With the warmer weather and longer days approaching, one can’t help but want to spend more time in their backyard, soaking up the sun, enjoying a BBQ meal with family, and sipping on an ice cold drink. With all that time spent outdoors, you want to make sure that your backyard living space is as comfortable and inviting as your favorite room in the house. 

If your backyard is in need of a little TLC, but you don’t know where to start and don’t want to spend a fortune, then you’ve come to the right place. Our patio essentials buying guide might just turn your backyard into your favorite hangout spot. 

Change out pillows 

An easy (and cheap) way to freshen up your patio is by updating your throw pillows. Try adding  a new design or a different color palette to change up the vibe in your outdoor space. This  update alone can make a big impact for a low cost. 

Search the best deals on throw pillows on the Flipp App from retailers such as Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond

Embellish with plants 

It’s always worth it to add some greenery anywhere in your home. For your patio, try to experiment with different styles of planters and don’t be afraid to get creative with it. Paint an old tin can and create a new home for your plant baby or look for other items around the house that can be recycled and used. This is also a great activity for the kids, allowing them to contribute to the outdoor space. Mix it up with various types of plants or try your hand at your own herb garden! 

Browse for some new plants and patio inspo at Big Lots.

Play with color, texture, and patterns 

Vibrant colors, textures or patterns can really bring new life to any space. Figure out the color scheme or patterns that best compliment your furniture and accessories and plan your updates accordingly to create a balanced and inviting environment. Check out stores like Jo-Ann and Michaels for all your DIY decorating supplies.

Set the mood with lighting

Hang out on your patio all night long by adding some extra lighting. Incorporate some trendy string lights, solar in-ground lights, or a fire pit so you can take in that comforting campfire smell while roasting some marshmallows with the kids. 

Lots of options for affordable string lights at Walmart. 

Up-cycle or refresh old furniture 

Getting thrifty is an easy way to make your outdoor space unique and give it some extra personality. Try refreshing old furniture with a fresh coat of paint or use an old ladder as a stand for your plants. The possibilities are endless and upcycling what you already have is a great way to save some money.

Add a rug to complete your vision

The addition of a rug is the perfect way to tie your patio vision together. There are many waterproof rug options available so you don’t have to worry about your rug getting ruined by outdoor conditions. Rugs made of synthetic materials are best for an easy clean with the hose. Polypropylene is the most popular outdoor rug material as it is stain and fade resistant, can handle high moisture as well as heavy foot traffic. 

Lots of outdoor rug options available on Flipp. 


And for the finishing touch…accessorize! Add a beautiful tray to your table or some scented candles for a more romantic atmosphere. The Home & Garden section on Flipp is filled with decorative items on sale to help you stretch your dollars to the max.

We hope this patio essentials guide helps you to create a patio that you are proud of and can enjoy all season long. If you didn’t find what you are looking for, check the Flipp app for more deals on patio items.

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