Winter-proof your verandah and make the most of your time outdoors this winter. Australians love spending their time entertaining outdoors, but unfortunately winter can make that a little harder when you\u2019re not properly prepared. Brisk winds and rain can make spending time outdoors a little uncomfortable and make us want to run straight for the comfort of the indoors. There\u2019s no reason to fear a bit of rain and crisp air, especially when there are options that can help you winter-proof your verandah. If you\u2019re lucky enough to have a verandah or patio already, here are some tips to help you create the ultimate winter entertaining area. The key to achieving a winter-proof verandah is recreating all the creature comforts that come with being inside. Basically you'll want to insulate yourself from the cold, generate heat and provide people with a cozy place to relax. Here are some tips on how to achieve a winter-proof verandah. Winter-proof your verandah and make the most out of spending time outdoors this winter. Get cozy with some inviting outdoor furniture Outdoor furniture can be a great place to start when winter-proofing your verandah. A big comfy couch that\u2019s covered in large couch cushions and blankets located in front of your built-in fire pit can turn the most uninviting outdoor area into a warm and inviting retreat. If you\u2019re looking for somewhere to tuck into those warm slow-cooked meals then consider putting an outdoor setting under some external heaters. If you\u2019re really creative, a large wine barrel standing up on its side with some high chairs is a great way to enjoy some drinks with friends on your verandah or patio. Get cozy with some inviting outdoor furniture. Install a built-in fire pit What better way to make a winter\u2019s night more enjoyable than sitting around a fire with your mates? A built-in fire pit can be a great feature to winter proof any space and can make those winter nights a lot more enjoyable. Just imagine sitting on an outdoor lounge around the fire, warming your hands over your built-in fire pit. It doesn\u2019t get much better than that. Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes with decorative features and themed chimneys that really can add to the look of your verandah and patio. Look around for some external heaters If a fire pit isn\u2019t an option for you then maybe you could consider external heaters. Today you can find a range of outdoor heaters from most outdoor furnishing superstores. Places like Bunnings or Mitre 10 would be good places to start looking. There are so many choices! You can pick from from electric or gas patio heaters, or you could even go old school and install a fireplace with a chimney. If you\u2019re really clever you can even install infrared heaters in the ceiling of your verandah. Keep the cold out and the heat in with patio blinds. Keep the heat in and cold out with a set of patio blinds It\u2019s all well and good to have these outdoor heating methods, but what good are they if your patio can't keep the heat in? That\u2019s where a quality set of patio blinds from Australian Outdoor Living comes in. Many homes in Australia already feature a verandah, pergola or patio. We can easily install a set of outdoor blinds into these structure and create an outdoor entertainment area that is shielded from the cold, rain and wind. On top of that, our blinds will even protect you from the harsh UV rays in the warmer months! Our range of outdoor blinds are made from very durable, insulated fabrics designed to keep the cold out and most importantly the heat in. Choose from our Bella Crystal and Bella Bronze PVC range that allows you to enjoy a clear, crisp view even when your blinds are down. If shade and privacy are more your thing, take a look at our Bella Vista and Bella Opaque ranges. We also offer three unique operating systems, allowing you to have more control over how you operate your blinds. Are you struggling to decide? Give us a call and we will send one of our friendly consultants to help you decide the best option for your lifestyle and budget. We'll make sure we're around to help you through the entire process. Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blindsArtificial grassRoller shuttersConcrete and fibreglass swimming poolsCarportsTimber deckingPergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.