100+ Must-Have Items for Your Backyard

Use this list of must-have backyard items to make sure you have all the right items for your backyard so that you can live your best backyard!

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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
  • Entertainment
  • Storage, Covers, and Miscellaneous
  • Comfort
  • Lighting
  • 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.

#1. Sectional

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.

Kensington Navy 6 Piece Armless Sectional

Photo: SunHaven

#2. Sofa

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!

Charcoal Aluminum Outdoor Sofa - 3 Seat

Photo: Outer

#3. Loveseat

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.

The Loveseat

Photo: Neighbor

#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.

Portofino® Comfort Sunbrella® Outdoor Motion Club Chairs - Laguna Blue

Photo: RST Brands

#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.

POLYWOOD AD420BL Modern Adirondack Chair, BlackPhoto: Amazon, POLYWOOD

#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.

Best Choice Products Egg ChairPhoto: Amazon, Best Choice Products

#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!

axx Juniper Outdoor Bean Bag, Marine ScalesPhoto: Amazon, Jaxx Juniper

#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.

Flash Furniture Hercules™ Series Plastic Folding Chair - Black - 650LB Weight Capacity Comfortable Event Chair - Lightweight Folding ChairPhoto: Amazon, Flash Furniture

#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.

PURPLE LEAF Outdoor Chaise Lounge with Wheels for Outside 3 Pieces Aluminum Patio Lounge Chair with 5 Adjustable Position Recliner for Patio, Beach, Yard, Pool, Side Table Included, Turquoise BluePhoto: Amazon, PURPLE LEAF

#10. Daybed

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.

Modway Sojourn Wicker Rattan Outdoor Patio Sunbrella Fabric Daybed in Canvas NavyPhoto: Amazon, Modway

#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.

Dave and Jenny Marrs Porch Swing

Photo: Walmart

#12. Hammock

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.

Handmade Hammocks - Hammocks Rada Handmade Yucatan Hammock - Artisan Crafted in Central America - Natural, Fits Most 12.5 Ft. - 13 Ft. Stands - Carries Up to 550 Lbs for TwoPhoto: Amazon, HAMMOCKS RADA

#13. Ottoman

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. 

Laurel Canyon Outdoor Ottoman HDPE Recycled Plastic Foot Stool Foot Rest with Cushion for Porch, Yard, Park, Lawn, Slate GreyPhoto: Amazon, LAUREL CANYON

#14. Pouf

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.

Outdoor Collection Modern Boho Farmhouse Navy Blue Off White Woven Outdoor Pouf Ottoman Outdoor Patio Accent Decor Furniture Footstool, Blue, Ivory

Photo: Amazon

#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. 

Christopher Knight Home Carlisle Outdoor Acacia Wood Coffee Table, Sandblast/Rustic Meta

Photo: Amazon, Christopher Knight Home

#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.

HOMPUS Concrete Outdoor Side Table Hourglass Shaped Round Coffee Table, Home Decor Plant Stand Outdoor Accent Table Modern Nightstand Patio End Table for Living Room, Bedroom or Balcony,No Assembly

Photo: Amazon, HOMPUS

#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.

SUPER DEAL 6FT Folding Picnic Table for Outdoor, Portable Fold-in-Half Plastic Dining Picnic Party Table with Carrying Handle

Photo: Amazon, SUPER DEAL

#18. Umbrella

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.

PURPLE LEAF 10 Feet Patio Umbrella Outdoor Cantilever Square Umbrella Aluminum Offset Umbrella with 360-degree Rotation for Garden Deck Pool Patio, Beige

Photo: Amazon, PURPLE LEAF

#19. Rug

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.

Fab Habitat Outdoor Rug - Waterproof, Fade Resistant, Crease-Free - Premium Recycled Plastic - Striped - Patio, Deck, Porch, Balcony, Laundry Room - Ibiza - Green Multi - 6 x 9 ft

Photo: Amazon, Fab Habitat

#20. Doormat

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.

CozyBounty Black Door Mat Durable Welcome Mats Outdoor Indoor Non-Slip Doormat for Entryway Low-Profile Floor Mat for Yard, Garage, High Traffic Areas (30"x17.5", Black)

Photo: Amazon, CozyBounty

#21. Pillows

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.

Outdoor Waterproof Throw Pillow Covers Set of 4 Floral Printed and Boho Farmhouse Outdoor Pillow Covers for Patio Funiture Garden 18x18 Inch Blue

Photo: Amazon, Pyonic

#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.

Winlyn Set of 3 Small Potted Plants Artificial Eucalyptus Rosemary Boxwood Plants in Black and White Geometric Pots for Table Centerpiece Kitchen Counter Windowsill Indoor Outdoor Garden Greens Decor

Photo: Amazon, Winlyn

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.

