Spruce Up Your Patio to Spend Your Entire Summer Outdoors (For Under $300) — Cheap Thrills

I don’t know about you, but my balcony is pretty pathetic. As a renter of a second-floor condo with a little screened-in outdoor area, it’s been hard to get motivated enough to think about that space and what I can do with it. It currently houses a small travel grill (that doesn’t travel), two “in the meantime” wood folding chairs, and my poor rusting bike that’s been quite neglected because it’s too annoying to roll it through my living room, down the stairs and onto the asphalt. But I’ve had enough. I’m coming up on my third summer spent in this home, and the time has come to set myself up for comfortably sipping sangria (in style) with my beau during the upcoming long, warm summer nights.

In playing around with some ideas for myself, I came to the realization, as I often do, that furniture, rugs, et al. are expensive. Why oh why does it feel like I need to drop nearly $1,000 just to have a cute place to sit outside? Well, I refuse to, which is why I rounded up these three set ups (with three different styles) for a small patio, all for under $300. I may very well take my own advice and spruce up my little al fresco living room to-be, the only question is…do I go classic bistro, funky boho or modern tropics? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Funky Boho

A little rattan and seagrass goes a long way to get a bohemian look for your outdoor haven. Throw in a mix of funky throw pillows and a flash of turquoise via a garden stool/side table, and you’re set!

  1. Outdoor Decorative Pillow – Pineapples at Target, $9.99
  2. Round Outdoor Rug – Ornate Natural Woven at Target, $99.99
  3. Outdoor Decorative Pillow – Black Dots Pink Border at Target, $9.99
  4. Small Metal Garden Stool Accent Table in Canton at Kohl’s, $39.99
  5. MASTHOLMEN Loveseat, Outdoor at IKEA, $140

Total: $299.96

Classic Bistro

This look was so affordable, that I threw a serving cart into the mix, because why not?

  1. Set Of 2 Parisian Bistro Chairs at TJ Maxx, $149.99
  2. Meticulously Woven Odette Contemporary Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug (3’6 x 5’6) at Overstock, $49.29
  3. Prime Products 135077 Table at Amazon, $33.95
  4. HomCom 29″ 2-Tier Wood Bar Serving Cart at Amazon, $52.99

Total: $286.22

Modern Tropics

Can’t book that trip to Tulum just yet? Sip your margaritas at home all summer long for far less than the price of airfare.

  1. 4.9’X6.9′ Multicolor Geo Flatweave Indoor Outdoor Rug at World Market, $71.99 (on sale)
  2. Acapulco Accent Chair in Palm Green at Improvements, $99.99 each
  3. DarLiving Atlantic Powder-coated Metal Side Table in Black at Overstock, $27.03

Total: $299



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