Summer’s almost here and you know what that means: more time spent outdoors!
During pre-pandemic times, outdoor living spaces such as patios, decks and porches – were used mainly for entertainment and recreation. However, in the past two years, people are increasingly doing activities outside such as gardening, barbecuing, playing with their kids and pets, exercising, or simply relaxing.
International Casual Furnishings Association executive director Jackie Hirschhaut reported that in contrast to consumer behavior in early 2020 where outdoor spaces were being designed to complement homes and lifestyles, current trends indicate outdoor spaces are now being created to supplement that “supplement our sense of well-being and transform an outdoor area into an outdoor room.”
Clearly, outdoor areas are being used for purposes that promote physical, social and mental health.
- Having a convenient place to get exposed to enough sunlight to boost vitamin D levels.
- Providing opportunities for activities that promote eye health such as “screen breaks” – time away from gadgets – and viewing objects at a range of distances – for example, a nearby potted plant and a bird flying at a distance – to manage eyestrain.
- Having adequate spaces for increased physical activity and movement.
- Providing opportunities to meditate, be closer to nature to reduce stress.
- Providing opportunities to spend time with friends and loved ones for fun shared experiences.
When designing or reorganizing your outdoor areas to support your wellness goals, keep the purpose of the spaces top of mind:
- Exercise. If increasing physical activity is your objective, then consider the size, mobility and storage of fitness equipment that you will include in the space.
- Socializing. Families and friends come together over good food so aside from your outdoor grill, consider the spaces needed for convenient food preparation, serving and dining. Including gathering points or conversation pieces such as bonfire pits or water features will also help in getting people to gather up and converse.
- Relaxation and De-stressing. Nature has a way of bringing down stress levels so incorporate nature into your outdoor spaces through greenery, water features, wide open spaces and the materials of your furniture.
Ready to translate these ideas into outdoor spaces that promote health and wellness? Then drop by your nearest AllHome branch today!
AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.
Its Metro Manila branches include:
- Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
- E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
- Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
- Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
- Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
- Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
- Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas
You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.
Outdoor photos credits: Klara Kulikova, Cagin Kargi, Sonnie Hiles and Farhan Abas on Unsplash.
In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and AllHome Libis. Used with permission.