Sophia & William Rectangular Outdoor Dining Table for 6 Person, Large Wooden Patio Table with 1.57" Umbrella Hole, Imitation Wood Tabletop, Metal Steel Frame, Outdoor Bistro Table, 59.84"*37.4"*28.35"

Photo: Amazon, Sophia & William

#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.

PHI VILLA Patio Dining Chairs Set of 2,Heavy Duty Outdoor Swivel Dining Chairs,Patio Metal Chairs with Rattan Deco,Patio Furniture for Garden Lawn and Deck,Max Load Bearing up to 300 lbs,2 Pack

Photo: Amazon, PHI VILLA

#3. Bar Table

Bar tables can be a great addition to your backyard, especially if you have a kitchen area.

Mr IRONSTONE Outdoor Bar Table 47'' Patio Table Pub Height Dining Table with Waterproof Top and Hammer Finish Stand for Hot Tub, Garden, Backyard, Indoor

Photo: Amazon, Mr IRONSTONE

#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.

PURPLE LEAF Outdoor Counter Height Bar Stool Chair Set of 2 Modern Bar Stool Chairs Patio Metal Stools with Backrest and Arm, Cushions Included

Photo: Amazon, PURPLE LEAF

#5. Grill

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

Weber Spirit S-315 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel

Photo: Amazon, Weber

#6. Griddle

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.

Blackstone 36 Inch Gas Griddle Cooking Station 4 Burner Flat Top Gas Grill Propane Fuelled Restaurant Grade Professional 36” Outdoor Griddle Station with Side Shelf

Photo: Amazon, Blackstone

#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.

ROCCBOX by Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven - Gas Fired, Fire & Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven, Includes Professional Grade Pizza Peel

Photo: Amazon, ROCCBOX

#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.

Alpha Grillers Grill Set Heavy Duty BBQ Accessories - BBQ Tool Set 4pc Grill Accessories with Spatula, Fork, Brush & BBQ Tongs - Gifts for Dad Durable, Stainless Steel Grill Tools

Photo: Amazon, Alpha Grillers

#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.

KP 3 in 1 Dream Set- Safe Grill Cleaning Kit - Bristle Free Grill Brush for Outdoor Grill w/ Grill Scraper +Heavy Duty Grill Mat|Best BBQ Brush for Grill Cleaning | Grill Accessories for All Grills

Photo: Amazon, Kitchen Perfection

#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.

ThermoPro Wireless Meat Thermometer of 500FT, Bluetooth ,for Smoker Oven, Grill Thermometer with Dual Probes, Smart Rechargeable BBQ Thermometer for Cooking Turkey Fish Beef

Photo: Amazon, ThermoPro

#11. Cooler

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.

YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

Photo: Amazon, YETI

#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.

TORVA Outdoor Prep Cart Dining Table for Pizza Oven, Patio Grilling Backyard BBQ Grill Cart(Wood Color)

Photo: Amazon, TORVA

#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.

Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker with Easy Pour Jar and XL Ice Reservoir

Photo: Amazon, Margaritaville

#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.

Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine with 3 Flavor Syrup Pack and Accessories

Photo: Amazon, Hawaiian Shaved Ice

#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.

Photo: Amazon, GameMaker

#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.

TOSSWARE POP 14oz Vino SET OF 48, Recyclable, Unbreakable Unbreakable & Crystal Clear Plastic Wine Glasses, 48 Count (Pack of 1)

Photo: Amazon, TOSSWARE

#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.

YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/MagSlider Lid

Photo: Amazon, YETI

#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.

MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks - Smores Skewers for Fire Pit Kit - Hot Dog Camping Accessories Campfire Marshmellow 32 Inch Long Fork - 5 Pack

Photo: Amazon, MalloMe

Fire Features

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.

Solo Stove Yukon with Stand Portable Fire Pit Stainless Steel for Wood Burning and Low Smoke Great Camping Stove | 27x17 Inches Outdoor Fire Pits

Photo: Amazon, Solo Stove

#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.

Best Choice Products 52in 50,000 BTU Outdoor Wicker Patio Propane Gas Fire Pit Table w/ Aluminum Tabletop, Glass Wind Guard, Clear Glass Rocks, Cover, Slide Out Tank Holder, and Lid - Gray

Photo: Amazon, Best Choice Products

#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.

AKOYA Outdoor Essentials 30" Fiber Concrete Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Pit Table Bowl in Gray

Photo: Amazon, AKOYA

#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.

ZHEJIANG YAYI Metal Technology Four Seasons Courtya GFT-30873 Gas Tabletop Fire Pit, Stainless Steel, 10,000 BTUs, 14-in. - Quantity 1

Photo: Amazon, Four Seasons Courtya

#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.

GASPRO 29 x 13 Inch Glass Wind Guard for Rectangular Fire Pit Table, Thick and Sturdy Tempered Glass Panel with Hard Aluminum Corner Bracket & Rubber Feet, Easy to Assemble

Photo: Amazon, GASPRO

#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.

