Are you unsure where to start when planning your new backyard? Or are you looking for new items to add to your outdoor area? Maybe you want to make sure you have everything you need for your backyard?
Whatever your reason may be, use this list below to identify the next outdoor items for your outdoor space to help you Live Your Best Backyard!
Read on below!
In the sections below you will find a long list of items for your backyard in the following categories:
- Furniture and Decor
- Dining and Cooking
- Fire Features
- Storage, Covers, and Miscellaneous
- In-Pool Furniture
- In-Pool Fun
- Pool Equipment and Accessories
- Games and Sports
- For the Kids
- For the Pets
- Garden Features
Have fun browsing to find new and exciting items for your backyard!
Furniture and Decor
Let’s start off this list with some of the basic, must-have items that any proper backyard setup will need: furniture and decor. Below is our list of some of the most common types of outdoor furniture and decor that you could possibly put in your outdoor space.
Do you have a perfect corner spot to fit some furniture and want to seat a lot of people (think: 4-6 people)? Then a sectional is a great choice. We love our sectional because it is very versatile and provide plenty of room to stretch out or seat many guests.
A sofa is an outdoor furniture staple. Sofas are typically designed to fit 3-4 people and can be placed in a wide range of spots in your backyard. Just make sure you get one that fits your spot!
Maybe a sofa is too big for your outdoor area? Then a loveseat could be a great choice. This furniture can seat 2 people comfortably, or provide one guest with plenty of room to spread out and relax.
#4. Lounge / Club Chair
Let’s start our list of many chair options off with chairs labeled as lounge or club chairs. Club chairs are your typical outdoor chairs with armrests (ok, some can be without armrests too) and can vary greatly in size depending on the style of the chair. You can find some great lounge and club chair options that also swivel and rock.
#5. Adirondack Chair
You are likely familiar with one of the most popular outdoor chair styles which is the Adirondack chair. These are versatile chair options that can fit nearly any outdoor style and setting.
#6. Egg Chair
One chair type that has become very popular over the past several years in outdoor areas is the egg chair. Aptly named after the shape of the chair, these chairs bring a unique style to any outdoor space. You will typically find these in two options: on a stand or hanging.
#7. Bean Bag Chair
Yes, you can have a bean bag chair outdoors! As you already know, bean bag chairs can be a great relaxing option that you can move to any part of your backyard. And yes, there are plenty of weatherproof options!
#8. Folding Chair
No matter your backyard setup, you firmly believe you will need some type of folding chair. At some point, you will need extra seating, and folding chairs will come to save the day. Our tip is to have several folding chairs stored away for these occasions.
#9. Chaise Lounge
You might have thought we were discussing chaise lounges in the above lounge/club chair section. Chaise lounges are thought of as the perfect “lounge” chair because of the extended seated area that allows you to lay flat completely or recline with your feet up. These are perfect poolside furniture pieces that every pool should have.
Daybeds are an awesome option for your backyard, if you have enough space, to have a comfy lounge spot for multiple people to completely layout and relax in one spot.
#11. Porch Swing
Porch swings can be a great seating option for your outdoor area, especially the large, farmhouse-style swings that are very popular at the moment.
A hammock is a timeless outdoor item. Whether you have the right space between two trees, two posts, or enough space for a free-standing hammock, hammocks can deliver the perfect look, feel, and comfort you want in your outdoor area.
If you want a sturdy piece of furniture to do double duty as extra seating or a table, then an ottoman is a great choice.
Poufs can be a great addition to your backyard if you are looking for a soft and easy-to-move seating option for nearly any spot in your outdoor area.
#15. Coffee Table
Regardless of the size or shape of your outdoor area, you will likely find a need to have a coffee table. Not too large and not too small, a coffee table gives the perfect table space for nearly an occasion.
#16. Side Table
Side tables are a must-have for any backyard setup. You can really never have enough table space, especially when you have many people over. Filling those small spaces next to furniture with a small table can be a real game changer that you don’t expect.
#17. Folding Table
There will be a time when you will need extra table space for your backyard, likely for a party or some backyard activity. We recommend having a folding table stored away somewhere that you use in these moments.
It’s hard to imagine an outdoor space without shade from an umbrella. You will likely need at least one for your backyard. A key choice will be if you want a cantilever or market umbrella.
