14 Things We’re Buying at Wayfair to Create a Backyard Oasis
Summer in the backyard just got a major upgrade!
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The backyard makeover
With the novel coronavirus pandemic closing summer camps and dashing vacation dreams, more and more people are turning the humble backyard into a Shangri-la. “Since early April, Wayfair customers have been focused on enhancing their outdoor spaces to really maximize function, making it a true extension of the home,” says Julie Cassetina, Wayfair’s senior PR manager. Wayfair Professional’s Outdoor Trend Report shows exactly how demand has grown in the “Outdoor Spaces” category. Read on for the affordable outdoor gems Wayfair’s trend watchers are seeing added to carts all over the country.
Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.
Daytona 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions
Amedee Gray Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
Searches for outdoor rugs—particularly in terra cotta and other neutral hues—are up 234 percent, according to Wayfair’s trend report. This iconic mandala-print outdoor rug will make your patio feel homey. Made in Turkey, a country known for its high-quality rugs, it’s durable, fade-resistant, and comes in a range of shapes and colors to suit your space.
Philpot 11′ Market Umbrella
Don’t let the glaring sun chase you back indoors. Get shade—and UV protection—with Freeport Park’s 11-inch market umbrella, wide enough to shade a 60-inch round, square, or rectangle table with six to eight chairs. A handy crank lets you lift and lower the umbrella as the sun moves, and a tilt button keeps the shade right where you need it, which is one of those super-useful features you might wonder how you ever lived without. Here are more clever products to help you stay cool.
Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit
23″ Kettle Charcoal Grill
Summer is not complete without that smoky all-American backyard burger—or veggie dog if you will. “The demand for grills is heating up,” Cassetina says. “Charcoal and wood-pellet grills are trending now more than ever.” This steel portable charcoal grill comes with a condiment basket and warming rack and is big enough to fit fixings for six adults. Don’t miss these delicious grilling ideas for your best summer BBQ.
Resin Cascading Garden Tiered Fountain with LED Light
Let the sound of running water bring a meditative calm to your backyard space. This cascading three-bowl garden fountain from Wildon Home is made of durable resin that looks like natural stone. It recycles one gallon of water from a hidden reservoir around multiple pools, which can be lit at night with low-voltage LED lights (included). Adding a water feature is one of the budget-friendly landscaping fixes that look expensive.
Bulb Globe String Lights
There’s a reason nearly 850 reviewers have given these solar-powered string lights four and a half stars. Using just one rechargeable battery and a day’s worth of sunshine, this 30-count string light set provides seven to eight hours of ambient glow for your deck or patio. Leave the power button on so the lights will automatically switch on when the sky turns dark.
Barcus Recycled Plastic Pot Planter
Add colorful blooms to your nature-scape with this durable, lightweight planter. It’s made in the USA from recycled BPA-free plastic, with drainage holes at the bottom to keep roots healthy. The 22-inch wide planter, which comes in white, stone, black, and terra cotta, has earned five-star reviews across the board. Psst… These are the gardening secrets your local garden center won’t share.
Rolled Bamboo Fence Panel
Backyard X-Scapes makes this eight-foot bamboo fencing to create natural-looking privacy. It will easily—and inexpensively—define your space and keep you from having to look at your neighbors (or have them look at you). When you’re ready to invest, these are the best privacy plants for your backyard.
800 Lumens Overhead Projector
Some of the best summer fun happens after sundown. “There’s an increase in demand for recreational items, including movie projectors, as consumers look for outdoor entertainment for the whole family,” Cassetina says. This compact, lightweight projector gets four and a half stars from reviewers, who say it’s an affordable, user-friendly way to play movies, slide shows, and even video games. One reviewer writes, “My husband is in love.” These are the best backyard movies to watch this summer.
Yuba City 5-Piece Dining Set
Solids 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set
Banh Indoor/Outdoor Lumbar Pillow
Add the finishing touch to your outdoor seating with this pair of striking graphic-print pillows, made of durable fade-resistant fabric that’s treated with Scotchgard to repel liquids and block stains. Reviewers give these lumbar pillows five stars for style, size, and comfort.
This miniature version of a true Japanese lantern, made of concrete with an aged patina, will bring the zen to your garden. It arrives fully assembled and is designed to last a lifetime outside. One reviewer writes, “If you like the symbolism of the Japanese lanterns, you will love this one. One of our flower bed lights shines on it at night and it looks great. So glad I bought it.”
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