Summer is in full swing, and if you haven’t spruced up your outdoor space yet, now is the time. Choosing the right furniture for your apartment patio or balcony is probably the most challenging part. Stylish patio sets and decor can be hard to find at affordable prices, but we gathered 5 ideas for cheap patio furniture[1]  that are sure to get you outdoors enjoying the sunshine.

Get Crafty with Pallet DIYs

If you are handy with tools or know someone who is, this could be the perfect option to affordably furnish your outdoor space. Amazing things can be done with pallets from platform sofas to tables and benches to shelves. Just search pallet projects on Pinterest, if you don’t believe us.

To find these babies for free, do a little dumpster scouting around a business district or near small garden centers. Chances are you will easily find stacks of these in multiple locations. Just put on a smile, head into the business and ask if you can have them.

Head to Your Local Target

Target has really kicked up their furniture game here in recent years, and you will find a variety of cheap patio options. From hammocks and dining tables to wicker sectionals and high top bars, Target has something for everyone at great prices ranging from $25 to $1,000. There are cheap patio sets in modern styles as well as more traditional looks in wicker.

Refurbish a Thrift Store Find

Well-made vintage patio furniture often ends up in thrift stores. Keep an eye on places like Goodwill, Habitat Re-Store, and KARM.  Don’t be afraid to repurpose something or buy a piece that looks a bit outdated.  Get creative and transform it with paint and new fabric for a totally custom look that suits your style.

Consignments stores are also a great option. They carry gently-used furnishings of individual owners who share in the profits when the goods are sold.  Before fall, you might get lucky with a patio find at a consignment store near you.

Hunt the Aisles of Big Discount Stores

Inexpensive patio sets abound at discount stores like Big Lots, Sams, Costco, and Kohl’s. You can also find some great deals on patio accessories while there, so look for lanterns, string lights, citronella candles, and cushions.

Peruse Ebay Like You Mean It

Ebay is a great resource for cheap patio furniture.  There are tons of options, and with the buy it now function you don’t even need to go through the bidding process.  Plus you can easily search for furniture based on price range, material, type, color, and delivery options. This is a fast and easy way to find the perfect furniture for your outdoor space.

What to Keep in Mind

As you shop for the perfect patio furniture, keep these 3 things in mind: durability, comfort, and proportion.  Even if your outdoor space is covered, your patio furniture is still outdoors and susceptible to changes in temperature, sun, and the weather.  You want to buy materials that are durable and can withstand the elements.  Look for treated wood, coated steel, weatherproof rattan, tempered glass, and waterproof fabrics.

Hot Tip: July 4 typically marks the beginning of markdowns for outdoor furnishings. Don’t wait too long: goods sell out, or are moved out. 

It’s important to get the proportion right for your apartment balcony or patio as space tends to be limited.  For narrow, long spaces think about a bench or love seat with small side table or garden stool.  Cafe tables work great if you want to eat outside, and there are a lot of great folding, portable options out there.  Be sure and leave some room for a few potted plants!

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