8 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Holidays Outdoors This Year

Candy Cane Outdoor Activity

The holiday season is upon us. A chill is in the air, presents are being purchased and wrapped, and it’s a time to spread good cheer to everyone around us. You might think that the shorter days, longer nights, and colder weather mean that we have to retreat indoors for our holiday festivities. Not necessarily!

There’s plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays this year right from your very own backyard! Even if the weather outside is less than stellar (or if it’s, dare I say, frightful), that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t bundle up and get some fresh air. And who knows! Some of these outdoor activities could become favorite holiday traditions.

So, without further ado, read on for Cincinnati Pool and Patio’s top 8 picks for holiday activities you can do outdoors!

1. Roast Chestnuts (Or Marshmallows!) on an Open Fire

Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores seems like a summer camping activity, but why should it only be limited to the warmer months? If you have a firepit in your backyard, the holidays are the perfect time to fire it up and toast some delicious marshmallows. If you get adventurous, maybe try roasting some chestnuts or other tasty fire-roasted treats! No firepit? That’s okay! A properly maintained bonfire will work just as well. Just be sure to follow all fire safety procedures!

2. Decorate Your Door with a Homemade Wreath

A Christmas or Holiday wreath is the perfect way to add some holiday cheer to your front door. Of course, you can purchase a wreath from any store, but did you know you can also make a homemade wreath with things you can find in your own backyard? Check out this tutorial on how to make a wreath with everyday items found in nature, and get the whole family involved with this new tradition.

3. Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt

Are the kids going stir-crazy cooped up inside? How about sending them to the backyard to hunt for delicious candy canes? Reminiscent of hunting for Easter eggs left by the Easter Bunny, hide a package or two of candy canes around the yard and have the kids try to find them all! Have them fill up a basket or a bowl and see who can find the most! Of course, everyone’s a winner when they get to enjoy the tasty treats they found.

You can also do this scavenger hunt with other, non-edible objects too, like small toys or paper decorations.

4. Feed the Birds

There are plenty of bird species native to Cincinnati that don’t migrate over the winter months. Show them a little love by putting out commercial bird seed into a feeder or on the ground and see how many different birds you can spot.

5. Decorate an Outdoor Tree

Who said you had to bring your Christmas tree inside? If artificial trees aren’t your thing and you aren’t fond of the idea of vacuuming up pine needles constantly, then take your holiday cheer outdoors! Find some ornaments that are environmentally friendly and bring your lights outside to decorate a tree in your own backyard! No evergreen trees? No problem! You can still create a fantastic display on any tree (or other plants) in your backyard that will be the envy of your neighbors.

6. Sell Hot Chocolate

During the summer, kids’ lemonade stands are on every block. Why not bring that childhood business staple to the winter months with a hot chocolate stand, instead? Bundle up the kids, have the parents boil some water and make it a whole family affair that will entice the whole neighborhood! Play some holiday tunes and set out some cozy lights for some added atmosphere and you’ve got the recipe for a winter block party.

7. Play in the Snow

Of course, who could forget about everyone’s favorite wintertime activities? When the white stuff hits the ground and sticks around, it’s time to break out the snow gear and play! A couple of our favorite snowy pastimes:

  • Build a snow fort or an igloo.
  • Have a snowball fight! Loser has to shovel the driveway!
  • Build a snowman (or a snow dog).
  • Go sledding or snowboarding.
  • Make snow angels.
  • Draw pictures or write your names in the snow.
  • Make snow ice cream! (Here’s a great recipe we love!)

The snowy possibilities are endless! Even just going for a walk when the snow is falling can be a peaceful activity.

8. Soak in a Hot Tub

Finally, if you’re looking to stay warm this holiday, why not turn up the heat with a relaxing soak in one of our hot tubs? Maybe start a tradition of a family soak with hot cocoa for your holiday celebration. You can even make your patio an even cozier holiday getaway by adding twinkling patio lights and an electric space heater, so your toes don’t freeze when it’s time to get out of the water.

