DIY It! Five Easy Patio Set-Ups

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A simple patio is easy to set up and incredibly rewarding.  No other room can make workday worries melt away like a patio.  It's that special combination of being outdoors and the creature comfort of sitting with drink in hand that make patios the best seat in the house.  These five simple patio set-ups bring outdoor lounging within reach.  With a helpful buddy, each of these looks is achievable in just a day.

Easy plants:

Buying outdoor furniture and accessories are easy, but what about the plants?  Black thumbs could stick to easy-to-grow plants like succulents, ivy or small ficus trees.


Throwing in a daybed makes the patio instantly welcoming, inviting you to nap or sit.  Add the side table and the low maintenance plants highlighted above, and the patio's done!

If there is already a low wall in your space, an easy way to create seating is placing a bench foam seat cushion on top of the wall.  To create a conversational seating plan, one loveseat or sofa placed perpendicular to the wall will create an L-shaped floor plan.  To create the U-shaped floor plan shown here, place two loveseats or sofas perpendicular to the wall.

Outdoor dining sets are one of the most space saving strategies for outdoor seating.  This bistro set takes up very little space and seats four people.

Cabanas are wonderful.  The soft enclosure creates coziness and comfort in an outdoor setting.  This low-cost cabana is made of plumbing fixtures from the hardware store.  For a more refined look, paint with gloss or satin finish paint afterward.  Here are the step-by-step directions from Sunset.

Tropical vacation themed patios can take you away to another place.  Bamboo furniture is lightweight and easy to transport, so it's easy to pick up pre-owned options around town. A good source for bargains is Craigslist, Penny Saver or your local used furniture store.
(Image credit:  Sunset.)
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  • I actually like places like this. It gives me  a different taste of ambiance.

  • The last picture is simply my favorite. I actually don't like the color orange but I love the way how this patio is accented with orange. The ambiance is just so physically relaxing.

  • The vines up the fence look awesome.

DIY It! Five Easy Patio Set-Ups