. This one is inflatable, comes from Outwell camping supplies – and costs 266.90 francs at Campz (price on 09 September 2020). It has an integrated pump and can be conveniently folded up and stored away once your visitors have gone home.

5. An outdoor rug

What looks good inside, looks good outside: an outdoor rug ensures even more coziness on the patio. This polyester outdoor rug from Mobitare for 79.50 francs (price on 09 September 2020) is available in various colors, shapes and sizes. It makes even the smallest patio nice and cozy.

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6. An outdoor bar

A bar for the patio? Coming right up! This set called “Nelson” featuring a bar and four stools from gartenmoebel.ch costs 990 francs (price on 09 September 2020). It is only 1.5 m wide and is so light that it can easily be pushed to one side. It is also weatherproof thanks to its plastic mesh and powder-coated aluminum frame. So the bar is not necessarily a house bar.

7. A relaxing armchair

This deep “Luxembourg” armchair by Fermob for 509 francs (price on 09 September 2020) is available in various colors from connox.ch. It is a hybrid version of a recliner and lounge chair: the seat surface is relatively wide, it is inclined at a pleasant angle – and comes with a headrest for 99 francs (price on 09 September 2020) and a footer for 229 francs (price on 09 September 2020) for extra relaxation. The deep armchair with the pleasantly inclined backrest is also weatherproof.

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Conclusion: a living room atmosphere outdoors

With the right furniture, a cozy living room atmosphere can also be conjured up on the patio. It can be made even more cozy with the right lighting. Or how about a bathtub – sorry, a whirlpool – on the patio? Creating a living room and wellness area behind the house is simple. It doesn’t get more comfortable than that...

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