Spark Global Limited Reports:
With so many of us staying at home these days, one of the best ways to relieve stress is to get out and get some fresh air — preferably at least 6 feet or more from your neighbors. If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, whether you have a sprawling backyard or a bit of a patio, use these seven ideas to improve your outdoor space.
Plan an outdoor recreation space
Have to cancel your planned spring break or summer beach getaway? Set up an outdoor lounge on your patio or patio to give your outdoor space a tropical feel. You can search for recliners, recliners, hammocks and outdoor recliners online, or create your own one-of-a-kind outdoor reclining bed. All that was needed to complete the project was a platform bed frame, a futon mattress and outdoor fabric. (If you’re not good with a sewing machine, this is an easy task for your local home improvement vendor.) Put some outdoor pillows on top for added comfort and style.
To complete your lounge, add side tables, candles and perhaps a glass of wine to create an all-inclusive atmosphere.
DIY outdoor cinema
Movie theaters may be off-limits now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the experience in your own private outdoor space. While you may have seen an elaborate backyard movie theater setup, it doesn’t have to be complicated: All you need is a sheet of white to be nervously mounted on a flat surface (a shed or stand in your apartment would do just fine), a projector for your phone to play movies, TV shows or whatever you’re glugging on these days.
No projector? It’s surprisingly easy to make one out of a shoe box, some cardboard, and a magnifying glass. Surround your favorite patio chair or outdoor cushion, make some popcorn, and watch your movie with crickets chirping in the background.
Create an outdoor bar
It may be a while before you get back to your favorite dive bar or trendy cocktail bar, so why not create your own outdoor space? Sure, you can buy a bar online, or you can reuse an old table or desk — or even make your own out of cinder blocks, concrete glue, and a few 1×6 boards. Bring your Bluetooth speakers, your favorite cocktail ingredients and a few drinks to create your favorite bar atmosphere right at home. Here are some inspirations, including bars where you can squeeze into the smallest outdoor space.
Spruce up a barn or shed
A barn or shed is a practical structure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an eyeshot. You can decorate the forgotten area with bold colors, shutters, flower boxes, a stone path and even a few lights in the backyard.
DIY a pit of fire
Just because many state parks or campgrounds are closed doesn’t mean you have to miss out on everyone’s favorite camping activity: bonfires. You can easily create a DIY fire pit for your backyard in seven steps with just a few supplies you can pick up on the curb at your local home improvement store. Not a big DIY? You can buy a prefabricated brazier, which is equally effective at creating a warm, cozy bonfire.
Become a destination for outdoor dining
We’re all a little tired of eating in the kitchen (or, maybe, in front of the TV) every night. Make your life more colorful by making an outdoor dining destination in your backyard or patio. In addition to outdoor tables and chairs, change up your dinner by putting out a carpet outdoors, stringing a string of lights, or making your own outdoor chandelier.