As the weather warms and we start to feel the urge to bask in the sun, many of us are looking to our own backyards for an outdoor escape. Plus, we’re spending more time than ever these days at home, which means it’s the perfect time to give your outside oasis a staycation-worthy upgrade. From little luxuries to stylish seating to outdoor appliances and more, here are 16 outdoor things you deserve right now.
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There’s something so soothing about a firepit – and adding an elemental feature, like this wood-burning patio firepit, is a stylish way to enhance the relaxation factor of your yard. More than just great design, a firepit is also a great way to extend your time spent outdoors after dark (and even after the weather starts to turn a little cooler). Sunnydaze Crossweave Outdoor Fire Pit – 36 Inch, Amazon, $305.
Another fun and fiery backyard idea? Keep bugs away from your outdoor adventures in whimsical style with a playfully citrus-shaped citronella candle. Because the paraffin-wax candle comes on a stick, you can position it into a pot of soil or sand for easy portability (just be sure to keep it away from flammable materials, of course). Citronella Stick Candle, Urban Outfitters, $11.
Ready to Lounge
Who says comfy furniture has to be indoors only? Get your lounge on with a spacious sectional that’s designed for the outdoors. This outdoor sectional features a solid wood frame and yarn-dyed, weather-resistant cushions. Portside Outdoor 2-Piece Sectional, West Elm, $2,518 to $3,597.
A Place to Put Your Drink
When you’re setting yourself up for a relaxing afternoon of patio lounging, don’t forget that you’ll need a place to set down your lemonade. Stylish and boho-chic, this outdoor side table features a faux-rattan look that’s made from durable, fade-resistant PVC. Wren Side Table – Savanna, Urban Barn, $229.
When we think of outdoor furniture, we often consider two camps: outdoor dining furniture or outdoor living room furniture – but what about a comfortable place to kick back and nap on a breezy weekend afternoon? This rattan daybed from ArticleSol Daybed, Article, $989.
Rock and Roll
Want to rock your way to relaxation? More than just a staple for the nursery, an outdoor-ready rocking chair is a chic way to chill on the front porch or in the backyard. This sleek, teak-railed design features a weather-resistant seat and a sturdy powder-coated aluminum frame. Eleya Rocking Chair, Article, $729.
Add a cozy layer of comfort to your outdoor living and lounging area with an elegant area rug that’s designed for the outdoors. This subtle woven rug is made from recycled plastic bottles for durability that can stand up to summer storms. Arroya Rug, Article, $399.
Packable for the Patio
Go from the patio to the park in comfort and style with a lightweight, packable chair that’s made for the outdoors. This easy-to-carry chair is made from hardwood with a weather-resistant coating and a UV-, mould- and water-resistant coated canvas – so it’s perfect for outdoor relaxation. Business & Pleasure Co. Two-Piece Chair, Chapters Indigo, $189.
Put Your Feet Up
Perfect for adding extra seating (or for adding extra comfort) to your outdoor living situation, this weather- and water-resistant outdoor stool is made from durable polyester linen. Designed with an inflatable PVC insert, this versatile stool is easy to move. Fiji Inflatable Stool Moss, Urban Barn, $49.
Love to dine al fresco? A grill is an essential for mouthwatering outdoor meals – and a barbecue with all the bells and whistles, like this luxe stainless steel design by Napoleon, is sure to inspire you to get cooking. Napoleon Prestige PRO 500 BBQ Grill, Amazon, $2,200.
Of course, outdoor dining isn’t just about burgers and hot dogs – with the right accessories, you can turn your backyard into an outdoor kitchen. This pizza oven accessory, for example, fits on your existing Camp Chef stove – functioning like a wood fire pizza oven for fresh pizzas right on the patio. Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven Accessory, Amazon, $240.
Light the Night
Why should the fun end when the sun sets? Outdoor lighting lets you enjoy your outside area when the stars come out, while also adding chic style to your space. For an artistic touch on your covered patio or balcony, try an indoor-outdoor option like Urban Barn’s table lamp in a chic shape. Thanos Table Lamp, Urban Barn, $119.
Close the Curtains
Add an extra touch of shade and privacy to your pergola, front porch or gazebo with curtains that are made for outdoor spaces – like this waterproof, machine-washable pair. Cololeaf Waterproof Outdoor Curtains, Amazon, $91.