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    38 Tips And Tricks To Make Your Outdoor Space Look Like Something Out Of A Magazine

    Your outdoor space is about to be ready for its close-up.

    1. Use a small wicker couch and matching ottoman with storage to provide you and your bestie with a place to comfortably sit when it comes to enjoying a cocktail al fresco. 

    Promising review: "I am pleased with this product so far. The cushions are comfy and it's a good height for sitting. Assembly was easy and didn't take long. I can't wait to enjoy more days on my porch with this set." —Kathrin Kimmons

    Get it from Amazon for $209.99+ (available in three cushion colors).

    2. Section off a special area of your backyard with some interlocking Teak tiles. No tools or glue are required, the tiles just snap together. Teak is also a preferred wood for all outdoor stuff because of its ability to survive through all types of weather. It is one of the few woods around that contains a natural oil which repels water.

    3. Perfectly illuminate your outdoor space with a 48-foot strand of dimmable, waterproof, and shatterproof string lights. They say lighting makes the room, so I guess that applies to outside, too!

    backyard patio with stringlights

    4. If your wooden deck, railings, or furniture were neglected this past winter (and perhaps for years before that), make them like new again with a hardwood oil treatment that not only stains wood, but seals it so it's waterproof and protected against harsh UV rays. 

    Reviewer photo of railing on their deck showing the treatment is repelling water droplets
    Reviewer before and after photo showing the oil colored their deck and made it shiny

    Promising review: "I applied this product on an uncovered deck, which takes a beating from the sun and rain in the summertime and snow sits on the deck in the wintertime. I've tried several other wood sealers but nothing we have used holds up as well as this product. When it rains you can watch the water bead up and run off so you know that this product is working. I apply this product every summer to my deck to keep it in top shape. I also apply this sealer to the wooden floor of our covered porch and the boards shine like brand new. Probably would not have to apply every year to the covered floor area but I do." —Bubba

    Get it from Amazon for $25.22+ (available in nine colors and three styles).

    5. Take an extremely comfortable nap outside on this quilted hammock with a detachable pillow. Each hammock can hold up to 450 pounds, so grab a loved one and get to snuggling.

    6. Use a can of concrete paint to make stained, peeling, and faded concrete porches and patios a consistent, smooth color and texture that has a low luster. One can covers 300–400 square feet on smooth surfaces and 200–300 square feet on rough surfaces. Talk about a glow up! 

    Promising review: "Excellent! Easy to use and clean up. My outdoor patio is a little rough and it took a full gallon to cover 200 square feet." —RLB

    Get a gallon from Amazon for $29.31.

    7. Make your outdoor space the hottest lounge in town with a sectional with matching coffee table. The best part about this sectional is its flexibility — the set comes with four armless chairs and two corner chairs, so you can create a lot of different layouts depending on your needs. Oh, and the cushion covers come off and are washable!

    An outdoor sectional and matching coffee table are shown on a deck

    8. Place a customized outdoor pillow in your backyard seating area so guests feel welcome from the get-go. It's made from a burlap-like material, so it'll give major farmhouse vibes. 

    White rectangular pillow inside brown wicker basket that reads
    Gift A Pillow/Etsy

    It comes with the insert! 

    Gift A Pillow is a family-owned small business in Ohio that makes personalized pillows for every occasion. 

    Promising review: "Great quality and they look great with our deck lounge chairs. Can't wait for warm weather!" —Jennie

    Get it from Gift A Pillow on Etsy for $38.95.

    9. Stick a solid copper drip- and bee-proof stake hummingbird feeder in the ground so you can be the pollinator all the hummingbirds visit. In no time at all your backyard will be a DIY aviary.

    10. If you want a garden but are low on space to plant one, try installing a set of metal hanging flower pots. Each set includes 10 planters, so you can plant multiple types of flowers, herbs, and other greenery to really make a big visual impact. 

    Promising review: "Lovely colorful flower pots. Perfect size to hold a single flower and they add such a nice pop of color to my yard. Very easy to hang up, no hardware required! I’m getting a lot of compliments on them. I bought several sets and planted bright flowers in them. I have them lining the inside of my yard and on the front of the house. They add a lot a cheer and homeyness for a simple and cheap project." —Maegan

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in multicolor, black, or white). 

