With summer just around the corner and many of us planning to spend a great deal of time outdoors, our backyards take on far greater importance. For many, this once-neglected space will need to provide a lot more entertainment (particularly for the kids) as well as peaceful respite. To help prepare your outdoor space for the season ahead, we’ve rounded up some products that can help turn it into your personal oasis. (If you really want to spruce things up, check out these DIY Pergola Kits.)
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$89 from Target
Imagine yourself curling up with a book in an inviting cotton hammock. Or perhaps just taking a nap and enjoying the breeze after hours of grueling yard work.
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$70 from Home Depot
When temperatures heat up, what better way to keep your outdoor space cool than with a home misting system? This gadget is designed to provide a cool environment for your favorite outdoor areas by delivering a continuous stream of ultra-fine mist, cooling ambient temperature by as much as 30 degrees.
$49 from Amazon
Nothing says “relaxing backyard space” like a bit of music to create the right mood. And if you’re going to bring the music outside, it’s much easier to do so with a wireless and waterproof speaker.
$146 from Walmart
Comfortable seating is essential for a backyard oasis. These loungers, which include five adjustable positions, are made with rust-resistant coating so they’ll last more than a single summer.
$99 from Lowe’s
This 21-pound steel fire pit measures just under 30 inches in diameter, small enough to fit on a patio but large enough to swallow an armload of firewood for an all-night campfire. Nearly 800 people give it an average score of 4.3 stars out of 5, though it’s worth pointing out that some otherwise-satisfied owners say assembly can be tricky and the lid may not fit snugly.
$10 from Amazon
Make evenings in your backyard slightly more festive and magical by adding some waterproof string lights. These have the added bonus of being solar powered so they won’t add to your utility bills and you won’t have to replace batteries.
$30 from Walmart
Turn your backyard into an outdoor theater this summer with this 120-inch indoor and outdoor movie screen. It can be mounted to a wall with tape or hooks.
$81 from Target
Protect yourself from the blazing summer sun in style with a fade-resistant canopy. This shade sail provides 95 percent UV protection and reduces temperature by as much as 20 degrees.
$309 from Ikea
Outdoor dining on a balmy evening is an essential part of summer, but dining sets can be pricey. Ikea’s offers a budget-friendly option made from sustainably sourced acacia and comes with two benches, and the table can extend to accommodate small and large parties.
$90 from Amazon
Anyone can buy an outdoor umbrella for some shade. But this option has the added bonus of including solar-powered LED lights to brighten your evenings outside as well.
$500 from Target
A lot of pergola kits go for the rustic or Tuscan look, all rough-hewn beams and earth tones. Not this midcentury-style metal pergola from Target’s Project 62 line of home goods. The 8-foot-square pergola has stainless-steel posts and wood-tone accents on the sleek roof slats. There’s also a hook on the center roof slat to hang a lamp or a plant.
$44 from Wayfair
With its multiple cascading streams of water, this fountain adds a meditative touch to backyard spaces. It constantly recycles water from a hidden reservoir so you’re not using excessive amounts of water.
$40 and up from Amazon
Fab Habitat sells a vast number of designs on Amazon, so if this one isn’t your style, be sure to look around to find something more to your liking. Regardless, it’ll be made from sustainable materials, so you can be guilt-free chilling out on your chic rug.
$192 from Amazon
A comfortable swing chair is the perfect place to spend a few hours enjoying a summer afternoon. You can sink right into its deep tufted seat cushion.
$130 from Wayfair
Add a little whimsy to your yard with this dragonfly bird bath inviting nature into your garden party.
$34 from Wayfair
Need to create a little privacy from the neighbors or perhaps just create distinct spaces in your yard for play and dining. These privacy screens won’t rot or warp outdoors or discolor. They’re also paintable, just in case you want to customize them.
$20 from Amazon
For a slightly more upscale outdoor lighting look, try these gold lanterns that can be hung from trees, placed on tables and more.
$30 from Amazon
Colorful and decorative, these handmade wind chimes made from Capiz Shells add a bit of musical zen to your outdoor space.