Ideas to Upgrade your Backyard Living Space

Ideas for backyard entertainment

What better place to gather friends and family than a backyard? Whether you’re planning a backyard bash, just sprucing up the exterior of your home, or are looking to make your backyard the spot of the summer, there are many great reasons to add some flavor, fun, and visual appeal to your space.

A backyard offers a great amount of space, fresh air, and a chance to enjoy the weather outside. Grillmasters can also delight in these gatherings. Break out your apron, fire up the grill, and throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on for a quick and easy get together.

No matter what your excuse for updating your space, extending your home into the backyard makes for an extra special addition to your living area.

Looking for some ideas to get inspired? We’ve put together a list of multiple ways to upgrade your backyard living space.

Things to consider

Before sending out those invites, you’ll want to have a game plan of what exactly you want to do with your space.

How big of an area do you have to work with? Are there certain off-limits areas? Measure or estimate the square footage of your space so that you know what you’re dealing with.

From there, your imagination can tag in. What might you want to do with your space? Is it better for lounging, dancing, sports, or some other activity? You don’t have to decide everything at once, but having an idea of the main structures you’ll want to add eventually will help you visualize the layout.

Knowing your budget is another key factor that will help you plan out your space.

Backyard Entertainment Ideas

Whether you are planning to revamp your entire backyard space or are looking to update the area one step at a time, there are many different options to explore.

Food and drink spacesWeber freestanding grill

Are you a foodie? How about a connoisseur of fine wines? An outdoor kitchen with a built in grill or an outdoor bar lounge area might be just the thing you are looking for. These options add a touch of class and sophistication to your space.

If you prefer a more traditional grill setup, you can always go for a traditional freestanding grill surrounded with a table, chairs, and other outdoor furniture for seating.

For warmer climates, preparing for sunny days ahead is a must do. Seating areas can be covered by umbrellas, awnings, or pergolas. To achieve a more flowy, breezy feel, shade sails, sun shades, or curtains can be great picks to add to your space to ensure comfort.

Adding this space may also require building a deck or pouring a patio area to house it in. Remember to factor this into the layout and budget planning.

Games to play

Every great party or gathering place usually has some fun stuff to do. A few ideas of games to add some friendly competition to your space include:

  • Horseshoe pit
  • Cornhole setup
  • Badminton net
  • Bocce ball court
  • Giant Jenga

Super sports enthusiasts might even consider springing for a basketball court, volleyball net, or tennis court. Who needs to join a league when you can start one in your backyard?

Lighting ideas

Nothing quite adds a touch of class and sets the right ambiance for your backyard than the lighting. String lighting, lanterns, or pendant lights can give off a hazy, relaxed glow in the seating area, while hidden LEDs, orbs, and spheres can get tucked around the garden. You may even consider lighting your furniture for a unique touch that is sure to look fantastic.

This added lighting enables you to continue entertaining your family and friends into the nighttime without having to move elsewhere.

Outdoor heatingFire table with concrete top

Does the temperature drop at night where you live? Do you want to use your backyard space year round?

There are many great options to consider when it comes to heating an outdoor space, including fireplaces, fire pits, gas heaters, and electric heaters. For a more rustic or natural look, a fire table or firepit might be your best bet. If you’re looking to purely heat the space without the aesthetic appeal, a gas or electric heater should do the trick.


Often considered one of the ultimate backyard entertainment options, both above and below ground pools always make a splash with guests and are a lot of fun. Adding a swimming pool to your backyard will take a lot of planning, and will require quite a bit of maintenance. Once added, your backyard space is sure to be a hit with family and friends.

If you’re looking for a bit less of a commitment, you might consider installing a hot tub. A jacuzzi offers a great place to relax right in your backyard.

Spruce up your garden

Whether it’s the spot where you grow tomatoes or your at-home getaway from life’s daily hustle and bustle, a garden offers many spots to spruce up with a little creativity.

To invite and guide visitors through your garden space, install some stone borders and paths that people can walk along. Should you have some extra space and landscaping interest, putting in some benches, garden statues and ponds can quickly transform a garden into a mini oasis.

And what would a garden be without the flowers and foliage therein? Boost the visual appeal of your space with some DIY planters or raised garden boxes to show off your botanical masterpieces.

Get the Party Started

When it comes right down to it, backyard entertainment is really only limited by your imagination. With a little creativity and planning, you can make the most out of your backyard and easily transition a get together from indoor to outdoor without losing comfort.

Start with some of our ideas, or browse online for inspiration. No matter what, the idea is to make your backyard space an enjoyable location to relax, have fun, and enjoy the company of your loved ones.

Here at THS, we’ve got you covered. Shop our variety of outdoor living items and start sprucing up your space in no time.



Mickey Luongo

Mickey is the resident heating and air conditioning expert.

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