The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A Budget


I wrote this article for those of you looking for some small backyard/ patio ideas on a fixed budget, that you can easily afford. I will try to give you some tips about the best choices you can make when it comes to outdoor furniture, as I know that’s not extremely simple when you have a fixed budget.

The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A BudgetMy purpose is to help you make  the best of the pieces you buy, so I will try to keep this article updated every week, so that I always provide the best information for you guys.

This article will be divided in 2 main parts, the first one will focus on the things you have to do in order to maximize your garden’s general aspect, while the second part will be dedicated to the products I recommend you to buy, for a fixed budget.



Before I move to the recommendations, let me show you some really useful tips that you can use for your own outdoors, in order to make your backyard or patio look the way you’ve always dreamed of.

Believe me, it’s not that hard to make your green space look amazing, even if you’re not willing to spend a lot of money for it.

It’s all about the final aspect, so before you decide or think about any product you should get for your outdoors, PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING TIPS. They are meant to help you organize your green space better, so that you have the basics for a perfect outdoor decor.

     a) Green is a must in a backyard or patio

Although this may seem something obvious for most of you, in fact, there are a lot of people who skip this step or  simply ignore it.

Well, the absolute #1 element a perfect backyard or patio should have is…GREEN SPACE.

The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A Budget

This green space doesn’t necessarily have to be a big garden, full of huge trees and gorgeous vegetables. On the contrary, a green space could even be made of small potted plants. A green space could also be considered a backyard covered just in grass, without any other trees or plants.

So it’s not all about having everything covered in green (though that would be an amazing start), it’s actually about having something that gives the feeling of nature and wilderness.

Of course that if you have a patio, you’ll have to stick to less and smaller plants than if you have a backyard, for example. But don’t worry, there is a solution for everything, so if you’re the lucky owner of a patio, you can still make it look natural by adding some hanging, potted plants or some small shrubs.


     b) If possible, add a lot of variety in your green space

I guess you hard a pretty hard time trying to figure out what this means, am I right?

Well, it’s pretty simple actually: IF YOU CAN, TRY TO ADD A LOT OF DIFFERENT PLANTS IN YOUR SMALL GARDEN. They don’t have to be some exotic, expensive herbs, anything you can find around works just fine.

The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A Budget

Let me explain it better: instead of going for some small, regular potted plants, that look all the same, try to add some variation in your patio or backyard. You could do this by getting some hanging plants, smaller trees or even a more uncommon herb, if you can find any.

And now it’s not all about green, you could actually add plants that have different colors and flowers, they would definitely create a very wild, fresh decor, that would make you feel like you’re in the middle of nature.

If you’re the owner of a patio and you’re not very sure how exactly you’d like it to look in the end, you might be interested in taking a look at some inspiring patio designs that are trending this year. Who knows, maybe you’ll find right the idea you need. 😀


     c) Decorations…and decorations all over again

Maybe you didn’t think this was necessary, but decorations are actually a very important part of a perfect outdoors space.

What do I mean by decorations?

Well, they could be anything you want: from small handmade objects to a rustic swing, from crafts made by your own children to a really soft hammock, or from painted stones to a wooden bench. All these things would make some really good decorative objects, which could have a huge part in your garden’s final appearance.

The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A Budget

Here I can’t give you some rules to follow, simply because there aren’t any.

As we’re talking about the outdoors, there doesn’t really exist the possibility to make it look overcrowded, simply because it’s outside! With the sky above us, there isn’t the possibility to have an overcrowded garden.

So you can go for any decorations you want, as long as they all fit in your budget and as long as you have enough space for all of them. Of course that if you have a patio, you won’t be able to add as many decorations as someone who has a backyard, but things aren’t that bad for you either. 😉



It may be a real challenge to get the right backyard decorations even if you don’t have a fixed budget. So clearly, things get twice as difficult when you can’t afford to spend more money than you’ve proposed.

