For those of us who aren't lucky enough to live in a climate where we can indulge in the luxury that is continuous access to the outdoors, we find ourselves hard-pressed to splurge on anything decorative for our exterior living spaces
. When you essentially only have access to it four months out of the year, why splurge on furnishings that will, in reality, spend the better part of said year covered up or neatly tucked away in the basement?
Here's where Ikea
comes in. The purveyor of affordable, style-focused goods never fails to deliver in times of need. And while we're all for going the standard route, and purchasing a handful of essentials that can transform our outdoor area into a totally livable and casual hangout, we're also not above a little DIY. As you plan your outdoor style scheme for summer, work in a few Ikea outdoor furniture hacks that will make time spent outside more enjoyable, without dipping too far into the summer vacation fund.
Ahead, we compiled a shortlist of clever hacks and DIYs with the outdoors in mind, courtesy of creatives from around the web. Read on to get inspired.