Ever feel like your home doesn’t quite have enough space for everything you want to do?
Instead of starting to stock up on moving boxes, try a popular creative solution — turning outdoor space into indoor space.
An enclosed patio is one of the easiest ways to do this. Perhaps you have an existing patio that you’re converting from outdoor to indoor. Maybe you’re starting from scratch, or maybe you even have an enclosed patio but you aren’t using the space to its full potential.
Regardless, the right design choices and finishes can turn your enclosed patio into a real room you can really use. If you need some inspiration, check out these ideas.
Enclosed Patio Design Ideas
In traditional homes, an enclosed patio is often a sitting room. There are no rules, though. There are plenty of other ways to turn your patio into a space you’ll love.
These ideas are a small selection.
Build a Book Den
If you’re a bookworm, you know the joy of finding the perfect reading corner. Why not make your own?
Enclosed patios have the benefit of huge amounts of natural light. You can take it easy on your eyes while getting that cozy feeling under the sun that comes through the windows.
For most people who use enclosed patios as reading spaces, their favorite choice is a bench seat along a window wall. Of course, the key is finding the types of seating you enjoy most. Don’t forget to have space for your favorite tea, coffee, or other reading treats, too.
Craft Your Own Coffee Shop
A great cup of coffee is even better in the right setting. Imagine enjoying your morning coffee while you watch the sunrise, or unwinding with a cup and watching the sunset after a long day of work.
Your enclosed patio can be the perfect place to enjoy those special moments. For caffeine addicts and decaf-lovers alike, why not turn your enclosed patio into your own private coffee shop?
Install a personalized bar with all your favorite coffee accessories and beverage machines.
Outfit the rest of the space with seating like small tables and chairs as well as couches. Voila, you have a place to enjoy your favorite coffee every day without ever leaving home or waiting in line.
Make a Vacation Transition
What if your enclosed patio also serves as the pathway to a swimming pool? In that case, capitalize on it and turn your enclosed porch into a cabana-like space.
Give your enclosed patio a summer theme with outdoor furniture. You could even bring in a beachy vibe with tiki decor and installing an indoor hammock.
If you’re a fan of cocktails by the pool, you can even install a summery bar in your enclosed patio with your favorite mixers.
Expand Your Entertaining Space
Another great way to use your enclosed patio is to indulge your inner entertainer. Customize the room to fit your typical entertaining style.
Enjoy hosting dinner parties? Turn your enclosed patio into a relaxed and fun dining room. More of a cocktail party fan?
Create a classy space with bistro tables instead so guests can sip and chat.
Indulge Your Interests
A hobby is a great way to de-stress, but it can be even better if you have the space and tools you need to enjoy it at its best. That’s where your enclosed patio can come in.
Turn your enclosed patio into your perfect hobby room. If you enjoy doing crafts, use creative and beautiful storage solutions to hold all your supplies.
Set up a workspace as well where you can build your creations.
Of course, keep in mind that your enclosed patio is visible from outside and from the rest of your home as well. Creative choices like multi-use furniture can help you have all the space and equipment you need while still maintaining a style that fits with your home.
Design a Yogi’s Paradise
More and more people are using yoga for its fitness and stress relief benefits. If you’ve been known to enjoy a flow or two, your enclosed patio could be the perfect space for a personal yoga studio.
An enclosed patio is the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor. You have the temperature control benefits of being in your home, but window walls let you see and connect with your outdoor surroundings.
It’s a great way to bring more peace and refreshment into your practice.
As an additional tip, make sure you have all the space and equipment you need for your practice.
That might include a TV so you can follow videos or wall mirrors so you can watch and refine your form. It’s best to consider these as you design the room rather than trying to find a way for them to fit later.
Replicate a Cozy Cabin
One of the most common misconceptions about enclosed patios is that only people in warm climates can enjoy them. In fact, if you’re in a colder climate, your patio could be the perfect cozy winter getaway.
To get this effect, design the patio with cabin-like decor. Install a fireplace as the focal point and furnish the space with soft, warm textures that make you want to come in and curl up all winter long.
Feed Your Spiritual Side
An enclosed patio is a unique transition between indoor and outdoor. For many people, nature is a way to connect with their faith or just to give them a sense of calm, and that includes the taste of nature they get in an enclosed patio.
That’s why an enclosed patio can be the perfect place for meditation, prayer, or however else you express your spirituality.
No matter what the weather is, you can stay comfortable indoors while being surrounded by the wonders of nature (on three sides, anyway).
Customizing Your Enclosed Patio
Your enclosed patio is like a bonus space in your home. The best way to make use of it is to customize it to fit your favorite ways to spend your time. Whether you want a space to enjoy your morning coffee or to refresh with a yoga session, the ideas above can help you get started.
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