The season of al-fresco hangouts is upon us, with the temps heating up and the sun dipping below the horizon later and later. Whether you’re angling for solo time (cue the meditation track) or BBQing with a friend, the great outdoors offers endless opportunities to de-stress. But what if your outdoor space isn’t so… great?
If your fresh-air spot falls on the cozier end in square footage, no worries: It’s totally possible to create a multi-tasking relaxation HQ in a small backyard or patio, no matter the footprint. Start with a few core (and clever) pieces of furniture, all of which you can score right from Walmart, and you’ll be well on your way to outdoor oasis. From there, it’s all in the tiny-but-fun details like plants, pillows, and poufs—not to mention the playlist. Just BYOV (bring your own vibes, that is).
Keep scrolling for five small backyard ideas that will transform your backyard into a relaxation hot spot.
First things first: Set the scene. A rug defines your space, adding interest, texture, and an open invitation to come and stay a while. This navy print geometric number brings all the pattern and depth to create a specific zone for unwinding.
If you’re going to invest in one bigger ticket item, it’s got to be patio furniture. This wicker set (including a sofa, two gliders, *and* two ceramic tile top nesting tables) inspires conversation with your pals, and serves as a space to curl up with a good book and your favorite iced tea all on your own.
What’s better than settling into a cozy spot? A cozy spot dotted with gorgeous plants and leafy greens. You’ll need a few plant stands like this earthy wooden one to showcase your newest plant babies at different heights, so they each get the attention they deserve.
Feeling comfy is just as important outdoors as it is indoors. To that end, consider a plush throw pillow that’s totally fresh-air friendly. This textured and tasseled one does just the trick, while adding an unexpected pop of color in a boho-cool teal.
A chic umbrella—like this black and white striped one—will make you feel like you’ve been transported to some faraway, beachy locale while offering very chic sun protection. Bonus: It comes with an easy crank handle lift, so opening or stowing away the umbrella is a breeze.
Feeling inspired? Shop even more outdoor oasis essentials that will make your outside space feel so vibrant and care-free, you’ll want to live there 24/7. (Plus, with the additions above and below, a few extra moments outdoors will make your days—and nights—that much sweeter.)
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