The great thing about spring, summer, and fall is that it’s a time for relaxing, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying yourself outside.

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But if you don’t have the right backyard space set up, you might find yourself not using your outdoor area at all. You can change that. Here are eight ways to upgrade your backyard so you’ll want to spend every day there:

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Create a Patio or Sitting Area for Lounging or Entertaining

Create a patio or sitting area for lounging or entertaining. Patios are great for hosting parties, relaxing in the sun with your favorite book, or just hanging out with friends and family. You can install a large or small patio depending on how much space is in your backyard.

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Put in a Sauna

Saunas are a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. They are perfect for year-round use, and they can help you get rid of toxins that have built up in your body. There are many different styles and sizes of saunas available on the market, so you can choose one that fits your budget and space requirements. If DIY is more your thing, consider building one yourself; otherwise, hire a contractor who specializes in this type of construction. You can find numerous ready-made options including barrel saunas for sale.

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Add a Fire Pit

Add a fire pit to keep warm and host s’mores nights with friends. As the nights get colder in spring and fall, you can still enjoy your outdoor space. You’ll want to make sure your outdoor space is cozy and inviting. One way to do this is to put in a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Fire pits can be used for cooking or just to celebrate with friends. It’s important to choose one that is large enough for your space and fits well in the landscape of your backyard. If you’re going to have s’mores night with friends, make sure everyone has their own tools to roast those marshmallows over the fire with.

It’s important to have an extinguisher nearby in case there’s an emergency, water, or sand to help put out a fire if needed. You never know if something could go wrong, so it’s best not to take any chances.

Add Some Shade

Another easy upgrade to your backyard space is to use an umbrella. An outdoor umbrella is a great way to create shade, protect from the sun’s rays, and add a nice aesthetic to your patio. If you’re looking for something simple without too many bells and whistles, this is your best option. Just make sure that you choose one that can withstand the elements—it doesn’t do much good if it needs constant repairs after every windstorm.

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Incorporate Natural Elements

Find ways to incorporate nature into your seating area. Your backyard is a blank slate, so use it as an opportunity to bring in nature. Bring in hanging plants. Add succulents or cacti to your landscaping design elements. Use moss in your seating areas or accent pieces like bowls of potpourri and vases of flowers. You can use natural stones, wood for seating, and more.

Add Fun Design Elements

You can make an outdoor space feel warm and inviting with the right pillows. Bold-colored pillows can easily be changed out regularly to create a vibrant and fun space. Friends and family will love hanging out with you on your outdoor couch, swing, and other cozy spots where pillows add more comfort.

Get a Table That’s Large Enough to Use Regularly

Create a space to eat outside so you’ll be more likely to do so during nicer weather. In order to have more people eating outside, you need to make it easy for them. A small investment in outdoor furniture and decor can help make the space more appealing. Add an attractive table, some folding chairs, and maybe even a bench for extra seating. If your yard has enough room, consider having two tables so that you can invite people over without feeling cramped.

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Improve the Lighting

Lighting makes a big difference in how comfortable people feel while they’re enjoying your new outdoor space. You could hang string lights between trees or install spotlights on posts near your patio area. Additionally, using the right candles and torches can reduce the number of insects that bother you while you are enjoying time outdoors.