Make sure you limit your soaks, though. If your water is above 100℉, you should only soak for up to 15 minutes, so you aren’t at risk of overheating. If your water temperature is a little lower, however, you can stay toasty for a little longer.

Happy Holidays from Cincinnati Pool and Patio

The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy one another’s company and the feeling of togetherness. Make your next gathering unique and special with a customized outdoor gathering setup from Cincinnati Pool and Patio. Our outdoor designers can bring your vision to life for a perfect backyard or patio that will be your family’s go-to for year-round fun. Why not put a twist on the holidays and use this list to make memories outdoors instead of staying cooped up inside around the fireplace?

For expert backyard design, hot tub solutions, or other outdoor related help, you can get in touch with Cincinnati Pool and Patio here, or stop into our store to see all that we have to offer. And from all of us at Cincinnati Pool and Patio, have a very happy holidays and a Happy New Year.

9 Ways to Utilize your Patio in Winter

9 Ways to Utilize your Patio in Winter

A beautifully decorated patio can be an integral extension of your home. During the warmer months, your patio is the focal point of your entertainment. Backyard barbecues and time spent with friends and family make for some great memories. But what about when the weather turns colder? Are you relegated to be stuck indoors until the snow melts? Not necessarily. It might take some innovation and elbow grease, but you can easily turn your patio into an all-seasons, outdoor refuge. Check out these 6 tips below to make your patio a winter destination.

1. Heat Source

When the temperatures dip to around freezing and there’s snow in the forecast, having a source of heat is the number one priority for making your patio comfortable. A fireplace or a fire pit as the central focal point of your patio space is the easiest way to make your space cozy. It will radiate heat out into the space and provide a place for your family and friends to congregate. You can also utilize electric heaters. Spread them throughout the space alongside or instead of fire for an evenly heated area. 

2. Walls or Foliage

It can get awfully windy in fall and winter. Nothing makes it harder to enjoy your outdoor space than harsh winds blowing your things around and dispersing your heat. Add some windbreaks to your space in the form of walls or foliage to insulate it from the elements. You can build walls to create an enclosed patio or erect clear barriers for an unobstructed view of your backyard. Planting trees or bushes instead can add a landscaping touch. Coniferous or evergreen trees stay green year-round, and are easy to take care of and trim to fit your space. 

3. Roof

Unless you want to be sitting in snow, covering your patio space with a roof is a must. Depending on your budget and style, there are many different options for roofing. You can build a detached pergola-style structure and cover it with weatherproof fabric, or go fancy with an insulated roof complete with a ceiling fan to blow hot air downwards. Whatever you choose, make sure the roof is sturdy enough to withstand snow and ice. 

4. Sturdy Decór

When it comes to decorating your outdoor space, you’ll need furniture that withstands the elements. Investing in furniture that has sturdy design will keep your space looking nice for years to come. Wood or metal frames hold up the best in rain or snow. Any upholstery should be out of weatherproof fabric, such as Sunbrella, to avoid getting damaged by bad weather. You could also look into heated furniture for an extra boost, depending on your budget. 

5. Warm Accents

Now that you have the basics of your winter outdoor space, it’s time to flesh it out with some personality. Decorate your furniture with accent pillows in weatherproof covers to make your space inviting. Using warm color schemes, such as reds or oranges, can also add brightness and warmth. Utilize thick, sturdy curtains for added wind protection and to make the space more homey. Cozy throw blankets will provide extra warmth on particularly chilly days. Look for wool or sherpa-lined blankets as these are warmer. Any fabrics that aren’t able to withstand the elements should be taken inside or stored when not in use. You can purchase a deck box or decorative table with a secret compartment to store your outdoor accents right where you need them.

6. Lighting

There are less hours of daylight during winter, so you’ll need to make sure your outdoor space is adequately lit to make the most of it. A little goes a long way, so a few lanterns or lamps spread throughout the space will provide an even glow. There are also heat lamps you can purchase for added warmth for your space. Candles placed on end tables and throughout your seating area can also give your space a romantic glow. Stringing up twinkle lights or even Christmas lights along the top of your covered space can give the entire patio a whimsical feel and cheer up even the most dreary days. 

