patio.jpgWith patio season nearly upon us (and already well underway for some), now’s your chance to start thinking about some great ways to make your outdoor space more functional. The suggestions here, which mostly fall under the umbrella of Patio Furniture, are merely a start. So if you’d like to dig just a little bit deeper & uncover a wide variety of amazing outdoor alternatives, you’ll likely want to visit Best Buy’s Patio Furniture page. You may also like to check out their Full-Size BBQs page!

10414778_1The first suggestion I’d like to make is a barbecue, which represents the ultimate in patio adornment. With so many great barbecue options available at Best Buy, I decided to select the biggest and best model to feature: the Napoleon LEX 730 80,000 BTU 7-Burner Natural Gas BBQ. This natural gas grill is so big that it can cook up to 40 hamburgers (each measuring 4 inches in diameter) at a time. Also featuring 7 stainless steel & ceramic infrared burners, an 80,000 BTU main burner, a large (295 square inch) warming rack, the easy-to-ignite JETFIRE Ignition System, an integrated ice bucket for cooling down your drinks, a cutting board for preparing your food, and numerous other clever and useful add-ons, the Napoleon LEX 730 is as much barbecue as most people can handle! Moreover, it’s sure to enhance the quality of anyone’s outdoor living experience.

10385673_1Stay cool in the shade with the durable CorLiving Collapsible 13.7 ft. Deluxe Patio Umbrella – In Warm White. Combining a lightweight aluminum frame & sturdy steel base, this heavy-duty umbrella provides complete UV protection. Additionally, both the height and the angle of the umbrella are fully adjustable for total control of your shade. Keep your patio 100% comfortable through the hot summer days & long drawn-out evenings! Made from 180g polyester, the CorLiving Collapsible Deluxe Patio Umbrella provides long-lasting protection from sun & rain alike, making it easier than ever for you to enjoy your outdoor space this year. When used in conjunction with an outdoor furniture set (such as the one in the header image), it’s like having a complete living room outside!

The patio furniture set in the header, but the way, is the Borealis 7-Piece Outdoor Lounge Set – In Brown & Beige. With its 1 table, 2 loveseats, and 4 ottomans, this outdoor lounge set is certainly worth a look. Featuring a contemporary design & sturdy construction, this set offers comfortable seating for you and your family (up to eight people). You can even invite some friends over for a barbecue or outdoor dinner party if you like. Either way, you’re sure to be comfortable on the poly-fibre filled cushions as you enjoy the shade from your CorLiving umbrella.


One of my favourite things to do on a hot summer day is sit outside in the shade and read a good book. What better way to sit back and relax than to hop into the Sunbrella Double Hammock with Stand? This particular hammock is easy to assemble, comes complete with a 108 inch steel stand, and can hold up to 450 pounds of raw humanity (i.e., it can accommodate 2 adults). Place it on your deck, in the yard under a tree, or even take it along on a camping trip (as it has its own polyester carrying case and weighs just 35 pounds). Wile away a weekend morning or enjoy an early evening siesta before hitting the town for a crazy Saturday night! Either way, with the Sunbrella Double Hammock (available in brown), you’ll be 100% relaxed every single time you hop into this cozy cocoon of comfort! After all, what could possibly be more functional than napping?

The time having now arrived for my own siesta, I’ll leave you with one final thought about enjoying your outdoor space. Remember, this space is yours, so why not make it yours? Personalize your patio with all of your favourite things and you’re sure to enjoy your time there. For instance, some people even bring a TV out with them to enjoy while barbecuing, which is a pretty great idea when there’s a big afternoon game on! Whatever works for you, works! I hope you enjoy your summer and get plenty of fresh air!

Leonard Bond
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