We Turned This Disorganized Outdoor Space Into a Multifunctional Lounge-Slash-Storage Area

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With all the sunshine to soak up, games to play, and get-togethers to host, your backyard (as the natural setting for all of the above) can take a quick turn for the chaotic.


To show you how easy it can be to take your space from haphazard to hangout-ready with just a few simple touches, we turned this cluttered outdoor patio into a super functional hosting spot in the span of a day.

Before the transformation, the space was cluttered and not exactly the most inviting for kicking back with guests.
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The hero of the project? An editor-approved Walmart haul that covered everything from the tools required to complete the transformation to the accent decor to pull it all together. Keep reading for all the inspo you'll need to get your outdoor space ready for ​all​ the plans you throw its way this warm-weather season.

The Hangout Spot

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If your space is lacking a cozy lounge area, it's time to outfit your patio with a durable-yet-trendy sofa, a coffee table for a solid refreshment spread (bonus: these come as a set!), as well as a side bench for additional seating for guests and plant babies.

Better Homes & Gardens Belle Haven 4-Piece Conversation Outdoor Furniture Set, $747

Stackable Outdoor Chairs, $176.99

All-Weather Outdoor Patio Bench, $165.99

The Workshop

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Image Credit: Paul Anderson for Hunker

On the days you want to kick it into productivity mode and work on your latest DIY project, stock up on these essential tools and equipment to make your job easier. Plus, this sleek storage shed gives you a place to stash everything when you're expecting company, without throwing off your outdoor aesthetic.


Similar: Jaxpety Garden Storage Shed Galvanized Steel Garden Utility Outdoor Tool Backyard House, $319

Muscle Rack 3-Tier Steel Welded Storage Rack, $189.99

HART 40-Volt Cordless Attachment Capable 15-inch String Trimmer Kit, $138

Expert Gardener Heavy Duty Forged Pruner, $8.77

Similar: Truper Short D-Handle Square Point Shovel, $26.52

HART 40-Volt Cordless Brushless 20-inch Push Mower Kit, $248

Similar: Martha Stewart® Long Handle Steel 2-In Garden Hedge Shears, $13.21

HART 40-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit, $154

The Accent Pieces

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Image Credit: Paul Anderson for Hunker

Your workshop and lounge area are both complete — now it's time to focus on the details. From statement planters to a few cozy throw pillows to a trendy decorative lantern for when the sun goes down, grab these finishing touches for the ultimate multifunctional (and always comfortable) outdoor space for summer.

Mainstays Ceramic White Ceramic Round Planter with Wood Stand, $21.84


Similar: Wicker and Rattan LED Candle Lantern with Cage Look, $24.99

Vaxa Mid-Century Modern Self-Watering Planter, $69.99

Similar: Better Homes & Gardens Two-Toned Speckled Ceramic Planter, $24.80

Mainstays Ceramic Orange Terra Cotta Planter, Set of 2, $17.16

Better Homes & Gardens 3-Piece Teramo Nested Ceramic Planter Set, $34.99

Similar: Better Homes & Gardens Brynn 10in Round Concrete Planter, $24.82