Create the Ultimate Backyard Escape with These Outdoor Decor Finds Under $200

updated Apr 8, 2022
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With the warm weather fast approaching, you’re probably on the hunt for all sorts of backyard goodies to transform whatever fresh air space you have into a veritable outdoor oasis. Whether you have a few acres or a few square balcony feet to decorate, the sentiment is still the same: The right outdoor gear can make all the difference in how you enjoy your space.

When it comes to choosing the right products for your outdoor zone, focus your attention on size-appropriate finds that will improve the function of your square footage — and look good doing it. You should also key into how you want the space to feel. Is a spa-like sanctuary complete with the sounds of flowing water on your wishlist? Shop for lounge furniture that is as comfortable as it is streamlined. Love to entertain? Deck out your deck with all manner of hosting necessities, from sun coverage to grilling gear.

To help get you going on the outdoor space of your dreams, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite products from Songmics, one of our go-to spots for decor and furniture that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and doesn’t break the bank. In fact, all of these pieces are under $200. So what are you waiting for? Summer won’t last forever.

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Just our humble opinion, but this charming set seems like the perfect spot for a morning iced latte or evening glass of rosé. Made from powder-coated steel frames and covered in a weather-resistant PE rattan, this trio of pieces (including two chairs and a side table) will stay looking their best all season long, leaving you with just one thing to do: rellllaxxxx.

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Boho fans will love this pick, which seamlessly transforms your balcony or sunroom into a desert paradise. Sturdy woven macrame ropes wrap around a robust metal frame for a strong perch that can hold up to 264 pounds. The tassels at the base will sway gently in the breeze along with your chair, giving the whole scene serious vacation vibes — even as you gear up for your 3 p.m. status call.

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Outdoor space at a premium? Look no further than this funky-fun Acapulco chair set. The colorful collection is the perfect way to enliven a small balcony or patio space while still paying mind to your available square footage. Each piece boasts a powder-coated steel frame and PE cord, which comes in a selection of summer-ready hues. Bonus: A glass-covered side table allows for quick cleanup if you or a guest happen to spill your 5 o'clock special.

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Set the scene for a romantic date night or the alfresco dinner party of your dreams with an umbrella that's just as useful at night as it is during the day. When the sun is shining, the UPF 50+ sun protection will block 98 percent of UV rays heading your way. Come sunset, the interior of the umbrella illuminates with the help of 32 twinkling LED solar-powered lights for a magical summer dining experience you won't soon forget.

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Score a space to corral all that grilling gear with this handy rolling cart. The simple black metal design is just over 1 foot wide, so you can really squeeze it in anywhere it makes sense, like beside your grill or in an unused corner of your deck. Three roomy shelves boast plenty of space for cooking essentials, like sauces, tools, and — of course — the requisite cool beer.

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Prep your garden for perfection with this lightweight set of plastic pots. Each set comes with a selection of five pots, ranging from 4.5 inches tall to 7 inches tall, so you'll have the ideal spot for planting everything from early spring daffodils to late summer herbs. Their lightweight design makes them extra portable, allowing you to chase the sun (or bring them in from the rain) as needed.

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Calling all green thumbs! Ease any aches and pains that come along with tending to your greenies with this simple and smart garden kneeler. The dual-function design allows it to act as a low bench and a padded spot to kneel, so you can spend hours weeding and planting in comfort. Bonus: Two included tool packs slip over the frame when in kneeling "mode" to provide an extra spot to store your spade, phone, water bottle, or gardening gloves.

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Make sure your guests stay plenty cool this summer by hanging an oversized UV sunshade overhead. Crafted of a breathable HDPE fabric, it allows a cool breeze to blow through but blocks hot air along with 95 percent of damaging UV rays. Not enough of a reason to not wear sunscreen, but definitely the added layer of protection you may want to chill outside carefree all afternoon.