7. Plants

Just because the temperatures dip to freezing and below doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy nature on your patio. There’s a wide variety of plants that thrive in cold conditions and even bloom during the winter months, so you can add a pop of color to your patio with very little effort. Winter Heath, Cornelian Cherry and Snow Drops will even survive through the ice and snow, so plant some in late summer or early fall to add that special final touch to your outdoor space come winter.  

8. Food & Drink

Backyard barbecues aren’t just for the summer months. What better way to enjoy your space than with a delicious grilled meal? With a little bit of prep to keep your grill space usable, you can update your menu to include heartier dishes and station a heat lamp near the grill to keep you toasty while you cook. You can also break out the hot cocoa or hot apple cider to keep your guests toasty and hydrated. You could even try some winter-themed cocktails if you want to keep the party going all night long.

9. Fun & Entertainment

With your space decked out for maximum winter fun, you’ll need to add entertainment options. An inflatable projection screen with a mobile projector makes for a weatherproof, impromptu movie night. And what winter space would be complete without a hot tub to end the day with a nice soak? They can be pricey, but with the right maintenance, you can fight the winter chill and relax in your very own private winter getaway.  

There’s still a lot of time until spring, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to use your outdoor space! If you’re thinking of renovating your patio space into an all-seasons getaway, contact us to speak with our experts. We can discuss your vision and help you make it a reality! 

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Backyard in Winter


Winter is here and no matter how much you are dreading the cold weather, there are always ways to continue to enjoy your backyard in winter.

For many homeowners, the backyard is a staple of summer living that may fade away once the snow starts to hit, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Winter takes away the daylight, the warmth and replaces it with a whole lot of snow. The key to enjoying your backyard in winter is to make up for what Mother Nature took away while making the most of what she provided.

Here are 5 Tips to enjoy your backyard in winter


In winter, the days are short and daylight is very hard to come by. A practical way to address this issue is by going with a neutral holiday light set and using it all winter long. Permanent lighting in your backyard is a great option to add extra light.


With temperatures plummeting, you need heat to make your backyard more hospitable. There are a variety of options on the market that can address this concern. These options include purchasing patio heaters, having a fireplace installed or even getting a hot tub, which is more affordable now than ever before. These pieces are well complemented by other winter-friendly additions such as wooden furniture and gazebos. You can enjoy the still peace of nature while thawing out by an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit. Bring the blankets and the hot chocolate for a relaxing time with your family or friends.


When it snows, you often dread shoveling your driveway, cleaning off your car and dealing with other drivers on the road. Why not take a break from shoveling and go have some fun in your backyard? You can build a snowman, construct an igloo or snow fort and have a snowball fight.

Therefore, you might as well make the most of the winter by enjoying the one gift it provides that many people don’t actually mind, the snow. The opportunities for fun are limitless, whether you want to make snow angels, a snowman, or even have a snowball throwing contest (where you aim at targets, not at each other!).

One great thing you can do year-round on your patio is grilling. Don’t let the bitter cold and snow stand in your way from eating delicious steak, chicken, and burgers. Just remember to prepare and make sure that your grill has fresh dry charcoal or a fresh tank of gas.


Spring is the season of blooming for most plants, but there is still some plant life out there that can survive and thrive in winter. So head over to your local nursery to learn more about cold-resistant and winter-blooming plants, shrubs and perennials that can add some much-needed vibrancy to your backyard this winter. Look out for Red Osier, a red winter shrub, and Purple Coneflower, a perennial, two options that will compliment any winter garden.


Why leave the hot tub to the ski resorts, when you can have one in your own backyard? Your hot-tub can provide a warm relaxation station in your backyard. Be sure to wear a winter hat in the tub. A hat will actually help you regulate body temperature in the tub, and will protect your head from any winter air.

Have any questions about getting your backyard ready for winter? Then contact us here!

The Benefits of Outdoor Kitchens

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The Benefits of Outdoor Kitchens

Have you considered getting an outdoor kitchen for your home? Outdoor kitchens can be a great addition to the right home.

