9 Amazing Patio Ideas You Need to Try This Summer


Sometimes decorating your outdoor patios can seem tricky. Especially when you are trying to do it on a budget. Whether you have a small patio, a covered patio, a hot tub or jacuzzi - we have you covered with these 9 inspiring patio ideas.

Patio Ideas (pixabay)
Patio Ideas (pixabay)

Budget-Friendly Patio Ideas for Renters

Here’s a great way to spruce your patio if you’re a renter. Obviously, you can’t do anything permanent but a relaxing patio can be yours with just an afternoon of gardening and a quick trip to your local dollar store.


The Dollar Store sells small planters and hanging baskets for yes - just a buck each! Fill them with your favorite herbs and flowers. Use inexpensive plant markers from Target or your local hardware store to label each planter. Or make your own out of scrap wood or popsicle sticks! This makes such a charming touch to your outdoor patio.

Front Patio Ideas (Lauren @ Penny for your Dreams)
Front Patio Ideas (Lauren @ Penny for your Dreams)

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No patio can be complete without somewhere to sit! You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy furniture. Look to your local thrift stores or Walmart for the outdoor furniture, then make your own outdoor cushion from waterproof fabric at Joann’s. A lot of times you can find outdoor fabric, made specially to weather the elements, on sale at craft stores. It just takes a bit of digging but the savings are worth it.


So, even if you live in an apartment, you can still make a budget-friendly patio space that’s dreamy and relaxing this summer.


Front Yard Patio Ideas

Don’t have a back porch to decorate? No problem! You can create one in your front yard just the same. It’s perfect for taking in those summer breezes and saying hello to your neighbors. All you need to do is clear some room in your front yard. Dig away the grass area, if necessary, and lay down some beautiful pavers or gravels to define your patio area. Some large boulders and/or retaining walls help to further define the space and give you a bit of privacy from the front. It also gives folks a place to sit when they drop by. You can also create a covered porch by adding a pergola overhead, or perhaps plan ahead and create your front yard oasis under a nice big shady tree. Hometalk has a ton more of these front yard patio ideas just waiting for you!

Outdoor Patio Ideas (Switzer’s Nursery and Landscaping, Inc.)
Outdoor Patio Ideas (Switzer’s Nursery and Landscaping, Inc.)

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Hot Tub Patio Ideas

It can be tricky to incorporate your hot tub or jacuzzi in your patio space. Sometimes the hot tub can feel completely detached from the patio, throwing off the whole design. Well, worry no more! Here are some ideas to help make that hot tub feel more connected to your outdoor space.

Backyard Patio Ideas (Best Hot Tubs “Hot Tub and Pool Expert”)
Backyard Patio Ideas (Best Hot Tubs “Hot Tub and Pool Expert”)

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For starters, if you can build your patio or deck around the hot tub so you step down into it rather than climb into it, this makes a huge difference. Try to match the outside of your hot tub material with the decking material to even further support the design.


However, building a whole new deck is not an easy project to take on. Here’s a much easier hot tub patio idea. Just landscape! Buy some pretty planters and arrange them around your hot tub. If you plant some taller bushes or trees in the planters, you will even create some privacy for yourself. Also, add pops of color with pillows to your existing porch furniture. This will really help your patio feel like an extension of your home. I can think of no better way to ease into summer than taking a dip in your beautiful hot tub!

Hot Tub Patio Ideas (Best Hot Tubs “Hot Tub and Pool Expert”)
Hot Tub Patio Ideas (Best Hot Tubs “Hot Tub and Pool Expert”)

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Screened in Porch Patio Ideas

Screened in porches give you the best of both worlds. You are still covered from the elements but you still get to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. But how do you decorate it? Well, it’s simple really! Treat your screened in porch like any other room in your home and decorate it that way too.

Covered Patio Ideas (Lauren Kiernan - The No Pressure Life)
Covered Patio Ideas (Lauren Kiernan - The No Pressure Life)

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After a good cleaning of your screened in patio, lay down a colorful indoor/outdoor rug. A small table and chairs make a great addition and perfect place to play cards or have lunch or dinner. A screened in porch is also a great place to hang wreaths! You may not be able to hang wreaths outdoors but since your porch is covered - wreaths are fair game. A few floral wreaths scattered around will add so much to the space. Speaking of hanging things - don’t forget that you can add some art too! A few candles and a vase of florals and I would say your screened in porch is looking a lot better for the summer. 


