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6 Outdoor Patio Ideas on a Budget

2021 is the year that I am finally focusing on my patio space. Last year I made some improvements because I was at home all day. I realized how important it is to have a comfy outdoor living space, especially during the summer months.

I ended up sitting on lounge chairs reading and listening to music while playing with my cats and dogs. It was honestly the best part of lockdown. But, I also decided to focus on landscaping and adding more plants and flowers to make the space "greener".

I've been browsing around Amazon to find cheap budget-friendly patio decor that will bring some much-needed improvements to our outdoor patio and yard.

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. As a member of the Amazon Associates Program, I earn a commission on qualifying purchases.

If you want to make your outdoor living space more welcoming, you're probably asking:

How do I make my patio look good on a budget?

You can add inexpensive decor elements such as patio furniture cushions, hammocks, plants, decor, and more. Keep reading to see my top ten must-have patio items.

Even if you have a tiny space, I've got some small patio decorating ideas on a budget.

Think of it like giving your space a quick makeover!


Laying down an outdoor rug is a great way to make a patio feel more "homely". You can play around with color and make the space pop. What I like about outdoor rugs is that they are usually very durable and easy to clean. Plus, they can cover up any broken tiles or flooring.

Many of these reversible outdoor rugs cost less than $50 and they add some nice color and pattern to an otherwise plain patio or deck. This particular TIDYON rug is made of plastic material that's really easy to wipe clean. What I like about this one is that it's kid and pet-friendly because it doesn't scratch and you can simply flip it over when it gets messy.


There's something about hearing water that calms me down. If you're like me, you might enjoy having a small or mid-sized water fountain on your deck or patio. These decorative outdoor water fountains are great pieces that add a touch of luxury to your space.

I've found two really nice options:

This cute enamel pitcher fountain costs $150 and it doesn't waste water because the water re-circulates. When you need some calming ASMR, this small fountain can turn your patio into a relaxing oasis.

A rock fountain is probably the most popular choice for most outdoor spaces. The Peaktop 201601PT Water 4 Tiered Bowls Floor Stacked Stone Waterfall Fountain with LED Lights costs $150 and it has pretty LED lights that look great at night.

This fountain will make you feel like you're at a spa!

You can always place fountains between some tall leafy plants to create a zen zone. If you don't have other water sources on your property, a small outdoor fountain is a great way to make the patio more interesting.

3. Stylish Cushions

Outdoor seating doesn't have to just mean some boring grey lounge chairs. The best way to experiment with color is with cushions and outdoor pillows. You can of course keep it neutral and modern too. It depends on your personal style but adding oversized cushions can really make the whole place pop.

Comfy cushions will make everyone feel cozy and you'll quickly notice how much time you're spending outdoors!

I've found some very cute colorful cushions:

The goal is to find some comfortable cushions that are a bit thick. If you have long lounge chairs, go for long cushions to cover the back too.

4. Hammock

If you're lucky enough to have a large enough space for a hammock, get one. I just purchased a hammock and I set it up on two trees in the garden. Let me tell you, it's been a joy so far. Now if only it would stop raining so I can enjoy reading and a cup of tea out there, it would be delightful.

I bought a rainbow-colored hammock because it was only $26 and it looks very cool. Reminds me of the hippie era.

But, if you want to keep it stylish and modern, there are beautiful beige hammocks too with quick-dry technology.

Another option is a hammock with a stand. This is the best option if you don't have any trees where you can hang up traditional hammocks. These are sturdy and the great advantage is that you can move them around and out of the rain quickly.

Finally, let's not forget the swinging hammock chair. I was seriously debating getting this one but I had space and trees for a regular hammock so I chose that. But, I think a hammock chair is the cutest and most relaxing patio furniture piece.

The Bdecoru Hanging Hammock Chair Large Swing Chair is great for adults, kids, and teens alike. You can read, sleep, drink coffee and enjoy the nice weather in your yard.

It only costs $65!

5. Portable Bar Cart

If you like to have a drink but can't invest in a fully functional outdoor bar, then a portable bar cart solves all your problems. You can fill it up with your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and glassware and make drinks outside. This type of small outdoor bar is great for entertaining guests.

Look for a bar cart with wheels so you can move it around the patio easily.

You can click on each one to see which you prefer. P.S they're under $180.

If you're looking for some great cocktail-making sets, check out this cheap 8 pcs bartending kit.

6. Tall leafy plants

My favorite way to liven up a patio space is with a few tall leafy plants. The greener the better.

You can buy some palm trees and plant them in large ceramic planter pots. The plant in the photo is a type of ornamental grass. You can also use large pots and fill them with all kinds of colorful flowers.

I recommend vintage-style ceramic pots, but you can really use whatever you like. I added a large palm tree to my patio and then some really tall green leafy plants.

Look for tall planters that fit in those corners between the patio furniture.

What I like about tall planters is that they can also act as privacy screens if you don't want your neighbors to see you!

I also recommend getting artificial plants if your plants don't seem to survive too long. These fake ones look great year-round.

I hope you enjoyed my simple patio decor ideas.

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