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    47 Things That’ll Turn Your Patio Into Your Friend Group’s Ideal Home Base This Summer

    An ingenious table / cooler combo, some cozy string lights, an inflatable pool, and other things that'll give your patio a major level up.

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    1. Connectable Edison bulb string lights to ensure that all of your patio parties are truly ~lit~ this season.

    a reviewer photo of a backyard with strings of lights handing above a set of benches
    a reviewer photo of an outdoor gazebo with string lights along the edges

    Promising review: "I have ordered four boxes of these light sets now. I love love love these lights. When they arrived, I plugged them in while in the package to make sure they all worked. Then I unscrewed all the bulbs to make it easy to hang. I hung them up all around my balcony using a staple gun. When I finished I screwed the light bulbs all in :) I would highly recommend these lights. They are PINTEREST perfect!" —Cora

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in three sizes, three colors, a pack of two, and two multicolor packs).

    2. A nontoxic, family-friendly outdoor/indoor bug zapper for anyone who loves everything about lounging around outside except for the bugs. This lantern helps cut down on the mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and moths in an area up to 1,500 square feet.

    A blue lit up cylinder shaped bug zapper with a handle on top
    dead stinkbugs and moths in a tray

    Promising review: "Love this product and how efficient it is. It was recommended to me by a friend, and was the first thing I purchased after our deck was built. I am a complete mosquito magnet so I get a lot of bites during summer months and unfortunately am allergies to mosquito bites. This product has definitely given me the confidence to be able to sit at my deck and enjoy my time instead of constantly worrying about bites. As this is electric you don't have to worry about refilling like in tiki torches or repurchasing like candles. Plug it and done!! Love that it is easily transportable, easy to clean, and comes with a brush!!" —Alisha T

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    3. Or a citronella outdoor candle that mosquitoes hate almost as much as you hate them.

    Model lighting the candle

    Promising review: "These worked great over the summer! They are long-lasting and cover a large area. You can buy with confidence knowing these will keep the bugs away." —Bryan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    4. A durable adjustable folding umbrella so you have somewhere cool to ~chill~ on hot days.

    a reviewer photo of the umbrella on a patio in tan
    a reviewer photo of a patio dining set with an umbrella in the center of the table in red

    Snag a compatible weighted base so your umbrella doesn't blow away!

    Promising review: "I like this umbrella because the spines and base are sturdy instead of those thin wiry spines on some umbrellas. Much better to hold up to being upended in the wind. It also has the tilt feature, which is great to be included in this price point. The cloth covering is thick and will hold up to the elements. Also, the size is perfect." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in 15 colors).

    5. Or a canopy in case you need more shade than a standard umbrella can provide.

    Reviewer's photo of the canopy over their deck
    Another reviewer's photo using the canopy over their plants

    You can purchase the hardware to attach this shade to your home here.

    Promising review: "Have had it up for over a month and it is holding up very well to sun, wind, rain, and storms. I take it down when I get enough forewarning of strong storms, but sometimes we've been out of town and it has held up quite well. We roll it up and to the side using the installation kit anchors when we get warning for strong winds. But, like I've said, we've come home after storms to small branches down in the yard, but the sail was good. It does a great job of blocking the sun and cools the house and patio quite nicely from the summer sun." —Ms. Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in seven sizes and 11 colors).

    6. A cool hammock chair you'll love hangin' around in.

    It comes with two cushions and installation hardware.

    Promising review: "This came in great shape, it was easy to set up, and it is comfy and sturdy. As a plus-size woman, I was a little concerned about how sturdy it would be, but it is great! I've never felt nervous about hopping into it and staying there right until the mosquitoes come out." —Mal T

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. Or a hammock with a steel stand and carrying case if a hanging hammock isn't an option, but you still wanna lounge comfortably under the wide open sky.

    Plus, the stand is easy to assemble, disassemble, and pack up in the included carrying case for storage or travel.

