Must-Have New Products for Your Deck or Patio

It's all hands on deck when you update your outdoor space.

August 14, 2018

If you're not enjoying the great outdoors, maybe your deck needs an upgrade. Check out our 10 must-have products to make your space more fun and functional.

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From Amazon

Grab some popcorn and Milk Duds. Elite projector screens come in a variety of sizes to fit your outdoor space (this one is a 100-inch diagonal and it's 4K Ultra HD and Active 3D projection-ready). They're motorized, so they drop down easily. If sticky little fingers can't resist touching, the screens can be cleaned with soap and water. BUY IT: Amazon, $195.26

From Snoozer

Don't leave Fido inside when you're out. A waterproof bed lets him hang with his favorite humans, and he can nap when he's ready. Choose from small or large beds; the machine-washable covers come in camouflage colors. BUY IT: Snoozer, $84.95

The fire's been burning since the world's been turning--or so goes the Billy Joel song. This one is burning in a Third Rock Globe Fire Pit. Each handmade pit is made from carbon steel with an iron oxide patina. The globe comes with a steel base that's 19" in diameter and 6" tall, but be safe: ignite the flames only on a fireproof surface. BUY IT: Plow & Hearth, $1,490.95

From Trex

You can party long after sunset with the warm glow of outdoor lighting. Opt for energy-efficient LED lights to illuminate your stair risers, railings or your deck itself. These weather-resistant lights, from Trex, can be installed with a new deck or added to an existing one. BUY IT: Dealers and prices vary

From Lowe's

Escape the heat when you install Coolaroo outdoor roller shades around your patio, gazebo or deck; they'll cut down on the UV exposure and glare, too. The manufacturer says these cordless shades are safer to use around children than corded models, but corded styles are also available. BUY IT: Lowe's, prices vary

From Pier 1

Raise the top on a Cabana Sunasan Bed, and you've got a shady spot for relaxing. Lower it to soak up some rays. Shown in espresso brown, this convertible lounger uses a UV-resistant cushion that's sold separately. Wipe spills and smudges off the handwoven exterior with a soft, damp cloth. BUY IT: Pier 1, $599.99

Roll out a bar cart when you're entertaining, and you can stop running back and forth to the kitchen. This teak cart is beautiful and useful, thanks to a built-in, removable ice bucket and stainless steel tub that holds cans and bottles. Over time, the teak ages to an attractive silvery color. BUY IT: Frontgate, $1,299

From Wayfair

As Jimmy Buffet says, it's five o'clock somewhere. Be ready for happy hour with your very own Tiki bar. The bar comes unassembled, but for an additional fee, Wayfair will connect you to a local assembly expert. It's made of North American white cedar and has an authentic Mexican palm-thatched roof. Pull up a bar stool (two are included) and forget the time. BUY IT: Wayfair, 3-Piece Tiki Hut, $4,499.99

Got a spectacular view from your deck? Railings are vital safety features, but they can spoil the scenery. "Invisible" railing systems, like the SLX InvisiRail, use tempered glass panels and sleek posts so you can see forever--or at least into the backyard. They can be custom designed to fit your space; matching stair rail kits are sold separately. BUY IT: Dealers and prices vary

From Amazon

Think of these nesting snack tables as TV trays for the outdoors. The all-weather tables, which come in a set of two, have steel frames that are powder-coated to resist rusting, and they adjust to three different heights to fit under the arm of most chairs. BUY IT: Amazon, $79.95

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