Spruce Up Your Patio for Under $300

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In the era of HGTV, people are creating entire kitchens and living rooms in their backyards. But even if you don’t have the budget for a hot tub or a massive outdoor fireplace, you can make your outdoor space inviting with a cheap outdoor furniture set.

Home Depot has two sets of cheap patio furniture available online for $299. (It also offers free shipping on patio furniture $249 or more.) The Martha Stewart Living Pacifica Collection Four-Piece Chat Set comes with a loveseat and two chairs with mildew- and fade-resistant cushions, as well as a glass-top coffee table. The Fontaine Five-Piece Seating Set includes two scratch-resistant tempered-glass tables.

Home Depot also offers 35 cheap patio dining sets under $300. One super-cheap option is the Rachel 3-Piece Cafe Set ($69), which no customer gives fewer than four stars. Users say in patio furniture reviews that the table and two chairs are sturdy and easy to put together, and many appreciate that the set comes with a bottle of touch-up paint. The Plantation Patterns Napa 3-Piece Bistro Set ($179) also gets high marks from customers for its sturdiness, easy assembly, and comfort.

Most cheap patio dining sets at Home Depot are bistro sets, which comprise a small table and two chairs. At Ikea $149 will buy you a full "outdoor suite." The Tullero set functions as either a table for four or a three-piece dining set and a love seat; just add cushions. Ikea notes that the solid acacia wood pieces have been treated with glazing paint but recommends repainting them regularly. Unfortunately Ikea’s outdoor collections are not available online, so if you don’t live near one of those blue and yellow shrines to Scandinavian design, you’ll have to look elsewhere for cheap outdoor furniture. However, if you do have a store nearby, you can check the Ikea website to see if a piece is in stock.

Walmart has the widest selection of cheap outdoor furniture, with more than 50 patio sets under $300. About half get an average of four stars or more in customer reviews. Consumers seem to like the Mainstays line of cheap outdoor furniture, which includes a six-piece folding sling set for $119. That’s a table, four chairs, and an umbrella for less than you’d pay elsewhere for an umbrella alone.

We didn’t find much discount patio furniture under $300 at Costco or Sam’s Club online, but your local warehouse club is worth a look if you’re a member. We’re also getting into garage sale season, which often yields the biggest bargains. And of course there’s the furniture section on Craigslist, which is best enjoyed with a few cans of spray paint and a little imagination.

Speaking of spray paint, if you have a set of patio furniture that’s just looking a little weathered, here are a few tips for reviving the pieces you already own. If you can wait until summer’s over to upgrade, you should be able to score some great discount patio furniture at the end of the season. In the meantime, get going on your backyard makeover with our guides to cheap grills and cheap lawn mowers.