Design On A Dime: Patio Style

By AFN Media

Having the ultimate backyard ready in time for Spring and Summer doesn't have to be hard or costly. You can take a few of these quick, cheap, and fun backyard ideas, so your place is ready for outdoor entertainment or relaxation. 


DIY a Seating Area

Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but there are options for make-it-yourself benches, chairs, and tables. Here is one of our favorite budget landscaping ideas: low-cost concrete blocks, dry-stacked and covered with a foam pad, offer lots of seating in a high-traffic spot outside the home's back door.


Drape Overhead Spaces with Lights

Outdoor lights remain a perennial favorite for outdoor spaces, and there's good reason: They're celebratory and fun, with just enough sparkle to keep the light from being distracting. Inventive backyard options offer pretty colors and shapes; use them to wrap a tree, or drape them down a table for a twinkling centerpiece.


Display a Collection

Collections are often thought of as high-end or expensive, but a simple gathering of plants in small containers can be a great focal point for a backyard. Here, this open shelf provides an excellent spot for a low-cost stockpile of succulents and cactus plants. The comfortable garden idea adds a fun pop of color to the outdoor area.


Use Off-the-Shelf Materials

Custom elements easily increase a budget for backyard landscaping, but creative recasting can get you the same function at a much lower cost. Ordinary blocks elevate lengths of decking for a bar-meets-cooking-meets-seating backyard idea. The same materials in a different configuration can also be used to create an outdoor dining, coffee, or side table.



Now start enjoying this lovely patio weather! Cheers!