    Long, but worthwhile promising review: "Features to love: The cotton fabric is sturdy and breathable. I never feel stuck to it the way I do in a nylon hammock. The setup/take down is super easy, and the frame is very sturdy — we have definitely put 300-plus pounds in it. 

    The ability to raise and lower the hammock with the multiple hook positions might be the best feature. I have bad knees and like to get into the hammock from a higher problem. My kids like it lower so they can reach the ground to swing problem. 

    It works great as a traditional hammock to lie in. It works as a 'swing' to sit on. It has enough fabric that you can cover up if you're cold or want to block out light or bugs. 

    We have accidentally left it out in the rain several times, and it dries great, hasn't faded from the sun, hasn't had any mold, and hasn't developed any weird smell.

    Things not to love: Nothing! This is a great hammock. It may not be as portable as those little nylon hammocks, but if this is for your yard and not for camping, this is hard to beat." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $81+ (available in a wide variety of colors/patterns).

    8. An inflatable pool for anyone with too small of a yard for an in-ground pool, but enough space for the next best thing. It's durable, easy to set up and take down, *and* it can fit two adults PLUS four kids while still being compact enough to fit in small spaces.

    Reviewer image of pool
    Reviewer image of pool

    Don't forget to get an electric pump too!

    Promising review: "This pool is perfect! It was easy to inflate with a small inflater pump. After opening and laying it out, my large dog just had to walk and lie on it, so I could see it was pretty durable. Once I filled it, which took maybe 30 minutes, it was ready for use. I would totally recommend buying this pool! Fun for kids and adults like myself who want to watch the sunset with a glass of wine and a refreshing soaking. Happy pool-buying!" —Pamela

    Get it from Amazon for $74.98.

    9. Or an inflatable hot tub because who doesn't want spa access in their own backyard??

    The hot tub on a patio
    Reviewers feet sticking out of the hot tub

    It comes with a pump that handles all the inflating, heating, and filtration as well as the massage system — did I mention the massage system?? At just the push of a button, AirJets release soothing bubbles that'll make you feel like you're at your own personal spa in your own backyard!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about buying an inflatable hot tub, but my sister has wanted one forever. After researching many varieties we ended up purchasing this. I am amazed at how well it works. I have had it for several months now and it is still working perfectly. The lining is thick and sturdy, and supports your back. It is easy to get in and out of. The cushioned bottom is more comfy than I expected. It holds heat well, we like it at 104 degrees and it stays between 102 and 104 while in use in a 40 to 60 degree environment. The bubbles are plentiful and relaxing and strong. I thought set up was quite easy, filters are easy to change and water chemical balance is easy to maintain. Five out of five stars. Get it!" —Kristine

    Get it from Amazon for $498.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A mesh raised dog bed so your pup has a soft, cool place to relax, too.

    Remember to never leave your dog unattended outside in the summer so they don't overheat! This dog bed is great for when you and your pet are spending some time outdoors together and you're able to keep an eye on them.

    Promising review: "My dog loves this! He is 11 years old and I hate for his older bones to lay on the bricks or concrete. He loves this bed and we can easily move it from the back to front yard." —Kristin M.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in six colors).

    11. And a fully enclosed mesh outdoor cat tent — now your feline friends can safely join you in the yard as well!

    Promising review: "I bought this cat tent because our two fur babies will sit in the window and cry if we are outside. I tried a leash, but they didn't like that, and they often escaped it. I came across this tent, and it was the BEST purchase I made. The quality is great! Both cats fit in it, so the size is perfect. Very excited that this is actually a product for the cats!!!" —hgrizz

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two colors).

    12. Light-up flowers for adding a little extra after-dark charm to your garden.

    an array of light up flowers glowing at night

    Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

    Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A portable, flexible mist stand you can bend into a variety of freestanding shapes and heights *or* wrap around trees and other structures so you can enjoy a cooling mist at any angle! 

