You don’t need a big backyard or a lot of money to create a patio oasis. A limited budget didn’t stop us from creating a space where you could find shade, a comfy chair, mix a drink and watch the flowers grow. Follow these tips to design a dreamy patio space with just $500 and some minimal DIY skills.
Essential Garden Pop Up Gazebo | Kmart | $199.99
Raskog Utility Cart in Turquoise | Ikea | $29.99
Self Adhesive Shelf Liner in Graphite (2-pack) | Amazon | $12.99
Threshold 18” CI Floral Outdoor Pillows (2-pack) | Target | $23.99
Adirondack Well Water Patio Chairs (2) | Home Depot | $30.96
Crosley Furniture Griffith Metal 20” Side Table | Amazon | $37.99
Edison Style String Lights – 30 Bulb String | World Market | $44.99
5×7” Nautical Stripe Outdoor Area Rug | Kmart | $69.99
Annuals 6-pack (6) | Home Depot | $11.94
Behr Paint Sample in Lemon Zest | Home Depot | $2.94
Adams Manufacturing Ottoman in Banana (2) | Amazon | $25.30
Define your space
The key to creating a successful patio oasis is sectioning off a space. At about $200, this Essential Garden Pop Up Gazebo was our splurge piece but it provides shade, comes in with built in mosquito netting and creates a confined space we can work with on our budget.
Bring on the bar
Bar carts can cost hundreds of dollars but not ours. The Raskog Utility Cart is one of our favorite finds at furniture superstore, Ikea. It cost just $30 and easily wheels in and out of the house. For a personal touch, buy patterned self-adhesive shelf liner to line the trays with.
Kick back for under $20
Adirondack chairs are the perfect way to kick back and relax, but wooden ones can cost hundred of dollars. Or, pay less than $20 for these colorful, plastic versions. Outdoor throw pillows add a final pop of personality and the colors tie in all of the patio décor.
Don’t forget your feet
We found these inexpensive ottomans that can serve as a footrest or a seat for the kids. Plus, it was another opportunity to add color to our oasis.
Light it up
The right lighting can make any space magical. This 30-light string of Edison bulbs is 30 feet long – the perfect length to line 3 sides of our gazebo. Plus, we had a coupon code for 10% off to World Market, sweetening the deal a little bit more.
Add the DIY tough
Source: The Garden Glove
Every budget patio needs a DIY project with a real wow factor. That’s what we found with this recycled pallet planter. Buy a paint sample (typically 8 ounces) from a home improvement stores – ours cost less than $3. It was enough to paint our pallet, which know acts as a semi-wall, creating a more intimate patio space. Plus, we’re in spring so there are some great sales on annuals at home improvement stores.
The secret to pallet hunting
Spend 5 minutes on Pinterest and you’ll find dozens of ways to craft with pallets. When searching for free pallets, keep in mind big name stores already have systems in place for disposing of pallets. They probably aren’t allowed to break protocol and give them away. But your mom and pop nurserys may be more than willing to give you one if you ask nicely
Mix and match
Mixing patterns, textures, and colors are what makes this patio oasis come together. The white metal of the side table dresses up the plastic chairs. Plus, we don’t need a huge table because we can just wheel the bar cart a little closer if we need the table space.
Don’t skip the rug
Rugs can get expensive but with a little digging you can find a deal. Plus, it’s one item that can make a real difference in any space and is usually worth the splurge. We already have a lot of color in our space so we went with this basic nautical stripe.