Now that “outside” is back in full swing, many have realized how expensive it truly is to spend time outside of our homes. With restrictions still in place in many cities, and event protocols still changing as a result of the pandemic, designing and maintaining a relaxation haven in your own home has become more important than ever — especially in a time of uncertainty. Thanks to “backyarding” – the trend to use the backyard for everything from tele-working and working out to relaxing and recreating – you can take your space and use it for whatever purpose that you choose.
Though we’re midway through summer, there are still tons of must-have items that will transform an outdoor space of any size into a total oasis. Identifying your backyard’s role in your family’s health and happiness is the key to cultivating a purposeful outdoor space that is customized to your needs.
No matter what the purpose is, there are a few key essentials to creating the ultimate backyard space: comfortable seating, versatile lighting for hosting or WFH, a shaded are to keep you cool on those sunny summer days and of course, some added decor to help spruce up the place, such as funky planters, a colorful rug or some whimsical string lights. Add in those simple elements and you’ve got a space you’ll want to return to each day (or night).
To foster an inviting atmosphere, combine outdoor furniture, decor, landscaping, and other elements that suit your style and needs. Here are some of our favorite products — all that you can buy from Amazon — to transform your backyard into a place of escape where you can unwind, enjoy some fresh air, and have fun with friends and family.
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Backyard Discovery offers a variety of pergola sizes and designs as well as gazebos to enhance the look and function of any backyard space. Also, as the leader in play equipment including swing sets, playhouses, slides and accessories, you can jazz up your backyard with their full range of products.
Hammocks bring high-quality hangin’ comfort to your home or outdoor living space. You can set up Yellow Leaf’s Signature Hammock in the backyard for ultimate staycation vibes to update her space to relax with a book, coffee or a drink. The Signature Hammock is handwoven with ultra-soft yarn that’s versatile, durable, and deeply comfortable.
Add a nice pop of color to your patio or deck with an outdoor rug (it can also be used indoors). While an outdoor rug isn’t a necessity, Rugs.com offers tons of options that give the space a cozier and more put-together feel, and, as a bonus, protects the deck or stone underneath it.
Modern Adirondack Chair
Adirondack chairs are a versatile and comfortable seating option that makes for a nice piece of accent furniture, but can also stand alone. A modern back style and sleek profile paired with the comfort of a contoured seat and waterfall front make the POLYWOOD Modern Adirondack Chair the perfect complement to any patio, porch, or outdoor space. Anyone who loves spending time outdoors will love this contemporary take on the classic Adirondack chair. If you’ve ever owned a traditional wood Adirondack, you’ll appreciate that these sturdy, color-fast POLYWOOD chairs require no maintenance.
Outdoor Conversation Sets
Outdoor furniture can get really pricey, but if you don’t want to drop a lot of money on something you’ll only use for a few months, Zinus is proof you don’t have to. Designed to sustain the elements – rain or snow – without fear of rusting, their Outdoor Conversation Sets are easily movable to suit your outdoor living space, featuring lightweight aluminum and wood. Each piece includes water-resistant cushions and waterproof covers – making for easy, no-hassle upkeep year-round. The Savannah Outdoor Set Collection is available as an entire 4-piece collection for $1,846 or as mix and match pieces starting at $249.