    A model lays out in the sun while the mister sits beside them and sprays mist

    It even comes with an interchangeable flower-shaped misting head to add a little extra fun!

    Promising review: "AMAZING MUST HAVE! Best thing ever to cool off in the summer! I love the mister when it’s 105 degrees outside (We live in dry Texas), and I didn’t even know it came with the flower attachment for a cute little flower fountain. My little one will love that. The dogs love the mister as well. They haven’t left its side. So I definitely recommend this to stay cool in this summer!" —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $35.47 (colors may vary; also available in multipacks).

    14. A super satisfying-to-use electric pressure washer in case you need a little extra power at your disposal when it comes to cleaning layers of grime and discoloration off of your deck, patio, car, driveway, fence, boat, and more.  

    Reviewer uses green electric pressure washer to remove grime from their driveway
    Same reviewer shows clean driveway side and grimy driveway side while using the same electric pressure washer

    Promising review: "Power washer was delivered Monday, it’s Wednesday and I have washed two cars, cleaned driveway and sidewalks, cleaned back fence, and the work keeps piling up; everything I see now needs to be cleaned! This little dude does not back down; plenty of power and it's surprisingly not too loud. Soap dispensers work great, and the tips are easy to change." —Mar

    Get it from Amazon for $169.

    15. A cast-iron fire pit that'll make you feel like you're camping — but with access to your own private bathroom. Time to warm your toes and roast some marshmallows!

    gif of fire pit with fire burning

    Promising review: "This is a great value and it was very easy to assemble! We used it recently and found it to be a great addition to our backyard and it helped keep the mosquitoes away! As the weather has gotten colder at nights I’ve been impressed by how sturdy the fire pit is and by the wonderful heat that it provides us!" —Arthur Glauberman

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    16. Or a portable campfire perfect for anyone who doesn't feel like dealing with the hassle of building and cleaning up after a fire. Simply light it with a match or lighter and extinguish by covering with the lid. It actually puts out an impressive amount of heat without a bunch of smoke, so you can say goodbye to burning eyes and soot-smelling clothes. Plus, it's reusable, and each fire should last around three to five hours!

    Gif showing how to light the campfire
    Gif showing how to put out the campfire with the lid

    Promising review: "Great for a patio or stealth-camping. I always love hanging out around a campfire, but sometimes you can't just build a blaze. The Radiate throws a lot of warmth and light for its size, making it really feel like being around a campfire. It's safe to roast marshmallows over too! 

    Whether you're on a patio, a beach, or anywhere else you can't build a fire, this is a perfect solution. It doesn't produce much smoke, but still keeps the bugs away. I'm a backpacker, so normally I would write something like this off as WAY too heavy to carry into the backcountry, but I've carried a Radiate several times as a 'luxury item' because it's so safe and convenient when a normal fire is not an option. 

    The tin also makes a good trash bin when you're packing out (LEAVE NO TRACE!). $30 might feel like a lot for something to burn (unless you smoke cigars) but compared to a cold, dark night in the woods, it's very worth it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (also available in multipacks).

    17. And a pouch of Mystical Fire you can drop on any wood fire to magically change the color of the flames into a long-lasting, vibrant rainbow that'll delight you and your guests.

    A campfire with rainbow flames

    Promising review: "Mystical Fire Colorant is amazing. For a really fun experience, get some of these for your next camping trip. As if a campfire needs improvement...but this stuff is really neat. I'd say the adults love it even more than the kids. We only used one packet, and the colors were so good — seems like they lasted at least 20 minutes. There was even color left in the ashes the next day. We will never go camping again without several packs of Mystical Fire on hand." —TeNe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    18. A portable grill that's easy to store and transport so you can still have a fun BBQ hangout even if your outdoor space isn't the biggest.

    the portable propane grill in red

    Promising review: "This grill is great! It has three burners so the things that you are grilling do not cook unevenly. I purchased a 20-lb to 1-lb propane adapter and hooked up my 20-lb propane to it. It is easy to assemble. I usually prefer a charcoal grill over propane, but this grill came close to giving me the charcoal grill taste, it did not disappoint me. Awesome product!" —Michael S

    Get it from Amazon for $289.99+ (available in five colors).

