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    34 Things That'll Help Give Your Outdoor Area An Amazing Glow-Up

    String lights, hammock chairs, and more things that'll make any balcony, deck, patio, or porch look amazing.

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    1. An inflatable sofa so cozy, comfortable, and perf for the outdoors, you'll forget you're not actually sleeping in a bed. It also doesn't take up a lot of space, so you can use it for your patio or apartment balcony.

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    It doesn't require a pump either. According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is whisk it through the air to blow it up. It's suggested that you close the sleeve opening before ending each movement and keep the mouth closed until you begin the next one. Once there's enough air inside, you'll be good to go!

    Promising review: "I'm in love with this product! I’ve been using it everyday to chill outside and it’s great! It's easy to set up, set down, and it's super comfy." —Alexus

    Get it from Amazon for $38.98 (available in 16 colors).

    2. A patterned outdoor rug that'll add a cozy touch to any balcony, deck, or patio and feel soft on bare feet. Place it in a corner with a rustic-inspired bench and side table to create an Instagram-worthy seating nook.

    rectangle blue and white chevron-printed rug on small patio

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this rug! It's outside on my balcony. It withstands the Midwest weather and is still soft on my feet. It's beautiful and is a great accent with my outdoor furniture! I cannot recommend it enough!" —RugsUSA Customer

    Get it from RugsUSA for $28.50+ (available in four shapes and 12 sizes).

    3. A unicorn float for ~magical~ pool days: It's comfortable, colorful, and really fun to relax in. Also don't forget to take a photo for the 'gram.

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    Promising review: "This float is pretty large, and I have had fun floating around on it many times this summer so far. It’s surprisingly very comfortable, even for adults! I’ve inflated and deflated it probably a dozen times thus far without any issues or leaks, and my youngest kiddo has played on it a lot too. It has a super bright rainbow tail and mane, and a bright golden horn." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. And a set of flamingo drink floaters so you can have happy hour while you're chillin' in the pool.

    A group of reviewers poses with pink flamingo drink floaters in a pool
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    Promising review: "I love these! They work great, no tipping issues at all. These little guys just float around the pool on their own like an inflatable bartender. I found cups and cans fit perfectly snug (even with a Koozie). I leave my Koozie on my bottles for a secure fit and have never had a problem." —Beth M.

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.13 (available in 14 other designs).

    5. Pretty outdoor string lights to turn your balcony, backyard, or patio into a twinkling paradise. They'll look gorgeous in the evening, especially when the sun is setting.

    A patio at dusk with round string lights on a black wire

    Promising review: "These are so cute and perfect! I have a decent-sized balcony and have been looking to turn it into a relaxing area. I got my lights within a few days and I immediately opened up my package, everything was there, no broken bulbs and a spare bulb. I then tested out the power and these lights are perfectly bright and still set a very calming and intimate scene." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in three lengths and three colors).

    6. A chair and table set you'll want to place in your outdoor sanctuary ASAP: It comes with cozy sponge-filled seats for comfort *and* removable covers you can easily pop off for cleaning.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this patio set to create an outdoor living space on my front porch. My husband assembled the set in a few hours, and it was ready to be enjoyed. The furniture looks classy, is sturdy, and is quite comfortable. We are thoroughly pleased with the outcome! The little table also has a glass top which gives the set a more expensive feel. I dressed up the set with pillows, plants, coasters, and candles." —Jason & Nicole Aponte

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in four colors).

    7. A pillow cover with major rustic vibes that'll complement any porch bench or rocking chair. Just slip it over a standard pillow cushion for an instant decor upgrade. Everyone will be asking "where did you get that?!" when they walk by your porch.

    Our Rustic Home Decor/Etsy

    Our Rustic Home Decor is a small farmhouse decor shop based in Idaho. They're known for their pretty pillow covers that'll add a cozy touch to any indoor or outdoor space.

    Promising review: "We love this pillow cover! So cute. High quality materials and finish. Makes a wonderful addition to our front porch sofa. Arrived in timely way despite how much shipping is going on these days." —Etsy Customer

    Get it from Our Rustic Home Decor on Etsy for $15+ (available in four sizes and two lettering colors).

    8. A star and moon fire pit, so you can roast marshmallows and enjoy a little warmth on cooler nights. Your deck will have a serene glow while you take in the sights and sounds of the evening.

    A moon and star detailed fire pit glowing at night

    Promising review: "I was very impressed. Assembly was easy. It is a nice touch in our backyard. The cover is nice so it won’t get rained on. Roasted marshmallows the first night we used it." —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $132.99.

