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Creating the Perfect Patio Fire Pit Gathering Space


A patio fire pit is an automatic draw for its warmth and ambiance, and it gets even better when you create the perfect gathering space to experience it. You have several factors to consider when designing your ideal patio fire pit gathering space, and The RoomPlace is ready to walk you through all of them.

Make It an Exclusive Space

While your fire pit is best located on your patio, you want it separate from your main dining area. People tend to sit around the fire after dinner, not during it, and you want to set aside a special place for after-dinner relaxation. Make sure there is a clear path from the dining area to the fire pit area with no obstacles or hazards to impede traffic from one area to the other.

Choose an Optimum Location

Choose a location that has enough room for the fire pit as well as ample seating around it. Most fire pits are about no larger than about 4 feet across, and you’ll want an additional 6 feet around it on all sides. Consider the type of seating you plan to use, as some outdoor patio furniture takes up more space than others. An Adirondack bench or chair, for instance, is going to take up more room than a standard patio dining chair.

You may also want to position the fire pit in a place where you can view it from inside the house. That way you’ll be able to enjoy its ambiance even if the weather is too frightful to do it from outside.

Select the Fire Pit Type

Once you determine the fire pit location, the next step is to choose the fire pit type. If you’re not intending to have one built into your patio, you can purchase a portable wood-burning fire pit or a modern fire pit that runs on propane. Options run the gamut from shallow wood-burning bowls to fire pit tables you can switch on with the turn of a switch. Keep the overall look of your patio in mind, whether it’s rustic or contemporary, to retain a cohesive look.


Select the Fire Pit Seating

Most fire pit gatherings are rather casual and intimate, which makes cozy seating options ideal. You can opt for seating all the way around the fire pit, or choose to leave a pathway area open for easier access. The type of seating you choose depends on the look and layout you want to achieve.

Some fire pit tables are part of a fire pit patio set, giving you an instant and easy put-together look. You could opt for an elegant look with wedge benches and other cushioned patio furniture, or choose a more rustic vibe with wooden Adirondack benches and chairs.

Once you put it all together, you’ll have the perfect gathering area around your fire pit. It will be in a prime location, provide a cozy retreat from the main patio area, and give your guests ample room to congregate around the fire for cozy conversation and relaxation. Shop outdoor patio sets and more at The RoomPlace now.

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Host the Perfect BBQ with the Perfect Outdoor Dining Setup

With BBQ season starting, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their outdoor living areas more welcoming and functional for the upcoming summer BBQs. The food doesn’t need to be fancy when you have an incredible outdoor dining set. Standard BBQ fare is great, especially when served on a spacious, functional and beautiful outdoor table.

Looking for a patio dining setup that offers plenty of space for family and friends for all your summertime get-togethers? Let’s look at some ideas for outdoor table sets and seating that fit the bill for BBQ season.

Image: Langstone Charcoal 6 Pc. Outdoor Dinette from The RoomPlace
Image: Langstone Charcoal 6 Pc. Outdoor Dinette from The RoomPlace

#1: Bench Seating

Versatile, casual and spacious, bench seating is a stylish way to add seating space to your outdoor dining table. Benches can be swapped out for chairs as needed and can serve multiple functions on your patio, from dining to lounging to giving kids a place to sit.

Cimon 9 Pc. Dinette Set from The RoomPlace
Image: Cimon 9 Pc. Dinette Set from The RoomPlace

#2: Swivel Chairs

A dinette set with swivel chairs offers added convenience to your BBQ guests. Comfortable and easy to use, swiveling chairs make sitting down—and getting up for seconds!—a breeze.

Grand River 7 Pc. Complete Patio Set W/Sofa from The RoomPlace
Image: Grand River 7 Pc. Complete Patio Set W/Sofa from The RoomPlace

#3: Patio Set with Umbrella

A complete patio set with a cantilever umbrella is the ideal setup for your summer BBQ. The patio umbrella shades your guests from the hot sun, an outdoor sofa keeps them comfortable while they enjoy each other’s company, and multiple tables provide a convenient place to set food and drinks down.

Turtle Bay Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace
Image: Turtle Bay Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace

#4: Cocktail Table

Big backyard gatherings mean lots of food to go around—and for all that food, you’ll need plenty of table space to serve it up. Outdoor cocktail tables are a great complement to your dining table. An extra table is the perfect place to set out appetizers or side dishes while you grill the main course, or to store plates, utensils and refreshments your guests can help themselves to.

With these functional furniture elements, you can easily get your patio or backyard living space into tip-top shape and ready for BBQ season.

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Patio Sets that Bring Life to Outdoor Living Spaces

Lakeside 4 Piece Patio Set From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Lakeside 4 Piece Patio Set From The RoomPlace

The perfect patio set is one that brings the comfort and style of your indoor rooms to your outdoor space, making it feel like a cozy extension of your home. Perhaps your home’s interior has plenty of character, yet your patio has… not so much. Maybe you’ve recently redecorated inside and want to breathe fresh, new life into your outdoor living area. Or, like many homeowners, you’re simply looking to revitalize your patio’s outdated look.

No matter the case, investing in beautiful new patio furniture is the perfect way to bring style and warmth to the outdoors, helping you create the backyard getaway you’ve always wanted. Take a look at the contemporary patio sets below to find the one with your name on it:

Comfortable Patio Set

If comfort is the name of the game, the Lakeside 4 Pc. patio sectional is a winner. You can’t go wrong with the luxury of an outdoor sectional that’s designed just as much for comfort as it is for weather-proof durability. The calming blues and neutral tones of this set will help give your patio a relaxing, casual vibe. Perfect for snuggling up to a loved one, reading a good book in the fresh air or conversing over drinks with friends.

Image: Oakwood 7 Piece Patio Set With Swivel Chairs From The RoomPlace
Image: Oakwood 7 Piece Patio Set With Swivel Chairs From The RoomPlace

Dining Table Patio Set

The essential complement to an outdoor kitchen or grill, the Oakwood 7 Pc. patio set features a rustic-inspired (and rust-resistant) outdoor dining table that seats six. Whether it’s shaded by a patio awning or just under the sun, this set is designed to stay strong and stylish in all kinds of weather. With a woodsy style, comfy chairs and plenty of table space for a full spread, you can enjoy a poolside lunch with the kids and late-night dinner parties alike.

Cimon 5 Piece Fire Pit Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Cimon 5 Piece Fire Pit Set From The RoomPlace

Fire Pit Patio Set

If your patio gets chilly on cool nights, a fire pit will bring literal and visual warmth to your outdoor space. We like the Cimon 5 Pc. fire pit set for its bold yet contemporary look. With an inviting and functional 48” fire pit table and 4 chairs with brick-red cushions this set is everything you need for a comfortable evening around the fire. Featuring an easy-to-use gas fire bowl that ignites with the touch of a button, summer nights have never been cozier.

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Easy to Achieve Outdoor Patio Furniture Design Ideas

As the sunshine and warmth make their grand entrance, one thing is clear: it’s time to get outdoors. The RoomPlace has the best outdoor furniture for sale in Chicago & Indianapolis, and we also have some easy ideas that will create the perfect space for you.

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Get it All–Outside!

We might be contending with sub-zero temperatures and snow drifts at the moment, but in a few months we’ll be confronted with sunshine and summery weather. At The RoomPlace, we feel like that switch can’t come soon enough. That’s why we’re excited to announce the upcoming springtime launch of our outdoor furniture line. Get ready for summer barbecues and picnics with some of our favorite picks for summer from the comfort of your Chicago home.