How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget – before and after pics

How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget – before and after pics

Some of you might remember that I decided to do something with my badly neglected side garden area recently. It has a wall with Tuscan scenery so it’s called the Italian garden, which is rather grand for a fairly modest space really. When we had builders working on our kitchen extension, this part of the garden functioned both as the builders break room and their storage space. When the builders left and took their stuff with them, we just sort of ignored this patio area completely.

How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics

I can see this part of the garden only from our TV-room (which gets used only after dark). There is also a view from my husband’s study and from my son’s window. Neither of these men are interested in such trivial matters as messy looking gardens’ so it has taken me this long to sort things out.

So here is where we started:

How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics

This is actually a tidied up version already! Dead plants, garden waste, broken garden furniture, old toys and empty plastic plant pots had already been cleared out.

And here is what we ended up having:

I wanted to create a relaxed but comfortable seating area. My budget was tiny so I needed to do this without spending much money. I also wanted to integrate some of my underused garden things in my design plan.

How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics

How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics How to create a patio seating area with a tiny budget - before and after pics
How much did it cost?

My new seating area consists of two sun loungers and cushions from ikea, which were roughly £200, some seat cushions (with pompoms!) from TK maxx for £30 and two cotton rugs from h&m home sale for £22. So my patio project ended up costing less than £300 and we have been using it so much more already. I did also purchase a parasol, but it’s not actually needed here as we have mature bushes that give cover from the sun.

I love having my morning coffee here, or read a book in the afternoon. My children enjoy having their lunch here too!