You might not always think that you should or could have a rug, but we truly love our rug. There are many great weather-resistant options on the market that can be a great fit for your outdoor space.
Don’t overlook having a doormat for all doors leading to and from your house. Doormats will definitely help keep dirt and other debris from coming into your house from the outside.
Yes, you will need some outdoor pillows regardless of your outdoor setup, even if your outdoor space only allows for a single chair. You will want a pillow on that chair.
#22. Fake Plants
Not all of us have green thumbs, and some shaded areas like patios are difficult to grow plants. But you still want the look and style of plants and greenery, right? Luckily there are endless amounts of fake plants to fill your needs.
Dinning and Cooking
The next section on this list is for cooking and dining options. No matter the size of your backyard or what you plan to do, you will likely plan on doing some type of cooking or dining in your outdoor space and will need a few or many of the items on this list.
#1. Dining Table
If you plan on having meals outside, then you need to find the right dining table for your backyard. You will find a wide range of sizes to fit your dining expectations (ones that can seat 4, 6, and 8+ people). Make sure your available space matches your dining expectations. One tip: you may want to check if the table has an umbrella hole because you may need an umbrella to provide shade depending on your location.
#2. Dining Chairs
If you have a dining table, then you will need dining chairs. Often you will buy a dining table and chairs in a complete set. But you may want an extra chair or two to round out your dining area.
#3. Bar Table
Bar tables can be a great addition to your backyard, especially if you have a kitchen area.
#4. Bar Stool / Chair
If you have a bar table or bar-height gathering area, you will need some bar stools to seat you and your guests. You will have some options in what kind of chair you want: back or no back, swivel, cushioned, etc.
It’s hard to imagine a backyard setup without imagining a grill somewhere in the backyard. A grill is one of the few backyard staples, and there are many options to choose from. Whichever type of grill you get, make sure it is large enough to cook food for how many people you typically expect to feed
Griddles are becoming a very popular option for outdoor cooking. And in many instances, people opt to purchase a griddle instead of a traditional grill.
#7. Pizza Oven
Another option growing in popularity for outdoor cooking is outdoor pizza ovens. There are so many fun options on the market today that you can add to your backyard setup.
#8. Cooking Tools
If you are cooking on a grill, griddle, pizza oven, or some other option, then you need to make sure you have the right tools to help you cook.
#9. Cleaning Tools
Similarly, when you are done cooking, make sure you have the right tools to help you clean up or else you may find that your grill, griddle, pizza oven, or whatever it may be may not last as long as you like.
#10. Meat Thermometer
One item we like to call out separately from the other cooking tools is a meat thermometer. Improperly cooked food can easily ruin a backyard get-together, so having a meat thermometer can help ensure you cook your food properly.
No matter what you plan to do with your outdoor space, you will need a cooler. The decision will come down to size, style, and how many coolers you need.
#12. Serving Tray / Cart
A serving tray or serving cart can be a great idea for your backyard if you need extra space to hold food and drinks.
#13. Frozen Drink Machine
Having a frozen drink machine can take your backyard to the next level because who doesn’t like some type of frozen drink?! If you have the room and budget, you should consider getting one of these to elevate your backyard entertainment.
#14. Snow Cone Machine
If you have small kids (well adults can like them too!), your backyard will be a hit with a snow cone machine.
#15. Fire Pit Cooking Grate
If you have a fire pit, then you should look at buying a cooking grate so that you can cook food over your fire pit.
#16. Plastic Cups / Wine Glasses
One rule that we think everyone should follow, especially if you have a pool, is that you should not use glass bottles or glasses in your backyard. Broken glass can be a real danger and can stop any backyard activity. So, we recommend having plenty of plastic cups and wine glasses ready for use instead of glass options.
#17. Insulated Cups
While we highly recommend plastic glasses and cups, insulated cups are also a must-have to help keep your drinks cool for a long time. As you may already know, you will find that these come in many different styles and sizes.
#18. Roasting Sticks
If you have a fire pit, then you will likely at some point cook hot dogs or smores over the open flame. One thing you will need to make that happen is roasting sticks.
A fire pit or some type of fire feature is a must-have for any backyard setup these days, especially as there are more and more options on the market. Check out these items below to find what best suits your needs.
