35 of the Best Fire Pit Ideas We’ve Ever Seen
Searching for a foolproof way to turn your backyard into a scenic sanctuary? A good-looking fire pit can transform any outdoor space into an ambient setting in no time. It’s a backyard must-have once you upgrade to something more than a patio or balcony, along with things like a treehouse and a shed. What’s more, it’s an awesome DIY project if you’re looking to get some experience making your own furnishings.
From artful outdoor lounges to boho-style backyard scenes, these ideas will help transform your outdoor space into a glowing paradise. So grab some outdoor-friendly folding chairs for your crew, light the fire and get roasting!
To inspire your own fire pit designs, check out these 35 awesome ideas below.
1. Copy a circular pattern.
We love how the seating area follows the curve of the fire pit in this handsome San Francisco backyard by @alandscapearchitect. It’s not only super attractive, it’s also a great way to ensure that everyone feels the warmth!
2. Poolside pit.
What’s better than a backyard fire pit? An in-ground pool to go along with it, of course! This amazing backyard presented by @christelle_dubois_realtor_ has something for everyone.
3. Enclose it with pebbles.
One of the best ways to keep your fire pit area neat and tidy is to surround it with pea gravel and a rubber barrier. It’s a good way to prevent bald spots in the grass, which can over time lead to mud puddles and a messy look overall. We love this example by @blueridgecabinrentals.
4. A pit and a pergola.
Another fantastic backyard design idea is to place a pergola near your fire pit. The pergola can be a great way to add a touch of shelter near your outdoor fire without creating a fire hazard. We drew some inspiration from @urbanfloristryllc.
5. Cozy Campfire
This simple, well-stacked fire pit by @robingustinidesign and the surrounding Adirondack chairs is the ultimate cozy campfire scene. Quick and easy set-ups that can be party ready in one afternoon are great fire pit ideas.
6. Personalized Pit
There’s only one word for this amazing fire pit from @backcountrycustomfirepit. Obsessed. Who wouldn’t absolutely love a fire pit that doubles as an ode to all of their favorite places and things. It simply doesn’t get any cooler than this orb-shaped fire pit.
7. Farm-style Fire Pit
This clever fire pit made out of corrugated metal by @grammyadventure is the ultimate farm accessory. Is it a fire pit or a cow watering station? Way to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape!
8. May the Fire Be With You
Wait, no, it just got cooler, especially if you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan. This Vader-shaped fire pit is an absolute must-have for anyone who lives for the series. Plus, it doubles as a grill. We’re hooked on this fire pit idea!
9. Modern Minimalist
A square-shaped metal box welded by a handy husband is the centerpiece of this fire pit area, and it’s the perfect modern set-up. The high sides serve to block wind coming off the lake, while the rocks help it sit level.
10. Stick to Sleek Silhouettes
11. Take Out the Tables
As this Venice, California, backyard proves, a fire pit table can create a high-impact, but minimalist-friendly outdoor scene. Only add this to your list of fire pit ideas if you don’t have a lot of wind in your backyard.
12. Opt for Old-School
13. Add Some Art
When in doubt, add art. The mounted skull in Sarah and Keith’s backyard brings a touch of drama to any fire pit set up. Other great fire pit ideas? Sprucing it up with colorful accessories like pillows and plants.
14. Get Ready for Rattan
Looking for a stylish way to bring some boho charm into your backyard lounge area? Rattan seating supplies plenty of bohemian vibes without breaking your bank account—just like we saw in Dabney Frake’s backyard.
15. Embrace Your Green Thumb
Why waste your money by furnishing your fire pit area when you can use the natural landscape to elevate the ambiance instead? This fire pit idea is on display in Steve and Debbie Cotton’s backyard in South Africa, as it clearly receives Mother Nature’s seal of approval.
16. Beautify a Paved Patch
Turn an awkward concrete lot into a full-blown outdoor lounge by pairing a freestanding fire pit with a handful of comfy weatherproof chairs, just like we saw in Gregory Beauchamp and Jenny Corgan’s Venice, California, backyard. Bring this look into your own space with a fire pit like the wood-burning one shown here.
17. Create a Colorful Corner
Never underestimate the impact of a splash of bold color in any backyard area. Case in point: Kristen Harper and Michelle Flores’ Austin, Texas, yard. A colorfully painted tree, pots, and planters (like this blue ceramic style at CB2) bring a nice pop of personality to an otherwise drab fire pit zone.
18. Find a Cozy Couch
A curved couch can turn a simple fire pit into a cozy outdoor entertaining area. This space from Glossy Interior’s feed definitely masters the look.
19. Stack on the Storage
Why store your fire pit logs in a boring old bin when you can corral them in a cool antique birdcage? Austin and Jenny Flack’s Los Angeles backyard shows you how to incorporate this unique fire pit idea.
