3 Tips To Create Outdoor Living Spaces With Outdoor Hardware

Posted on January 9, 2017


When the weather is great, there is nothing better than enjoying an outdoor living space. In most parts of the country it’s a little too chilly to enjoy your backyard, but it’s not too early to start planning your outdoor projects for spring and summer. No matter what you plan to build in your outdoor living space, Simpson Strong-Tie has the outdoor hardware to complete all your projects. Here are some tips on creating the perfect outdoor living space for your family:

Build a Pergola

Do you love entertaining family and friends? Building a strong, sturdy pergola provides partial shade and a place for outdoor seating so that you can entertain in style. No matter what size your outdoor space is, there is a pergola design that you can build to suit your needs.

Night shot of a large pergola built using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line.

Large pergola built using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line.

For a pergola that makes a statement, using an outdoor hardware line like Outdoor Accents® brings design elegance and structural strength to your structure. Here is a video overview on how you can DIY a pergola with Outdoor Accents®:

If you prefer a concealed outdoor hardware look, we have you covered (pun intended). From our CPTZ concealed post base all the way up to our CBTZ concealed beam tie, Simpson Strong-Tie has all the connectors you need to maintain structural integrity with concealed connections.

Build An Outdoor Bench

If your have limited outdoor space, you can transform it with a few small pieces of outdoor furniture. This DIY outdoor bench or ottoman by Jen Woodhouse uses Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware as a design feature as well as a handy storage space for cushions. Outdoor seating with storage is a win-win in any size yard. Customize this project to fit your space and add some color with a cushion.

Simpson Strong-Tie DIY Ottoman/Storage Bench.

DIY outdoor storage bench by Jen Woodhouse with Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware.

Create a Custom Grill Table

Another project to upgrade your outdoor space is a customized table for your grill. The benefit of building it yourself is you can design it to match the existing outdoor furniture you have. This DIY Kamado Grill Table built by Jen Woodhouse matches the look and feel of the DIY outdoor storage bench:

Jen Woodhouse's DIY grill table for a Kamado grill featuring Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents hardware.

Jen Woodhouse’s DIY grill table for a Kamado grill.

What recommendations do you have to upgrade your outdoor space? Let us know in the comments below.