Benchmark Contract Furniture offers ideas for transforming an outdoor area into an extension of the indoor space.
To accommodate guests’ increased desire for outdoor spaces, hotels, restaurants, and bars are investing in transforming outdoor spaces into extra seating and small-group gathering spaces.
1. Use large planters as space dividers or to define an entirely new outdoor space, in a parking lot, paved area, or green space. Using tall greenery in the planters softens the space and feels like an extension of the indoors.
2. Rethink your amenity space’s primary purpose and reconfigure it for an entirely new guest experience. Find flex spaces on your property that can be transformed into exclusive fresh-air amenity spaces, like creating small-group pods on the pool deck for enclosed dining and drinks, or rolling out the turf and creating a rooftop dining garden. Recreate event spaces in outdoor settings for small weddings, intimate meetings and private gatherings.
3. Incorporate a variety of seating options in every outdoor space available. Use cluster, cocoon, and modular furniture to create more sheltered, intimate spaces where pairs and small groups can safely gather. Place heaters, specialty cocktail carts and sanitizing stations throughout the space to amp up the hospitality.
With the right furniture, a newly transformed outdoor space feels like an effortless extension of the indoor area.