Improve Your Outdoor Space For Cheap
Summer is coming—the days are getting longer, and we are spending more and more time outside. Now is the perfect time to improve your deck, patio, or garden so you really can appreciate spending more time outdoors. But yard renovations, new outdoor furniture, and extensive landscaping can be expensive. If you are wondering how to improve your outdoor space on a budget, this guide is for you.
Whether you have a small outdoor space with just enough room for a table, chairs, and an umbrella or a vast landscaped yard, you can always find ways to improve your outdoor space. Perhaps you want to create a space for hosting gatherings or build an environmentally friendly backyard habitat for birds and local wildlife. No matter what your goal, everyone wants their outdoor space to be inviting. It should be a place where you can sit and relax in the evening or have friends over to connect and laugh over a meal. Or it can be a place to sit in the sun and read a book or play with your kids under a sprinkler. Outdoor spaces bring us together with the people we love and allow us to connect with nature, right outside our front (or back) door.
1. Find A Place To Relax
Whether you are focusing on your front porch or your back patio, if you don’t have a comfortable place to sit and relax after a long day, you’re never going to use the area. The first thing to improve your outdoor space is to add comfortable seating. There are options for every person and every type of space, from lounge chairs to canopy porch swings or even a patio swing!
The most important part of any outdoor seating area, however, is having the right cushions. Outdoor cushions must be durable yet comfortable, a balance that is challenging to find. Look for cushions made with water-resistant and fade-resistant fabric to make sure that your cushions can hold up to the elements and last as long as possible. Moldy, faded cushions are not ideal for an inviting outdoor space. One cost-saving option is to make your own! Fabric stores have lots of options for water-resistant fabric, and polyester stuffing makes for a comfortable seat.
2. Bring It To Life
Nothing says the outdoors more than greenery. Whether you have a yard full of towering evergreens or a neatly manicured lawn, you have many options to customize your outdoor space. And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Check out your local grocery store for deals on plants or seeds to grow your perfect garden. Hanging planters can be a great option for an apartment or a small outdoor space. Starting a vegetable garden can be an aesthetic and functional way to use your outdoor space. You can even regrow vegetables such as green onions, carrots, and lettuce from leftover kitchen scraps, costing you nothing except time!
Although any outdoor space isn’t complete without generous foliage, don’t forget about your animal friends! Once you start spending time in your backyard, you will notice how much life frequents your neighborhood. From backyard birds to deer and squirrels, providing a habitat for animals can be an easy and inexpensive way to improve your outdoor space. Bird feeders are one way to attract different birds to your yard. You can easily make a bird feeder at home by reusing a plastic water bottle and some sticks and then filling it with birdseed.
3. Don’t Be Afraid Of Color
A pop of color can make the difference between an old, drab-looking outdoor space, and somewhere you truly want to spend time. Pick a color and use it consistently to create a put-together space. You can find simple additions that will add color without taking a lot of work or money! Choose a nice rug or a colorful cushion for your porch or deck. Or pick up an umbrella or even some bright dishes to also add a summery vibe and keep everyone having a great time at your next backyard barbeque. Plant some colorful petunias to bring together your color palette!
4. Make Space For Storage
Though you might not think of storage as a game-changer for your outdoor space, having the right storage allows you to adjust your outdoor space to fit your needs. You can store anything: lawn mowers, outdoor gear, or excess furniture in storage sheds. Having the flexibility to store things when they are not in use is especially helpful if you have a small outdoor space. Garden storage boxes can act as both a space to store cushions, dishware, or gardening supplies, as well as function as extra seating or decoration in your garden or on your patio.
5. Use Those Muscles
The best way to save money while improving your outdoor space is to make it yourself. Build a deck, plant a garden, or create a gravel path, there are many ways to use expertise (and some help from the Internet) to save money. DIY projects are a great way to have fun while creating something useful—plus you can get a workout in at the same time!