    9. A hanging hammock chair that'll be your go-to cozy spot when you wanna read a book, take a nap, or enjoy a drink outside.

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    Promising review: "Hands-down the most comfortable hammock we've ever been in. Something about this chair puts you into REM sleep almost immediately because of how amazing it feels. One friend described it like being hugged by a cloud." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    10. A portable high-top party bar so you can safely store water, beer, soda, and other cocktail-ready beverages *and* have the perf corner for making drinks.

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    Promising review: "Definitely a good buy! I love the portability and the storage shelf! The easy on/off covering provides an air of privacy. It sets up easy and holds its own! A very versatile year round serving & entertaining tool! I love the carry case that comes with it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $88.14.

    11. Artificial decorative leaves that'll help transform your outdoor space into a soothing, green haven with plenty of privacy. You'll get 94x39 inches of this faux material, which is water-resistant and easily wraps around railings.

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    Don't have zip ties on hand? No worries, because you can order a 100-pack or a 50-pack that'll help keep the faux leaves in place.

    Promising review: "I am on the third floor and I wanted privacy on my parking lot facing balcony while sungazing. This fit the bill perfectly for me, the zip ties only took a few minutes to attach from the inside I did not attach to the outside." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $52.99+ (available in three sizes).

    12. A personalized outdoor sign, so you can let everyone know that the balcony, deck, or porch *is* your relaxation spot packed with blooming flowers, a soft rug, and the comfiest seats.

    rectangle blue sign that says "Aubrey's Oasis" with painted flowers
    The Birdhouse Of Orange/Etsy

    The Birdhouse Of Orange is a small business based in California that sells hand-painted home decor, including cute personalized signs for gardens, decks, and so much more.

    Get it from The Birdhouse Of Orange on Etsy for $36+ (available in 31 primary colors and 17 different dimensions).

    13. A bocce ball set that'll give you hours of backyard play with the fam on sunny days. You'll also get a killer arm and wrist workout. Adoro le bocce!

    A model plays with a colorful bocce set in their yard

    It even comes with a carrying case and measuring rope for games!

    Promising review: "We have had a few other bocce sets and this one is by far the best. The balls are solid, not water filled, like some others. The balls are a good size, nice weight, and the finish is durable. We like the carrying case as well as the rope for measuring, both of these were additional features that we didn't receive with previous (other brand) sets. We use the set in our backyard and its been great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (also available in a light up LED ball set and soft rubber ball set).

    14. A pineapple tiki torch to add a lil' SpongeBob flair to your garden and provide just the right amount of light for nighttime activities.

    Pineapple-shaped tiki torches in a line on a garden pathway

    Promising review: "This pineapple torch couldn't be cuter. I bought a few for my home in Florida and the decor is just perfect. I love how cute they look in my yard even when I am not using them. The tiki fuel that goes with the torches is also great for keeping bugs away." —JulieBanks85

    Get it from Amazon for $32.39.

    15. A stool ottoman, because you need a comfy spot to prop your feet up while you unwind outdoors. It also doubles up as extra seating, just in case your friend or fur baby wants to join ya.

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    Promising review: "Love this little ottoman! Pretty easy to inflate with the included pump. There is the inner part that is inflated and then the cover. I would recommend partially inflating the center and then putting on the cover. I bought this to be used on the patio and that's where it is right now. You do have to add air every once in a while but easy to do." —Ellie George

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in five other colors).

    16. A gorgeous solar wind chime that'll make your porch look like a colorful disco after the sun goes down.

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    Promising review: "When I first took this out of the box, I thought 'oh boy I don’t know about this,' but I went ahead and hung it up outside to charge. When nighttime came, it started to light up and it is so neat. The colors gently change and none of them are muted. I am so happy with it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    17. A splurge-worthy weather pod, so you can have a covered hangout spot and protect outdoor furniture from impromptu rain showers.

    A weather pod placed in a backyard with a couch, table, and beverages inside

    Promising review: "It keeps cold wind and leaves out and some heat in. There are zip vents at top to let in fresh air and two zipper doors. This has extended the season for hot tub use, we were able to set up in early March in Chicago area. Would also be fun for around a small picnic table and to sit outside in the rain." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $349.99+ (available in four sizes).

    18. A giant 4 Connect game, because you and the kiddos will get to spend time together *and* create big blue and red lines in the backyard.