A few months ago, I wrote a very detailed article on this topic, called Cheap Wood Garden Furniture For A $200 Budget.  It’s true that it insists more on wooden items, that fit a $200 budget (and maybe your is higher), but you can take a look at it and use the tips. Who knows, maybe you can find exactly what you need there. 🙂

The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A Budget

And now, let’s get to more important things. I know I promised you some real recommendations, so I will try to show you some of the outdoor stuff that I tried myself and that really impressed me, in the good way of course. 😛

The items I will show you don’t have a high price, on the contrary. This means that they could easily fit in a small budget, so you don’t have to worry too much about their price.

I’ve written a more detailed review about each of these products, so you can check it out clicking on the link. I really recommend you to do that, because in that review you will find a lot of tips about where to get the best price, and this really matters.

So, let’s not make it any longer, and let me show you MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SMALL BACKYARD OR PATIO, for an affordable budget, of course.


  • The Mainstays Garden Swing ($254.71)

mainstays garden swingIn my opinion, this is by far one of the best backyard pieces you can buy. Why am I saying this?

Well, considering the fact that it costs just $250 (which is quite affordable for an item of this type), you should keep in mind that it’s not just a swing, but it can also be adjusted to a hammock. In other words, you get 2 products in 1, and you don’t even have to pay a fortune for it.

That seems a huge advantage to me, so I really advise you to take advantage of this great offer. You can take a look at my previous article, Mainstays Garden Swing Review – The 2-in-1 Backyard Pieceto see a lot more details and tips about where to get this product.

Anyway, in case you’re curious, let me sum up my review in a few lines:

  • It’s a really comfortable piece, both as a swing and as a hammock. Personally, I prefer using it as a swing, but the hammock works just fine too.
  • It has a light cover that prevents the sun from damaging it, and it also keeps you cool in the summer.
  • It’s perfect even for a small patio, as it doesn’t have large dimensions.
  • From what I’ve seen, it can hold 3 people without any problems, so don’t worry about this problem.
  • The quality is also pretty good, you wouldn’t say it cost just $250.
  • And once again, I really think you should take advantage of this price. After all, you get 2 products in 1, and who knows how long they’ll have this great offer.


  • The Vivere Hammock With Stand ($129.97)

In case you’re not sure about getting a hammock for your backyard or patio, this item will definitely make you change your mind.

How come?

Well, it’s something every family need for a relaxing, peaceful afternoon that you can spend in the middle of nature.

Just imagine, how would it feel laying comfortably in a soft hammock, surrounded by big trees and green plants, and looking at the blue sky? I don’t know about you, but for me that would be equivalent to PARADISE!

You can find a lot of reasons why you should get this hammock in my article Vivere Double Hammock Review, together with some tips about where to find the lowest price and how exactly to use it. Don’t forget, I bought it for just $129.97, and you can get it for a great price too.

Anyway, let me summarize my review in a few words:

  • It’s a great piece for families, but it’s also perfect for single people, who want to forget about their problems and relax in the middle of nature.
  • Generally you can find it for a pretty good price, much lower then you would normally expect. You know that prices usually fluctuate when buying online, so it’s important to check out the prices regularly and get the best one.
  • It has a great level of comfort, I don’t think someone could contradict me here.
  • I found it available in many colors and fabrics, so you don’t have to choose a standard one.
  • You can take it with you to the beach or in the mountains, as it can be taken off the original stand in just a few minutes. When you buy it, you also get a special bag to carry it for free.



The Best 10 Small Backyard/ Patio Ideas On A BudgetOkay, so now that I’ve shown you some of my favorite products when it comes to decorating a backyard or patio on a fixed budget, let me give you a better idea of how to use these ideas.

Probably many of you aren’t necessarily looking for a hammock, or maybe for a swing, so you wouldn’t really consider my recommendations, right?

If that’s the case, don’t worry, I promise to update this post weekly and give you the best outdoor products that would fit a small budget.

If you see a product that you like and that you think would be a good choice for your patio or backyard, try to find out more details about it. Read my review, check it out on the official site. You can also write me a comment below and I will try to tell you more things about it, in case you need some answers.

I really hope you enjoyed this article. Thank you for reading.

Anne 😀

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