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Outdoor Dining Areas for Less

Creative design and clever repurposing can transform a sliver of the outdoors into a comfortable—and affordable—area for open-air entertaining. Here, draping fabric between four poles sunk in the ground makes for an easy DIY sunshade. Use tent pins to anchor lines that run from the pole tops to the lawn.

For more ideas to help you create the ultimate outdoor dining area, see 25 Thrifty Ways to Create Outdoor Dining.

See also:
Outdoor Rooms With a View
Outdoor Room Design Ideas
Ask TOH users about Outdoor Kitchens

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