VEVOR Fire Pit Heat Deflector 30 x 30 x 13 Inch, Stainless Steel Fire Pit Cover 1.5mm Thick, Square Fire Pit Burner Cover to Push Heat Down and Out, Fire Pit Lid with Foldable Legs and Carrying Handle

Photo: Amazon, VEVOR


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.

#1. TV

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.

SYLVOX 55'' Outdoor Smart TV 4K UHD Waterproof TV 1000NIT High Bright HDR TV Android 11.0 Built-in Chromecast, with Voice Remote Control for Indoor and Outdoor Use

Photo: Amazon, SYLVOX

#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.

USX MOUNT Full Range Indoor Outdoor TV Mount up to 132lbs Full Motion Weatherproof TV Wall Mount for 37-70 inch TVs Swivel Articulating, Max VESA 600x400mm, All -Weather Durability Easy Installation

Photo: Amazon, USX MOUNT

#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.

Mobile TV Cart with Wheels for 23-60 Inch LCD LED OLED Flat Curved Screen Outdoor TVs Height Adjustable Shelf Trolley Floor Stand Holds up to 55lbs Movable Monitor Holder with Tray Max VESA 400x400mm

Photo: Amazon, PERLESMITH

#4. Projector

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.

Outdoor Projector, Mini Projector with 100" Screen, 1080P and 240" Supported Movie Projector 7500 L Portable Home Video Projector Compatible with Smartphone/TV Stick/PS5/PC/Laptop

Photo: Amazon, NICPOW

#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.

Projector Screen and Stand,Towond 150 inch Indoor Outdoor Projection Screen, Portable 16:9 4K HD Rear Front Movie Screen with Carry Bag Wrinkle-Free Design for Home Theater Backyard Cinema

Photo: Amazon, TOWOND

#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.

Roku Streaming Stick 4K | Streaming Device 4K/HDR/Dolby Vision with Roku Voice Remote and TV Controls

Photo: Amazon, Roku

#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.

JBL FLIP 5, Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Black

Photo: Amazon, JBL

#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.

TIC GS3-8" Outdoor Weather-Resistant Omnidirectional In-Ground Speaker

Photo: Amazon, TIC

#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.

Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers with Powerful Bass (Pair, Black), All-Weather Durability, Broad Sound Coverage, Speed-Lock Mounting System

Photo: Amazon, Polk Audio

#10. Soundbar

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.

SYLVOX 38'' SoundBar for Outdoor Smart TV, 2.0ch Wireless Subwoofer IP65 Waterproof Speaker, Bluetooth/HDMI/Optical/RCA/USB Connection, Suitable for Indoor and Outdoor use (ELF S2 Series) (OTA1ELFS2)

Photo: Amazon, SYLVOX

#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.

Photo: Amazon, WAVLINK

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.

BLUU 120 Gallon Large Deck Box Outdoor Storage with Padlock and Durable Stainless Steel Construction for Outdoor Pillows, Pool Toys, Garden Tools, Furniture and Sports Equipment | Waterproof | UV Resistant

Photo: Amazon, BLUU

#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.

Keter Solana 70 Gallon Storage Bench Deck Box for Patio Furniture, Front Porch Decor and Outdoor Seating – Perfect to Store Garden Tools and Pool Toys, Brown

Photo: Amazon, Keter

#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.

VEVOR Pool Towel Rack, 5 Bar, Brown, Freestanding Outdoor PVC Trapedozal Poolside Storage Organizer, Include 8 Towel Clips, Mesh Bag, Hook, Also Stores Floats and Paddles, for Beach, Swimming Pool

Photo: Amazon, VEVOR

#4. Hooks

Hooks are a versatile storage and drying option for nearly any backyard. You can place hooks on fences, pillars, or walls.

Rustic Cast Iron Coat Hooks (4 Pack) Wall Mounted Farmhouse Decorative Wall Hooks, Vintage Hooks for Hanging Coats, Bags, Hats, Towels (Antique White, Mounting Hardware)

Photo: Amazon

#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.

MESH TITAN Pool Float Storage Organizer - Heavy Duty Adjustable Hanging Net for Toys Pool Noodles 60" Inflatable rafts Basketball Accessories for Fence Deck Garage Patio Gym (Black)

Photo: Amazon, MESH TITAN

#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.

Vailge 2-Seater Heavy Duty Patio Bench Loveseat Cover, 100% Waterproof Outdoor Sofa Cover, Lawn Patio Furniture Covers with Air Vent, Small(Standard), Beige & Brown

Photo: Amazon, Vailge

#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.

Patio Umbrella Cover Outdoor Waterproof, Simply Shade Market Outside Furniture Parasol Straight Commercial Large with Durable Zipper 420D Oxford for 9 10ft Backyard Dustproof Windproof Snowproof Blue

Photo: Amazon, Wrakus

#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.

EliteShade USA Umbrella Base Water & Sand Filled Stand Market Patio Outdoor Heavy Duty Umbrella Holder(Black)

Photo: Amazon, EliteShade

#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.

