27 Ways to Get Your Backyard, Balcony, or Front Porch Ready for Summer
These stylish additions help any outdoor space feel like a living room—one you’ll hang out in all season long.
Whether your outdoor space is limited to a tiny patio or you have a huge backyard to get ready for the season, these 27 essentials will instantly turn the outdoor area into an extension of your home. From cozy throw pillows to the cutest gingham umbrella, these editor-approved picks will turn the backyard into your new favorite part of your house. Warning: with these finds furnishing your outdoor space, you'll never want to come back inside.
Image zoom Woven Seat
The vibrant pattern gives patio furniture a fresh feel.
To buy: Two-Tone Peaks dining chair, $199; westelm.com. westelm.com
Image zoom Hanging Chair
Set it up when you need a seat; tuck it away when you don’t.
To buy: Lanta hanging chair, $179; yellowleafhammocks.com. yellowleafhammocks.com
Image zoom Café Table
The perfect perch for a.m. coffee.
To buy: Watermark brass bistro table, $249; cb2.com. cb2.com
Image zoom String Lights
Give your terrace an inviting glow.
To buy: Edison-Style string lights, from $20; worldmarket.com. worldmarket.com
Image zoom DIY Decking
Easy-to-install wooden tiles instantly cover not-so-pretty flooring.
To buy: Runnen decking, $30 (9 sq. ft.); ikea.com. ikea.com
Image zoom Plant Ladder
A vertical garden keeps fresh herbs within reach.
To buy: Satsumas plant stand, $40; ikea.com. ikea.com
Image zoom Durable Runner
Add warmth to a bland balcony with a colorful jute rug.
To buy: Jute runner, $56; blueribbongeneralstore.com. blueribbongeneralstore.com
Image zoom Palm Platter
Serve your guests family-style on a melamine tray.
To buy: Palm Leaf melamine platter, $38; shopterrain.com. shopterrain.com
Image zoom Floor Pillow
An oversize raffia cushion provides a spare seat.
To buy: Harbour Island floor pillow, $208; serenaandlily.com. serenaandlily.com 1 of 9 Advertisement
Image zoom Whimsical Doormat
Set the tone for your outdoor decor with a painterly entry mat.
To buy: Wildflower doormat, $20; potterybarn.com. potterybarn.com
Image zoom Pastel Cushions
Woven throw pillows bring a touch of texture to your porch seating.
To buy: Outdoor ribbon stripe pillows, $19 each; westelm.com. westelm.com
Image zoom Cement Planters
Liven up a bare corner with a trio of planters in staggered heights.
To buy: Gesso planters, $125 for 3; zgallerie.com. zgallerie.com
Image zoom Mastholmen Love Seat
A modern take on traditional wicker.
To buy: Mastholmen love seat, $140; ikea.com. ikea.com
Image zoom Rain Chain
These pretty copper links act as a gutter, guiding rainwater from the roof.
To buy: Link rain chain, $76; wayfair.com. wayfair.com
Image zoom Lightweight Throw
It gets softer with every wash.
To buy: Tasseled linen throw, $98; shopterrain.com. shopterrain.com
Image zoom Curvy Lanterns
Add a gentle glow to your porch with candlelight from these bent-bamboo lanterns.
To buy: Bamboo and vegan-leather lanterns, $45 each; worldmarket.com. worldmarket.com
Image zoom Watering Can
A sleek tool you’ll want to store out in the open.
To buy: Haws solid-copper watering can, $98; shopterrain.com. shopterrain.com
Image zoom Garden Stool
Use it as a side table, spare seat, or plant stand.
To buy: White garden stool, $90; pier1.com. pier1.com 1 of 9 Advertisement
Image zoom Gingham Umbrella
Make a statement in your green space.
To buy: Poleng gingham umbrella shade with pole, $240; cb2.com. cb2.com
Image zoom Lawn Bowling
Entertain kids of all ages with this set of wooden pins.
To buy: Toy bowling set, $49; momastore.org. momastore.org
Image zoom Modern Swing
Choose from four rope shades for this beautiful and sturdy swing.
To buy: Lillagunga swing, $159; finnishdesignshop.com. finnishdesignshop.com
Image zoom Square Pouf
Situate a few of these waterproof ottomans near the pool.
To buy: Preppy stripe indoor/outdoor pouf, $206; shadesoflight.com. shadesoflight.com
Image zoom Fire Pit
S’mores not included.
To buy: Cast-iron wood-burning fire pit, $207; allmodern.com. allmodern.com
Image zoom Mobile Cooler
Retro-cool, and there’s a built-in bottle opener.
To buy: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia green-footed cooler, $140; target.com. target.com
Image zoom Hanging Light
Loop this cordless lamp over a tree branch—a full charge lasts up to 24 hours.
To buy: Bolleke lamp, $80; finnishdesignshop.com. finnishdesignshop.com
Image zoom Picnic Table With a steel base and a wooden top, this sturdy table is built to last.
To buy: Antique white Avignon outdoor dining collection, from $140; worldmarket.com. worldmarket.com
Image zoom Heat Lamp
Fend off the evening chill in style.
To buy: Lamar propane patio heater, $235; wayfair.com. worldmarket.com 1 of 9 Advertisement