#1. Portable Fire Pit
A popular item for any backyard is a fire pit. If you don’t have a built-in fire pit, you can easily find a portable fire pit that you can put in any area of your backyard. One recent popular type of fire pits is a smokeless fire pit.
#2. Fire Pit Table
A must-have for us in any outdoor space is a fire pit table. Having a fire pit table makes your backyard a gathering point all day long and throughout the whole year. You can find so many fire pit table options, so you can find one that fits your backyard.
#3. Fire Bowl
Are you looking for a more decorative fire feature? Then you will need a fire bowl. These will come in various shapes and sizes, and they are typically connected to natural gas or propane.
#4. Fire Pit Tabletop Insert
If you have a table that isn’t a fire table, you can still have the look and feel of one with a fire table insert. A fire table insert is a fire feature that can be added to a table.
#5. Wind Guard
A wind guard is a must-have accessory for a fire pit table. A wind guard helps shield the flame of the fire pit from the wind, keeping the flame from blowing out.
#6. Heat Deflector
Another must-have accessory for any fire pit is a heat deflector. Heat deflectors help focus the heat given off by a fire pit toward those around the fire pit, providing more warmth to everyone.
Nearly all backyard areas will need some type of entertainment items like a TV or speakers. Use this list of items to find which is right for your backyard.
An outdoor TV is a must-have these days. And now it is easier to have a TV outside with streaming devices, smart TVs, and WiFi. All you need is an outlet nearby.
#2. TV Mount
The hardest part of putting a TV outside is figuring out where you will put it. You will have to put it in a protected place but still provides a great viewing angle. More likely than not, you will need a TV mount to place your TV in this perfect spot.
#3. TV Stand
If you can’t find a suitable mounted location for your TV, then you can still use a TV stand to put a TV in your backyard.
Instead of, or in addition to, many people are getting projectors for their backyard. These are great options, if you have enough space, to have a huge picture of the must-see game or your favorite movie while you are swimming in the pool or enjoying your backyard.
#5. Projector Screen
If you have a projector, then you will need a projector screen. There are several projector screen options, but they are mainly freestanding or inflatable screens.
#6. Streaming Device
As mentioned above, it’s easier today to have a TV in your backyard thanks to smart TVs and streaming devices. If your TV isn’t a smart TV, grab a streaming device.
#7. Portable Speaker
At some point you will probably want music playing in your backyard.One of the easiest and most versatile ways is with a (or multiple) portable speaker.
#8. In-Ground Speakers
You may have seen at resorts, restaurants, or other venues that there are in-ground speakers. These are great options that you can put in your backyard too if you want permanent speakers to provide sound all throughout your backyard.
#9. Mounted Speakers
Not only can you get permanent in-ground speakers, but you can also have mounted speakers on the posts or walls of your home, pergola, gazebo, or pavilion to provide the perfect sound atmosphere for your outdoor space.
If you have a more limited space, you may get enough sound that comes through your TV. But if you want a little bit more sound, you can purchase a soundbar to pair with your TV to get more sound for your backyard entertainment.
#11. WiFi Extender
Finally, no (well at least not nearly as much) entertainment will happen these days without a good wifi connection. If you struggle to get a strong wifi signal throughout your backyard, consider getting wifi extenders for your backyard.
Storage, Covers, and Miscellaneous
Storage, Covers, and Miscellaneous
No matter what you have in your backyard, you will likely have some need to protect or store some type of furniture or accessory that you have.
#1. Deck Box
A deck box is one of the best storage options for most backyard needs. We use one to store all the pool toys and floats we have. You can find a wide range of deck box sizes and styles to fit your needs.
#2. Storage Bench
A downside to a deck box is that it may take away some functional space. Luckily, some storage benches allow for seating on top of a storage box.
#3. Drying Rack
If you have a pool, you know what a mess it can be when you need to hang up towels to dry. One of the best ways to keep this organized is to invest in an outdoor drying rack or two.
Hooks are a versatile storage and drying option for nearly any backyard. You can place hooks on fences, pillars, or walls.
#5. Storage Net
This one might not be an obvious option to many, but you can get a storage net to attach to your fence in which you can securely store your pool floats and more.
