Outdoor living has never been so chic! Not only are fire pits a great way to kick back and relax, but they can also serve as an area for seating. And if you want to make your own fire pit seating area, there’s no need to go out and buy a prefabricated one. In this blog post, we will show you how to make a fire pit seating area using simple materials you likely have on hand.
What You’ll Need?
To create a seating area in your backyard that’s perfect for fires, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Circular or elliptical patio furniture
- Plywood or wood boards
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Hammer and nails
- Sandalwood chips (or any other kind of wood burning fire starter)
- Sandpaper or a woodworking tool
- Measure the circumference of the furniture piece you want to use as your fire pit seating area. This will be the diameter of your circle or ellipse. If you’re using an elliptical, make sure to account for both the longer and shorter sides. The length should be twice the width. The shorter side should be twice the height. Note: If you’re using a circular piece of patio furniture as your fire pit seating area, simply calculate its diameter based on how many seats it has and divide by 2. Be sure to account for any protrusions on the edge of the board – these will need to be routed away so that your fire starter can fit comfortably into place.
- Create a rough outline of your circle or ellipse on one end of your plywood or wood boards with a ruler or measuring tape. Use hammer and nails to secure the outline in place, making sure not to hit any protrusions on the board’s edge. Try not to frame your entire circle too closely – give yourself some wiggle room if necessary.
- Once your outline is in place, start sanding the surface down until it’s completely smooth. You can use sandpaper or a woodworking tool to achieve the desired finish. Be sure to wear protective gear, including goggles and a mask, if you plan on using any high-powered sanding equipment.
- Once your surface is smooth, add a few layers of wood burning chips or pieces of sandalwood to your fire starter. Make sure they are completely covered – you don’t want any parts of your fire starter protruding through the top of your circle or ellipse.
- Finally, light the chip or pieces of wood burning wood and enjoy your perfect backyard fire pit!
Tips for Enjoying Your Fire Pit
There’s nothing like a fire pit to enjoy the outdoors in the summertime. But, if you want to make sure that your pit is enjoyed year-round, there are a few tips that you can use.
- First and foremost, choose a location that’s comfortable for everyone in your family. If everyone wants to be seated close to the fire, then make sure that your pit is located close to where they want to sit. But, if one person prefers sitting further away from the flames, then make sure that this spot is available as well.
- Another tip is to keep things clean and tidy around your pit. Make sure that all of the debris from around the edge of the pit gets cleared away every time it’s used so that it doesn’t build up over time and create a dangerous hazard.
- And finally, always remember to stay safe when using a fire! Always use caution when approaching the flames and never allow children or pets near them without supervision.