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Tips for Designing a Great Rooftop Terrace

Tips for Designing a Great Rooftop Terrace

Rooftops on apartment buildings or other residences often feature a flat expanse of space. These open areas present great opportunities to construct a rooftop terrace that will improve the layout and create a place where residents of the building may gather. For tips and ideas to help you design the best rooftop terrace, continue reading.

Combine the Themes of a Living Room and a Patio

Your rooftop terrace should be a comfortable place that makes it easy for people to spend time outside. When designing your rooftop terrace, take inspiration from living rooms and patios, as these spaces are often the most comfortable areas in a home.

Living rooms normally center furniture around a specific point, such as a TV or fireplace. Conversely, patios often feature a layout that prioritizes openness and makes it easy for everyone to enjoy views of the outdoors.

Combine both themes to create the perfect terrace design. You can start by centering multiple pieces of furniture around various objects, such as a fire bit or table. Create a U shape around firepits using couches and chairs. Be sure to leave enough space between items so that people can safely navigate the area. Placing furniture throughout the entire space gives people ample opportunities to sit in the sun’s path or shelter in the shade, ensuring everyone feels feel comfortable.

Use Plenty of Plants

Outdoor spaces often use shrubbery, plants, and flowers to create a natural landscape. Place small trees in the corners of the rooftop terrace and small plants on end tables to make the space feel alive with plant life. Using flowers as centerpieces will add color to the space and create a feeling of pleasant beauty in anyone who sits down to enjoy the scenery outside.

Consider the Effects of the Weather

While the openness of a rooftop terrace is essential to enjoying the outdoors in a comfortable setting, you still need to consider how you will cover the area during poor weather conditions. Store a tarp and poles on the rooftop to make a tent for yourself and guests when the forecast calls for precipitation.

Use metal mesh to enhance the rooftop design with high-performance material and improve the coverage of the tent by blocking stray droplets. When you place a fence around the rooftop, the mesh will also act as a wind barrier. People will still be able to see the outside landscape and the world below through the mesh while staying protected from the weather.

Prioritize Comfort

Comfort is one of the essential features of a rooftop tent and the reason why many people enjoy spending time in the outdoor space. Place comfortable cushions on furniture and use firepits or heating lamps to give people a cozy feeling. Designing a rooftop terrace involves consideration for your guests’ comfort while creating an inviting scene.

Keep comfort in mind to give people an enjoyable experience while on your rooftop terrace. Use these tips to take your design ideas up a level and create a rooftop terrace that will give people a satisfying outdoor experience.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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