When we want to spend time outdoors, its natural that we want to linger on our patios, porches and decks. They are a natural gathering place to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family, or even for a quiet Sunday afternoon with a lemonade and a book. So it makes sense to want to make those spaces as nice as our budgets will allow! Don’t relegate your outdoor rooms to be the last space you design for living. These DIY ideas for patios, porches and decks will help you to create a space you want to be in whenever the weather allows! (For us, it pretty much has to be blowing snow or a dust storm to keep us inside!) Our feature project above, is from ‘Simply Designing with Ashley’. Build a porch swing for the most charming house on the block! An incredible tutorial for this project!
Learn how to beef up those front porch columns from Anne (and Kenny!) at ‘Planting Sequoias’. Not only does it improve your curb appeal, it makes the porch feel more grounded and comfortable. This is something most of us can do, and can your columns be too beefy?
Caitlin from ‘Desert Domicile‘ posted this DIY corner storage bench in the ‘Home Depot Blog’. We love the modern lines of this project, and who doesn’t need more storage? This is waaayyyy cheaper than buying a set like this at a specialty store. Detailed tutorial with photos. Love!
This DIY outdoor wall planter from ‘Sugar and Cloth’ is just the thing to boost the appeal of your patio or deck. Made from a wooden handrail section from Home Depot, you could plant herbs, succulents or flowers here. It’s also versatile enough to fit into most styles, from modern to traditional.
‘BHG’ has some great ideas for improving your patio space. Try installing a ceiling fan! Steve and I are making sure our next house has one in the outdoor space. Not just for keeping cool, but did you know a ceiling fan reduces problems with insects, including mosquitoes? Done.
Or try using different flooring materials to add interest and create separate spaces. This photo shows using stones as borders around decking, or you could combine sod, gravel and stepping stones to create a low budget but charming patio space where none existed.
From Anna at ‘Home, Heart and Hands’, make this DIY porch planter with gold dipped legs, for $8! Yep. Eight dollars. This could be used to dress up any of your outdoor spaces, and it’s a pretty simple project.
From Cara at ‘The Project Addict’, these no blow outdoor curtains are what you need if you live anywhere the wind blows… So yep, everywhere. Love her secret for keeping these curtains behaving!
Have you ever seen a charming house where the front porch was lined with potted plants? Didn’t it just make you want to walk up those steps? Well this idea from ‘Midwest Living‘ works for patios, porches and decks too! It may be just a matter of gathering pots from all around the yard and bringing them to the steps.
Also from ‘Midwest Living‘, a similar idea. Use plants to line the edge of a patio or deck, kinda like giving it imaginary “walls”. You can divide spaces this way too.
This DIY cinder block bench will add seating to any area for just a few bucks! From ‘Somewhat Simple’, this is a good tutorial with photos.
This last idea from ‘HGTV’ is an awesome idea for anyone whose budget is tight. Paint a rug on your deck, porch or patio! I have done this and it really spruces things up. You can even go to the discard paint bin and pick from there to save even more.Image Credits: Simply Designing, Planting Sequoias, Home Depot Blog, Sugar and Cloth, BHG, Home Heart and Hands, The Project Addict, Midwest Living, Somewhat Simple, HGTV