We’re going to discuss all of the benefits that come with installing a kitchen in your backyard or patio arrangement.

Increased Home Value

Outdoor kitchens are generally thought to be a luxury item, that can make your house more marketable. Outdoor kitchens have a higher rate of return on your investment, like constructing a garage door in comparison. In case you don’t have a huge yard, make sure you take into account the dimensions of your kitchen. Prospective homebuyers enjoy having an open area which isn’t consumed by structures, like pools and kitchens.

More Living Room

If you don’t have a large gathering space inside your home, an outdoor kitchen is a great option for you. If you’re hosting a party, guests will be able to have more space to relax on the patio and lounge around the outdoor kitchen

Whenever your outdoor patios are coupled with an outside kitchen, food prep becomes sort of a group activity. Therefore, no one gets stuck inside cooking while everyone else is drinking on the patio.

Maintain The Smell of Cooking Outdoor

Another benefit of having an outdoor kitchen is you can keep the smells of grilling or charring foods outside. You won’t have to deal with the smokiness or worry about your house smelling like whatever you’re cooking in the summertime.

An outside kitchen retains cooking grease, odors, smoke, and heat outside–a big plus in sweltering summertime.

Save on Utilities

Cooking outside can also help you save money and energy on your bills. When you cook outside, your A.C. won’t have to work overtime to deal with the heat in your kitchen.

Design Factors of Outdoor Kitchens

When designing your outdoor kitchen, you’ll want to put a lot of time and thought into what exactly you want and need.

A great first place to start is thinking about the ventilation. You’ll want to create a way for smoke to rise and dissipate from the area.

Another priority you should think about first is the size of your patio and the measurements of the accessories. You’ll want to make sure you have enough space for the items, and for anyone on the patio to fully relax.

When planning your layout are some developments to consider:

All About The Grill:

First, you’ll have to think about the size of the grill you want. This solely depends on how many people you want to cook for, what you’re going to cook, and how often you’re going to use the grill. If you plan on hosting large parties and cooking for every guest, a bigger grill is more your style. Though if you just want to cook for your family, and medium to a smaller size will be fine.

You can also decide if you would like your grill to be connected to the ground, or if you would like to be able to freely move it around. This will also be dependent on the size of the grill you need.


When thinking about countertops, you need to think: “How much prep space do I need?”  If you plan on preparing a lot of recipes outside, you’ll want a lot of space. If you’re unsure, get a countertop that’s easy to change out or add to.

Constructed Cabinets:

Cabinets are a great convenience to have outside. With this addition, you won’t have to run in and out from your house to retrieve extra silverware or plating. You can also invest in cabinets that you can lock if you’re worried about theft.


Lighting is what separates the good, bad, and ugly outdoor kitchens. Proper lighting will ensure that you can use your outdoor kitchen at any time you want. Floor lighting, fairy lights, LED, and lamps are all great options.

Lighting can add ambiance and will ensure your guests will be able to see all the delicious food you cook them.


Having an outdoor sink can be convenient for you and your guests. You can wash and rinse any outdoor plates right outside, or allow your guest easy access to water refills.

The only limitation you have to a sink is making sure you’re able to connect it to your water source.


Outdoor refrigerators are a great item to have that will completely separate your outdoor and indoor kitchens. You can store the ingredients you want to use outside there, and you can reduce the number of times you have to run back inside.

You can go with mini or full-size options, it all depends on your needs and wants.


Your best option for flooring is to go with a material that will be able to stand the elements of being outdoors. Concrete, brick natural stone, and tile are great options that can look good and last.

If you have any questions about how to create your outdoor kitchen, don’t hesitate to contact us here. 

10 Ways to Freshen Up Your Backyard for Spring


10 Ways to Freshen Up Your Backyard for Spring

Spring has arrived and it’s time to bring the indoors out with cozy features. Your backyard is a continuation of your home which showcases your style and personality. Extend your time in the fresh air with outdoor seating areas that feel as cozy as your couch.

