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Making your outdoor space (whether it’s in the front or back) comfortable and beautiful can be difficult. Let’s face it- you walk into any home decor store and the prices are sky-high, even if you’re simply looking for a nice chair to sit in. In fact, nearly everything in retail stores made for outdoor patio areas is ridiculously expensive, and who has time for that? It doesn’t matter if you are wealthy or not, budgeting has become a way of life for millions of people and almost everyone looks for the lower price tag. And just because the price is lower, it doesn’t make the product any less gorgeous or your outdoor area less attractive. Check out these super cool ways to upgrade the outside of your home without spending hundreds of dollars.

Outdoor Living Space Ideas on a Budget

Discover a plethora of inspiring outdoor living space ideas on a budget that will help you revamp your patio or garden without breaking the bank. With a little ingenuity and resourcefulness, you can transform your outdoor living space into a stylish retreat without overspending, thanks to these budget-conscious and delightful ideas.

1. A Swinging Hammock As Furniture

Ahh, seriously, what’s not to love about a hammock? Let’s focus on the exclusive benefits of hanging a hammock outdoors; low price, high quality, cheap seating, extremely comfortable, customizable, the best naps in the world, and highly trendy. More and more people are opting out of expensive patio furniture that is annoying to maintain and not weatherproof whereas hammock care is quite simple and easy. People are looking more into a boho-chic way of designing outdoors (especially for a company) by using hammocks, hammock chairs, hammock swings, etc. They are literally 90% cheaper than basic outdoor furniture and much more zen and attractive. Again, what’s not to love?

Best Hammocks by Outdoor Art Pros

Pawleys Island Deluxe Original Polyester Rope Hammock

2. A Cozy Ethanol Fireplace

Okay, I know what you’re thinking...electric fireplaces are super expensive and require a lot of maintenance and preparation. You’re wrong! If you have the extra cash and want a huge and luxurious fireplace then do it. But if you don’t, and you still want to create a cozy corner without the hassle of a fire pit, you should opt for a free-standing ethanol fireplace. They are inexpensive, customizable, make a huge statement even if they are little, and require almost zero upkeep. You will also be able to enjoy the warm and cozy feeling an outdoor fireplace brings to your home. All you need is to add fuel and a safe place to put it- click here for more safety instructions and placement options. Whether you are traditional or modern, there is a good-looking electric fireplace that would look perfect in your outdoor area. 

Valetta Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace


Valetta Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace 

3. A Small Water Feature/Fountain

Just like an electric fireplace, this might not be something on your list of outdoor decor items for fear of the price. However, there are way less expensive options (under $100) that you can place outside. The ambiance created by a small water fountain is greater than you think- the sound of trickling water and the sheer beauty of a water feature will have people talking. Also, they go great in any outdoor area, whether it stands on its own on a shelf or table or it’s placed into a serene garden area. And there are many amazing outdoor fountains to choose from. Wherever you decide to put a water fountain, you are sure to make a statement.

Buddha In Lotus Flower Tabletop Fountain

Buddha In Lotus Flower Tabletop Fountain

4. Canvas Art

For a quick and easy way to spruce up your yard or garden, consider adding canvas art to your outdoor space. The opportunities are nearly limitless, and you'll be able to take advantage of a huge wealth of designs available. And, with printed artwork, you'll find you can add a personal touch. Give visitors an impression of your own style, and compliment the design and aesthetic of your home with a tasteful assortment of hung and mounted pictures.
Here’s a hint: check your local thrift stores! Any thrift store is a literal goldmine for canvas art ranging from small to extra large- many of them being original pieces. If you’re not a thrifter (you should be) you can find large and beautiful pieces of canvas art for a very good price online on websites such as Amazon. Again, it’s all based on your design- feminine, masculine, modern, contemporary, etc, and all you have to do is hang it up to add a pop of originality to your outdoor space.

Floral Flight Outdoor Canvas Art

 Floral Flight Outdoor Canvas Art

5. A Little Birdbath

One of the most amazing options on this list is adding a unique bird bath to your patio or garden. Why? Because you can’t put a price on live nature living freely only 10 feet away from you. Imagine this: you wake up and pour a cup of coffee, hear birds chirping, and look outside to see a birdbath that you only spent a little bit of money on being used by birds- some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. You don’t need to be outside and utilizing your outdoor enhancements to reap the calming benefits of them, especially in this case. Birdbaths are relatively inexpensive and you are benefiting wildlife at the same time. How amazing is that?

Butterflies Are Free Cast Stone Birdbath by Outdoor Art Pros

Butterflies Are Free Cast Stone Birdbath

Final Thoughts And Honorary Mentions

It’s surprisingly simple to decorate your outdoor area, whether you like things to look ritzy or vintage. Also, it’s very easy to make this area look valuable and chic without spending a lot of money. Even better, all the options listed above are customizable based on your own personal style preferences. Here are a few other inexpensive items (honorable mentions) to upgrade your backyard:

  1. A garden/large potted plants
  2. A regular fire pit
  3. An accent item such as a large vase
  4. A splash of color (wall, wooden chair, table)
  5. A serene statue

The list could go on forever, but the best thing to do is let your mind be inspired by what you like and what you dream of your outside areas to look like. Budgeting is easy to do when you look in the right (and thrifty) places, and goals can be easily accomplished with a little bit of elbow grease.

Go ahead and transform your outdoor living space on a budget with these creative and wallet-friendly ideas.

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