“Home idea with IKEA”: a terrace for me-time and (hopefully) guests
What is the best activity while waiting for summer? Getting ready, of course! This is why we decided to move our weekly makeovers outdoors. This time, we invite you to admire a newly set terrace that offers enough space for nature, dining and relaxation.
Meet the heroes!
Our hero for this week is a flower grower Eglė. She has been growing flowers, participating in fairs and being a member of Flower Growers Association for over 20 years, so being in nature means her both work and leisure. During the warm season, the whole life of Eglė and her guests moves onto her terrace. This is why Rūta, our interior designer, has to make the terrace space suitable for different activities: enjoying me-time, spending time in nature and having meals with family or friends.
Before the renovation
For a long time, Eglė’s terrace has been used as an outdoor dining room. The only furniture here was a large dining table and a few chairs not suitable for outdoor use. However, the spacious terrace could turn into something better than just a dining place. Eglė often has customers coming by to buy some flowers, so her beautifully arranged terrace could inspire them even more. Besides, she has long dreamed of a personal lounge area to relax in different seasons. Here, she would like to enjoy the early spring gardening, long summer evenings with her family, and the silence of autumn for reading.
Let’s make the terrace three times better
Before furnishing a terrace, you should always think about what you will use it for. Will it be a place for eating, having guests, relaxing, or growing plants? The terrace of Eglė has to fit all those activities and therefore is divided into three functional areas: a dining room, a lounge area and a space for plants.
To create a unified style in different areas, Rūta chose all furniture in the same series. Their subtle grey colour blends in and does not irritate the eyes, as can happen when choosing too bright furniture for sunny places.
The BONDHOLMEN outdoor tables, sofas and armchairs are made of high-quality eucalyptus resistant to weather and wind, drying out and mould. To make the lounge area even more comfortable, all armchairs and sofas may be completed with JÄRPÖN/DUVHOLMEN, FRÖSÖN/DUVHOLMEN, KUDDARNA or HÅLLÖ seat and back cushions.
“For outdoor spaces, always choose furniture and textiles that are resistant to moisture, cold, sun and dirt. They are made of specific materials and will longer stay in shape as new. Easy-to-clean outdoor rugs and cushions make the terrace cosy, while the TOSTERÖ waterproof covers protect the outdoor furniture when not in use.”
Rūta Gajauskaitė, IKEA interior designer
Having everything within reach
To avoid having to carry items from one side of the terrace to the other, the interior designer provided Eglė with a movable RÅSKOG trolley. It can hold drinks and snacks during the meals and is perfect for moving dirty plates back to the kitchen or having different items within reach in the lounge area. Other items such as gardening tools can be stored on the sturdy HYLLIS shelves and inside the SAMLA storage boxes.
Indoor cosiness outdoors
Our interior designer wanted to create a homely atmosphere in the dining area. This is why she finished it with the dirt-resistant SKELUND outdoor rug and some sheer curtains.
A large round table and chairs with armrests can be supplemented with some additional chairs that are hidden when not in use.
To make the terrace safe for younger guests, Rūta has installed some ASKHOLMEN trellises along the perimeter. They’ll serve for a protective fence and will be a beautiful support for climbing plants.
“If you want to enjoy your terrace even after the sunset, make sure you have the proper lighting. For outdoor spaces with no connection to electricity, use the solar-powered LED lamps. They save energy, are sustainable and easy to move from one place to another.”