Here are some of our favorite tips to freshen up your backyard in time for spring.

Define Your Backyard

Deciding what spaces you need—dining area, cooking area, shady lounging area, play area—and clearly defining them can make a big visual impact on a yard. Your design is reliant on the space of your backyard, but you don’t need a large backyard to have a great outdoor space.

Even in the smallest backyard, you can update your space in a fresh and easy way. Doing this can be as inexpensive as repositioning the furniture you already have. Or reupholstering new fabric on your outdoor lounge and chairs.

Create an Outdoor Living Room

A living room forms a gathering place in your home, so why not have the same outdoors? Outdoor loveseats, chairs, and a coffee table are simple elements that are generally inexpensive.

Whether they’re looking for a place to eat or a comfortable spot to unwind, a mix of seating options will keep everyone happy. When you have a variety of comfortable seating choices, it adds flexibility and openness to your space. A pergola acts as a roof to create a defined space, just as your walls do indoors. With the addition of brick flooring, comfy furniture, and a warm fireplace, you’ll feel right at home.

Effortlessly blend your indoor and outdoor space with an open-air living room. Comfortable seating, an outdoor bar, and floor-length curtains will make space feel like an extension of your home.

Focus on Color

Your backyard is a continuation of your home, so your outdoor design should be too. A coordinating color palette allows your design to flow both indoors and out with accent colors making each space unique.

Create a welcoming outdoor retreat by incorporating accent pillows to your backyard design. Mix and match patterns and colors to perk up your outdoor furniture. Don’t be afraid to go bold, pillows are easy to change.

Add Some Heat

With beautiful views and a custom outdoor space, your deck is the perfect place to enjoy the spring air. Add a free-standing hot tub to stay warm on those chilly nights or enjoy time with family and friends. Or get a grill so you can enjoy some sizzling food in the spring sun.

A fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating creates a great spot to gather with friends and family. There are fire pit designs for every possible taste and preference – from bricks and concrete to metal.

Secluded Paradise

We all need a getaway from time to time. You can create a secluded area that feels warm and cozy in your own backyard. Natural landscaping creates the perfect backdrop for your backyard. You can add a few wicker chairs and a matching end table that mimic the surrounding landscape to enjoy your peaceful retreat for hours.

Plants are a flexible, quick, and budget-friendly way to update your outdoor design each season. Adding vines to a pergola or fence softens the space while adding variety and interest. For a splash of color, consider potted plants that give you the flexibility to replace depending on the season or your color palette.

Utilize fencing.

A fenced-in backyard gives you privacy from street traffic and neighbors. Instead of a solid fence, choose a style that is more open. It will make your backyard seem larger. A lattice fence is perfect for small backyards.

Think Small

Pieces with thin frames and petite bodies make a small space feel roomier. Compact bistro sets are perfect for a garden corner or porch. Built-in benches will maximize seating and storage in minimal space.

Light It Up

Lighting plays a major role in how space feels. So incorporate both task and ambient lighting to create the mood you want and to provide the amount of light you need.

Create Ambience

Now that your backyard is looking like it should, take the extra steps to turn it into a place you will want to spend time in. If you don’t have appropriate garden lighting, there is cheap solar lighting that is easy to install.

A water feature adds good feng shui and if you don’t have appropriate garden furniture, there is attractive plastic garden furniture that is virtually maintenance-free, resistant to the elements, and easy on the pocket.

Also, comfy outdoor living requires shade, so make sure to include a sun umbrella, canopy, or pergola above any seating area.

Have any questions about creating your perfect backyard? Contact the experts here.


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The Early Bird Tent Sale Extended


We’ve extended your chance to grab the best deals of the season at Cincinnati Pool & Patio! 

Find 75% off all patio furniture, all clearance items, and scratch-n-dent items April 2nd through April 8th! 



