How to Spruce Up Your Patio on a Budget

How to Spruce Up Your Patio on a Budget

Everyone wants to live their best Home & Gardens life, but that can get expensive… fast. But just because we need to create a patio on a budget doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style.

A few inexpensive projects and design tricks can turn your basic green space into the ultimate outdoor retreat. The nice thing about designing on a budget is that if you decide to swap things out for seasons, you still have foundational pieces to use year after year.

Today we wanted to give you 10 ideas to spruce up your patio on a budget!

10 Ideas To Spruce Up Your Patio On A Budget

1. Hang curtains

Shield your outdoor oasis from prying eyes by hanging some breezy outdoor curtains. Save even more money by making your own from scrap fabric or drop cloths, then hang them the right way with our DIY drapery hardware solution below.

2. Throw in the towel

Cozy up hard outdoor furniture with pillows and throws to make kicking back in your great outdoors even more enjoyable. But, to prevent damage and a musty smell, don’t use indoor (especially down-filled) cushions.

Instead, opt for durable outdoor-rated pillows. The fabric should be filled with water-resistant polyfill inserts and swap out the standard throw for a Turkish beach towel, which dries super fast.

3. Make DIY planters

Container gardening adds interesting color and layers to your backyard, but large outdoor planters can be expensive – especially if you like a lot of greenery. Save a little cash and create your own DIY geometric planters. These easy-to-make containers are made from corrugated plastic, so they cost just a few dollars to make.

4. Add a pop with an outdoor rug

Need something to jazz up your DIY patio space without big renovations? Consider a large outdoor rug! Not only is this a good way to include a pop of color in your backyard, but it’s also an inexpensive way to change up a space without having to go through the process of painting or staining a deck.

5. Let’s light this place up

String lights can enhance the style of your backyard, patio, or deck while elevating the ambiance for casual get-togethers, dinner parties, and more. Hang them from an umbrella, wrap them around tree trunks, anchor them across the patio, or allow them to cascade along the fence.

6. Consider a temporary above ground pool

A temporary above-ground pool, like a stock tank pool, is a great way to add some life to your backyard without investing a ton of capital (or backyard space). This allows you to skip the extra landscaping and maintenance and get right to cooling off and chilling out at home.

7. Create boundaries

Larger outdoor spaces often lack the definition they need to really maximize their potential. One way to make the most of your backyard without needing to spend big is to create boundaries between spaces to highlight different uses. A lattice screen, balcony railings, a hedge, or even a well-placed bench can make your backyard feel more like multiple rooms. 

8. Skip the grill and add a pizza oven

Even if it is a tabletop pizza oven – you will have an instant “fun-factor” added to your patio!!  Not only will your pizza be done in half-the-time (as a mom of six, this is a big deal to me!!), but it also tastes WORLDS better than anything made in your kitchen.

9. Turn salvaged pallets into furniture

Stacked wood pallets can make an almost-instant outdoor bench, love seat, or daybed. You can buy salvaged pallets, find them on Craigslist or see if local stores have any they want to get rid of. Paint them first if you want, then top them with thick cushions and toss pillows.

10. A cozy fire pit

Last but certainly not least: the old faithful fire pit. A fire pit creates a wonderful gathering space for family bonfire night family. Whether it is gas-powered or wood-burning, most stores carry models for less than $500. Having a fire pit is also a great season transitional item because as the nights get cooler, you can still keep your family warm.

Do you see? Creating a patio on a budget can be both fun and inexpensive. All you have to do is get creative and find a tutorial.

Now that you have your backyard covered, it’s time to hit the front porch. A few weeks ago, I shared some tips to Decorate Your Front Porch for Summer – have you checked it out yet?

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