10 Cheap and Easy Backyard Updates That Make a Big Difference

You don't have to empty your wallet to create the outdoor space of your dreams.

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August 01, 2019

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Longing for a twinkling pathway, a crackling fire pit and plush patio furniture piled high with pretty, patterned pillows? The backyard of your dreams is easier (and cheaper) to achieve than you think. Transform your existing outdoor space into an elegant and inviting oasis with our simple and budget-friendly backyard updates.

Our top tip for stretching your budget while refreshing your outdoor space? Build upon what you already have. Give your existing patio furniture a new look with all-weather toss pillows. This modern, striped design is a great buy because you can style it solo on an outdoor lounge chair or pair it with other pillows to add comfort and style to your patio sofa.

BUY IT: Striped Outdoor Throw Pillow | Walmart, $34.97 (Originally $40)

Tight on space? Snag this sleek garden stool to bring function and fashion to your backyard patio. This dynamic garden stool is constructed with a durable diamond metal base and a stained wood top that pairs well with any design style. Nestle it beside your outdoor loveseat to use as a side table or move it next to the fire pit to provide extra seating for guests.

BUY IT: Garden Stool | Walmart, $34.99

Never underestimate the transformative power of an outdoor area rug. This geometric rug will instantly elevate your patio and enhance your existing outdoor furniture. The handwoven design is offered in a dark gray or frosty green hue and is available in three sizes to best fit your space. Plus, it's crafted with water-resistant and UV-stabilized polyester to provide long-lasting backyard style.

BUY IT: Outdoor Area Rug | Walmart, $84 (Originally $200)

Why splurge on a brand-new patio set when you can achieve the same fresh look for a fraction of the price? Toss your dated and faded outdoor chair cushions, and transform your existing patio seating with this full-coverage cushion design. The forgiving navy-and-white lattice cushion is amazing because it hides any unsightly wear on your outdoor chairs. Plus, each cushion is crafted with a weather-friendly polyester shell and a plush filling to provide your patio with comfort and flair for years to come.

BUY IT: Chair Cushion | Walmart, $35.25

Give your backyard patio or poolside lounge an updated look with a resort-style striped umbrella. This nine-foot umbrella design is offered in several striking stripe combinations and features a canopy crafted from highly-durable and fade-resistant olefin fabric. The best part? The umbrella includes an auto-tilt feature that provides continuous shade and safety from the sun throughout the day.

BUY IT: Patio Umbrella | Walmart, $61.72 (Originally $123.93)

Get your glow on at your next backyard barbeque with these timeless outdoor candle lanterns. The versatile lanterns are offered in two sizes and feature weather-resistant metal and glass panels that shield flames from the elements. Add a cluster of these babies to your outdoor table as a cozy centerpiece, scatter them along the perimeter of your patio or dangle them overhead to illuminate your entire space.

BUY IT: Outdoor Lantern | Walmart, $24.97 (Originally $49.99)

Give your backyard pathway a polished look with this budget-friendly solar light set. Line each side of your outdoor path with these wire-free, battery-powered lights to create streamlined style and safety that lasts throughout the night. This eight-piece light set will wash your walkway in a warm and welcoming glow.

BUY IT: Pathway Lights | Walmart, $25.49 (Set of 8)

Add some fashionable fireside conversation to your outdoor space. This easy-to-assemble fire pit is crafted from durable, powder-coated steel and features a handsome black finish. It sports a classic lattice design that pairs with any style and adds an inviting ambiance to backyard patios throughout all four seasons. Each pit comes with a protective cover, grilling gate and a spark screen lifter to ensure your safety and long-lasting enjoyment.

BUY IT: Lattice Fire Pit | Walmart, $89.98 (Originally $117)

Swap out your typical terracotta planters and plant some fluffy ferns in this trendy, marble-inspired alternative. This modern planter is crafted from durable ceramic for outdoor use and features a faux marble and concrete finish. Each planter comes with a black metal stand and features a hidden plug to eliminate the risk of messy water drainage.

BUY IT: Marble + Concrete Planter | Walmart, $17.99 (Originally $30)

Green thumbs, go ahead and stick this raised garden bed at the top of your shopping list. We're obsessed with this durable raised bed design because it allows you to cultivate your dream garden without tearing up your backyard landscaping in the process. The elevated bed features a color-blocked design with dark wooden legs and a contrasting wood body. Move the bed around your backyard to find the best sun, or buy a pair and use them to flank your patio.

BUY IT: Raised Garden Bed | Walmart, $61.15 (Originally $96.57)

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