Comfort is important — very important. You may want steel or wood construction in your patio furniture for stability and longevity, but don’t forget that without some homey comforts like soft, plush cushions, your outdoor furniture will go largely unused. Avoid pancake cushions. You know, those thin, puny little cushions that aren’t plush or even very pliable. Opt for chubby cushions that feel light when you pick them up. Look for cushions with polyester filler, too. The more lightweight and springy the filler is, the more quickly it will dry out after exposure to moisture. That means it will resist mold and mildew and stay comfortable and sweet-smelling longer.


You can’t grab a pillow from your family room and expect it to adapt to life outside on the patio. Most textiles designed for indoor/outdoor use are made from all-weather materials that repel water or encourage moisture to evaporate quickly by remaining porous.

Fabrics designed for use outdoors are usually fade resistant and UV protected, too. They’ll look good and feel soft and comfortable for at least a couple of seasons. When you’re evaluating fabrics for outdoor furniture, check cushion seams for heavy-duty thread and consistent, even stitches. Choose cushions with vents that encourage airflow and quick drying.

Invest in furniture with cushions that can be unzipped and taken apart for periodic airing, repair or replacement. It’s also a good idea to buy outdoor furniture outfitted with cushions you can turn and flip. This will help them retain their shape, dry more quickly and fade evenly. Acrylics, polyester, treated canvas, and the cotton duck is all comfortable, durable fabrics used in the construction of outdoor furnishings. Look for them in upholstered items, cushions, pillows, curtains, blinds and umbrellas.


From sloppy welds to cracked casters to amateurish paint finishes, a close inspection will expose that great outdoor furniture bargain for what it is — a bad buy that probably won’t last until next season. There are a couple of important lessons here: It’s easy to think of outdoor furnishings as somewhat less important than the stuff you buy for indoor use. The reverse is often true. What you buy to use outside has to stand up to sun exposure, wind, rain and probably some roughhousing, too. Inspect every piece you’re considering for flaws, especially if the deal sounds too good to be true. This is one area where a higher price is often a good indicator of better quality.

Check out our list of patio furniture here! 

If you have any questions about patio furniture or the sale, contact us here!

Outdoor Fireplaces: Everything You Need To Know

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Outdoor Fireplaces: Everything You Need To Know

During the spring and summer, we like to spend as much time as possible outside. But sometimes the nights and evenings can be too chilly to fully enjoy our backyard and outdoor living space. Fortunately for us, many options cannot only add warmth to those days that “look” warm and inviting, but can also provide hours of family activities and bonding. These options are outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and patio heaters.

Outdoor firepits and propane patio heaters range in style from a simple outdoor fireplace to those that add an elegant accent to an already classy backyard area. Whether you’re looking for a way to enhance your backyard with a cozy fire or to warm up your patio or deck, you can follow these tips on choosing the best outdoor heating solution for your family’s needs.

Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

There’s nothing like a fire pit to provide countless hours of outdoor fun, family time, and s’ mores! Overall, pool and patio firepits are relatively simple – they allow you to enjoy an open fire in your outdoor living spaces. That being said, there are a few important things to know.

The first thing to consider is what type of fuel you want to use in your fire pit – gas or wood. While wood is the preferred fuel because nothing compares to the smell and sound of a real campfire, some people may just want the heat without the fuss of starting and keeping a fire going.

Second, you need to find the fire pit that best goes along with the rest of your backyard decor. Fire pits come in a variety of different sizes and shapes as well as materials used to build them. As a fire pit fanatic, I recommend looking for a bowl that is built from weather-resistant materials such as copper, stainless steel, or iron. While they may be a bit more expensive, you are getting your money’s worth. The better the fire bowl is built, the longer it will last, and look good too!

Finally, make sure your fire pit has a sturdy cover. While it may seem silly to place a mesh fire screen in the pit while the fire is going, it very well may protect you and your home from jumping sparks like the fire crackles. Also available are off-season covers, to keep your grill clean and dry during times of non-use.

Fire Bowls

This is a good time to explain the difference between a fire pit and fire bowls. Firebowls are usually placed in the corners of pools, or next to a spa. More for accent, less for heat, fire bowls are usually a concave concrete design, filled with river rock. Equipped with a gas line and connected to propane or natural gas source, fire bowls produce a small, adjustable flame. Firepits are a larger affair, not quite a bonfire, but enough to produce some heat and a cooking source.

