Gardens, backyards, and patios are all there to make your outdoor environment look great, but with just a little bit of effort, they can also become places where you and your family can relax, have fun, and spend some quality time together. For those who are looking for convenient updates for their outdoor areas, we offer a few simple and easy ideas.
Use storage furniture
No matter how neatly trimmed your lawn is or how beautiful your flowers are, toys and gardening tools scattered around will ruin the picture. This is where storage furniture comes to the rescue – ottomans are treasured for their versatility as they allow you to sit on them and store items inside them at the same time, outdoor cubbies are convenient and affordable storage for gardening tools, and you can also use a good old storage bench. Simply put soft cushions on it and relax, and when you go inside, put toys, cushions, and blankets in your storage furniture.
Those who already have a fireplace in the living room know what a pleasure and joy it is to curl up beside the fire with a good book and a cup of sweet tea. The same goes for your backyard; a fireplace in an outdoor living space is the place where people will naturally want to gather. For those with enough time and money, a full-size fireplace is a good choice, but those who would like something a bit less extravagant could try fire pits, as these are both flexible and affordable.
Make a swing
Swings are amazing – they are fun and they can make the whole space look more inviting. The best thing about swings is that they can be made by upcycling old stuff you wanted to throw away. Broken chairs, old skateboards, car tires, plastic buckets and fruit boxes can all easily be transformed into the ultimate source of fun – the swing!
You can make bird feeders using pretty much anything: tea cups, tin cans, glass and plastic bottles, and even mason jars. You can use old tea cups and bottles to add more color to your backyard, or you can use a plain old lid from a mason jar. Simply mix some all-purpose flour with wild bird seed and light corn syrup, and add some gelatin and water. The mixture will be sticky, which is perfect for creating different shapes and filling the lids. Leave it overnight, place it on the nearest tree or your porch the next day, and wait for birds to join the feast.
Why don’t you try growing your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs in a convenient vertical garden? You only need enough vertical space and you can start: mount flower pots or even mason jars to a wall and use them to grow your own tomatoes or basil. You can also use ordinary mounting frames and skip all the wall-drilling and the mess. The best thing is that this useful project can be something that both children and parents can enjoy – children will get to be all messy and dirty but they will learn a lot about plants and gardening, and parents will spend more quality time with their kids.
It doesn’t matter whether your patio and garden are traditional and simple or modern and elegant; if you make a bit of effort and show off your creativity, you will turn the space from ordinary to fun in just one weekend. Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family members for help with the ideas (and realization of those ideas) because that way, your job will be finished sooner and you’ll have more time to enjoy your new and improved outdoor area.