15 Ways to Warm Up to Outdoor Living in Fall

Whether you're one of those people who can't bear to say goodbye to summer, or someone who wants to soak up every ounce of autumn's glory, you know the value of a well-designed outdoor living space. Extend patio season into the fall and enjoy everything the season has to offer by warming up your outdoor room with some creature comforts. From heaters and fire pits to cozy textiles, we've rounded up some of our favorite products to help you create a more comfortable home.

  1. Illuminating Heat

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    Outdoor Lantern

    Light your nighttime patio set up with these chic lanterns from the Hearth & Hand line at Target. Each metal lantern fits a pillar candle that can offer warm, ambient lighting. Place it in the center of the table or at the foot of your recliner for a decorative and functional touch. Available from Target; $24.99 per lantern.

    Related: The Best Ways to Light the Backyard

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  2. Cuddle Up

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    Indoor / Outdoor Throw Blanket

    Throw blankets aren't just for the back of the couch or the foot of the guest bed; they make a smart addition to your porch or patio. Whether you store them in a basket on your screened porch or keep them inside in the linen closet and bring them out only when you're spending an evening out of doors, they'll serve you well. Take care not to leave blankets and other delicate textiles outdoors for long periods of time or they can attract mildew, mold, or pests. Also, practice common-sense safety when using a blanket by keeping it far away from any heat sources or fire pits. Available from Target; $24.99.

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  3. Hang a Little Warmth

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    Insulated Outdoor Curtains

    Wrap yourself—and your porch—in comfort by adding a set of insulated curtains to the perimeter of the space. Keep the curtains open during the day to let the sun's rays warm you, then close them after sunset to shut out the crisp, cool breeze. Available on Amazon; $22.94.

    Related: 14 American-Made Buys for Your Outdoor Living Area

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  4. Hunk of Burning Log

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    OneLogFire

    If a fancy fire pit isn't your style, you may want to give the OneLogFire a try. This self-contained fire is made by lighting firestarter inside a single log from an accessible hole on the side. Its vertical orientation pulls oxygen to burn from the inside out. When placed on a fireproof surface, the OneLogFire will burn for two hours, bringing warmth and creativity to your outdoor space. Available from The Grommet; $69.95 for a six pack.

    Related: 11 Low-Cost Buys to Boost a Boring Backyard

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  5. Heat from the Top

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    Hanging Patio Heater

    Like indoor space heaters, outdoor heaters may have exposed coils that get hot to the touch while being operated. If you're not careful, that quality might put you or your family at risk of injury. You can avoid the trouble that comes with bumping into a standing outdoor heater by mounting one to the ceiling of your outdoor room or the overhang on your porch. This hanging heater comes with a hook and chain for easy installation and will work quietly in the background to keep you warm throughout the fall. Available from Wayfair; $134.99.

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  6. A Moveable Blaze

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    wood burning fire pit

    If you spend a lot of time in your backyard, you may want to spring for a fireplace or a fancy fire pit surrounded with built-in seating. But if a patio remodel isn't in your budget, a portable fire pit will be your best friend. Warmth—not to mention a s'mores station—is well within reach at a modest price point. Available at PlowHearth.com; $159.95.

    Related: No Money to Burn? 13 Fire Pits You Can Afford

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  7. Soak in the Season

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    inflatable hot tub

    In the dog days of summer, a refreshing dip in a cold swimming pool makes for an enjoyable afternoon. But at a certain point in the year, the thought of diving into an outdoor pool can make anyone shiver. With your own backyard hot tub, however, you can continue to enjoy the water—but in a more seasonally appropriate way. This inflatable hot tub from Coleman, which seats up to six people, can be inflated with an included pump and it will keep the water at a comfortably warm temperature thanks to the accompanying heating unit. Available on Amazon; $408.33.

