Articles in: patio ideas

How to Build a DIY Outdoor Buffet Cabinet

Posted by: on June 28th, 2013 | 27 Comments

Red Outdoor Buffet Cabinet open and hanging on a wall outside

Impress your guests with a delightful DIY Outdoor Buffet Cabinet. Follow the step-by-step instructions to build this one-day project. We also have downloadable instructions you can print.

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How to Build an Outdoor Coffee Table, with Ana White

Posted by: on May 21st, 2013 | 4 Comments


Stylish, functional patio furniture is a must for entertaining and relaxing outdoors. And while there are a plethora of offerings for outdoor dining and seating sets, patio chairs, tables, benches and more, you may get more enjoyment from building a unique piece yourself.

Here’s a short video featuring popular DIY blogger Ana White and Home Depot associate Wendy that will show you how to build an outdoor coffee table for your patio, porch or wherever you need a place to put your feet up, or set things down.

The table is easy to build, as you will see in the video, but you will need to have a few basic tools and materials on hand. In addition to boards, wood screws and wood glue, you’ll also need a few power tools, including a circular saw, a drill, and perhaps a cordless nailer. Don’t worry if you don’t own some of the tools on this list. Your local Home Depot Tool Rental Center will be happy to let you use ours for a few hours.

Download the printable instructions for this outdoor coffee table when you’re ready to get started, and don’t be shy about emailing us photos of your awesome new outdoor coffee table when you’re done.

And if you’d like to brush up on your home improvement skills, The Home Depot offers free weekly workshops for DIYers of all ages and experience levels.


For more inspiration to help you transform the look of your deck, patio and other outdoor living spaces, check out our Style Challenge series, including the Patio Style Challenge, and the special Adirondack Challenge edition.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

[Editor's note: Previously, our link to the downloadable instructions delivered the wrong document. We've fixed that problem. We apologize for that error.]

New Patio Furniture Collections for 2013

Posted by: on May 7th, 2013 | Make A Comment


It’s the outdoor season again and The Home Depot has an exciting lineup of new patio furniture collections designed to bring more comfort and style to your outdoor living space. So, if you’ve been thinking about replacing an old or worn patio set, or you’re considering a new one, now is the time.

In this short video, Home Depot associates Stacey and Jennifer will show you some of the features and innovations of our new patio collections for 2013. This year’s collection includes a diverse and stylish array of dining sets and seating sets, ranging from the traditional look of the Fall River, Edington and Westbury collections, to the BarnsleyWoodbury and Madison sets that have a more contemporary appeal.

Each of the collections is available in multiple configurations, allowing you to combine dining and seating sets with chaise lounges, accent tables, ottomans, umbrellasfirepits and more to create a coordinated look tailored to your outdoor lifestyle.

After you’ve finished watching the video, you can shop these collections and all of our patio furniture — and find everything you need for outdoors – online and at your local Home Depot store.


We have more videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


Stylish and Functional Small Space Patio Sets

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with different styles of patio sets for small spaces


Even if you have an outdoor space that is on the small side, there’s no reason you can’t turn it into a functional space to enjoy some sun or shade. A petite patio set is the way to go. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite small space patio sets. Which one would work best for you?


The Hampton Bay Summerville Patio Balcony Set in yellow has a nostalgic feel, and its compact scale will give purpose to the smallest of balconies. We love the bright pop of color used in the yellow vinyl-strap chair!

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Outdoor Seating in Every Style

Posted by: on April 23rd, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with different styles of outdoor seating sets


Last week, we brought you five different styles of outdoor dining patio sets, and this week, we thought we would offer up different styles of outdoor seating! Which one is your favorite?


The Hampton Bay Edington 4-Piece Seating Set features a black metal frame that echoes traditional patio sets that were made out of cast iron. We love the way the scrollwork on the chair backs feels like the ironwork you might find in an old Southern city, like New Orleans or Charleston.

