Outfit Your Backyard

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Outfit Your Backyard

Easy upgrades to boost your relaxation

A recent backyard upgrade from @home_made_montowese.

A recent backyard upgrade from @home_made_montowese.

This is a summer unlike any other. Lockdowns and quarantines threaten the usual trips, get-togethers and easygoing vibes that are typical when the sun is shining and shoes are optional. But on the upside, those blessed with any outdoor space are making the most of the situation. Sales of fire pits are up, so are inflatable pools and grills. Some are planting gardens. Others are building patios. A Bank of America survey in June found that nearly 47% of consumers said they did some landscaping, gardening or outdoor-living update in the last three months. These newfound homebodies are hoping to create an alfresco escape right in their backyard. An outdoor space where you can relax in the fresh air and maybe even allow social distancing when friends come over—if you've got the square footage. What you need all depends on your lifestyle, personal tastes and how much room you've got to work with, but here are four essentials to make any outdoor space a relaxing oasis amid an uncertain future.

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Your Backyard Kit

Fire

Sitting around a fire pit sure beats scrolling through social media or reading the news. Whether you're looking for a small, smokeless option for a patio or a wide fire pit that can accommodate friends with social distance, these are proven winners.

Solo Stove Ranger Fire Pit

Ranger fire pit,
$269.99 / $204.99 by Solo Stove

Stahl X Steel Fire Pit

X Steel fire pit,
$750 by Stahl

Red Ember Cast Iron Basin Fire Pit

Cast iron basin fire pit,
$219.99 by Red Ember

Sound

Looking to mask the sounds of cicadas (or traffic)? Install some speakers that are built to withstand the outdoors. These have all been road-tested for durability as well as sound. Plus, they can be tied into a projector for movie night.

OSD Audio Patio Pro Outdoor Speakers

Patio Pro outdoor speakers,
$159.99 (for two) by OSD Audio

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Speaker

Boom 3 portable speaker,
$14.99 by Ultimate Ears

Bose Free Space 51 Environmental Speakers

Free Space 51 environmental speakers,
$449.95 (for two) by Bose

Relaxation

Honestly, if you're fixing up your outdoor space and don't want a hammock, we don't understand you. No trees? No problem. Just get a steel hammock stand. Then let the breeze soothe you to sleep for an afternoon nap.

Kepeak Brazilian Double Hammock

Brazilian double hammock,
$32.99 by Kepeak

L.L.Bean DuraCord Hammock

DuraCord hammock,
$119 by L.L.Bean

Highland Dunes Jumbo Woven Hammock

Jumbo woven hammock,
$259.99 / $167.99 by Highland Dunes

Lighting

You don't want to sit out after dark under the harsh illumination of a flood light mounted above the garage. Small, subtle lights—whether strung above you or planted along the perimeter—add just enough glow without attracting bugs.

Smith & Hawken Copper LED Path Lights

Copper LED path lights,
$75 / $37.50 by Smith & Hawken

West Elm Solar String Lights

Solar string lights,
$99 by West Elm

Fatboy USA Battery-Operated Lantern

Battery-operated lantern,
$119 by Fatboy USA

Your Own Drive-In

This compact WiFi projector offers remarkable clarity and even comes with an impressive built-in 360° speaker. No messy wires and you can stream from your media apps easily for up to four hours.

Nebula Capsule WiFi projector,
$299.95 by Anker

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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