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Must Have Backyard Accessories for Your Outdoor Space

Summer is round the corner and that means getting outdoors so it’s time to start thinking about what backyard accessories to add to spice up your outdppr space. While we all know how much work a backyard can be, we don’t all appreciate what it is we have or know how to make the most of it.

There are a lot of ways to make more from your space, so if you’re lucky enough to have some backyard space then this is your guide to get started with some quick wins that will help you transform your backyard space.


Ways to Spice up your Backyard

Must Have Backyard Accessories

Your backyard is an extension of your home, and like your home you get out what you put in. If you want the dream home then it takes time, money and energy and the same can be said for your backyard.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some shortcuts and quick solutions to help you transform and improve the space without breaking the bank or your back in the process.

Here is a hub of all the latest information about backyard accessories, tips and tricks that will make your life easier. It might also have give you some ideas of the kinds of thing you want to own which will help you make the most of your garden.

Using this, and our own experience, we’ve compiled a list of backyard accessories to help spice up your backyard and hopefully, guide you on transforming your garden as well as creating the backyard of your dreams.

Decorate Using Lattice

A lattice is a very simple thing that can do a surprising amount for your yard (1)

A lattice is a very simple thing that can do a surprising amount for your yard. A lattice is great for covering up a troubled spot on your house, as well as just add something nice around the bottom and sides of your home.

A lattice also provides a wonderful place for a horizontal garden and for vines to grow. A lattice can also be used to create a cute trellis.

Install Artificial Grass

If you want your lawn to also function as the children’s play area, consider switching your grass to artificial grass instead. Pretty much, artificial grass can do whatever natural grass can, minus its weaknesses. 

It’s completely safe and is made of durable materials which will last you a long time. Best of all, it requires very little to no maintenance at all and will look brand new under any circumstances.

Garden Water Features

Your garden sanctuary is supposed to be your worry and stress-free zone that will provide a relaxing refuge from the noise of city life. A great way to create this is to introduce calming and soothing sounds, such as wind chimes, waterfalls, and water fountains.

Water features are original details that primarily have a tranquil effect, but also aid in muffling the noise. The trickle and splash of water will make a wonderful background sound and a great focal point in your garden.

Hot Tub

Hot tub as a backyard accessory

If you want to take it a step further, consider installing a hot tub for late-night bubble baths under the stars. Such a relaxing soak might be just what you need to unwind after a hard day’s work.

Surround it with unique details such as a vintage vanity with a mirror, a washbasin and a pitcher, an antique chandelier above and some Moroccan-inspired colors and decorations, and you’ll have a luxury spa in your own backyard.

Check out the best inflatable hot tubs for 2023.

Water Fountain

Water features are one of the most common backyard accessories

A big fountain is certainly dramatic, but your water feature does not have to be so large and eye-catching. Fountains bring a touch of class to a backyard and can really make it a place of zen for relaxation.

Small water fountains add a cute spot in the middle of your garden as well as provide a soothing noise to your outdoor space.

Small pond

A small pond gives you lovely fish to watch and take care of as well as a beautiful little oasis in your yard.

Outdoor Sauna

Sauna as a backyard accessory

Most people have only enjoyed saunas in the gym but there is nothing like having a sauna in your own home. Infrared saunas are different from traditional saunas as they don’t have the same level of moisture or humidity.

This means they operate better as stand alone devices and you can have one in your very own backyard with minimal hassle. Less expensive than you might think, this is definitely one to consider.

Smart Backyard Furniture Choices

If you love entertaining in the outdoors, but think that the tables or chairs take up a lot of space, foldable furniture is a great choice. An outdoor swing or hammock is a unique addition to backyard must haves.

You can enjoy a day in the sun or relax with your friends and family there. It will make your yard a much more enjoyable place. If the space is too tight, a bench or sturdy coffee table can act as extra seating.

Further, outdoor cushions double up the floor pillows for the kids to play. Be sure to include a mixture of single seats or even sectional seating so that you have some versatility with your configurations.

Adding crochet pillows and throw blankets not only makes your seating comfortable but also looks more aesthetic.

Adding a Fire Pit

Every backyard accessories list needs a good fire pit

Every backyard accessories list needs a good fire pit to convey a welcoming vibe and to keep everyone warm and cozy. The fire pit will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of your backyard when you entertain friends and family.

The first thing that you need to decide is whether you want a traditional wood-burning fire pit or if you prefer a gas version. This decision should be based on how you primarily plan to use to pit.

Wood pits are better for roasting marshmallows and creating a fun atmosphere, however, gas devices are easier to use and are better for everyday usage.

Add Shade and Style to Your Backyard with a Pergola

Pergolas are backyard accessories that helps shelter from the rain or offer protection from the sun

A pergola is an arched structure that can be set up in your backyard to help shelter from the rain or offer protection from the sun. These fairly simple structures transform the look of your garden and give a more refined look to your home.

You can get pergolas as stand alone units or attached to your home depending on your preference.

Installing Outdoor lighting

Garden lighting is one of the most important backyard essentials

Proper lighting is not only one of backyard essentials for yard security, but it will also help to set the right mood in your outdoor area. The three basic types of lighting to include for your yard include task, ambient, and accent.

Choosing lights for each of these three purposes will ensure that your yard is safely and beautifully lit at all times. If you are unsure about what you need for a lighting project, you may want to look into purchasing a landscape lighting kit. 

These kits will include all of the cords and other essentials that you need to illuminate your yard. In addition to lighting for security purposes, be sure to install mood lighting such as solar lights.

This type of softer lighting works well when you are entertaining guests for dinner or other events when you are aiming to create an intimate vibe.

Also read: Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Garden

Play Structures or Recreational Activities

Play structures or recreational activities are must have backyard accessories

If you have children in your home, you are going to want to equip your backyard with a variety of play structures or other activities to encourage activity and fun. Be sure to go beyond the classic swing set when you are designing your playscape.

Good ideas to consider include a spring-free trampoline, a mini rock climbing wall, and a sports court. If you have younger children, other fun additions include a sandbox or water table.

The variety of backyard structures made from sustainable materials is extensive. Better yet, the options can be easily coordinated based on materials used to help create a cohesive appearance between a garden shed, classic swing set, and decorative gazebo. You’re limited only by your imagination when creating the ultimate backyard oasis.

In addition to the major structures, you need to include a variety of balls and yard games to your must have backyard accessories. People of all ages will enjoy games such as horseshoes, croquet, spike ball, and cornhole. 

Building a Tree House

We all dreamed of having a tree house when we were younger so if you have kids then why not consider building a tree house. This is probably the most work on our list and is of course only an option for those who have trees in their backyard but sometimes an old school classic is the way to go to spice up your backyard.

Garden Flooring

At least, start by thinking about the surface. Concrete, paving slabs, wooden decking, gravel, lawns – they can all work, but if you have a lot of rough work to do with rototillers, concrete mixers and excavators, maybe you should leave that elegant flooring till it last.

Wrapping Up Our Backyard Accessories Guide

There are a surprising amount of simple, cheap things you can do to make your backyard more beautiful. Decorating your yard to give it some extra flare doesn’t have to be a difficult or complicated job. Simply choose the method that will most suit your space, and that fits with your vision for your garden.

Keep functionality in mind when deciding on your decorating tactic. For example, whether you plan for your garden to mainly be a hosting space, or whether you want it to be a safe haven for your kids to play.

So hopefully our list of backyard accessories provides you with some inspiration and will get you started creating the backyard of your dreams.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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