    Models play with a giant 4 Connect game in their backyard

    Promising review: "This game has provided many hours of fun for family. The first day I received this, my son and husband played for four hours straight. It is a super competition and makes you think several moves ahead. Best money I have spent in a long time. The game is constructed well." —D McCormick

    Get it from Amazon for $56.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A set of ceramic vases to display your fave flowers, pampas grass, and leafy plants. These colorful vessels will give a cheery update to your balcony table or porch steps.

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    This set comes with a blue vase, a green vase, and an orange vase!

    Promising review: "These were perfect for my little patio corner. The color was exactly as pictured. Added some colorful flowers and it tied everything together." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two color sets).

    20. Interlocking teak tiles, so you can cover up your visually unappealing deck without doing major renovations. No tools are required to install 'em *and* they're a great option if you're renting a living space: just take 'em apart and bring them with you when you move out. (It's that easy!)

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    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc. In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. ft from Amazon for $77.99 (also available as individual tiles).

    21. A set of outdoor yard drink holders to hold your vino, cold beverages, and soda cans. It's about time you give your chilled drinks a safe spot that's not the ground.

    Multi-colored yard drink holders each carrying a bottle of wine, a solo cup, and a Diet Coke bottle next to a woven blanket on the ground

    Promising review: "One of the best items I have ever bought for the beach and backyard! Whether playing Cornhole or lounging in a chair, your drink is always clean and cold. No more sandy or dirty cans or bottles. It even holds your drink with a Koozie on it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $37.95.

    22. A sturdy patio umbrella that'll give you plenty of shade from the sun on hot days. It's so dang easy to adjust too, so you can stay cool and sunburn-free while you eat or lounge outside.

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    Promising review: "I got the red umbrella for my deck. It is big, beautiful, and the perfect color for good shade on a sunny afternoon. My deck is on the west side of my home and gets direct sun. This umbrella is exactly what I needed. The dark red provides nice shade for relaxing at the table with your favorite beverage and snack. The easy put up and take down is a plus for enjoyment." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in seven colors).

    23. A sunshade triangle, because sometimes it gets way too hot during the day and you need a little more UV protection on your balcony or deck. This fabric comes in multiple sizes, so you can get some cover and stay cool when the sun's out.

    dark blue sunshade triangle above neutral couches on deck

    It comes with three 5-foot durable ropes and a manual for seamless installation! And, if you have a larger deck to cover, you can always stock up on two or three to get the job done.

    Promising review: "If you're like me and can't stand direct sun, you need this. I didn't have posts installed, so I had to get creative and use my nearest trees and longer rope. The tension springs still make them very taught despite the extra distance I have. Love sitting on the deck now. I needed three to fit decent coverage for about 15 feet." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in seven sizes and 11 colors).

    24. An outdoor loveseat set to solve the not enough seating dilemma when you want to eat meals outside. A loveseat and two chairs provide comfy seating for up to five people at a time. The best part? The table doesn't only work for serving food and drinks: it also doubles up as a bench and ottoman!


    Yardbird is a small business that sells outdoor furniture, including patio sets, chaise lounges, and more comfy options to help you relax on your balcony, deck, or porch.

    Promising review: "I've been searching for a modern patio set that didn't cost me thousands and thousands of dollars. Anything I found was either poor quality or outrageously expensive. I then found Yardbird on Instagram! Although I was nervous to order furniture online, I went ahead and purchased it anyway, and I couldn't be more happy that I did. I love this set!" —Yardbird Customer

    Get it from Yardbird for $1,970 (available in two colors).

    25. Marshmallow roasting sticks for backyard s'mores nights. Wouldn't it be nice to get your marshmallows nice and toasty without a goopy mess?

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    Each roasting stick comes with two prongs and material that doesn't warm up too much.

    Promising review: "I have other telescopic roasting sticks but bought these ones because I find the prong on my other ones a bit too widely spaced. These ones are perfect for roasting a single marshmallow, holding one on two prongs so that it doesn’t rotate as it gets warm. The tips are dull, so they are ideal for young kids to use safely. The pole has a nice rubber end to hold and the metal does not get warm all the way up so it keeps your hand safe. The length of them is great." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.98+ (also available in an eight-pack).

    26. A set of outdoor lounge chairs that'll suit your relaxation needs and be easy to move around your patio. Curl up one of these babies with your fave drink and magazine and you'll be set.

    Two brown and white lounge chairs with teal towels on top

    Promising review: "These chaise lounges offer the perfect modern look we were going for and as a bonus, the front legs are on rollers, making it easy to move around our pool deck." —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $689.99.