Grillman Premium BBQ Grill Cover. Rip-Proof & Waterproof (52" L x 26" W x 43" H, Black) Top Heavy Duty Large Grill Cover for Weber Spirit, Genesis, Charbroil, etc. Barbecue Cover and Gas Grill Covers

Photo: Amazon, Grillman

#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.

Porch Shield Fire Pit Cover - Waterproof 600D Heavy Duty Round Patio Fire Bowl Cover Black - 32 inch

Photo: Amazon, Porch Shield

#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.

iBirdie Outdoor Waterproof and Weatherproof TV Cover for 55 inch Outside Flat Screen TV - Cover Size 52''W x 31''H x 5.5''D

Photo: Amazon, iBirdie

#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.

AiBOB Under Grill Mat, 40 X 60 inches Absorbent Oil Pad Protects Decks and Patios, Reusable and Waterproof, Black

Photo: Amazon, AiBOB

#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

VEVOR Fire Pit Heat Shield, 26 x 26 Inch Deck Defender & Grass Guard, High Temp Carbon Steel Fire Pit Heat Deflector for Grass Lawn Guarding, Fire Pit Pad for Outdoors, Bonfires, Wood Burning, Square

Photo: Amazon, VEVOR

#14. Clock

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.

CHYLIN Wall Clock Nautical Decor, Beach Outdoor Clocks for Patio, Wall Clocks Battery Operated, Coastal Ocean Themed Blue Clock Decor for Lake House, Home Clearance, Kitchen, Pool, Bathroom(14 Inch)

Photo: Amazon, CHYLIN

#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.

Newentor Weather Station Wireless Indoor Outdoor Thermometer, Color Display Digital Weather Thermometer with Atomic Clock, Forecast Station with Calendar and Adjustable Backlight

Photo: Amazon, Newentor

#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.

YARDLOCK Keyless Gatelock, Secure Gate Lock (MBX-2016Y-3ESF)

Photo: Amazon, Yardlock

#17. Trashcan

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.

Suncast 33 Gallon Hideaway Can Resin Outdoor Trash with Lid Use in Backyard, Deck, or Patio, 33-Gallon, Brown

Photo: Amazon, Suncast


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.

Patio Heater, EAST OAK 50,000 BTU Outdoor Patio Heater with Table Design, Stainless Steel Burner, Triple Protection System, Wheels, Outdoor Heater for Commercial and Residential, 2022 Upgrade, Bronze

Photo: Amazon, EAST OAK

#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.

Cuisinart COH-500 Portable Tabletop Patio, 11,000 BTU Outdoor Propane Heater with Safety Tilt Switch and Burner Screen Guard, 30 sq. Foot Heat Range, Black

Photo: Amazon, Cuisinart

#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.

Brawntide Large Outdoor Waterproof Blanket - Quilted, Extra Thick Fleece, Warm, Windproof, Sandproof, Includes Stuff Sack, Shoulder Strap, Ideal for Beaches, Picnics, Camping, Stadiums, Dogs, Car

Photo: Amazon, BRAWNTIDE

#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.

POP Design, Portable USB Heated Fleece Throw Blanket, 3 Heat Settings, Perfect for Indoor Home and Travel, 57” x 37”, Grey (Battery Pack Not Included)

Photo: Amazon, POP

#5. Fan

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.

Lasko Oscillating Tower Fan for Decks, Patios, Porches, and Outdoor Living – Create Your Backyard Paradise, 42 in, Grey, YF202

Photo: Amazon, Lasko

#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.

TMWINGS Towel Warmers for Bathroom Bucket,Luxury Large Spa Towel Hot Warmer Bucket Style-Hot Towels in 10 Minutes-Fits Up to Two Oversized Towels - Bathrobe, Towel, Blanket-Yellow

Photo: Amazon, TMWINGS

#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.

Amagenix Outdoor Roller Shades, Exterior Cordless Patio Shades Roll Up Outdoor Blinds for Porch Pergola Gazebo (8'W x 6'H), Mocha

Photo: Amazon, Amagenix

#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.

AsterOutdoor Sun Shade Sail Rectangle 8' x 12' UV Block Canopy for Patio Backyard Lawn Garden Outdoor Activities, Sand


#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.

LAUREL CANYON Pop Up 13' x 13' Canopy Tent with Roller Storage Bag and Roof Air Vent, Gray

Photo: Amazon, LAUREL CANYON


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.

Svater Outdoor String Lights Led, 105FT Commercial Grade Patio Lights with 1W Dimmable S14 Shatterproof Bulbs, Warm White and Weatherproof Strand - UL Listed Heavy-Duty Café Lights, Market Lights

Photo: Amazon, Svater

#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.

LETMY Solar Pathway Lights Outdoor, New Upgraded 6 Pack Solar Outdoor Lights, IP65 Waterproof Auto On/Off Solar Garden Lights Solar Powered Landscape Path Lights for Yard Lawn Patio Walkway Driveway

Photo: Amazon, LETMY

#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.

