14 Things We’re Buying at Wayfair to Create a Backyard Oasis
Your backyard is about to get a major upgrade!
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The backyard makeover
With the pandemic continuing to dash 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. While you’re at it, add a dose of fun to your great outdoors with these 11 best backyard games for the whole family.
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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. Check out these other affordable home decor ideas that will totally transform 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 rectangular 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.
Jackman Steel Wood-Burning Fire Pit
A crackling campfire is the heart and soul of a summer or fall evening, inviting s’mores, storytelling, and all the warm and fuzzy feelings of childhood. Which is likely why searches for fire pits are up 173 percent at Wayfair. This Jackman wood-burning steel set from Millwood Pines gets top marks from reviewers, who especially appreciate its durable design and the spark screen for catching flying embers. Setting up a fire pit is one of the easy home projects you’ll wish you’d done sooner.
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 next BBQ.
Resin Rock Fountain
Let the sound of running water bring a meditative calm to your backyard space. This cascading four-level garden fountain is made of durable resin that will make you feel at one with nature. Add in the low blue lighting and it’s a recipe for some serious R&R. 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. Here are more things you need for a safe BBQ.
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 fall 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.” Here’s what else you need for a DIY backyard movie theater.
Yuba City 5-Piece Dining Set
Markita 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set
Set for supper with boldly hued outdoor dinnerware inspired by the beloved mid-century brand Fiesta Ware. The service for four—featuring a dinner plate, salad plate, and cereal bowl in blue, green, orange, and pink—is made of lightweight but durable melamine, so it won’t chip or break. Did we mention it’s also dishwasher-safe? If you’re ready to travel, pack up your melamine plates and this other essential camping gear and head to the best campsite near you.
Jayden Indoor/Outdoor Lumbar Pillow
Add the finishing touch to your outdoor seating with a few of these striking geometric-print pillows, made of durable, fade-resistant fabric and available in five colors. 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. Reviewers rave that it’s “beautiful,” “super high quality,” and “very sturdy,” meaning that it won’t topple on even the windiest of days. One happy buyer even put LED candles inside it, “so it looks amazing at night as well.” To upgrade the rest of your abode, check out these 17 clever home improvement ideas under $200.
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