#6. Furniture Cover
One item we recommend, and we know you will need in inclement weather, is a furniture cover. More likely than not, you will find that the best way to keep your furniture protected from the outdoor elements and last a long time is covering your furniture when it is not in use.
#7. Umbrella Cover
One item that we have found very useful is our umbrella cover. Some people may choose to simply close up their umbrellas when not in use, but we like to put a cover over ours to keep any dirt and debris off the umbrella.
#8. Umbrella Stand
If you have a market umbrella, you will need a stand to hold it in place. Make sure you get one that provides the appropriate support for the size of your umbrella.
#9. Grill Cover
This is another must-have in our book. We keep our grill covered when not in use to prevent any possible rusting or weathering.
#10. Fire Pit Cover
Just like our grill mentioned above, we keep our portable fire pit covered as well to prevent it from rusting or getting damaged from the outdoor elements.
#11. TV Cover
If you have an outdoor TV, especially if you are using a regular TV outdoors, we highly recommend that you cover and protect your TV. Depending on the location of your TV, you may need more protection like a TV box. Whereas in other locations, a weather-resistant fabric cover will work perfectly well.
#12. Grill Mat
As you may know, grilling may result in some grease and oil stains on your deck or patio. In some cases, the heat put off by the grill may affect these surfaces too. One of the best ways to protect your deck or patio from these stains and other impacts from your grill is to get a grill mat.
#13. Fire Pit Heat Shield / Mat
One thing that may get overlooked with a fire pit is how the heat of the fire pit may damage your deck, patio, or grass. Luckily, there are several products on the market like a fire pit deck shield that you can purchase to help protect these areas from the heat of your fire pit
An outdoor clock can be a great touch to any backyard, even though we might have our phones easily accessible in our pockets to tell us the time.
#15. Temperature Gauge
Although you may have a weather app on your phone, a temperature gauge will be able to tell you the true temperature of your backyard.
#16. Gate Lock
If you want to ensure that people are safely accessing your backyard, then you should consider installing locks (if you have a fence) to the gates on your fence.
This is one item that will quickly become a must-have for you if you plan on having many large parties and get-togethers in your outdoor space.
To really enjoy your backyard, you will find that sometimes you need some extra items to cool you off or provide extra warmth. Check this list out for ideas of the items you will need for your backyard.
#1. Patio Heater
If you have a large area that you need to keep warm, then a patio heater could be a great option for you. Many of these types of heaters come with wheels so that they can be easily moved around your backyard when you are not using them, or you need to move to a different area to provide needed warmth.
#2. Small Tabletop Heater
On the other hand, you may only need to warm a small backyard, area or you don’t have the space for a large heater. In that case, getting a small portable heater can be a great option.
#3. Outdoor Blanket
Even if you do have heaters or a fire pit to keep you warm, you will still likely want to bundle up with a blanket. We suggest getting an outdoor blanket that can weather the outdoor elements and dirt better than a regular blanket.
#4. Heated Blanket
Better yet, instead of getting a normal blanket, why not get a heated blanket to provide the perfect amount of warmth so that you can enjoy your backyard during some of the coldest months of the year.
For the hottest times of the year, you may need to bring out some fans to keep you and your guests as cool as possible so you can enjoy your backyard. Some fans provide cool misting to keep you even cooler.
#6. Towel Warmer
If you have ever used a hot tub on a cold night, you know the feeling of getting out of the water and instantly getting cold. This is where a towel warmer can be a perfect addition to your outdoor area to have a warm towel ready right when you get out of the water.
#7. Roller Shade
A roller shade can be a great option for your covered area to provide needed shade to keep your porch, patio, gazebo, or other covered areas cool and to keep the sun out of your eyes.
#8. Shade Sail
One way to get shade over a large area of your backyard without a permanent structure is by putting up a shade sail. One can put these in various spots throughout your backyard.
#9. Tent / Pop Up Canopy
A tent or pop up canopy can be a great option to provide temporary overhead cover and shade in your outdoor space, especially when you have many guests over for a party.
Lighting is a great option to help you get more use of your backyard and make your backyard look great. Use this list to find lighting ideas that are perfect for your backyard.
#1. String / Rope Lights
String / Rope lights are becoming one of the most popular lighting features to add to any outdoor space. Not only do they provide needed light, but they provide great ambiance and style to your backyard.
