​Your backyard is an extension of your living space, and who doesn’t want to turn theirs into a private retreat for relaxing or quality outdoor family time? Decorating for outdoor living in a fun and functional way can feel very expensive. But, what if we were able to find great and affordable backyard pieces to spice up your space?

​Search no more! We’ve got you (and your backyard) covered. With these affordable options you do not have to break the bank to create your very own backyard oasis.

Tip 1: Add Some Green

​Outdoor living is, after all, part of enjoying our natural surroundings. Why not add some flair, color, and personality with your plants and planters?

  • Perfect your green thumb with beautiful planters from Wayfair. Our favorites are here and here. Check your local nursery or hardware superstore and fill with your favorite greenery.
  • Prefer a one-stop-shop? Amazon has you covered with these all in one plant and planter combinations. Check out our favorite table top option here or here for something more customizable as far as size and style that fits just right.

Tip 2: Comfort Is Key

​Finding the right setup is quintessential for crafting an inviting space to highlight the extension of your home into the backyard. These fun seating options are ideal for relaxation mode!

  • We found a couple of outdoor sitting options for a hammock swing and fun chairs.
  • Got kids? We found ways to keep them comfy with pieces just for them, too.
  • Decorative outdoor pillow covers are an easy way to change out your design as your moods (or the seasons) change. Here are some fun options we can’t get enough of! Don’t forget the water- and mold-resistant, outdoor-specific pillow inserts.

Tip 3: Create a Theme for Your Outdoor Space

​Why not make a flexible space for all types of events! Our favorite? Backyard movie night!

​A few easy steps and you’ve got an elevated fun movie night:

  • Find your screen: Snag an old sheet (cost free and probably already on hand)
  • Get a movie projector: So many options here, but we found this one for only $49.99
  • Create ambiance: We're getting cozy with these cool string lights
  • And the most important tip: Don’t forget the snacks and blankets!

​Creating your ideal backyard sanctuary for under $50 is easy with these functional, affordable, and simple tips.

​Share with us how you’ve upgraded your outdoor living for you and your family!


Kim Young
Kimberly Young


As the Internet Sales Manager in Tampa, Kimberly is here to assist in whatever questions you have about your home. As a team member of our Tampa team for over eight years, she covers all of our communities and can help address a variety of questions you may have about our home building process, as well as home maintenance, home design, and what to do in the area. Outside of #ISMworklife, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family (#MomLife), enjoying the sunny Florida beaches (#BeachBum) and shopping all things Amazon (#TwoDayShipping).