4 Items to Boost Your Outdoor Entertainment space

by John Colby 05/04/2022

With the right accessories, any deck or patio space can be transformed into a true outdoor oasis. Whether you're looking to host lively weekend barbecues or simply want to enjoy a low-key evening on the deck with loved ones, there are a few must-haves to consider adding to your existing deck or patio.

Great Furniture

The right patio furniture can make all the difference in how much you get to enjoy your outdoor space. If you like to do a fair amount of outdoor dining, make sure you have an outdoor dining set that is suitable for at least the number of people in your household.

If you're more of a "sit on the patio with a cup of coffee in the morning" type of person, then a small and cozy bistro set may be all that you need to get full enjoyment out of your space. Have more room to work with? Consider a cozy outdoor sectional with ottomans so you can kick your feet up.


There's nothing quite like enjoying a meal that you've cooked in the great outdoors. If your patio or deck isn't already outfitted with a grill and/or smoker, now is the time to add one. When shopping, consider the number of people that you typically cook for; a two-burner grill may be suitable if you only cook for yourself and one other person. For larger households, however, look for a grill that has at least four burners. 

If you really like to get creative with your meals, you may even want to shop for a grill/smoker combo.

The Right Lighting

When enjoying evenings on your patio or deck, the right lighting makes all the difference. Make sure you have a decent balance of both task and mood lighting. Task lighting should be brighter and provide you with an unrestricted view when you're prepping meals outdoors. Meanwhile, mood lighting is softer and more ambient; think string lights wrapped around deck railings or around a pergola.

Firepit or Gathering Space

If you want to create a spot that will bring people together, adding a firepit or outdoor fireplace is a great way to do so. You can spend many nights gathered around a fire with loved ones and make the most of your outdoor space with this type of addition.

With these must-have items, your outdoor space will be one you and your loved ones can enjoy for many years to come!

About the Author

John Colby

I have lived in the Athol-Orange-Phillipston  area for most of my life. I graduated from the Athol-Royalston Schools and Boston College in 1973.  I have been an active real estate  Broker since 1973.. I have First hand knowledge of all the various aspects of working and living in our area.
For over 40 years I have  maintained a presence in the real estate market through building new homes while buying and selling all types of real estate. I offer first hand knowledge and experience to Buyers and Sellers in our unique market area . I also have a keen interest in Waterfront properties, land and income properties. We are also currently focused on bringing new businesses into our area including  Commercial , Mixed Use and Retail Development along the Rt 2 corridor including into the North Quabbin Business Park and the Greater Gardner to Athol-Orange areas.
   I will to give you the benefit of my training and experience and the most personal service and attention that you deserve.