How to Transform any Yard or Porch into Your Own Private Park

Transform your backyard into the perfect oasis.

With the right seating options, your porch, deck, yard or other swath of outdoor space can function as anything you want it to: Living room, den, even an office. One easy and affordable way to do it? Outdoor pillows. Here’s how to use these accessories to expand your living area into the outdoors.

Perfect Perch

This pouf reminds us of a cozy sweater. Amazon


Sometimes the difference between a comfy outdoor seat and a backbreaking ergonomic nightmare is whether you can put your feet up. A portable, lightweight footrest like this hand-knitted pouf is a great option. (And it doubles as seating for kids!) We like that this one is made of a durable, dense textile that can stand up to the weather.

Multipurpose Storage

Comes with two poufs and a coordinating storage table. Amazon


Outdoor furniture can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little smart searching you can find multi-piece sets that offer seating, table top space and storage all in one. We were thrilled to find out about this set, which comes with multiple cozy poufs to sit on, plus a sleek hidden storage table. All of the pieces are made from weatherproof resin. Not as fancy as some outdoor wares, but so much more resilient (and washable).

Good Looks That’ll Last

Fade-resistant fabric means the bold patterns on these pillows will stay vibrant. Amazon


Yes, many outdoor textiles say they’re weather resistant, but there’s a lot more to worry about than moisture including pollen, mold, mud and even animal droppings. That’s why it’s a good idea to look for outdoor pillows and cushions with removable —and machine washable— covers, like these ones. You can keep them clean then easily keep them sanitary and around for many seasons of outdoor weather to come.

So Comfy

These pillows are overstuffed for comfort. Amazon


Overstuffed for ComfortNew text box: Comfort is just as important outdoors as it is indoors! That’s the main reason we like these overstuffed throw pillows. We’re also fans of the fact that they come in more than 40 colors, and the filling is made from recycled fiber.

No Mold or Mildew

Comes in a pack of four. Amazon


One major challenge with outdoor textiles of any kind is that they will get wet—whether it’s by a rainstorm, morning dew or your garden hose. Since no one wants to have to bring their outdoor stuff indoors at night (or anytime really), it’s important to look for products made from anti-mold and water resistant material, like this set.