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How We’d Make Over a Patio with 14 Items — and a Budget of Only $500

published Apr 18, 2024
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We get it: You have big dreams for a picture-perfect outdoor setup, but you also have a small space (and a budget to match). Consider us your fair-weather fairy godmothers, sprinkling pixie dust on your tiny terrace or balcony to bring those design dreams to life.

But our magic is no secret — it’s IKEA! The store famous for combining style with affordability takes that same energy outside, too. Even if you have only a sliver of outdoor space, IKEA outdoor furniture and accessories can help you make the most of it, so that you can make the most out of summer. Here’s how we’d do just that, all for only $500.

Arrange the Biggest Pieces First

Your space’s footprint dictates what will fit, so start with the largest items — which also happen to be the VIPs of any functional outdoor space. The cheery SUNDSÖ bistro set ($119) is well-sized for cozy morning coffees and evening aperitifs, and it folds for streamlined storage. The TVETÖ umbrella ($104.99) has an easily adjustable parasol to keep the sun at bay, and its neutral coloring reduces visual clutter. Add a layer of secluded serenity with the acacia NÄMMARÖ privacy screen ($95), which can also support your climbing plants. Complementary RUNNEN decking ($29.99 per package) is a cinch to install and a big improvement over boring old concrete.

Running total: $348.98

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Incorporate Creature Comforts

Sit prettier with seat cushions covered in bold summer colors: Mix two GULLBERGSÖ ($11.99 x 2) striped patterns for coordinating contrast. The citrus-hued BRÖGGAN floor cushion ($29.99) is great when you need room for one more. The durable IKEA 365+ water bottle ($4.99) helps you stay hydrated outside. And when the sun goes down, you can enjoy the evening by the light of the ENRUM tealight lantern ($6.99) and dreamy SOLVINDEN string lights ($14.99) along your railing or wall.

Running total: $429.92

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Add Natural Finishing Touches

The shortest path to an inviting outdoor space? Plants. Give your newly outfitted patio or balcony a green glow-up to bring the vibes to life. The slim ASKHOLMEN plant stand ($34.99) squeezes into any corner. Fill it with your greenery of choice, like a potted SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA ($13.99) and a ZAMIOCULCAS ($12.99). Keep them watered using the SOCKER, a galvanized watering can ($7.99) that will withstand the elements.

GRAND TOTAL: $499.88

A stylish outdoor space with money to spare! Pro tip: Put that $0.12 toward your Swedish meatball budget.