LiBlins Solar Landscape Spotlights Outdoor, [6 Pack/3 Modes] 2-in-1 Solar Landscaping Spotlights, IP67 Waterproof Solar Powered Wall Lights for Yard Garden Patio Driveway Pool (Cold White/33 LED)

Photo: Amazon, LiBlins

#4. Floodlight

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.

Amico 3 Head LED Security Lights with Motion Sensor, Adjustable 40W, 4000LM, 5000K, IP65 Waterproof, Exterior Flood Light for Garage, Yard

Photo: Amazon, Amico

#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.

LMP 4 Pack LED Square Up and Down Lights Outdoor Wall Light,Body in Aluminum Waterproof Outdoor Wall Lamps,3000k 5W with Certificate ETL

Photo: Amazon, LMP

#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!

Rukars Floating Ball Pool Light Solar Powered 4 PCS, 14 Inch Inflatable Hangable IP68 Waterproof Rechargeable Color Changing Led Glow Globe Pool

Photo: Amazon, Rukars

#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.

Garden Torch - Deco Home Garden Torch Set of 4 | 60inch Citronella Garden Outdoor/Patio Natural Flickering Flame Outdoor Lighting Torch for Party Patio Pathway | Brown

Photo: Amazon, Deco Home

In-Pool Furniture

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.

Ledge Lounger Inside Pool Lounge Chairs, in Water Sun Shelf Chaise Lounger Chair Great for Tanning on Baja Ledge or Poolside Sundeck, Set of 2 (White)

Photo: Amazon, Ledge Lounger

#2. Chairs

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.

Bask Chair | Lounge Chair | All-Weather Outdoor Furniture

Photo: Tupelo

#3. Table

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.

Ledge Lounger in-Pool Side Table (Granite Gray)

Photo: Amazon, Ledge Lounger

#4. Stool

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.

Envy Pool Products ENV00300 Pool Stool, White

Photo: Amazon, Envy Pool Products

#5. Umbrella

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!

California Umbrella 9' Round Aluminum Market Umbrella, Crank Lift, Collar Tilt, White Pole, Forest Blue Olefin

Photo: Amazon, California Umbrella

#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.

JILINWEI Pool Umbrella Stabilizer Adapter,Threaded Adapter Sleeves ONLY Fits for 1 3/4" Aquastar Pool Umbrella Insert

Photo: Amazon, JILINWEI

In-Pool Fun

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.

GoSports Splash Net PRO Pool Volleyball Net Includes 2 Water Volleyballs and Pump

Photo: Amazon, GoSports

#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.

GoSports Splash Hoop PRO Swimming Pool Basketball Game - Includes Poolside Water Basketball Hoop, 2 Balls and Pump - Red

Photo: Amazon, GoSports

#3. Floats

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!

JOYIN Donut Pool Float with Glitters 32.5” (3 Pack), Funny Pool Tube Toys for Swimming Pool Party and Donut Party Supplies

Photo: Amazon, JOYIN

#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.

Big Joe Captains Pool Float

Photo: Amazon, Big Joe Float

#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.

Bestway Hydro-Force Glacial Sport Inflatable Floating Cooler 9.43 Gal.

Photo: Amazon, Bestway

#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.

Splash Bombs® 10-Pack The Original Water Toy by Prime Time Toys

Photo: Amazon, Prime Time Toys

#7. Diving Rings and Toys

Diving rings are another classic pool toy that should be a staple of any pool toy collection.

JOYIN Underwater Swimming/Diving Pool Toy Rings (4 pcs) , Diving Sticks (4 pcs) and toypedo Bandits(4 pcs) with Under Water Treasures Gift Set Bundle

Photo: Amazon, JOYIN

#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.

Force1 Velocity H102 RC Boat - Remote Control Boat for Pools and Lakes, Fast RC Boats for Adults and Kids with 20+ mph Speed, 4 Channel 2.4GHZ Remote Control, and Rechargeable Boat Battery (Blue)

Photo: Amazon, Force1

#9. Slide

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.

Intex 58849EP Kool Splash Durable Inflatable Play Center Swimming Pool with Built In Sprayers for Kids and Adults, Age 6 and Up , Blue

Photo: Amazon, Intex

#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.

Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set

Photo: Amazon, Max Liquidator

#11. Plastic Playing Cards

With plastic playing cards, you can bring the fun of your favorite card games into the pool.

UNO Splash Card Game with Waterproof Cards and Portable Clip for Travel, Camping and Game Nights Away

Photo: Amazon, Mattel Games

#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.

Reusable Water Balloons for Kids Adults, Silica Gel Water Ball, Quick Fill, Impact Open, Summer Splash Party Easy Quick Fun Outdoor Backyard for Swimming Pool

Photo: Amazon, ZUPIIY

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.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Vacuum Cleaner — Smart Navigation and Top Load Filter for an Ultimate Clean — Ideal for All Types of In-Ground Swimming Pools up to 50 Feet in Length

Photo: Amazon, Dolphin

#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.

