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As the warmer weather begins to make an appearance, so too does the patio furniture and time spent outdoors.

If your children enjoy playing outside on the patio, it can cause an issue if you want to entertain.  The last thing you want are children’s toys strewn underfoot as your guests mingle.  Instead of banning your children from the patio, carve out a nook just for them.  Try some of the ideas below to get you started.

storage benchStorage Solutions

One of the biggest issues you will have to contend with when it comes to carving out a kid’s nook on the patio is storage.  Outdoor storage can be particularly troublesome, because weather issues and the elements can prove damaging on even the most rugged containers.  Instead of just using a storage tub made for indoor storage, purchase an outdoor storage container designed to withstand the sun and rain.  If possible, get a storage container that is more like a cabinet than a bench or lidded container.  A cabinet style container is safer, because it presents less risk of your child falling into it and getting trapped.  Be sure that whatever type of container you use, there are air holes for ventilation and an easy way for your child to get out, should he decide to play in it and get stuck.  Also, be sure that any storage container that you use is properly secured and mounted to the exterior of the home or patio floor.  Many children are injured each year from falling furniture.

Partition

It is easy to make a fun partition for your child’s nook on the patio.  Use tall, potted palms or ferns to provide a sense of separation from the children’s area to the main entertaining portion of the patio.  If you spend more time together as a family than entertaining, put the pots on wheeled rollers and move them out of the way when company is not in attendance.  You can also arrange the other patio furniture to block out or separate the area if you wish.

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Flooring

When you think about a patio, flooring options are not usually what comes to mind.  If you are creating a safe place for your children to play, however, a durable and comfortable outdoor rug in their area is a must.  Not only will it protect them from the cold concrete or brick pavers, but it will also give them a safe spot to play and create.  Be sure that the carpet is made for outdoor use and can withstand the rain.

Carving out a nook for your child on the patio ensures that he has a safe and convenient spot to play while still being a part of the group. With the right storage solutions, partitions and flooring, you can create a beautiful and kid-friendly spot that will be the envy of all of the parents in the neighborhood.

Alyssa Davis is a staff writer and decorating specialist with Metal-Wall-Art.com.

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