Making the most of your backyard space doesn’t have to be a time consuming, daunting task. No matter how big or small, there are a lot of fun, creative and inexpensive backyard ideas to help you spend quality time in your yard. Being able to create some of the best memories in your own backyard is one of the many perks to owning a home. With a few adjustments throughout the summer, homeowners can transform their backyard from a plot of grass to an outside space to call home.

Here are five backyard ideas for kids, adults and the neighborhood alike that allow you to make the most of your backyard space.

Fostering the community


One the easiest ways to make your backyard feel more welcoming is to make is a space for the whole neighborhood. Even in a smaller backyard, having a space for kids to run around, play games and interact is the perfect way to forge friendships with those in your community. If the space allows for it, take the time to set up a “field day” for the community with games, food and a place to enjoy the summer sun.

For new homeowners, using your personal backyard space creates an inviting, welcoming atmosphere when introducing yourself to the neighborhood.

Create your own movie theater


Take your weekly family movie night off the couch and into the backyard. All it takes is a few picnic blankets, pillows, a white bed sheet and a small projector and you’ve made your very own outdoor movie theater. Remember the popcorn and candy and you’re ready for a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.

Born to Lounge


Relaxation is key. If you have the space, investing in comfortable lawn furniture can do wonders for your backyard. Spend a weekend afternoon reading a book outside, have a few friends over or simply sit back and enjoy a glass of lemonade. Even if there isn’t quite enough space for permanent lawn furniture, a basic folding chair will do just fine. In fact, the ability to pack up the furniture and get it out of the away when you need the space is a nice option to have, as long as you’re able to sit back and relax somewhere.

All it takes is the right chair to cultivate a personal backyard paradise.

Potted possibilities


Gardens can be a lot of work, and not everyone have the space for them. Fortunately you don’t need a lot of space (or a lot of time commitment) for a few potted plants in the backyard. Choose your favorite vegetable or herb plants—from tomatoes and jalapeños, to basil and dill—and a few of your favorite flowers to bring your backyard to life. Not only will they become a low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing addition to your yard, but the whole family can enjoy the taste of freshly grown ingredients with every meal.

Gathering around the fire


Similarly to a garden, not everyone has the space or finances for a built-in fire pit. However, that doesn’t mean a family can’t still enjoy the warm glow of a fire on a cool summer night. With a variety of portable fire pits to choose from and do-it-yourself options, families can create the feeling of camping without piling the kids and equipment in the car. A fire pit is a great way to bring the great outdoors to your backyard and make s’mores the good old-fashioned way.

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