07/27/2012 08:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Outdoor Ideas For A Small Space: Create A Patio Lounge For Entertaining And Relaxing (VIDEO)

Though we love a getaway as much as the next person (meaning: lots), we're big believers in the backyard, a place where you can lounge and entertain in (relative) privacy. But if your open-air space needs a little help, there is plenty you can do. With patio furniture on sale now, you can easily accomplish what ranks as one of our favorite outdoor ideas yet: A fair-weather lounge for relaxing and, well, partying.

The key to creating this DIY hot spot is all in the furniture. You'll want to choose seating that's versatile, comfortable and can stand up to the elements. Obviously, weather-proof sectional couches are the ideal choice, as they can accomodate more guests than single chairs or sofas. And don't rule out accessories, either. An outdoor rug might seem a little silly at first, but will protect your deck and patio from spills. As for illumination, simple hanging lights allow you to actually see your guests.

To learn more tips on creating an affordable and space-saving outdoor lounge, check out the video above.

Click on items in the image below to find some of the pieces used in the makeover.