20. Create a Circle
A circular fire pit setup, as we saw in Brian Friedman and Daniel Brown’s North Hollywood, California backyard, creates a contemporary outdoor scene guests will love to spend time in. Want to bring this fire pit idea into your own space? Feast your eyes on this round fire pit.
21. Covet thy Curves
22. Rally the Rugs
23. Try Teak
When flanked by a pair of modern teak lounge chairs, like this contemporary Adirondack chair at Hayneedle, a design-savvy chimney turns an empty backyard area into a cool, minimalist outdoor scene. Jevon Lake’s well-appointed yard in Phoenix, Arizona ticks all the boxes.
24. Flex Your DIY Muscle
Dreaming of a custom outdoor fire pit area? Do yourself a favor and construct your own unique backyard fire pit zone. In architect Cass Cheesar’s Austin, Texas backyard, he created a designated spot with brick or stone and simply placing a pile of wood logs inside. What a great fire pit idea if you’re on a budget!
25. Make it Work on Wheels
26. Style With Stones
An outdoor fire pit lounge with oversized stones for seating offers an unexpectedly stylish place to entertain guests, just like we saw in Zoe Peters’ Mill Valley, California backyard.
27. Play up the Pillow Talk
As <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”Lindsey Pollard’s Pasadena, California, backyard shows, nothing makes an outdoor fire pit area look more appealing than comfy seating. Throw a weatherproof decorative pillow—like this brightly patterned one at Anthropologie—on a lounge chair to bring some comfort (and color!) to your outdoor entertaining zone.
28. Go Back to Nature
Looking for some great fire pit ideas for additional seating? A trio of different-sized handmade timber benches provides some surprisingly chic fire pit seating, just like we saw in Molly Hatch’s Florence, Massachusetts backyard.
29. Stick it Into Neutral
As interior designer Alison Henry proves, there’s something inexplicably chic about the juxtaposition of a neutral color palette against a raging fire. If a tone on tone set up feels boring, zhuzh up your space with some printed pillows.
30. Create a Cozy Corner
31. Fashion a Fireplace
Why have a fire pit when you can have a bonafide backyard fireplace instead? Take a cue from Isabelle Dahlin and Brandon Boudet’s Echo Park, California backyard and construct a brick fireplace in place of a traditional fire pit for an extra snug outdoor setup.
32. Let it Hang
A petite, freestanding fireplace transforms into a chic backyard hangout spot when paired with string lights and a basket of plush wool throw blankets, just like we saw in Jaclyn Johnson and David Kaul’s Los Angeles backyard.
33. Savor Symmetry
A symmetrical seating arrangement around your fire pit—as seen on Vivid Interior Design’s feed—creates an inviting outdoor scene to entertain guests in.
34. Prioritize Pairs
A tall outdoor bistro table set, like this contemporary set at Birch Lane, offers some space-savvy seating near a fire pit on a tight patio. Jon and Anna Taylor’s Santa Barbara, California backyard has “date night” written all over it.
35. Purchase Multi-Purpose Pieces
Here’s one of our favorite fire pit ideas: Invest in decor that does double duty a la Rachel Pally and Kevin Circosta’s Los Feliz, California backyard. A couple of modern cube-shaped side tables, like this colorful weatherproof model, moonlight as stool seats when situated around a fire pit.
36. Go Au Naturale
Why waste your time decorating your outdoor fire pit area when you can rely on the natural landscape to set a relaxing tone? Take a cue from the Growing Garden’s yard and make sure your fire pit seating is facing your stunning view. If you have a stunning view, that is.
37. Space it Out
Lucky enough to have a spacious outdoor area? Do yourself a favor and opt for a boxy outdoor sectional sofa, like this reversible one at West Elm, to carve out a distinct fire pit nook in your yard. Let Heather Taylor and Alex de Cordoba’s Hollywood, California, home be the perfect backyard inspiration.
38. Find a Fountain of Youth
In Christina Dobrinski’s Sacramento, California backyard, an eye-catching water fountain makes an artful statement in a snug fire pit area. The artful juxtaposition of fire and water is one of our favorite fire pit ideas.
39. Add Some Objet
40. Spruce it up With Shapes
A curvaceous pair of woven lounge chairs, like these circular wicker ones at Walmart, bring a touch of comfort and drama to an otherwise subdued fire pit setup. Check out Peggy Hsu and Chris McCullough’s Los Angeles, California backyard for inspiration.
41. Dream up the Details
Even the smallest decorative details can make an impact in an outdoor fire pit area. Case in point: Steven Shortridge’s Venice, California backyard, where you’ll find a tiny sculpture near the fire pit adds an artful element to the whole scene.