Patio Decorating on the Cheap

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Of all the furnished rooms and areas in and around your apartment, you should spend the least amount of money on patio decorating. Keeping within a reasonable budget shouldn’t be difficult because you only need a few key pieces–no need to go overboard with spending money on fancy pillows, wall hangings and accessories that you would use to furnish your living, dining or bedroom spaces. Plus a patio only gives you limited space to work with. Limited space means you’re less likely to overspend. Read on for some ideas.

Think About Seating First

The purpose of most patios is to provide a relaxing space to sit and enjoy the weather outside. The seating you purchase for your patio is bound to be the most expensive item (if you choose to go ahead and buy one). A good way to go is to purchase a couple of wrought iron chairs with a small matching beverage table. You can typically purchase these as sets from any major retailer, like WalMart or Target. If you wait until the end of the summer season, you’ll likely be able to find one on sale or clearance. It’ll run you anywhere from $50 to $75.

If you’d prefer to go even cheaper, consider purchasing a bench or a couple of plastic chairs. You can decorate with one or two outdoor pillows.

Find An Outdoor Rug

A great way to spruce up your patio without spending much money is by purchasing an outdoor rug. You can find them just about anywhere, and a reasonably priced one will only set you back about $30.

Purchase a Couple of Potted Plants

Adding some greenery to your outdoor area will make it look inviting and add texture and depth. Not only will you have all kinds of options, plants are very inexpensive. You can buy several small potted plants to line up in a row, you could purchase one large potted plant to sit next to your door or you could even buy a hanging flower pot, among other options. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can paint the terra cotta pots in which your plants are placed. Truly, you could choose to forgo the seating and the outdoor rug and decorate only with plants. Plants are a fantastic way to create a lush setting.

Find an Inexpensive Outdoor Wall Hanging

For around $15 to $20, you can find a simple outdoor wall hanging to place on your patio. From sun to star motifs, there are all kinds of types from which you can choose. And they won’t break the bank!

All things considered, for a nicely decorated patio you can expect to spend between $50 to $100-not bad in the grand scheme of decorating costs. If that seems like too much, look for little details to give your patio a bit of added flair. A potted plant here and a simple wall hanging there could very well do the trick for less than $30.

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Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

One Response to “Patio Decorating on the Cheap”

  1. August 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm, John C said:

    Simple but great tips!
    I like having potted plants because they have advantages. One is that we can rearrange them anytime because they are handy. Best for decorating a patio or porch.
    Decorating with a patio heater also makes a livable outdoor room.


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