#2. Path Lights or Hardscaping Lights
Path lights and hardscaping lights are great options to light up key areas of your outdoor space. While these can be needed for safety, they also add a look of sophistication and style.
#3. Uplights or Landscaping Lights
To really show off the beauty of your backyard at night, you will need uplights and landscaping lights in perfectly placed locations.
If you have a large outdoor area that you would like to use at night, then you will need a floodlight or two to help illuminate the area.
#5. Mounted Wall Lights
As you redesign your backyard, you may decide that you need to add some new light fixtures to the walls and pillars of your home or other outdoor structures.
#6. Pool Floating Lights
You may already have lights installed in your pool, but there are several options on the market for you to add pool floating lights to make your pool stand out even more at night!
#7. Garden Torches
A classic backyard item, garden torches (sometimes called Tiki torches) are a great item to have on hand whenever you are planning a party.
If you have a pool, especially a pool with a tanning ledge, then you will likely want some type of in-pool furniture to take your pool fun and style to the next level.
#1. Chaise Lounge
When it comes to in-pool furniture, in-pool chaise lounges are probably the most popular seating option if you have a tanning ledge (i.e. Baja shelf, sun ledge, etc.) to place in-pool furniture. You have likely seen these at some pool, and these chairs are characterized by a very reclined back. One of the most popular brands of in-pool chaise lounge chairs is Ledge Lounger.
There are many options if you are looking for a more upright chair in your pool. Again, Ledge Lounger makes a very popular upright back chair. But there are also many other great options on the market.
If you have in-pool seating, then you will likely want a table by these seats too. After all, if you are lounging in your pool, you will likely have a drink, and you will need a convenient spot to place your drink.
If you have a swim up bar or any area swim up area in your pool, then having in-pool stools is a must (if you don’t have built-in stools already). Luckily there are several great in-pool stools that you can buy to use in your pool.
In-pool umbrellas are a must-have option if you have umbrella holes in your pool. Make sure you pick umbrellas with the right materials to be used in the pool – no wood or metals that can rust!
#6. Umbrella Sleeve Adapter
You may find that your umbrella is smaller than the umbrella hole in your pole, which can lead to it wobbling or leaning. An easy fix to this is to get an umbrella sleeve adapter to help your umbrella fit more snugly in your umbrella hole.
If you have a pool, there are numerous things you can get for your pool. Check out the items on this list to make sure you have everything you need to get the most fun out of your pool!
#1. Volleyball Net
Having a volleyball net can be a great pool game if your pool has the right amount of area and depth. If this is something you want for your pool and you are about to build a pool, make sure to design your pool space for volleyball.
#2. Basketball Goal
Nearly any pool shape or size can have a basketball goal. Whether a full-on game or lazily shooting some hoops, in-pool basketball always brings some fun.
A swimming pool must: pool floats. There are so many options, which isn’t a bad thing here because you will need plenty of floats for your pool, especially if you expect a lot of company!
#4. Beanbag Floats
Beanbag floats have become very popular recently through several major brands. These offer a large area to comfortably float in your pool.
#5. Floating Cooler
If you plan on enjoying a drink or two while in your pool, then you will definitely benefit from having a floating cooler. You can use it in your pool, but it is a great option to take with you to the lake, river, or beach.
#6. Splash Ball
Splash balls are great toys for kids of all ages, and adults too! We have had several variations of these balls used in our pool, and these have provided plenty of entertainment for our kids and their friends.
#7. Diving Rings and Toys
Diving rings are another classic pool toy that should be a staple of any pool toy collection.
#8. Remote-Controlled Boats
This one might be better enjoyed when there aren’t any people in the pool, but remote-controlled boats are great to use in your pool.
If you don’t already have a slide built in with your pool, then you are in luck because there are several great free-standing and inflatable slides that you can set up for use with your pool.
#10. Water Shooters
Sometimes these can be a nuisance, but our kids and their friends always pull out the water shooters when they are playing in the pool.
#11. Plastic Playing Cards
With plastic playing cards, you can bring the fun of your favorite card games into the pool.
#12. Reusable Water Balloons
A recent favorite of our family is reusable water balloons. These are great options because they don’t leave busted balloon parts all over your backyard and these work just as great as regular water balloons.