    Related: 10 Genius Ways to Make Your Backyard a Blast

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  8. Cast Iron Character

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    cast iron chimenea

    Add a little ambiance with a structural heating element—like this cast iron chimenea. A metal door swings open so you can feed logs into the fire and an ash catcher nestles neatly in the bottom of the fireplace so you can clean it out without a fuss. Available on Amazon; $190.

    Related: 9 Ways to Extend Patio Season into Fall

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  9. Patio Chair Cushion

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    Adirondack Cushion

    Adirondack chairs conjure visions of relaxing summer days in full view of nature's glory, but by the time fall comes around those classic wood chairs might not seem so appealing. To make them a little cozier for cool weather months, add a full-length cushion like this one. Keep the cushions inside your toasty warm home, then bring them outside when you want to sit outdoors. The warmth from the house will lend those cushions—and chairs—a little extra comfort. Available from Hayneedle; $42 (available in 13 colors).

    Related: The Best Outdoor Furniture Under $100

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  10. Secret Centerpiece

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    Fire Pit Table

    This charming coffee table has a secret—the cabinet draws open to reveal a propane tank that powers a fire pit in the center of the tabletop. When it's not keeping you warm during the cooler months, the fire pit can be covered with a metal cover that sits flush with the rest of the table, so that you can use the surface to set cool drinks. That element of versatility makes this a patio heater that you can use all year long. Available on Amazon; $233.99.

    Related: 15 Doable Designs for DIY Outdoor Furniture

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  11. Dish Up Heat

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    outdoor pizza oven

    On chilly evenings, treat your family and friends to a slice of heaven and a helping of heat on the side with the Uuni 3 Wood Fired Pizza Oven. Fuel up the oven with wood pellets and be amazed as it heats up in a mere 10 minutes. As guests gather ‘round the oven, they can peep in what’s cooking and soak in the surrounding warmth. Available from The Grommet; $275.

    Related: 8 Best Buys for an Outdoor Kitchen You Can Afford

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  12. Go Electric

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    electric heater

    If you’re put off by the smoke or soot of a fire pit, park the Fire Sense Frisco electric heater in the center of your patio and kick up your feet to bask in the warmth. You won’t have to wait to warm up; plug in the 13-foot cord, and you’ll feel the heat within seconds while paying only one-tenth of the energy costs of a natural gas heater. What’s more, the slinky, tip-proof copper lamp lends an industrial chic-touch to any modern outdoor space. Available from Amazon; $186.08.

    Related: 8 Patio Heaters to Keep You Comfy Outdoors

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  13. Pile On the Warmth

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    outdoor rug

    Have a drafty deck or patio? Cover it in plush rugs to keep your toes toasty no matter how much the temperature drops. To maximize comfort underfoot and minimize maintenance, choose a rug with a short pile—like this beauty by Safavieh with quarter-inch-long fibers. Made with water-resistant materials, the five-by-eight-foot floral rectangular rug wicks away everything from rain to fallen drinks to stay dry and damage-free. Available from The Home Depot; $70.28 for 5'3"x7'7".

    Related: 10 Rugs Under $100 That Work Indoors and Out

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  14. Focused Flames

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    tabletop torch

    Perfect for alfresco dinners on deck, this tabletop torch from TIKI lends a soft glow to an outdoor dining table or end table. With each torch measuring 6 by 6 inches, you can station one on every corner of the surface to amp up the ambience. The four-hour burn time and refillable fuel canister keep the party illuminated into the wee hours, while weather-resistant materials ensure that the fun won’t stop for a little rain. Available from Target; $6.99.

    Related: 8 New Ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

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  15. String Theory

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    outdoor string lights

    What’s the solution for a patio that’s too dank or dim to entertain guests? String up! Consisting of clear filament bulbs strung from black wire, these simple but elegant 10-count electric string lights lend a little light, warmth, and style to outdoor spaces big and small. Bring any extra lights indoors to set a festive mood during the holidays and beyond. Available from Target; $28.49.

    Related: 8 Budget Buys to Bring Indoor Comfort to Outdoor Living

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