Outdoor Fireplaces and Patio Heaters

There are many options to consider when shopping around for the perfect patio heater. To start, there are three different types of outdoor patio heaters: propane patio heaters, lamp-style heaters, and infrared heaters.

Propane Patio Heaters

Propane patio heaters are great for backyards and decks. Instead of having to worry about plugging them into an outlet, they are 100% self-sufficient. A propane tank is stored within the base and the heat is completely adjustable. These patio heaters are usually completely metal and are equipped with a safety shut-off – in case the heater ever gets tipped over.

Lamp-Style Patio Heaters

Instead of using propane, Lamp-Style Patio Heaters are powered by 1200 watt halogen light bulbs. All they require is a 120v grounded outlet! Like the propane heaters, they are also equipped with safety shut-offs. That being said, regardless of their height, they can both heat an area up to 12ft diameter – since they are powered by the same halogen bulbs. Lamp-style patio heaters usually consist of a resin body with a steel hood and feature weather-resistant hardware. These very stylish table heaters can add look and a feeling of warmth to your patio or deck.

Infrared Patio Heaters

Infrared patio heaters use infrared waves to directly heat the object or person that they are pointed at. They cost substantially less to operate than propane patio heaters and have no warm-up time. Acting much like an outdoor lamp, they can either be plugged into a 120v grounded outlet. They come in two different varieties: wall-mounted heaters and umbrella-mounted heaters. They require no gas or open flames and since they are permanently installed, you don’t have to worry about storing them when they’re not in use.

Have any questions about outdoor fireplaces? Contact us here!


11 Tips for Arranging Patio Furniture

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Don’t try arranging patio furniture without reading these tips! Tired of rearranging your furniture over and over again? We’ve put together this list of patio arrangement tips to help you get it right the first time.

11 Tips for Arranging Patio Furniture

No more asking wondering “how do I arrange my patio furniture.” Just make sure you follow these simple rules to create the perfect patio layout.

1. Make it Feel Like You’re at Home

Bring the resort-style feeling to your backyard! Use end tables, side tables, and ottomans to add convenience to your patio. These additional outdoor pieces provide a spot to place loose items, drinks, and snacks.

2. Decide on a Focal Point

Create a focal point that will anchor your outdoor space. This will serve as the primary gathering point and the heart of your patio arrangement. The remaining decor will build off of this area.

3. Accessorize

Don’t be afraid to accessorize with throw pillows, area rugs, greenery, and lighting. Adding in accessories can give your patio the look that people utilize the space.

4. Placement of Outdoor Furniture

Place the longest piece of furniture along the longest wall, facing the focal point. This will add to the area instead of detracting attention. Typically, the longest piece will be a 3 seat sofa or a love seat. Adding several individual chairs will encourage guests to “pull up a chair” and enjoy a good conversation!

5. Find a Purpose for Your Patio

Symmetrical patio furniture arrangements create a formal living space while asymmetrical arrangements are a bit more quirky and have a much more lax, casual feel. Pick which one you intend on creating

6. Consistency vs. Mix-and-Match

When figuring out how you want to arrange your patio, you should decide early on whether you want to have all your furniture from one set, or if you want to mix-n-match your patio sets.

Having your furniture come from one set or color can give your patio a sleek and modern vibe. While mix-n-matching will give your backyard a more rustic and homey feeling.

7. Divide and Conquer

By separating the space into smaller sections, you create a dynamic and functional living area. In this way, you have multiple areas of entertainment instead of one large patio with too much open space. By adding occasional chairs, an outdoor fireplace, or patio heater, you can craft an engaging outdoor living space.

8. Design Like a Traffic Conductor

When deciding on the layout of your patio deck, make sure you direct the flow of traffic in a way that eases congestion. Think about the way that guests will enter and travel through your outdoor space. Is there a clear and unobstructed path to the entrance and exit? Are there areas that will likely become crowded? You should allow 30″-48″ of space for high traffic areas. You can cut this measurement down to 24″ for areas that receive less foot traffic.

