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38 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Patio Décor Items

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With new rules on outdoor socialising now in effect, chances are your outdoor space is in need of a spruce up — especially if it’s set to be the home of cocktail hours, book clubs, or BBQs in the coming months. We’re already written about the best balcony decor for small spaces, but if you’re looking for larger pieces, perhaps for a garden or patio, we’ve pulled together plenty of inexpensive (but decidedly stylish) options from Amazon. From garden benches to miniature greenhouses, we’ve found options for every kind of space, from narrow terraced gardens to sprawling spaces in Zone 5.

D4P Striped Hanging Chair

This hanging chair would make an inexpensive alternative to an egg chair. While it doesn’t come with a stand, it can be hung from a beam, sturdy branch, or a hammock stand (and can hold 120kg in weight).

Bring the beach to your backyard.

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This weather-resistant set can be left out even if the weather takes a turn. [Editor’s note: This product is back in stock on May 14].

A patio-appropriate chair you could also take to the park.

We also like this rocking chair, which would be perfect for sitting and watching the sun set.

Here’s a more expensive (but still excellent value) option, made from Chinese Fir.

A few throw cushions can really zhuzh up your seating. These options are waterproof (and come in a variety of colours).


Perfect for adding ambience to your al fresco nightcap.


Or, for something more portable, this electric heater would do the trick — it has a 1.8m power cord, so you could plug it inside the house. [Editor’s note: this product is currently sold out].

If you have little overhead coverage, this parasol (which can clip onto a chair or railing) will provide some much-needed shade.

But if you have the space (and a big family), this picnic bench would look nice on some decking.

Outdoor Coffee Side Table

We think this inexpensive acacia wood table would be perfect for any kind of outdoor space.

This lattice option, meanwhile, folds away when not in use.

This folding picnic table (from Amazon’s reliable basics line) has a steel framework that could withstand even the most generous buffet spread.

But if you wanted to dress it up, this geometric tablecloth is suitable for outdoors. [Editor’s note: this particular colour is low in stock].

Drinks carts: not just for your lockdown cocktail bar (this could also function as a plant stand).

We also like this tiered option.

String lights are an outdoor essential — these ones are waterproof (so you can keep them out, even at Christmas).

A squishier alternative to a status-y chair.

Here’s an adult version, too.

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Strategist UK editor Ailbhe Malone says this solar fountain turned her garden into “a veritable North London Versailles.”

(And a basin for the fountain to float in.)

If your outdoor space is small, consider a paddling pool you can hastily turn into a beer cooler. [Editor’s note: this product is currently sold out].


Or, if you have room for something bigger, this one comes highly rated on Amazon.

CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa

Give your patio the Soho Farmhouse treatment (for a fraction of the price).


A couple of these recycled blankets would be perfect for socially distanced picnics.

And this eye-catching gingham blanket is waterproof. [Editor’s note: this product is back in stock on May 1st].

This woven basket would be perfect for stashing blankets when not in use.

This faux plant would look nice looming over a patio corner (and it’s impossible to kill).

The spiky leaves of this faux Yucca are no less dramatic than the real thing.

One upside to a bigger outdoor space: more room to grow stuff. We like this sizable planter, which could house all manner of seeds and plants.

Or, if you want something more versatile, this minimalist option can be hung or left on the ground.

Should space be at a minimum, you could opt for something tall, like this tiered planter. [Editor’s note: this product is currently sold out].

If you have plenty of room in your garden, how about a status-y lawn game (described as “a cross between bowling, billiards, and blackjack”).

A durable rug in duck-egg blue.

We like this rustic bird feeder.

You don’t need acres of land to have your very own greenhouse. This one features zip fastens to keep the heat trapped in. [Editor’s note: this product is currently sold out].

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38 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Patio Décor Items