POOL BLASTER Max Cordless Pool Vacuum for Deep Cleaning & Strong Suction, Handheld Rechargeable Swimming Pool Cleaner for Inground and Above Ground Pools, Hoseless Pool Vac by Water Tech

Photo: Amazon, POOL BLASTER

#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.

Blue Torrent Brush (24 Inches, Green/White/Blue)

Photo: Amazon, Blue Torrent Pumps

#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.

WaterWarden Inground Pool Safety Fence 4’ x 12’, Removable Pool Fencing to Protect Kids and Dogs, UL Certified to ASTM F2286, UV Protected Mesh, Easy DIY Installation, Hardware Included, Black

Photo: Amazon, WaterWarden

#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.

WaterWarden SCMB2545 Safety Inground 25' x 45', Rectangle Swimming Pool Cover 15-Year Warranty, UL Classified to ASTM F1346, Triple Stitched for MAX Strength, Hardware Included, Blue Mesh

Photo: Amazon, WaterWarden

#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.

Swimming-Pool Waterfall Fountain w/ Colorful LED-Lights - 7 Color Changing Water Cooler Sprinkler for Above & In-ground Pools, Adjustable Water Powered Pool Spray Device for Outdoor Yard Decoration

Photo: Amazon, ZCONIEY

#7. Thermometer

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.

GAME 14030-BB Solar Digital Pool & Spa Thermometer Floating, Solar Powered & No Batteries Needed, Fahrenheit & Celsius, Double-Sided Display, Large Easy to Read LCD Screen, Light Blue

Photo: Amazon, GAME

#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.

Sutro Pool & Spa Water Smart Monitoring Device | Tests Alkalinity, pH, Chlorine, and More

Photo: Amazon, Sutro

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.

GoSports Football Cornhole Set, Customize with Your Team's Decals, Includes 2 Boards, 8 Bean Bags & Case

Photo: Amazon, GoSports

#2. Trampoline

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.

Skywalker Trampolines Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline with Enclosure Net (8FT, 12FT, 15FT) - Basketball Trampoline

Photo: Amazon, Skywalker Trampolines

#3. Zipline

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!

98 Feet Zip Line Kit for Kids and Adult Up to 330 lb with Zipline Spring Brake and Safety Harness, Zip line Trolley with Handle and Thickened Seat,for Backyard Playground Entertainment

Photo: Amazon, TT TRSMIMA

#4. Volleyball

If you have the room in your backyard, volleyball can be a great backyard game for all to play.

Zdgao Outdoor Portable Volleyball Net System - Adjustable Height Poles with Soft Volleyball Ball, Pump, Hammer, Boundary Line, and Carry Bag for Backyard, Beach, Lawn

Photo: Amazon, Zdgao

#5. Badminton

Similarly, if you have the room for volleyball in your backyard, you could also invest in a badminton set to use in your backyard

EastPoint Sports Badminton Sets Outdoor Games – Easy Setup Badminton, 4-Way Badminton, and Badminton Racket & Shuttlecock Sets

Photo: Amazon, EastPoint Sports

#6. Basketball Goal

Again, if you have enough space in your outdoor area, basketball is another great activity for solo or group play.

Lifetime 51544 Front Court Portable Basketball System, 50 Inch Shatterproof Backboard

Photo: Amazon, Lifetime

#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.

BOBURN Golf Putting Green/Mat-Golf Training Mat- Professional Golf Practice Mat- Green Long Challenging Putter for Indoor/Outdoor

Photo: Amazon, BOBURN

#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.

GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net - Choose Between Huge 10'x7' or 7'x7' Nets -Personal Driving Range for Indoor or Outdoor Use - Designed by Golfers for Golfers

Photo: Amazon, GoSports

#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.

PowerNet 7x7 PRO Net with One Piece Frame | Baseball Softball Practice | Pitching Hitting Training Aid | Portable Backstop | Bow Style | Weighted Base | 7 x 7 (49 SqFt)

Photo: Amazon, PowerNet

#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.

Franklin Sports Blackhawk Backyard Soccer Goal - Portable Pop Up Soccer Nets - Youth + Adult Folding Indoor + Outdoor Goals - Multiple Sizes + Colors - Perfect for Games + Practice

Photo: Amazon, Franklin Sports

#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.

GoSports Pro Grade Ladder Toss Indoor/Outdoor Game Set with 6 Soft Rubber Bolo Balls, Travel Carrying Case

Photo: Amazon, GoSports

#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.

Lawn Darts Game – Glow in The Dark, Outdoor Backyard Toy for Kids & Adults | Fun for The Entire Family | Work On Your Aim & Accuracy While Having A Blast

Photo: Amazon, HAKOL

#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.