Pool Equipment and Accessories
Pool Equipment and Accessories
Owning a pool means having some special equipment to maintain the pool and keep your pool area safe. Use this list to figure out the equipment and accessories that you need for your pool.
#1. Pool Vacuum Cleaner
You will definitely need a pool vacuum for your pool, and many options exist. Right now, robotic pool cleaners are some of the most popular and best options on the market.
#2. Handheld Vacuum
Sometimes your vacuum cleaner will not be enough to get all the dirt and debris out of your pool. In those cases, you will need a handheld option to fully get the debris out of your pool.
#3. Pool Brush and Attachments
No matter how well you keep your pool vacuumed, you will need a pool brush and net. This is a staple of any proper pool maintenance kit.
#4. Pool Fence
Pool safety is a must, and your city will likely have some regulations on fencing and other safety requirements. Adding a pool fence can help limit access to your pool to make sure people use your pool safely.
#5. Safety Net / Cover
Again, if you want to improve the safety of your pool, a popular option is to add a safety net or cover to keep people from falling in the pool when it is not in use.
#6. Water Feature
Do you wish your pool had more waterfalls or other water features? Well, luckily there are many aftermarket options to add a water feature to your pool.
If you don’t have a remote or other sensors with your pool that provide water temperature, then you should consider getting a pool thermometer to let you know the temperature of your water.
#8. Water Monitor
We get it, checking and balancing the chemicals of your pool can be a pain, and it can be easily overlooked. Adding a smart water monitor can help reduce the hassle of checking and balancing the chemicals in your pool water.
Games and Sports
Games and Sports
Every backyard will need some type of game or activity to help you enjoy your outdoor area when you have guests over or just for your own entertainment. Review the items below to find the right types of games and sports for your outdoor area.
#1. Cornhole Set
What was once an obscure backyard game, now has a tournament that is broadcasted on ESPN. If you don’t have a cornhole set, you should probably get one.
A backyard staple, a trampoline is a perfect outdoor activity, especially for kids. You can find a range of sizes to perfectly fit your backyard and the age of kids.
Yes, you can put a zipline in your backyard! We have used several of these at friends’ homes and these are a lot of fun!
If you have the room in your backyard, volleyball can be a great backyard game for all to play.
Similarly, if you have the room for volleyball in your backyard, you could also invest in a badminton set to use in your backyard
#6. Basketball Goal
Again, if you have enough space in your outdoor area, basketball is another great activity for solo or group play.
#7. Putting Green
Putting greens are an awesome addition to any backyard even if you aren’t great at golf – anyone is willing to pick up a club and try it out.
#8. Golf Practice Net
If you want to take your golf game to the next level, then you should consider getting a golf practice net to work on your swing.
#9. Baseball / Softball Practice Net
Do you have a baseball or softball player in your family? Then a baseball / softball practice net is a must-have item for them to practice their throwing and hitting.
#10. Soccer Goal
Similar to the baseball practice net above, a soccer goal can be a necessary item for anyone to work on their soccer skills in the backyard.
#11. Ladder Toss
Ladder toss is a great game that anyone can play. You can easily set this game up and store it away when not in use.
#12. Lawn Darts
Luckily this game has evolved away from the hazard it used to be to a more safe form of lawn darts. If you have a big enough area in your backyard, this can be great for any backyard get-together.
#13. Ring Toss and Horseshoes
Ring toss and horseshoes are classic outdoor games. You can either have permanent play areas for these games or have sets that you can set up and take down.
Bocce is a fun game to bring out for your next get-together. As long as you have enough room, you can play this in a variety of spots in your outdoor area.
#15. Tumble Tower
You have probably played a game of tumble tower wooden blocks (essentially a large Jenga set) at some restaurant or hotel, and you can also bring the fun of this game to your outdoor space!
#16. Frisbee Knockoff
Frisbee knockoff is a really fun and competitive game that works great for any party. It’s easy to set up and move around your backyard.
#17. Giant Four in a Row
A giant four in a row is not only fun for kids, but adults will enjoy it too (I know we can be competitive at anything!)
#18. Spike Ball
Spike ball is a game that is rapidly growing in popularity. You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy this game in your backyard.
Remember tetherball from your childhood? Well, it’s still around, and you can have your own tetherball game in your backyard!
