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20 Products That Can Turn Your Backyard Into a Relaxing Oasis

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Backyard Oasis on a Budget

Over the last couple of years, a lot of people have invested more in their outdoor spaces. A backyard oasis can do a lot of things: furnish a space for relaxing and/or dining, provide shade, create ambiance, and function as a place for entertainment. But you don't have to install a pricey in-ground pool or spend tons of money in other ways to create a space that people will want to spend time in. To help prepare your outdoor space for the season ahead, we’ve rounded up some products that can help turn it into your personal oasis. (If you really want to spruce things up, check out these DIY Pergola Kits.)


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'Matthew Mead's Backyard Style' Book
Amazon

'Matthew Mead's Backyard Style'

$30 from Amazon

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If your brain doesn't conjure up an image when you think of a "backyard oasis," then this book might be just the thing to get those creative design juices flowing. Its 192 pages are filled with ideas for both large and small backyards. 

Best Choice Rope Hammock
Target

Best Choice Rope Hammock

$60 from Target
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As far as hammocks go, this one from Best Choice is both affordable and well-rated. Imagine curling up with a book in an inviting cotton hammock. Or perhaps just taking a nap and enjoying the breeze after hours of grueling yard work.


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Misty Mate Cool Patio 30 Deluxe Misting System
The Home Depot
HyperGear Waterproof Outdoor Wireless Speaker
Amazon

HyperGear Waterproof Outdoor Wireless Speaker

$50 from Amazon
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Nothing says "relaxing backyard space" like a bit of music to create the right mood. And if you’re going to bring the music outside, it’s much easier to do so with a wireless and waterproof speaker.


Darby Home Co. Chaise Lounge in Orange
Wayfair

Darby Home Co. Chaise Lounge

$95 from Wayfair
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Comfortable seating is essential for a backyard oasis. While many backyard chaise lounges can run upward of $200 (or much more), this well rated option comes with a price tag of less than $100. It's available in about a dozen colors and is both water- and mildew-resistant. 

Garden Treasures Wood-Burning Fire Pit
Lowe's

Garden Treasures Wood-Burning Fire Pit

$99 from Lowe's
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This 21-pound steel fire pit measures just under 30 inches in diameter, small enough to fit on a patio but large enough to swallow an armload of firewood for an all-night campfire. Nearly 800 people give it an average score of 4.3 stars out of 5, though it's worth pointing out that some otherwise-satisfied owners say assembly can be tricky and the lid may not fit snugly.


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Toodour Solar String Lights
Amazon

Solar String Lights

$28 from Amazon
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Make evenings in your backyard slightly more festive and magical by adding some waterproof string lights. These have the added bonus of being solar powered so they won’t add to your utility bills and you won’t have to replace batteries.



Taotique Projector Screen
Amazon

Taotique Projector Screen

$20 and up from Amazon
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Turn your backyard into an outdoor theater this summer with this cheap-yet-well-rated portable and foldable movie screen. It can be mounted to a wall or fence with tape or hooks and is available in 84-, 100-, and 150-inch versions.

Coolhaven Shade Sail Kit - Coolaroo
Target
ÄPPLARÖ
Ikea

Äpplarö Outdoor Dining Set

$379 from Ikea
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Outdoor dining on a balmy evening is an essential part of summer, but dining sets can be pricey. Ikea’s offers a budget-friendly option made from sustainably sourced acacia and comes with two benches, and the table can extend to accommodate small and large parties.


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patio lighted umbrella
Amazon

Best Choice Solar LED Lighted Patio Umbrella

$85 from Amazon
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Anyone can buy an outdoor umbrella for some shade. But this option has the added bonus of including solar-powered LED lights to brighten your evenings outside as well.

CoastShade Pergola and Canopy
Wayfair

CoastShade Pergola and Canopy

$450 from Wayfair

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Want the shade a pergola or gazebo provides but don't want to spend thousands of dollars? Here's a budget alternative. This 10-by-8-foot version from CoastShade comes with a UV- and water-resistant canopy that can easily be adjusted to block the sun at different times of the day. 


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Resin Cascading Garden Tiered Fountain with LED Light
Wayfair

Winston Porter Tiered Fountain

$67 from Wayfair
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With its multiple cascading streams of water, this fountain adds a meditative touch to backyard spaces. It constantly recycles water from a hidden reservoir so you’re not using excessive amounts of water.

Minnidip Tufted Pool in Sunwashed Marigold
Target

Minnidip Tufted Pool

$53 from Target

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If you want to keep your backyard oasis in budget territory, an expensive in- or above-ground pool it out. But if you just want something that looks pretty and can be used to cool off, Minnidip's collection of pools are pretty great. This "Sunwashed Marigold" version will brighten up any outdoor space and is 5.5 feet side. 


Fab Habitat Outdoor Rug
Amazon
Christopher Knight Home Tear-Drop Hanging Chair
Amazon

Christopher Knight Wicker Hanging Chair

$177 from Amazon
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A comfortable swing chair is the perfect place to spend a few hours enjoying a summer afternoon. You can sink right into its deep tufted seat cushion.

Dragonfly Bird Bath
Wayfair
Barrette Outdoor Living Morse Privacy Screen
Wayfair

Morse Privacy Screen

$40 and up from Wayfair
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Need to create a little privacy from the neighbors or perhaps just create distinct spaces in your yard for play and dining. These 24-by-48-inch privacy screens won’t rot or warp outdoors or discolor, come in four colors, and can be used in many different ways in the backyard. They’re also paintable, just in case you want to customize them.

Outdoor Solar Lantern
Amazon

Hanging Outdoor Solar Lantern

$19 from Amazon
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For a slightly more upscale outdoor lighting look, try these gold lanterns that can be hung from trees, placed on tables and more.

Capiz Shell Wind Chimes
Amazon

Circles and Squares Capiz Wind Chime

$36 from Amazon
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Colorful and decorative, these handmade wind chimes made from Capiz Shells add a bit of musical zen to your outdoor space.

Forup Hanging Bird Feeder
Amazon

Forup Hanging Bird Feeder

$13 from Amazon

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For some people, no backyard oasis is complete without a bit of wildlife to watch. For ease of use and price tag, you can't do much better than this metal, tray-style bird feeder. It's powder-coated to help withstand harsh weather, and its mesh material won't let bird seed stay wet for long. 


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