Yards of Fun Wooden Ring Toss Game for Kids. Family, Adults. 20 Rope & Plastic Rings, Scorecard, Stickers, Bag, Rules, Start Line. Fun Indoor & Outdoor Game Set. Durable Wooden Toy for Back Yard Game

Photo: Amazon, Yards of Fun

#14. Bocce

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.

Bocce Ball Set – Outdoor Backyard Family Games for Adults or Kids – Complete with Bocce Balls, Pallino, and Equipment Carrying Case by Hey! Play

Photo: Amazon, Hey! Play!

#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!

Large Tower Game Life Size Lawn Yard Outdoor Games for Adults and Family Wooden Stacking Games- Includes Rules and Carry Bag-54 Large Blocks

Photo: Amazon, SPORT BEAT

#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.

Bottle Bash Outdoor Flying Disc Game Set – Disc Toss Game for Family, Adult & Kids, Backyard and Beach Game - Frisbee Target Lawn Game with Poles & Bottles (Beersbee & Polish Horseshoes)

Photo: Amazon, Poleish

#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!)

SWOOC Games - Giant Four in a Row (All Weather) Outdoor Game with Carrying Case and Noise Reducing Design - 60% Quieter - Jumbo Connect 4 Discs to Win - Oversized Yard Game for Kids, Adults, & Family

Photo: Amazon, SWOOC Store

#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.

Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit - Game for The Backyard, Beach, Park, Indoors

Photo: Amazon, Spikeball

#19. Tetherball

Remember tetherball from your childhood? Well, it’s still around, and you can have your own tetherball game in your backyard!

Trymaker Tetherball Set with Base,Tetherball Equipment with Pole for Backyard and Outdoor,Tether Ball Set with Base Heavy Duty for Kids and Adult.

Photo: Amazon, Trymaker

#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.

Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game - American Made Outdoor Game for The Backyard, Beach, Park, Tailgates - Original and Travel Edition

Photo: Amazon, Kan Jam

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.

#1. Playset

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.

Creative Playthings Eastport Wooden Swing Set (Made in The USA) for Ages 2 to 8 Years, Includes Kids Climbing Wall, Playground Swings and Slide, 15 x 12 x 10 ft

Photo: Amazon, Creative Playthings

#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.

Trekassy 440lbs 2 Seat Swing Set for Backyard, 1 Saucer Swing Seat and 1 Belt Swing Seat with Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Stand

Photo: Amazon, Trekassy

#3. Sandbox

Sandboxes are always a hit with kids. Even though it is just a box of sand, that sand provides endless creative play.

Best Choice Products 47x47in Kids Large Wooden Sandbox for Backyard, Outdoor Play w/ Cedar Wood, 2 Foldable Bench Seats, Sand Protection, Bottom Liner - Brown

Photo: Amazon, Best Choice Products

#4. Chalkboard

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.

Weudear Easel for Kids, Rotatable Double Sided Magnetic Drawing Board Adjustable Height Standing Toddlers Art Easel with Deluxe Painting Accessories-Pink

Photo: Amazon, Weudear

#5. Playhouse

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.

Backyard Discovery Sweetwater All Cedar Wooden Playhouse

Photo: Amazon, Backyard Playhouse

#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.

Little Tikes Jump 'n Slide Inflatable Bouncer Includes Heavy Duty Blower With GFCI, Stakes, Repair Patches, And Storage Bag, for Kids Ages 3-8 Years

Photo: Amazon, Little Tikes

#7. Seesaw

Another fun large toy for kids is a seesaw. There are various seesaw or teeter-totter options for your backyard to fit your style.

TP Toys, Spiro Spin Seesaw | Sit and Spin Teeter Totter with 360 Spin and Bounce Wheel | Kids Outdoor Play Equipment for Backyard, Playground, or Indoor Fun | Boys and Girls Ages 3-8.

Photo: Amazon, TP Toys

#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.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set

Photo: Amazon, Step2

#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!

3 Rings Kiddie Pool for Toddler, 48”X12”,Kids Swimming Pool, Inflatable Baby Ball Pit Pool, Small Infant Pool (Blue)

Photo: Amazon, Big Summer

#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.

Little Tikes Easy Store Jr. Kid Picnic Play Table

Photo: Amazon, Little Tikes

#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.

Pacific Play Tents Sapphire Blue Super Children's Chair

Photo: Amazon, Pacific Play Tents

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.

DEStar Durable Waterproof Plastic Pet Dog House Indoor Outdoor Puppy Shelter Kennel with Air Vents and Elevated Floor (Medium - 28" Height)

Photo: Amazon, DEStar

#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.

FXW Outdoor Dog Playpen, Dog Pen Fences 16 Panels 32Inch Height Puppy Pet Playpen for Small/Medium Dogs Exercise Pen with 2 Doors Indoor Playpen for the Yard Camping Dog Fence Heavy-Duty Metal Barrier

Photo: Amazon, FXW Store

#3. Obstacle Course

Do you have an energetic dog that loves to play? Then you should buy an obstacle course for your pet!

