5 Steps for Making Your Backyard Staycation-Friendly

If you don’t want to travel this year and just want to have a relaxing summer with your family, opt for a cool backyard staycation. But, if you want to have a fun and comfortable vacation, you need to make your backyard staycation-friendly first. Here’s how!

Prepare your space

You can’t have a pleasant backyard staycation if your garden is overgrown. However, if you just take a few days to prepare it, you’ll have a great and relaxing time. The first thing you need to do is weeding. Rid your grass of nasty weeds and give it a good maw. Next, trim your bushes and trees. If you want to get plenty of sun, make sure to remove all overgrow branches and let the sun in your backyard. This prep will also free up some extra space for activities and make your space look bigger.

Prepare for al fresco wining and dining

In order to make your staycation meals a bit more exotic and unusual, all you have to do is move your kitchen outside. You can easily create an outdoor kitchen area right there on your deck. There are great (and relatively cheap) grills that will satisfy all your BBQ needs and make meal prep super fun. You can also visit a thrift shop or find a good kitchen cabinet DIY project and accompany your grill with some work area and storage. This will allow you to be completely independent of your interior and really feel like you’re camping or picnicking.

If your outdoor kitchen is ready, you need to get some comfy dining seating. There are pretty cheap sets for six you can get at stores, but you can also opt for a DIY version if you have the right tools. Chairs can be easily borrowed from your dining room, though. But, if you want to do something a bit different, you can opt for picnic-style meals with only a blanket, a few pillows and soft grass beneath you!

Pay attention to your pool

There’s no vacation (or good staycation) without swimming and splashing around in the water, so make sure your pool is in great shape. Fill it up with fresh water and decorate it with some swimming pool lights for a touch of luxe atmosphere. This will allow you to use your pool whenever you want, morning, noon or evening, just like on a real vacation. If you don’t have a pool, you can either splurge on one before summer arrives or get a small inflatable one as a quick fix. There will be no swimming and diving, but you can still cool off a bit and splash around with your kids.

While we’re on the subject of pool, make sure to create a comfy chill out area around it. Some comfy lounge chairs and small tables for coffee and cocktails will make leaving the pool area totally unnecessary. And, don’t forget about some adequate sun protection. If you tend to fall asleep while lounging in your chair, you’ll be very happy you installed a parasol. Shade sails are also an inexpensive and practical idea that can protect your backyard both from the sun and the rain. This way, nothing will ruin your staycation.

Build a shed bar

If you’re a DIY master that is not afraid to take on a challenge, you can try to build your own backyard bar. Take your old garden shed that you don’t use and give it a nice transformation! Remove the front side to expose the bar, create shelves and decorate in a style of your choosing. Installing a few bar chairs is also a great idea that contributes to the authenticity and will come in handy during poolside parties and late nightcaps. But, whatever you do, don’t forget to add a little cocktail station in your backyard. There are super easy and tasty cocktails you can make in three minutes and they will greatly contribute to the tropical atmosphere. Don’t forget to serve virgin cocktail variations for the kids!

lenge, you can try to build your own backyard bar. Take your old garden shed that you don’t use and give it a nice transformation! Remove the front side to expose the bar, create shelves and decorate in a style of your choosing. Installing a few bar chairs is also a great idea that contributes to the authenticity and will come in handy during poolside parties and late nightcaps. But, whatever you do, don’t forget to add a little cocktail station in your backyard. There are super easy and tasty cocktails you can make in three minutes and they will greatly contribute to the tropical atmosphere. Don’t forget to serve virgin cocktail variations for the kids!

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