Fire Pit + Table
Nothing says summer quite like s'mores roasting over a fire pit. With this outdoor centerpiece, which runs on a standard propane tank, you can summon the ambiance of flickering flames at the flip of switch. Lose no space over this luxurious backyard feature, either! Simply replace the lid, and the dual-purpose unit becomes a patio table perfect for daytime use. Available at Macy's; $2,399.
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Flower Pot + Solar Lamp
On a small deck or patio, every square inch matters. That's what makes these lanterns such a handy find! During the daytime, they beautify your space as flower pots—and quietly soak up the solar energy they need to operate at night. When dusk falls, simply switch on the colorful LED lights for a cheerful glow. Available at Plow & Hearth; starting at $100.
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Campfire Seat + Bucket Storage
Never go without a seat near the fire when you bring your own bucket stool. Stash your camping gear beneath the wooden lid for long weekend adventures, or simply fill with extra supplies of marshmallows if you're only trekking out to the backyard. Available at Plow & Hearth; $80.
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Log Rack + Outdoor Sideboard
A stack of kindling for the season's campfires can easily overrun your patio or deck. Instead, keep your supplies neat, tidy, and with space to spare by using a stylish setup like this combination log rack and sideboard—its tabletop offers the room enough to set out your lemonade other summer sweets! Available at Plow & Hearth; $300.
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Bar Tabletop + Sleek Cooler
You don't need a pool to host a summer party, but cold refreshments are a must. This hardworking bar tabletop hides a cooler underneath its rattan weave so that your chilled bottles are an arm's length away from the snacks set out on top. Available on Amazon; $108.
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Outdoor Bench + Planter
It's no secret that adding a bench to an ordinary landscape design can elevate it into a serene retreat. But have you ever considered a bench that's a garden unto itself? This double-duty piece brings life (literally) to any patio, porch, deck, or garden. Whether you choose to fill it with bright annuals or pest-repellent citronella, this seat is sure to become a special spot to enjoy the season. Available on Amazon; $425.
Shady Umbrella + Mosquito Net
Enjoy your next outdoor meal without UV rays or pesky bugs when you sit under this hanging umbrella and detachable mosquito net. (The netting unzips easily for when you'd like to collapse and bring the shady unit to the beach!) When you're ready to call it a day, just crank the handle and fold the umbrella down. Available on Amazon; $150.
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Side Table + Garden Seating
This versatile ceramic garden stool is a triple threat. When extra guests arrive, lift drinks off of what appears to be a floral carved side table and it functions as spare seating! Then when the party ends, set succulents atop the stool for an elegant plant stand. Available at Plow & Hearth; $130.
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Outdoor Bench + Hidden Storage
As the saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind." Nothing cuts visual clutter quicker than a storage bench. If you need to clear your space quickly for unexpected guests, throw it all inside its trunk space and organize it later! (The extra space also works to store patio cushions and other textiles during poor weather.) Available on Amazon; $130.
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For more on your outdoor space, consider:
10 Doable Designs for DIY Outdoor Furniture
8 DIY Pick-Me-Ups for a Plain Patio
9 Lessons Learned from Tiny Backyards
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!