North London TownhouseContemporary Deck, London
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2. Consider your seating. Guests will need a comfortable place to sit and eat, so think about seating. In a compact space like this one, consider bench seating so that everyone can squeeze in. Of course, you may not have this kind of built-in option, so a stash of collapsible chairs could be good standbys too. Think about practicalities: Some people are happy to hold plates in their laps, but others prefer a surface. A mix of both is a good idea. If you have nothing at hand, stacked pallets like these could be a good quick solution. Employ trays or even suitable pieces of wood as makeshift tabletops.
4. Top it off. Making a low table by stacking up three or four pallets couldn’t be simpler. But a slatted surface isn’t exactly ideal for a table. You have a couple of options. You may find that some attractive trays will suit your needs perfectly. Or you could get a piece of particleboard or MDF cut and paint it. (The particleboard will work best sanded; it will still have an interesting texture and it’s lighter than MDF.) Or go sleek and classy as the owners of this minimalist garden have done and get some tempered glass cut to size. If the rest of the table is free, it’s an expense you might be able to justify.
1. This north London deck is an inviting space for even a chilly evening. Masses of purple lavender enclose an intimate built-in seating area, while a distressed pallet table provides a place to rest a drink or spread out charcuterie. The star of the show is perhaps the built-in fireplace with firewood storage. Rustic, yet contemporary, it brings a perk of the outdoors to the city. MoreTrending Now: 10 Ideas From Popular New Kitchens on HouzzBring On the S’mores With These 10 Smoke-Free Fire Pit Ideas
7. Mediterranean magic. Raised walls make use of the available space in this cute courtyard. There’s even an inset fireplace to warm up chilly evenings. Masses of lavender create a fragrant oasis, while a pile of pallets, smartened up with a custom glass top, is used as a rustic table for the cozy corner bench.