    27. Solar-powered mason jar lights because even though it's warm outside, you can *still* make your balcony, deck, or porch look really cozy at night. Place 'em on top of a table, hang them from a railing, or prop on stairs for a ~twinkly~ aesthetic.

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    Since these are solar-powered, you'll need to place them in the sun to get them to light up. Five to eight hours of sun exposure will work if you want roughly eight hours of light. And if you don't want to do that, no worries, because they have a spot for an optional battery if you'd rather power them up without the sun.

    Promising review: "I purchased these solar lights last weekend for my front porch space re-do, I absolutely love them! They are high-quality, and work great. I like that they have an on/off switch on the underside of the lid, so I can turn them off when I’m finished using them for the night. I’m very happy with my purchase and will definitely recommend these to anyone." —Deborah M. Mehaffie

    Get a 4-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    28. A nautical-themed patio rug you'll love to ~sea~ when you walk to your outdoor sanctuary. If your patio is prone to heavy foot traffic, this gem is made with easy-to-clean fabric: Just use a garden hose to gently wash away dirt tracks and mud.

    A starfish-patterned blue and nude rug placed next to patio furniture

    Promising review: "The colors are what was pictured (often times hard to tell online). It is more textured and detailed than I thought from seeing it online. Also, it washes well. The first day I put it out, my child dropped some chocolate ice cream on it, and I was able to wash it off immediately with just water from a watering can! " —Ally G

    Get it from Amazon for $40.50+ (available in five sizes).

    29. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker for times when you want to listen to soothing jazz, indie, or R&B music at a picnic table or pool. You won't have to use your smartphone or computer again to play beats outside.

    A white waterproof speaker on a purple picnic bench

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a speaker for outdoor by the patio and pool. Nothing I find has actually been loud enough or even water proof until I found this! I love this speaker! It gets so loud and is water proof incase someone splashes it. It's worth the money." — Brittany Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $32.71+ (available in eight colors).

    30. A multi-tiered plant stand so you can display your succulents, flowers, and green babies. There's plenty of room for potting plants and your other yard-friendly decor too.

    Gray and wood multi-tier plant stand with succulents hanging on wall
    The Novogratz

    Get it from The Novogratz for $59.

    31. Ladybug wall art that won't ~bug~ your garden decor scheme and brighten up a bare railing or tiny backyard tree. You can line up these colorful buggies in a line *or* scatter them for a fun look. 🐞

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    Promising review: "I was searching for a gift and came across these little cuties. They are so adorable. They have a hook on the back where the nail head goes in and then you pull down to secure them, keyhole type. Colors are bright and shiny. So happy I bought them and a great addition to the boring railing." —Marsha H.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.98.

    32. A pretty seating set, because you can turn your bleak balcony into a little bistro nook that looks like something straight out of Paris. It comes with two folding chairs and a small table that'll be perfect for times when you want to sip on a cup of coffee or tea and chat outside.

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    Promising review: "So I have this tiny balcony for a studio apartment and I wanted something cute to fill up the space. This set is the most affordable and there were so many choices of colors. When I went for a walk around my apartment complex, I noticed some of the neighbors have the exact same set. Since my balcony is so small and I rarely have visitors, I only set up one of the chairs. I plan to get a small succulent next to decorate it." —Bunny

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in seven colors).

    33. Decorative throw pillow covers to place over all the boring pillows in your outdoor seating space. When the weather warms up, they'll make your porch chairs look a little more comfy and lively.

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    Don't have any pillows on hand? No worries, you can buy a set of these hypoallergenic pillow cushions to get started on your spring patio update.

    Promising review: "These pillows are so cute! I bought them originally for my patio and brought them inside due to the rain we’ve had the past few days and now I’m in love with how they look in my dining room! Trying to decide whether to buy another set. I absolutely love these covers and the quality is amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in eight sizes and 20 different sets).

    34. And Kan Jam, so you and the fam can get outside and play for the ultimate prize: an Instant Win.

    Two Kan Jam cans and a yellow frisbee on a beach

    Promising review: "This is a fun game for anyone, anywhere! I'm not the greatest with a Frisbee, but even I was able to play well. Age and skill can make a difference, but it is similar to corn hole (or whatever you call it outside the Midwest). A key difference is how you get to help your teammate score points. Awesome for the beach, backyard, schoolyard, etc., so get yourself one!" —Aaron P.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97 (also available in table top-friendly sets).

    You, relaxing in your dream outdoor space:

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