Ideas & Inspiration

Backyard Ideas on a Budget

DIY Deck
an unfinished backyard deck
  • If you’re looking for small patio ideas on a budget, consider building your own deck with the help of our project guide.  
  • Decks provide a wonderful place to lounge outdoors and enjoy your backyard, and making your own is an easy task for beginners to tackle. 
  • Once you build the deck, you can focus on the decor theme.
Add an Outdoor Area Rug
a backyard patio featuring a red and white outdoor area rug
  • Update the foundation of your patio with an outdoor rug.
  • These are made of fade-resistant fabrics, and versatile designs mean you can easily find the look that’s right for your backyard. 
  • Rugs provide cushioning to anyone walking on your deck with the added benefit of covering unsightly cracks and stains.
Affordable Outdoor Furniture
a backyard patio featuring a 3-piece bistro set
Get Creative with Lighting
a backyard patio featuring two gas patio heaters
  • Create a dreamy atmosphere with globe or LED string lights.
  • When strung from decks or around nearby trees, outdoor string lights add an affordably charming twinkle to any backyard. 
  • Consider outdoor lanterns or torches to illuminate darker corners.
Add a Fire Pit
a portable fire pit in a backyard patio
  • Backyard fire pits are often considered a luxury, but many styles are available at lower price points. 
  • Made from durable materials like steel and aluminum, fire pits are round or square and come in various sizes.
  • Adding a small fire pit to your backyard can create a cozy place to gather on cooler nights. See our guide on how to build a fire pit for a complete set of DIY instructions.