    19. And a strong and bright magnetic barbecue light for anyone who wants to keep the grill going after sundown.

    Model grilling meat on a barbecue at night while using the lights, magnetically attached to the grill

    Promising review: "These grill lights are exactly what I needed! They light up the area so well. The magnets are strong, and the ability to direct the light where needed is great. The package they came in is perfect to store them in when not in use! I have recommended these to several people who also think they are great. I was worried they would be cheap and maybe not have a lot of magnetic hold to them, but they do!!" —LC

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    20. Or a tabletop barbecue if you don't have the space for a standalone grill, but still wanna enjoy some meats and veggies over an open flame.

    People grilling meat and potatoes on the white barbecue
    Bespoke Post

    Get it from Bespoke Post for $250.

    21. A three-piece wicker chair and table set that'll provide comfy seating and a convenient place to put drinks and snacks while making your porch look much more stylish than it did before.

    This set includes two armchairs with seat cushions and a side table with a tempered glass top.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this set 😍 I cannot believe the price of it. It shipped fast, and was fairly quick and easy to assemble. It’s a hit; I get so many compliments by anyone who rings the doorbell." —Mrs.Mathews

    Get it from Amazon for $118.98+ (available in four colors).

    22. A hummingbird feeder so you can invite quite possibly the cutest lil' birds in existence to join you in the yard.

    Promising review: "This feeder has it all: Easy to clean, large 32-oz. capacity, and it's inexpensive. I like the fact it is all red, no other colors to attract bees. All around, this feeder is a bargain and a pleasure to use." —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two sizes/shapes and as a pack of two).

    23. Or a drip- and bee-proof stake hummingbird feeder for yards without hanging space. All you need is a flower pot to stick them into, some sugar water, and a comfy chair to do some birdwatching from!

    a closeup of the copper hummingbird feeder with a bird perched on the side
    aa hummingbird flying towards the feeder sticking out of a flower pot
    CopperHummingbird / Etsy

    Copper Hummingbird is a small business run by Nancy Higgins. In 2006, she invented a bee-proof, drip-free hummingbird feeder for use in the hummingbird aviary at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona where she was a zookeeper for 22 years! After receiving so many non-zookeeper requests for her feeders she decided to open up a public-facing shop.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these hummingbird feeders. The cup is smaller — about two to three days worth of feedings. This is perfect to keep the food from going bad by being outside in the heat, which is necessary to keep hummingbirds safe. I have two of the hanging-style feeders I bought last year. They are still in perfect condition. My most recent purchase was the flower stake feeder and I am loving it also." —haleygymcoach

    Get it from Copper Hummingbird on Etsy for $36.

    24. A set of speckled hanging pots with drainage holes to add some fun greenery to your outside area.

    white speckled planters hanging from roof
    reviewer image of pot hanging outside

    Promising review: "I really love these hanging planters. Highly recommended. Lightweight, modern, and has drainage holes!" —thelma marie hart

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    25. A powerful fan to ensure that you've got the ~coolest~ patio in town. It'll help make sweltering hot days a little more bearable *and* to discourage bugs from trying to fly through the breeze to turn you into their personal buffet.

    Promising review: "One awesome fan for our outdoor patio. We were shocked at how much air this pushes. Mounted easily. Love that it can be outside in the weather. Helps majorly in keeping cool outside in NC heat!" —kat

    Get it from Amazon for $97.07+ (available in three sizes).

    26. Some reclining zero gravity lounge chairs with attachable cup holders to turn your yard into the ultimate relaxation station.

    Four of the chairs and one with the cup holder attached