Outdoor Dining Area Design Guide | NONAGON.style
Your Guide to Creating a Functionally Stylish Outdoor Dining Area

Your Guide to Creating a Functionally Stylish Outdoor Dining Area

Alfresco dining perfection

Written by –
NONAGON.style Team
on September 8th 2018
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After months of immaculately styling your home, we know how tempting it is to just stick a few flowers and sun loungers in the garden and call it a day. However, we’re here to tell you that this would be a grave mistake. In fact, on behalf of all those who do without, we’d argue that it’s your duty to make the most of any outdoor space you’re lucky to have. And one of our favorite ways to do just that is through a functionally stylish outdoor dining area.

Elegant and classic outdoor dining area with black patio furniture and outdoor rug | NONAGON.style
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Why Do I Want an Outdoor Dining Area?

An outdoor dining area is a great way to physically maximize the amount of socializing space in your home. What’s more, with its accommodation for alfresco dining, a backyard dining space has the potential to completely transform your style of living. With this in mind, we’re breaking down exactly how to create your very own. Keep reading for more.

Create the Base

The first step in designing an outdoor dining area is to create a base. This helps to zone the space, creating a ‘room’ of sorts. A flat and sturdy base, such as a patio, is ideal as this will help create a flat and stable level so that your furniture and dinnerware doesn’t slide around!

Coastal outdoor dining area with white covered patio and rustic wood table | NONAGON.style
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If you don’t already have a patio or decked area in your garden, this presents the perfect opportunity to design your outdoor dining area in just the right location. Just remember to choose a space close to the house if possible – this will make the journey of carrying out food, drinks and dinnerware less of a challenge!

Plan the Space

When deciding how big to make your outdoor dining space, it’s important to consider how you’re going to use it.

Pretty summer outdoor dining area with garden plants detail and bulb string lights | NONAGON.style
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Do you want enough space for a big outdoor grill, a generous-sized dining table, and a lounge area for drinks? Or do you want something more modest, with a relaxed seating area and low table for more casual dining?


It’s important to consider from the beginning how you will use this space. You don’t want to begin the process of styling your backyard dining area only to discover you don’t have enough space for all the furniture you want to include. As such, it’s worth taking the time to draw out a floor plan, take measurements and plan where everything will go.

Create a Theme

When it comes to creating a stylish outdoor dining area, the trick is to approach its design like you would any other room in the home. A great starting point is to give your outdoor dining decor a specific theme or aesthetic. Some of our favorites include Moroccan, industrial, wildlife, contemporary cool, and tropical.

Boho outdoor dining area with rattan lampshade and wicker furnishings | NONAGON.style
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Once you’ve settled upon a theme, you can begin incorporating matching decorative elements into the space. For instance, if you settle on a Moroccan theme, you might go for white-washed furniture, deep blue glazed planters, a blue tile print rug, and a white speckle dinner set. Just because this is an outdoor dining space, don’t think you can’t use traditional interior accessories such as planters, rugs, cushions, lighting, tableware and linen.

But Consider Durability

That being said, before you get too carried away with styling, make sure you’re choosing outdoor dining decor made from durable materials.

Rustic country outdoor dining area with covered patio, hanging vines and wicker furniture | NONAGON.style
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Furniture-wise, stainless steel, wrought-iron, aluminium, synthetic resin and pressure treated woods are all great options. For the accessories, opt for pieces crafted from natural fibers like bamboo, rattan and jute – they’re both durable and perfect for that rustic beachy look.

Do you have an outdoor dining area? What are your top tips for creating a backyard dining space?


For more like this, don’t forget to check out our guide to creating a cozy family garden setup. Then head to our round up of dreamy outdoor daybeds for the perfect finishing touch!


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