OK, so shopping and pinning to your “backyard oasis” board may not actually help you manifest warmer weather, but if you’re dreaming of summer, it can’t hurt to get a head start on planning out an epic backyard. A few smart upgrades can help you get the most out of your square footage and serve as a solid investment. (After all, real estate agents have found that a well-staged yard can help you command a higher offer when you put your home on the market.) Though stores are just starting to roll out their outdoor furniture and decor, we’ve found one unexpected place to score some of the coolest finds: Target. Don’t believe us? Just look at these 22 pieces.
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2. Remote-controlled Patio Heater
We love the crackling sound (and marshmallow-roasting possibilities) of a fire pit, but when you crave something a bit simpler—and less messy—a patio heater is the way to go. Particularly one that’s remote control operated, so you don’t have to readjust your throw blanket as you devour Between Two Kingdoms.
3. discreet Citronella Candles
Citronella candles can be great at keeping mosquitoes away, but all too often, they’re sold in giant pails or cheesy tins. These chic clay containers (sold in two sizes) look like something you’d naturally have on your coffee table.
Buy It ($12)
4. Funky Hanging Planters
Clear some space by using hanging planters instead of regular pots. This terrazzo ring will fit in with just about any decor style, be it boho, southwestern, minimalist or millennial chic.
Buy it ($20)
5. Solar-powered Path Lights
No cables to deal with, no batteries to replace and they come in a sleek silver finish? Your hedges have never looked better (…even if they’re dead).
6. An Outdoor Rug You’ll Want To Bring Indoors
An outdoor rug can help create “zones” on your back porch or patio, creating more of a defined space for hanging out (not to mention it makes the space seem cozier and more polished). This tasseled, geometric number seems like something you’d pay three times as much for at boutique-y stores.
7. Or A Natural Fiber Option
Not a fan of bright colors or intricate patterns? Opt for a neutral-hued fiber rug instead, like this gorgeous, simple circle design.
8. French Bistro Inspired Chairs
You’ll definitely want to have guests over for a little Parisian wine and cheese tasting after these beauties arrive.
9. Backyard Fire Pit
You don’t need to go camping to enjoy a round of yummy s’mores. Just be sure to add some marshmallow roasting sticks to your cart before you check out.
Buy it ($350)
10. Easy-to-set-up Pergola
Houzz deemed 2021 the “year of the pergola,” given how easy it is to install and create a shaded, outdoor space. This sleek, 8-foot-by-8-foot design could easily accommodate a canopy as well, so you can let in as much sun as you’d like.
Buy It ($500; $300)
11. Cozy, Comfy, Cool Outdoor Furniture
Rattan isn’t going anywhere, but if you’re looking for something a little sturdier, check out these club chairs. Designed for Target by Studio McGee (the design firm of Dream Home Makeover fame), the wooden-framed chairs feel every bit as luxe as your indoor furniture.
12. Giant Connect 4-in-a-row
C’mon, every yard needs a little fun. And somehow, the classic four-in-a-row game is way more enjoyable when it’s supersized.
13. Delicate String Lights
No, you can’t just reuse your Christmas lights as summer patio decor. At least not when there are so many more chic options available for under 20 bucks that won’t cause any sideways glances from your neighbors.
14. Canopy Chair
You’re a queen, and you deserve to be treated as such. This canopied, tasseled lounger truly delivers. All you need is a cocktail garnished with a tiny umbrella.
15. Chic Lumbar Pillows
Invest in some good outdoor pillows to really elevate your backyard setup and to give you peace of mind when you inevitably leave them out during a sudden summer rain storm.
Buy it ($20)
16. Garden Arbors
These gorgeous structures look stunning as an entrance through the backyard gate or positioned somewhere in your garden You can even plant some climbing vines near the base for an overgrown English garden vibe.
17. Planters With Personality
Consider Target’s in-house brands Lakeside Collection, Opalhouse and Project 62 your go-to sources for cool, creative planters. There are a ton of chic, matte ceramic designs, but we’re partial to these textured pieces, which are available in four color options.
18. Small-space Trio
Not a lot of space to work with? Have no fear, there are still plenty of seating options to choose from, like this ‘60s-esque woven trio.
Buy it ($250)
19. Pop-up Greenhouse
Turns out you don’t need to own an estate to have a greenhouse all your own. This pop-up version is about 6.5-feet tall and 4.6-feet square and can hold all the herbs, delicate flowers and temperamental plants your heart desires, now all the way through winter.
Buy it ($120)
20. Turned-drum Accent Table
While you’re kicking back, you’ll need a spot to rest your drink. That’s where this concrete-like end table comes in. It’s a modern contrast to all that fringe and will definitely balance things out.
Buy It ($89)
21. Chic Chaise Lounge
Relax in style with this portable wooden chaise that comes with a comfy reversible cushion—rusty red on one ride, crisp white on the other.
22. Inflatable Hot Tub
Is it a splurge? Yes. Is it a little over the top? Of course. But it’s hard to deny the allure of a six-person hot tub (fully loaded with 170 bubble jets, mind you) that can be inflated when you want it, deflated and stored when you don’t. Though honestly, will the latter ever occur?
Buy It ($1,362; $1,150)