The weather is warming in Harrisburg—it’s finally time to start making the most of your outdoor space. Whether your idea of summer backyard fun is quiet nights having dinner al fresco with friends or a yard full of giggling and squealing 8-year-olds, we have the DIY summer projects to make your Pennsylvania backyard awesome!

Add Seating with a DIY Wooden Bench

For large outdoor summer gatherings, copious seating is a necessity. We found a DIY outdoor couch that can fit several adults, and its oversized armrests act as end tables for drinks. Before getting started, you’ll want to pick up the cushions for the couch. Depending on their size, you can make any adjustments to the cut list necessary for the perfect fit. Once you have the cushions, all the materials you need can be found at local home centers. You can use treated lumber or splurge on a naturally rot-resistant wood like cedar or cypress. Check out the full plans from Family Handy Man.

Make This Gorgeous Copper Cabana

You don’t need to stay at a fancy resort to lounge in the shade of a cabana. This DIY defense from the sun is both affordable and straightforward. Over at Homemade By Carmona, Carmona shows off her backyard cabana made of copper pipes and durable curtain fabric. Consider it a little luxury in your own backyard.

Make it a Movie Night

Drive-in movie theaters are, sadly, a thing of the past. But you can still enjoy a flick under the stars in your very own backyard—and in your very comfortable DIY outdoor movie theater seats. See how Stacy Risenmay does it over at Not Just a Housewife. This DIY outdoor furniture project is so quick and easy, you’ll want to make a dozen chairs or more.

Hang Out in Comfort

This hanging basket chair makes a comfortable spot to spend the afternoon with a good book. This is a simple sewing project that starts with a large metal ring. The cover for the chair is made with canvas fabric. The chair is hung from sturdy straps for safety. Check out the detailed plans from Indulgy.

Spruce Up with a Hand-Stenciled Rug

If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy much more than seating and a table for your outdoor living area, you can still dress up your space with an area rug. To help stretch your budget even more, purchase an inexpensive plain rug and transform it with a stencil. This how-to from East Coast Creative breaks the process down into a few easy steps.

These summer DIYs will have you relaxing in a space that is functional and aesthetically pleasing all summer long. Need a little more help? If so, let us design and build your outdoor living space! Just remember: whether your project is big or small, adding an outdoor living space can add value and beauty to any yard all year long.