#20. Kan Jam
Kan Jam has quickly become one of the most popular outdoor games. If you have about 50 feet of space, then you and your family will have a blast with this game.
For the Kids
For the Kids
If you have kids or grandkids then you will definitely want to have some outdoor items for them to have tons of fun outdoors. Review the items on this list to figure out what will work best for your kids or grandkids.
If you are looking for the ultimate backyard play area for your kids, you should get a full playset. These can come with slides, climbing ropes, ladders, two or three-story play areas, swings, and all kinds of features.
#2. Swing Set
I think it’s safe to say that nearly every kid would enjoy a swing in their backyard. You can have a swing attached to a larger playset like the kinds described above, or standalone swing set, or a swing attached to a tree or other overhead structure.
Sandboxes are always a hit with kids. Even though it is just a box of sand, that sand provides endless creative play.
Want another great option for limitless creative play? Get a chalkboard for your kids to draw on. This can be an especially great option if they don’t have a concrete patio to color on.
Another area that can provide loads of creative, imaginative fun is a playhouse. You will find playhouses in all kinds of sizes and themes to best suit your kid or kids.
#6. Bounce House
Want to have the backyard that your kid’s friends talk about? Then you should get a bounce house! Now, maybe you don’t need to get the huge one that you can rent for birthday parties. But you can find smaller options that can be loads of fun.
Another fun large toy for kids is a seesaw. There are various seesaw or teeter-totter options for your backyard to fit your style.
#8. Water Table
If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, one way to have great water fun with your kids is with a water table.
#9. Inflatable Kiddie Pool
Don’t have a real pool in your backyard? Or do you need a smaller pool for the kiddos? Then get an inflatable pool for the kids to have tons of swim time fun!
#10. Kids Table
One thing that we really found as a great option when our kids were smaller was a kid-sized table for them to eat their snacks and hold their drinks. It made it easier for them to use our backyard.
#11. Kids Chairs
Another thing we liked having for our kids was their own kid-sized chairs. They liked these chairs because they fit them perfectly and they were their own chairs.
For the Pets
For the Pets
If you have a pet, then you will want them to be able to enjoy your outdoor area too! Check out the items that you want for your pet or pets!
#1. Dog House
A dog house is a quintessential backyard must-have for a dog, even if your dog stays indoors most of the day.
#2. Pet Fence
If you don’t want your pet using your whole backyard, then you should get a pet fence to limit where your pet can be in your outdoor space. This can be a great option if your yard doesn’t have a fence at all.
#3. Obstacle Course
Do you have an energetic dog that loves to play? Then you should buy an obstacle course for your pet!
#4. Elevated Bed
If you have your own comfy outdoor lounge area, then so should your pet with its own bed!
#5. Heated Bed
When the weather gets cooler, your pet will likely still want to come outside with you when you are using the outdoors. So, consider getting them a heated bed to relax on and stay warm.
#6. Pet Canopy
On the other hand, on the hotter days of the year, your pet will need some shade to keep cool. So invest in a pet canopy to provide much-needed relief from the sun.
#7. Outdoor Toys
Any pet will appreciate outdoor toys that they can use and enjoy when they are outside.
#8. Outdoor Pee Pad
If you have a balcony or outdoor area with limited or no grass space, then you may want to consider buying outdoor pee pads for your pet.
#9. Outdoor Food Bowls
If you plan on your pet being outside for long stretches of time, it might be useful for you to have a dedicated outdoor food and water bowl for your pet.
If gardening is your thing, you will want plenty of gardening items to create the perfect backyard. Review the items in this list to see what you need.
#1. Garden Bed
If you want to garden in your backyard, then a garden bed is a must-have for your backyard. Make sure you measure your space to make sure you get the right one to fit your area.
#2. Raised Garden Box
Raised garden boxes are great because they can add a different look to your backyard than a traditional garden bed.
#3. Vertical Garden
A vertical garden is a great option if you have limited space in your backyard for growing plants
#4. Planters / Pots
There is a huge selection of shapes, styles, sizes, and colors of planters and pots for your outdoor plants.
A waterfall can be a great option for your backyard to add to the look and feel of your landscaping and garden areas.
If you are serious about gardening, then you may need to invest in a greenhouse to help your plants grow.
#7. Garden Tools
And last but not least, you will need some gardening tools for whatever garden setup you have!