9. Organize!

Arranging patio furniture is just one step in the equation, you need to keep it organized as well. You want to keep things tidy just as you do inside the house. Especially if your neighbors can see over your privacy fence. A cluttered patio is one that your guests might not want to sit on.

10. Separate the Outdoor Kitchen

Keep the outdoor kitchen away from your dining area. You want to have some form of separation to differentiate between the two spaces. This also addresses safety concerns associated with the grill. Keep your outdoor kitchen close to the door to make food prep easy.

11. Fill the Perimeter First

On the other hand, if your patio is small, it’s wise to keep your furniture arranged around the perimeter of the space. This opens up more room for you to move through and can visually create the illusion of a bigger space. A fun outdoor rug in the center ties it all together.

Keep in mind that you can always rearrange your patio furniture.
By adjusting with the seasons, you’ll have a new perspective on your furniture that will make you appreciate it and make you feel like it’s a whole new set!

Have any questions about arranging patio furniture or your backyard? Contact us here!

The Early Bird Tent Sale

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Grab the early deals of the season at Cincinnati Pool & Patio’s Early Bird Tent Sale!

Find 75% off all patio furniture, all clearance items, and scratch-n-dent items now through March 25th!

To help you take advantage of this great deal, here are our tips on how to find the best patio furniture for you.

Early Bird Tips

Quality over Convenience

The adage “you get what you pay for” is true for patio furniture. Plastic resin chairs or side tables look great on the shelf and will keep their good looks for a year or two out in the sun. Though, in time they will become brittle and lose their vibrant coloring. The same is true for some wood products and wicker pieces. Shop with care, checking consumer reports and reviews, before making a big purchase.

Think About Storage

Add years to the life of your patio furniture by storing it in a protected location. Such as a garage or basement during the offseason. Even the toughest furniture, such as teak chairs or a wrought-iron settee, will last longer if it is placed in storage when not in use. If your storage space is limited, look for patio furniture that folds or is easily taken apart for compact storage.

Comfort over Style

Take a seat before you buy. Comfortable patio furniture, just like interior furniture, will be used regularly as opposed to uninviting patio furniture, which might have good looks but not-so-good comfort.

Check out our list of patio furniture here! 

If you have any questions about patio furniture or the sale, contact us here!

Backyard Living Trends for 2018

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Backyard Living Trends

2018 is almost here, but are you ready for it? The new year brings on new backyard living trends that you should take notice of.

We’re going to break down some of our favorite trends going into the new year.


Modern backyard designs in eco style are so connected to the nature that use only those plants and flowers that fit harmoniously with the local natural environment, attracting insects and birds and creating the wildlife friendly environment for small animals. Recycling ideas are another eco-friendly trend that is very popular and creative.


Natural yard landscaping ideas, local plants, and flowers create harmonious compositions and require less care. Also, perennial grass plants and flowers, evergreen plants, edible herbs, and local flowering plants are great latest trends in decorating outdoor living spaces.

Blending Comfort and Functionality

Portable and multifunctional items, outdoor furniture and yard decorations define the latest trends in decorating outdoor living spaces, blending comfort and functionality with modern ideas.

Planters and stands on wheels, light outdoor furniture, and modular furniture add a contemporary vibe to yard landscaping.

Folding chairs and tables are great space saving ideas that help transform outdoor living spaces and create comfortable dining areas or outdoor seating areas. Outdoor shelving units and storage furniture pieces improve backyard designs also.

Get Geometric

Simple and attractive backyard designs are the most popular trends in decorating outdoor living spaces. Horizontal lines, circles, octagonal or rectangular shapes are simple and versatile. Therefore, these simple decoration patterns and geometric shapes bring interest in backyard designs with green plants and flowers.

Additionally, horizontal stripes can be added to planters and fences painting, garden benches, and other outdoor furniture, bringing modern ideas into backyard landscaping.

Have any questions about how to stay on top backyard living trends for 2018? Contact us here!