Small backyard ideas to turn your space into an oasis


tThe season of outdoor hangouts is upon us, temperatures are rising and the sun is sinking below the horizon later and later. Whether fishing alone (cue the meditation track) or barbecuing with a friend, the great outdoors offers endless opportunities to de-stress. But what if your outdoor space isn’t so…great?

If your spot in the fresh air falls in square footage at the snug end, don’t worry: it’s entirely possible to create a multitasking relaxation HQ in a small backyard or patio, regardless of footprint. Start with a few crisp (and smart) furniture pieces, all of which you can score straight from Walmart, and you’re well on your way to the outdoor oasis. From there, it’s all in the small but fun details like plants, pillows, and poufs, not to mention the playlist. Just BYOV (bring your own vibes, though).

Keep scrolling for five little backyard ideas that will turn your backyard into a relaxation hotspot.

1. Main Pillars Geometric Outdoor Rug – $80.00

First things first: set the scene. A rug defines your space and adds interest, texture and an open invitation to come and stay for a while. This geometric number with navy blue print brings all the pattern and depth to create a specific zone to unwind.

better homes and gardens wood plant stand

3. Better Homes and Gardens Wooden Plant Stand – $23.00

What could be nicer than settling down in a cozy place? A cozy place dotted with beautiful plants and leafy greenery. You’ll need a few plant stands, like these earthy wooden ones, to display your newest plant babies at different heights so they all get the attention they deserve.

better homes and gardens outdoor cushion

4. Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor Toss Cushion – $17.00

Feeling comfortable outside is just as important as inside. So consider a plush throw pillow that is completely air-friendly. This textured version with tassels does just the trick, adding an unexpected pop of color in a boho-cool teal.

better homes and gardens market outdoor umbrella

5. Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor Market Patio Umbrella – $60.00

A chic umbrella, like this black and white striped umbrella, will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a distant, beach-like setting as you all chic sun protection. Bonus: It comes with an easy crank handle, so opening or storing the umbrella is a breeze.

Get inspired? Shop even more outdoor oasis essentials that will make your outdoor space feel so vibrant and carefree you’ll want to live there 24/7. (Plus, with the additions above and below, a few extra moments away from home will make your days — and nights — that much sweeter.)

Top photo: Tim Gibson for Well+Good

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