How to renovate your patio for less than you’d expect
Whether you have a small balcony in the city, or a raised porch in the suburbs, there is no better way to fully enjoy summer than in a well-furnished and decorated outdoor space. To achieve this easily and inexpensively, start by thinking of the ‘must-haves’ for your ideal patio, based on your space, and begin shopping through the second-hand economy. It’s easier than you think, and we have some ideas and tips to help you create an outdoor space for your best summer yet!
Think big on a small budget
Small spaces can also be arranged in a way that maximizes space. Looking for inspiration? The do-it-yourself (DIY) movement is a great way to start searching for trendy and efficient exterior design looks. If crafting your own accents and furniture isn’t up your alley, try buying used pieces. These two options are great for creating spaces that are original, low cost and that reflect your personality.
When it comes to materials, think long-term
Opt for easy maintenance furniture that can weather the winter months, especially if you don’t have storage space. For example, sofas made from concrete blocks or treated wooden planks can be practical and economic solutions. Relatively simple and inexpensive to make, your furniture can be the envy of your guests.
Life in green
Can a patio without greenery really be considered a patio in summer? Consider getting some easy-to-maintain plants and garden decorations to create your own outdoor oasis. Limited space? A vertical flower bed is a perfect option – easy to make, you only need to purchase a trellis and attach a few pots with flowers and plants.
Decorate the outside from the inside
Do not limit your options (or your creativity) by looking at outdoor-only decorations for your patio. Use carpets, cushions and other unique decorations to make your outdoor space truly your own. One-of-a-kind decorations that may not work inside can always find a home outside, making your balcony or porch feel comfortable.
Brighten your evening
When night falls, don’t let darkness spoil the mood. You can always use outdoor lighting to keep the party going and manage brightness. You can also opt for a soft glow with lanterns or candles in mason jars. Lighting can help create an intimate atmosphere at a low cost, and increase the utility of an outdoor space.
Learn How to Get Involved in the Second-Hand Economy!
If you’ve bought or sold used items, swapped, or donated, you’re already an active contributor!