    11. Lounge in a canopy swing that rocks and swings *and* provides you with shade. It's zero gravity, so when you're all tucked in you'll feel weightless. 

    a reviewer sitting in a blue swing using a laptop
    the blue swing in a different reviewer's yard

    Promising review: "We love this lounge chair!!! The price was fabulous!! (And just a note... If you take care of your things — i.e. cover up the swing with a tarp and bring the cushions in when not using it — It will stay like new. Sun and rain can age anything! Easy-peasy!!) This lounge swing is so comfortable, and made very well!! And it only took my hubby and I only 25–30 minutes to put together. Take my word for it... you are not going to find a nicer lounge swing at this price!!" —Marash

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (available in eight colors).

    12. Keep warm on chilly nights with a gas firepit table. It comes with a glass lid, so when the fire's not in use it can be used as a table.

    reviewer's fire pit lit up on their patio

    13. Block harmful UV rays while providing you with necessary shade with a triangular sail. A simple way to create a cool, relaxing area during those hot spring and summer days.

    14. Even if your outdoor space is quite small, you can still have a cute and practical place to sit with this small-space patio set. The minimalist design and pop of color make for a great combo.

    The patio set on a balcony

    15. Keep guests entertained with a cornhole set with major retro vibes. This will be the VIP when everyone's waiting around for their burgers to come off the grill during dinner time. 

    Two identical retro wooden painted cornhole sets on grass
    Shop Cornhole / Etsy

    Shop Cornhole is a small business specializing in unique and personalized cornhole sets. 

    Promising review: "We love our new cornhole set! We used it for the first time yesterday and were pleased with the quality and appearance of the boards. They're beautiful and I love the natural colors. We look forward to using it at my sister's wedding in a couple of weeks. Thank you!!!" —Vanessa Weseman

    Get it from Shop Cornhole on Etsy for $195.49 (available in 19 bag colors).

    16. Install a hanging hammock chair so you can enjoy long, lazy days in style. It comes with everything you need to mount it to your porch ceiling or tree, and reviewers say the whole process is easy peasy.

    reviewer's hammock hangs from a tree

    17. Get your lawn into tip top shape with a container of lawn repair formula that's specifically formulated to repair bald or brown spots caused by pet urine, high traffic, and damage from digging. The combination of mulch, seed, and soil will have your lawn looking green as ever ASAP. 

    Promising review: "I have lacrosse players and dogs and this stuff is amazing. My yard looked like an abandoned lot before this and it literally 'grew anywhere' just like it said. The bag I planted last year actually came back strong this year so I put more down and it is working like a dream!" —chchmom

    Get it from Amazon for $16.44+ (available in five quantities).

    18. Try this compact three-piece sectional and table set if you want to create a beautiful, spacious place to lounge around on while enjoying the weather. The chaise is actually a separate piece from the loveseat, so you can have it on the right or left side.

    A sofa chase sectional and small table are shown on a balcony

    19. Use an instant stain remover spray on outdoor furniture and surfaces that have seen better days. This remover works like magic — just spray it on and watch the stains disappear before your very eyes in mere seconds, no scrubbing required. 

    Reviewer's mold-covered white patio chair before using the stain remover spray
    Reviewer's same patio chair free from mold stains after using the instant mold and mildew stain remover spray

    Promising review: "I have a small three-tier water fountain in my patio, naturally the birds in the community have come to rely upon it for drinking and bathing. I literally sprayed this product and walked away, I actually left it on overnight, I got busy with other tasks. When I checked back all of the mold was gone, everything, with no damage to the painted stucco wall or cement and no scrubbing. Literally spray and leave." —Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29+ (available in three sizes and packs of one or two).

    20. Have a giant 4 Connect game on hand because A) it looks cool, and B) to keep your family and friends (and frankly, yourself) entertained for hours.

    Models play with a giant 4 Connect game in their backyard

    21. Host an outdoor movie night, thanks to this portable 100-inch movie screen. Now that a lot of movies are premiering on streaming services instead of exclusively in theaters, you can have your own red carpet opening night (ball gowns and tuxedos optional). 

    Promising review: "I love the size and the fact that it takes five minutes to set up and five minutes to take down. Very portable and lightweight to carry. Very sturdy. I would highly recommend." —Kathi

    Get it from Amazon for $88.96 (also available in 120-inch size).