The second the temperature reads over 60 degrees, I am itching to spend every second basking in the warmth. I’ll bring my book, my Nintendo Switch, and even my laptop to do work outside. Because let’s be honest: we’ve all gotten a little more stir crazy these past few months. If you’re anything like me, you’ve noticed your outdoor space could use a little sprucing up to make it more enjoyable—and thankfully, you don’t have to spend too much to create an outdoor oasis.
Products like string lights, throw pillows, and outdoor rugs add a nice pop to your patio area. Even better, you can find all these items for $30 or less for an upgrade on a budget. Here are 10 highly-rated items under $30 that will elevate your outdoor space.
1. String lights that reviewers love
One of the simplest ways to add some sparkle to your patio, deck, or backyard is to hang up some string lights. This set features 12 large bulbs and is available for just under $15 at Home Depot. With over 100 reviews and a 4.1-star rating, reviewers like the large size of these orbs and say they’re a great way to add some pizzazz.
Get the Hampton Bay 12-Light Large Cafe Clear String Lights at Home Depot for $14.97
2. A bright outdoor rug that’s stain-resistant
With a 4.8-star rating from nearly 800 reviewers, this might be one of the most popular and affordable rugs on Wayfair. This nautical-inspired rug is stain-resistant, which is ideal if you’re worried about trekking dirt or enjoying a glass of red wine on your patio. Although only the 1'10" by 2'10" size is available for under $30, it’ll make a great doormat or runner while adding a pop of color to the outdoors.
Get the Beachcrest Home Springwater Striped Blue Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug at Wayfair for $28.99
3. A hammock that doubles as a swing
In need of some extra seating? Have some fun in your outdoor space with a swinging hammock chair. Although it’s priced under $30, it claims to support up to 330 pounds and reviewers agree that it holds up, though they do warn it's on the smaller side. Aside from the great outdoors, this chair would look great hanging in a child’s bedroom.
Get the Beige Cotton Rope Hanging Air/ Sky Chair Swing at Overstock for $24.79
4. Colorful throw pillows for outdoor seating
These geometric throw pillows are just the pop of color that your patio needs. Available in aqua or black, these waterproof throw pillows would look great on a white bench or neutral patio set. Plus, the covers are removable, which makes washing them easy.
Get the Sol 72 Outdoor Cambridgeshire Diamond Burst Outdoor Geometric Throw Pillow at Wayfair for $27.99
5. A popular ceramic planter
Although we’ve all been invested in our houseplants while in quarantine, some new outdoor plants could be the (literal) spruce you need. This gorgeous ceramic planter is available in three different sizes—and each is under $30. Reviewers love the minimalist color of these pots, the water drainage holes, and the fact they’re all-weather fade and stain-resistant, so the color will stay true for years to come.
Get the Better Homes & Gardens Teramo Round Planter at Walmart for $22.84
6. Wind chimes for some calming sounds
Is there anything more calming than the soothing melodies that come from a wind chime? It’s honestly one of the more relaxing items you can hang on your patio or deck. Reviewers are fans of this simple one from Wayfair and claim that the sound is a perfectly light twinkling and not overbearing.
Get the Zingz & Thingz Enduring Beauty Wind Chime at Wayfair for $18.99
7. Tiki torches that are weather-resistant
While classic wooden tiki torches provide a nice glow and ambiance to any backyard gathering, the bamboo can rot or get moldy from rain over time. These metal tiki torches from Home Depot solve that issue as they’re weather-resistant, and offer up to five hours of illumination with their refillable canisters. Reviewers love how easy they are to fill and were pleasantly surprised by how well they held up to the elements.
Get the TIKI Urban Metal Torch at Home Depot for $9.97
8. An outdoor canopy for extra shade
Now that most graduation and birthday celebrations have been limited to small crowds in backyards, we could use some extra coverage with an outdoor canopy. This one from Ozark Trail, Walmart’s outdoors brand, is highly recommended and should do the trick. At 4' by 6', it’s the perfect size for covering a buffet table or grill, and reviewers say it’s incredibly easy to assemble.
Get the Ozark Trail 4' x 6' Instant Canopy at Walmart for $29.97
9. A feeder that attracts the birds
An outdoor space should also attract a little wildlife, right? That’s where a bird feeder comes in, and this one is quite popular on Home Depot because it has a clean look to it and a secured cap that ensures pesky squirrels won’t make their way into the seed. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the critters who come to visit.
Get the Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Hanging Bird Feeder at Home Depot for $15.99
10. A cheeky gnome that brings the laughs
We could all use a chuckle or two in these trying times—and this “cheeky” gnome will crack a smile on whoever spots it. With a 4.8-star rating from nearly 1,400 reviewers, it's possibly the most popular gnome available on Wayfair. Reviewers claim it’s quite sturdy and is the ideal decor piece to hide in your garden or scare off nosy neighbors.
Get the Design Toscano Loonie Moonie Bare Buttocks Garden Gnome Statue at Wayfair for $23.90