Glass Balustrades and Other Design Ideas for an Outdoor Dining and/or Seating Area

With Summer just around the corner, and the recent warmer weather, you may be thinking of ways to update your garden or outdoor spaces. There may be many reasons for this.  Some of the most popular include having somewhere relax and unwind, socialising with friends, outdoor dining, and more space for children to play, and family time. In today’s blog, we bring you some simple tips on updating your outdoor spaces with glass balustrades

For many people, being able to sit outside for dinner with a loved one, family, and/or friends is the icing on the cake for their perfect home.  The dining area itself may be on a patio, roof terrace, raised decking area, or balcony.  Whatever area you have in mind, there are many ways of creating a stunning outdoor extension of your everyday living spaces for dining and sitting outdoors.

Rooftop hideaway

Glass Balustrades

As well as providing a safety solution, glass balustrades create a sophisticated and elegant look and feel to your outdoor dining area.  There are a number of designs to consider which are dependant on your installation requirements and personal preferences.  You may prefer the robust look and feel of framed stainless steel and glass balustrades, or your preference may be to enjoy dinner and sit outside with the unobstructed views offered by frameless glass balustrades.  At Elite Balustrade Systems, we have a variety of profiles in both designs top suit different installation scenarios.  Our systems are effective yet extremely simple to install and maintain, therefore we can supply glass balustrades as kit for self-installation.

Channel Glass Balustrades

Hanging Furniture

More fun and slightly quirkier than traditional seating arrangements, hanging furniture comes in a variety of looks and designs.  Hanging basket chairs are a popular choice as they are extremely comfortable when padded out with cushions, and can offer some shade when needed.  Perfect for relaxing with a good book and glass of wine, or for sitting back and enjoying the views ahead.

Hanging Basket Chair

Living Walls

Living walls are perfect for covering tired looking walls and fences and for small enclosed areas such as yards.   They involve growing plants, shrubs, herbs, and even small fruits vertically through a trellis system secured to a wall or fence.  Even with the smallest of spaces, living walls can create a wonderful backdrop for a pleasant outdoor seating and dining area.  As well as being aesthetically pleasing, living walls are an environmentally friendly choice as they have been proven to contribute to reduced air and noise pollution.  This is especially the case in urban areas.

Green Houseleek Living Wall

Artificial Turf

Dine out on the patio or deck, then sit back and relax whilst watching the children burn off some energy on the lawn.  Artificial turf has several benefits, the main one being obvious: it’s ease of use and little maintenance means more time for what you enjoy most.  It is also environmentally friendly as there are no requirements for polluting chemicals.  Furthermore, artificial turf is extremely durable and hard wearing, making it ideal for all climates.  If you can’t decide between a deck, patio, or lawned area, you can have a combination of your choice using our QWICKBUILD deck frame.

Composite Decking and Artificial Turf


Your imagination and personal preferences are the only limit here!  Why not drape some fairy lights around glass balustrades and watch the light reflect and dance whilst dining outdoors at dusk.  Use tea lights, candles and lanterns to provide a relaxing and calm atmosphere.  Getting chilly?  Fire pits and patio heaters can create the extra bit of heat you need to stay outdoors for longer.  Use large floor cushions and beanbags which will add to the outside room feel whilst creating extra comfort and warmth.  The list is endless and a fortune needn’t be spent with most accessories being available at reasonable prices online and at large retailers.

composite decking with beanbag

Our specialism is turning your ideas into designs and reality.  If you would like more information on how we can help transform your outdoor living spaces with our superior quality stainless steel and glass balustrades, composite decking, and deck frame solutions, do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 825594 or drop us an email to sales@elitebalustrade.com

Published: 16th May 2017

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