How To Choose The Right Patio Shape For Your Backyard

When choosing the right patio shape for your backyard, consider the architectural style of your home, the available space, and how you plan to use the patio. When thinking of the space, note that it goes beyond all the outdoor space that you have. It also includes anything that can affect the layout like trees or other things you have in your backyard. Identifying its primary use is another factor in choosing the right shape because it determines what the layout will be, from the furniture to any appliances or accessories, and what traffic flow you need to plan for.

The main purpose of your patio is also connected to its focal point and the shape will help you highlight or cover certain areas. The most popular shapes to consider are round, rectangular, or freeform. Whichever one you choose, know that the shape is as important as the size when it comes to designing your perfect patio.

Rectangular and square

Patios in square and rectangular shapes are quite common, probably because the angles and symmetry make them easy to design. If you have a small backyard or just want to keep things simple, these are great options that will maximize space. A long rectangular patio can give make the area look bigger.

Moreover, this is a good choice of shape for your backyard if you want to have a TV, for example, because it allows you to set up your chairs easily to face it. It's also ideal for having an outdoor kitchen because you can either put it on one side with all the furniture facing towards or away from it or place the kitchen in the middle and then have the chairs and tables set up around it. You might even be able to get away with a layout that's similar to your indoor living room.

Round, curved, freeform

Some common uses for patios are entertaining, relaxing, and preparing food. If your patio is mainly for socializing and spending time with loved ones, a circular patio might be the best option for you. Even though they might be harder to create and aren't good for tight spaces, patios with rounded edges are a great way to create a softer, more natural atmosphere in the backyard because they make you set up seating arrangements closely. 

When it comes to freeform patios, it's all about what you want to do with the space and less about the actual shape available. This is the right patio shape for your backyard if you want to be more creative and set things up in a unique way. Note that a freeform patio works well in an irregularly shaped backyard with lots of space. A two-level patio is another option that can be right for you if you want different functions for different levels or need to build on an uneven yard.