PAWISE Dog Agility Training Equipment Dog Obstacle Course Kit for Training Dog Jumping Hurdle Pet Agility Tunnel

Photo: Amazon, PAWISE

#4. Elevated Bed

If you have your own comfy outdoor lounge area, then so should your pet with its own bed!

Veehoo Cooling Elevated Dog Bed, Portable Raised Pet Cot with Washable & Breathable Mesh, No-Slip Rubber Feet for Indoor & Outdoor Use, Large, Black

Photo: Amazon, Veehoo

#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.

Outdoor Pet Heating Pads for Dog,Soft Electric Blanket Auto Temperature Control,Heated Mat for Dog House,Whelping Supply for Pregnant New Born Stray Feral Cat Puppy,Safe

Photo: Amazon, PETNF

#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.

SUPERJARE XLarge Outdoor Dog Bed, Elevated Pet Cot with Canopy, Portable for Camping or Beach, Durable 1680D Oxford Fabric, Extra Carrying Bag - Silver Gray

Photo: Amazon, SUPERJARE

#7. Outdoor Toys

Any pet will appreciate outdoor toys that they can use and enjoy when they are outside.

Yipetor Durable Dog Chew Toys 6 Pack, Cotton Rope Rubber Balls Chew Toy, Indestructible, Convex Design for Puppy Small Medium Large Dogs, Tug of War, Fetching, Puppy Teething Toy for Boredom, Gift

Photo: Amazon, Yipetor

#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.

TAOAT 39.4 x 31.5 Inches Fake Grass Pee for Dog Artificial Grass Rug Pad for Puppy Potty Washable Grass Mat for Pet Training with Drainage Hole and Easy to Clean

Photo: Amazon, TAOAT

#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.

Ant Away Cat Dog Pet Food Bowl 32 Oz Food Water Bowls Dish for Small Medium Size Dogs Cats by With You6688

Photo: Amazon, You6688

Garden Features

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.

FOYUEE Galvanized Raised Garden Beds for Vegetables Large Metal Planter Box Steel Kit Flower Herb, 8x4x1ft

Photo: Amazon, FOYUEE

#2. Raised Garden Box

Raised garden boxes are great because they can add a different look to your backyard than a traditional garden bed.

Best Choice Products 48x24x30in Raised Garden Bed, Elevated Wood Planter Box Stand for Backyard, Patio, Balcony w/ Bed Liner, 200lb Capacity - Natural

Photo: Amazon, Best Choice Products

#3. Vertical Garden

A vertical garden is a great option if you have limited space in your backyard for growing plants

ShopLaLa Wall Planter - 2 Pack, Wooden Hanging Large Planters for Indoor Outdoor Plants, Live Vertical Garden System Herb Plant Wall Mount Holder Flower Stand Balcony Fence Tall Long Trellis Support

Photo: Amazon, ShopLaLa

#4. Planters / Pots

There is a huge selection of shapes, styles, sizes, and colors of planters and pots for your outdoor plants.

LA JOLIE MUSE Tall Planters Outdoor Indoor - Tree Planter 20 inch Modern White Flower Pots with Drainage Holes for Balcony Garden Patio Deck Pack 2

Photo: Amazon, La Jolie Muse

#5. Waterfall

A waterfall can be a great option for your backyard to add to the look and feel of your landscaping and garden areas.

SunJet Indoor/Outdoor Cascading Water Fountain - 40.1inches Garden Fountain with Warm Lights, 4 Bowls Fountain Waterfall Feature for Home Deck, Patio, Porch, Yard Decor

Photo: Amazon, SunJet

#6. Greenhouse

If you are serious about gardening, then you may need to invest in a greenhouse to help your plants grow.

EAGLE PEAK 8'x6' Portable Walk-in Greenhouse Instant Pop-up Indoor Outdoor Plant Gardening Green House Canopy, Front and Rear Roll-Up Zipper Entry Doors and 2 Large Roll-Up Side Windows, Green

Photo: Amazon, EAGLE PEAK

#7. Garden Tools

And last but not least, you will need some gardening tools for whatever garden setup you have!

Grenebo Gardening Tools 9-Piece Heavy Duty Gardening Hand Tools with Fashion and Durable Garden Tools Organizer Handbag,Rust-Proof Garden Tool Set, Ideal Gardening Gifts for Women

Photo: Amazon, Grenebo

Hi, I'm Ashley!

Hi, I'm Ashley!

I started Live Your Best Backyard to share my (and my family's) hands-on experience and countless hours of research on all things backyard to help you find the best products, ideas, tips, and information for your backyard!

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Hi, I'm Ashley!

Hi, I'm Ashley!

I started Live Your Best Backyard to share my (and my family's) hands-on experience and countless hours of research on all things backyard to help you find the best products, ideas, tips, and information for your backyard!

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