Have you been googling the words, ‘ small patio ideas on a budget’?
Since the Covid-19 lockdown began, it seems everyone and their cat has taken up baking, a new side hustle or indoor fitness.
Nevertheless, there is an emerging new trend, small patio ideas on a budget’.
This trend makes perfect sense.
Since we are going to be spending the next few months inside like hermits, we may as well make our indoor surroundings as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
Having said that, when I googled, DIY small patio ideas, the ridiculously priced suggestions made me want to explore alternative more budget-friendly options.
After scouring the internet and speaking to both my sisters who are interior designers, I discovered that to have a beautiful patio on a budget you need 7 elements.
Every single beautiful patio picture I have seen on the internet or in person has one of these 7 elements. It’s like a budget-friendly formula to a beautiful patio.
These 7 things can all be bought for under $350 in total. But you don’t need to try all seven, if you can’t afford $350.
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DIY Small Patio Ideas on a Budget
1- Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is the key item to make your patio as comfortable and chic as possible. You want to be able to sit in the morning with your coffee and listen to the birds chirping.
Or ignore your phone in the evenings and read a nice book.
Turns out there are a range of patio furniture options here for under $100. The key is to buy a simple set and then make it fancy and comfy with pillows and blankets, more on that later.
Price : Less than $100
2- Patio Umbrella
The second item to complete your small patio is a patio umbrella. There is nothing worse than getting second degree burn while reading a book in the sun.
Actually, being shat on by a bird is quite bad too. And being rained on.
So, either way, a patio umbrella is needed. You can find quirky-cool patio umbrellas for under $35 here.
Price: Less than $35
3- Patio Fireplace
On cool nights, a crackling fire is the best way to bring the family together and happily bask in the heat, while enjoying the outside view.
The great thing about these patio fireplaces is you can avoid fire hazards as they are self-contained and also, I spotted a few under $80. Have a look to see which suits your budget best.
Note- Be prepared to fight the family pets for the best spot near to the patio fireplace.
Price: Less than $80
4- Patio Lights
Not everyone can afford a patio fireplace or want to deal with the fuss of setting it up and that’s fine. Patio lights are the next best option.
Patio lights are the key to having that hygge-like warm ambience than the Danish have mastered.
Make your little patio nice and cosy with dim twinkly lights strung around your patio.
Price : Less than $40
5- Patio Plants
The cheapest and smartest way to spruce up your little patio and bring it to life is by getting some plants involved.
Having bright little plants draped around your small patio emitting fresh oxygen has a unique way of making your little patio feel like a safe haven.
I know this, as my mum lives in the city but she has plants in her little back patio. I can sit there for hours in peace surrounded my mother nature and her little plants.
The more plants the better. Their leafy goodness blocks out noise and pollution.
I spotted a few cheeky bright plants here, and you could prebaby get 2 -3 for under $50
Price : Less than $50
6- Patio Pillows
A simple way to make your patio comfortable and inviting is by throwing colourful little pillows on your patio for you, your family or your guests to relax on.
Instead if spend lots of money on expensive furniture, keep it cheap and cheerful with fluffy bright pillows.
No one will ever complain about having soft bright pillows to relax on.
You can find some cool reasonably priced pillows sets here for under $15.
Price : Less than $15
7- Patio Blankets and Throws
Finally- blankets and throws are also a budget-friendly way of dressing up your patio furniture.
Bright light blankets can transform your tired plain patio into a visually appeasing sanctuary that everyone wants to relax in.
There is a huge range of wonderful blankets and throws here for under $20.
Price: Less than $20
If you analyse any good patio , you will find one of the 7 elements above.
The great thing is you can pick and choose the items according to your budget.
Keep it simple, budget-friendly and you can always add extra items when you save or make extra money.
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