Add DIY furniture to your Patio with Pallets

Pallets are one of the most versatile items out there. There is so much you can do with them and they are cheap! In fact, sometimes you can get them for free if you know who to ask and where to go. For this stylish patio idea, you are making patio furniture out of these sturdy wooden pallets. Patio furniture can be so expensive, and this is a great way to fill in a space to the exact dimensions you need for a great cost. After making your pallet furniture, be sure to add a few colorful outdoor cushions and throw pillows for comfort. Your local crafts stores like Michael’s and Joann’s sell the cushion foam and all you need is some beautiful outdoor fabric to make a cushion cover. What a fantastic idea!

Pallet Patio Ideas (Nazia Babar)
Pallet Patio Ideas (Nazia Babar)

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Install a DIY Paver Patio with a Fire Pit

Nothing says summer like roasting a few s’mores on the fire at night under the stars. If you thought fire pits were too expensive and too hard to implement - you are in a for a nice surprise. You can absolutely DIY your own fire pit out of bricks. You can also create your own paver patio! You can rent the equipment needed to make the fire pit and paver patio and buy the materials all from your local hardware stores. For a small space, you can have the whole project completed in a weekend. Now, this is a DIY patio idea that would totally transform your outdoor space.

Paver Patio Ideas (Unexpected Elegance)
Paver Patio Ideas (Unexpected Elegance)

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Upcycle your Old Patio Furniture

Maybe you feel uninspired with your patio space simply because you don’t favor the patio furniture you have. Here are some ideas to upcycle that old furniture and turn it into something you love. A quick trip to your hardware store to pick up some spray paint will start you off on the right foot. Chairs and tables (no matter if they are wood, plastic or metal) can be spray painted a new color very easily. Rustoleum makes a great outdoor spray paint that holds up well in the elements.

Patio Furniture Ideas (Deb Foglia)
Patio Furniture Ideas (Deb Foglia)

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You can also consider topping your old tables with a wood piece to create a more rustic vibe in your patio. Wood tones are very popular these days in decorating! And wood holds up well outdoors and is relatively cheap to purchase. Check out these great patio ideas for upcycling your old patio furniture. Don’t forget the umbrella!


Create a Privacy Screen with a DIY Vertical Garden

Small Patio Ideas (Carrie MakingLemonade)
Small Patio Ideas (Carrie MakingLemonade)

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A privacy screen is an amazing way to add that showstopper effect to your patio - all while hiding something unsightly and giving you more privacy. Here’s an idea for an easy and inexpensive vertical garden. And you can make this in under an hour! Take some hanging planters such as these galvanized beauties and hang them from a simple trellis. You can buy these wooden trellis stands already made either online or at your local home improvement stores. Even your garden centers might sell them. After securing the trellis to your space, hang planters from it and fill them with your favorite herbs and flowers. Cascading flowers look lovely here and help to “fill” out the trellis more. What a great way to create a wow moment in your outdoor space!


Create Your Own Stylish DIY Planters

Planters can cost a small fortune. If you have larger patio space, you are looking a sizeable chunk of money to get it looking like an outdoor oasis. Here’s a fantastic way to keep the cost down while making planters that only look really expensive. Make these stylish concrete planters instead! With a bag of concrete and a few molds, you can make a bunch of these and have them for years to come. You can also buy a few color add-ins to make colored concrete planters that will tie in with your current patio color scheme. Hometalk is an amazing source of inspiration and information for making these DIY Concrete Planters. Be sure to check out this article and more on Hometalk today! 

Concrete Patio Ideas (At Charlotte’s House)
Concrete Patio Ideas (At Charlotte’s House)

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I hope these 9 simply amazing patio ideas inspired you to spruce up and decorate your patios in style this summer! Which patio idea will you be trying first? Be sure to hop on Hometalk to tell us all about it and show us your brand new outdoor digs! And don’t forget, your fellow Hometalkers are there to help - simply submit your question on the DIY Forum and let others help you on your way. Here’s to a relaxing summer on the patio!


Written for the Hometalk community by: Karen | Decor Hint

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  • Tyree
    30 minutes ago

    I just love all of these ideas. I am in the proccess of getting my deck redone. I am going to sand down to the wood. I love natural wood. I am definitely a naturalist. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

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