School’s out, the sun is showing its smiling face more often and the outdoors beckons. It’s time to get your patio summer-ready! To that end, we offer a list of our favorite IKEA items under $100 to create a comfortable spot to settle in with a cold drink and good company.
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This sleek, gray metal patio set is perfect for two and priced at just $97. It’s IKEA’s more modern take on traditional wrought iron outdoor furniture, with smooth lines and function. No maintenance needed on this table and two chairs; just hose it down if it gets dirty. Additional chairs are available if you have a crowd, and they stack easily for storage.
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Need seating that can tuck away in a pinch? This set has a table and four chairs that fold up for easy storage. The wooden part of the set is made from sustainable acacia wood, and the legs and supports are sturdy steel. At $99.99 per set, entertaining is easy and affordable.
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Furniture that does double duty is always a plus, and this bench, at just $70, fits the bill. This acacia wood piece allows you to store all sorts of things inside. Just close the easy-open lid and you have a low table you can set your plate on, or add cushions and expand your seating options.
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This $100 cart, which is a match for the storage bench in materials and style, gives you a place to put your must-have accessories by the grill. Keep your serving dishes, seasonings and more on this two-shelf unit. As a bonus, the wheels on one end make it a cinch to get from inside to outside.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Extend your time in your personal outdoor oasis with an umbrella that protects you from the suns rays by providing a shady respite. This hanging variety makes sure you never have a pole between you and the view—or your lounging companion. For $79, you get a crisp white shade with about 8.5 feet of coverage.
You’ll need something to hold it down, so if you go with IKEA’s $40 base, that takes you a tad over $100. If you want to save, using four pieces of concrete to hold it down will work as well.
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Have a smaller patio? Try this umbrella which comes with a base, all for $49.99. The black umbrella is about half the size of a standard patio umbrella, and it works well on the balcony of a condo or apartment.
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These next three items are essentials for outdoor cooking, and even if you buy them all at once, you will be well under $100. This $7.99 stainless steel tray can be used right on the grate to cook veggies and smaller pieces of meat or fish. You can also use it to serve your barbecue beauties. And once the party is over, it goes directly into the dishwasher.
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This trio of grilling tools—tongs, fork and spatula—makes it easy to tend to your meal until it’s ready to serve. The long-handled set keeps you far enough away from the heat and will set you back a mere $5.99.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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The finishing touch in your outdoor cooking toolkit is this brush. It's great for scaping the grill grate clean so it’s ready for your next cookout. The best part is this $4.49 bargain won't clean out your wallet!
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This easy-to-install screen gives you and your guests some separation from the outside world. At just over 8 feet long and about 2.5 feet high, this screen, at $14.99, is perfect for a balcony railing. Plus, if you need more coverage, the price is right for picking up a couple of them.
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Just because you are living outdoors doesn’t mean you leave your sense of style at the door. Give your outside space a little pop with a black-and-white rug that adds interest and stands up to the elements. Pick this one up for $79.99.
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If rugs aren’t your style, set a foundation for your outdoor living area with this click-together decking topped with beautiful porcelain tiles. Each set is $29.99 and covers about 9 square feet. The foundation is easy to put together and keeps the tiles in place. You have your choice of gray and white or blue and white tiles.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Shed a little light on the fun and add a touch of whimsy while you are at it with this 7-foot-long set of multicolored string lights. The $17.99 strand can be hung anywhere and features LED bulbs powered by three AA batteries.
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If you are going to be in the sun anyway, you might as well harness its power to help you keep the fun going after dark. These pendants come in several sizes and colors and can be mixed and matched to create a look that fits your style.
The 9-inch lamps are $7.99 each and come in blue/white, white and orange. A 12-inch version comes in the same shades and is just a dollar more. Add a big pop of light with an 18-inch version that comes in white, blue and a beautiful floral print, with each one priced at $11.99.
With so many choices, IKEA has just about everything you need to get your patio, deck or yard summer-ready while staying on budget. And that means you will have plenty of cash left over to serve up your favorite drinks and dishes with the ones you love.