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How to Build a DIY Vertical Garden

Posted by: on April 19th, 2013 | 4 Comments


A beautiful DIY vertical garden decorating a small patio


This charming DIY vertical garden is so easy to make, and it will make your patio look beautiful. It’s perfect for a small patio, if you live in an apartment or a condo, but it will dress up a bare corner on any size patio or deck.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: About 45 minutes to repot your plants; 5 minutes to hang the pots on the trellis
Cost: $65, not including plants of your choice

Tools & Materials:

24-inch x 72-inch trellis
• 8 8-inch resin terra cotta pots
• 16 S-hooks
32 quart bag of potting soil
Plants of your choice

Step 1
Lean the trellis against a wall at about a 10- to 15-degree angle.

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Outdoor Dining Patio Sets in Every Style

Posted by: on April 15th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Outdoor dining options for every style


When the weather is just perfect, don’t we all have a visceral need to be outside soaking up that perfection? And on those perfect evenings, no matter how often they come along in your city, wouldn’t it be lovely to take them in while dining alfresco? We’ve rounded up five of our best outdoor dining sets in different styles, from traditional to modern.


The black steel frame and lattice-style backrest of the Hampton Bay Fall River Dining Set is a traditional design that echoes the cast-iron outdoor furniture that has been used for years. The dragon fruit cushions bring a pop of color to this classic patio set.

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Outdoor Entertaining: 7 Ways to Take Your Backyard BBQ to the Next Level

Posted by: on April 8th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Fun ways to bring life to your backyard barbecue inspiration board


Planning on hosting lots of backyard get-togethers this spring and summer? When it comes to outdoor entertaining, a few fun extras can take your backyard barbecue to the next level.


If you live in a part of the country where it can get chilly once the sun goes down, a fire pit is an outdoor entertaining essential. We love the rustic, wooden edges of the UniFlame Square Slate Tile and Faux Wood Gas Fire Pit. Pull a couple of comfy chairs up to this guy and enjoy its warm glow.

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How To Choose Patio Furniture for Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted by: on April 4th, 2013 | One Comment


As the weather turns warmer, many of you may be thinking about outdoor spaces in need of completely new or updated patio furniture.

If you have already been actively shopping, you know there are many things to consider. Color, style and comfort are the things most of us tend to focus on immediately. But what about the amount of exposure to the elements your patio furniture will endure year after year? Or, how will you actually use your outdoor furnishings? And what about the size of your outdoor living space? Will that 5-piece seating set you covet really work on your apartment balcony?

For help with these questions and others you may not have considered, we asked Home Depot associate Mike for his advice. This short video covers everything from the different types of material used in making patio furniture to the many ways you can tailor your outdoor space to suit your personal style.

You’ll also see the latest in full outdoor dining and seating sets, smaller bistro sets, chaise lounges, outdoor chairs and tables and more. Plus, there are plenty of tips for enhancing the look and functionality of your outdoor living areas with accessories like outdoor cushions and pillows, umbrellas, and deck boxes for storage.

Whether your goal is to create a space for a quiet retreat or to design an outdoor room for dining and entertaining, after this video you’ll feel better informed and ready to live a better life outdoors.


We have more DIY, home improvement and gardening videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Places: The Pergola

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2013 | 6 Comments


The Cedar Breeze is what we think of as your basic pergola. It comes unpainted, notched, pre-cut, pre-drilled and ready to assemble in a day’s time. Paired with an all-weather wicker seating set and surrounded by plants and flowers, it transforms an ordinary patio into an extraordinary outdoor room perfect for a gathering of friends and family.

An architectural structure that can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt, the pergola later became a common feature of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used in your landscape to define a passageway, frame a focal point in your yard, or create the illusion of shelter without the feeling of being confined.

Options for pergolas abound. You won’t have difficulty finding one to match your intended use or desired look. You might, however, be surprised by the many different ways people are using pergolas not only to enhance their outdoor living spaces but also the look and feel of their home.

Take a look for yourself.

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