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Patio Ideas for a Tight Budget

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Bring life, color, and comfort to a plain patio with achievable projects and versatile furniture.

Screened patio with furniture.
Bare slab patio.

Starting Point

A 12-foot x 15-foot concrete slab did little to inspire backyard relaxing and entertaining. Adding privacy, plants, and comfort (above) created a cozy outdoor room perfect for a party or quiet night. DIY fence panels and new plantings surround modular allen + roth™ seating (#609744, #609745) dressed with coordinating pillows (#753042). Curvy metal lanterns (#752073) complement wispy ornamental grasses.


Patio with privacy panels.

Privacy Panels

Insulate a lounge area from neighbors or traffic with 11-foot x 6-foot panels. Cedar planks -- stained with subtle color variations -- weave through chain link fence posts for a distressed look. Keep the space fun and flexible with a woven-seat chair (#539640), a white metal garden stool (#751808), and a portable plant hook (#502424) and lantern (#752073). Use an easy-to-clean rug (#611362) to add color to a plain slab. In-ground and container plantings smooth the segue from patio to fence to yard.

Garden border plants.

Flashy Foliage

Add punch to the garden borders around the patio with containers (#605939, #605941, #606074) that offer extra color and texture when filled with plants such as pink New Guinea impatiens (left) and white Diamond Frost euphorbia (right).

Learn more about how to mix and match plants for spectacular planters with our container plant selection tips.

Wooden outdoor beverage table.

Cool Place for a Cold One

A faux-reclaimed cedar beverage table is the center of attention in the lounge area. Its hinged design and removable plank allow easy access to the 5-gallon drink bucket inside.


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