It’s that time of year where all many of us want to do is be outside! We can practically add a second living space to our home if we create a comfortable, cozy seating area. However, it can cost a pretty penny to make your backyard oasis. Thankfully, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to create a homey, outdoor atmosphere without breaking the bank. Here are some frugal areas to consider:
Plan It Out
Don’t have a fire pit but want one? Think of where it could go. Decide which area of your yard you could see yourself spending a lot of time in and think creatively when it comes to furnishings and plan it out first. Want to plant a garden? Decide where. Don’t have a lot of shade? Where could you add some? Planning ahead of time is the way to go to maximize your space and not do unnecessary work later.
Spring and summer are great for yard sales, so hit those up when you can. Check out estate sales, consignment stores, thrift stores, and antique shops. Look at local online sales, Facebook groups, and Craigslist. Keep in mind that metal, wood, and plastic furniture can all be spray painted fresh new colors and covered with new cushions and throw pillows. A complete table and chair set placed on a deck or patio is great, but you can also put a small seating area under our favorite tree, or a bistro table and chairs in your garden. Try a lounge set by the fire pit.
Charming accents like lighting, planters, and small furniture can take a space from bland to beautiful in no time. You can do this inexpensively by taking advantage of craft store coupons, stores like TJ Maxx, or the Target Dollar Spot. These places all have inexpensive, trendy accents for every taste. There are also plenty of DIY options out there. Have old wine bottles? Turn them into tiki torches. Got a wire waste basket you never use, or find one at a yard sale? Spray paint it a coordinating color, flip it over, and add a surface (like a round cutting board) to create a cute side table. Wrap a terracotta pot with rope or paint it. The options are endless, and don’t have to break the bank!
Don’t Forget Your Front Yard
Paint your front door with a fresh coat of paint or change the house numbers to something cute or trendy. Swap out outdated light fixtures for some that make a statement or that match the inside of your home. Plant a tree or a wildflower garden. Set a new trend in your neighborhood – no one hangs out in the front yard anymore, so maybe you can! Create a seating area out front and make it just as cozy!