Ready for some summer surfing? But fretting about being stuck inland for now? No worries. You can enjoy a tiny piece of surfer’s paradise (okay, minus the waves) without even leaving your home! Just set up your very own backyard surf shack or beach backyard getaway. Or add a few surf-themed decor accents to your porch, sundeck, or pocket garden.
The inspiration we discovered is just so cool, you’ll definitely find ideas you’ll love, too. From a tiny beach hut you can build, to using surfboards as wall art, a backdrop, or an accent table. All the way to setting up a backyard tiki bar or decorating with DIY nautical decor (from 2 other posts on our Living blog).
So, what are you waiting for? Surf’s up!
Trivia: "Hang ten" started as the nickname of a tricky surfing maneuver where the surfer stands at the nose of the board with all 10 toes gripping the edge. Today, the "hang ten" or "shaka" hand gesture (thumb and pinky extended, and the 3 middle fingers folded down) is used in surfing culture to mean "hang loose" or "enjoy!"
Creative Ways of Decorating Your Backyard in Surf Style
1 – This absolutely adorable DIY surf shack we found on BHG comes with (reality check!) a YouTube tutorial video. So yes, even if it’s available as a kit, it does take quite a bit of building skill. But for sheer inspiration, it’s a winner!
Doable details: the aquamarine and white paint job, matching patio umbrella, folding garden chairs, potted plants, surfboards
2 – There’s that lovely aquamarine color again! This delightful surf shack corner we found via Girlfriend is Better you can easily recreate in an open or roofed patio—with a breezy, bohemian beach vibe. (Image attributed to: https://www.shopwildthings.com/)
Doable details: large potted palm, capiz shell chandelier, boho-print throw pillows, hurricane lanterns, rope basket, and a surfboard of course!
3 – Here, a whole array of surfboards provides a stylish transformation of a spacious outdoor patio in the Hamptons into a luxe take on a surf shack/pool cabana by Elizabeth Bolognino Interiors.
Doable details: a large striped outdoor rug, piece of driftwood, rope baskets, tropical-look potted plants, assorted throw pillows in "coastal" colors, as many surfboards as you have!
4 – It’s back to boho with this tiny surf shack (found via Pinterest), said to be in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Love the cozy, curl-up-by-the-firepit feel.
Doable details: mismatched cane and wooden chairs, comfy pillows and throws, portable grill, capiz shell chandelier, globe string lights, assorted surfboards
5 – So warm and inviting, this "tropical shed" featured on Houzz, is a garden guest house that allows the lush outdoors in—thanks to folding glass walls. Grab some ideas!
Doable details: tiki torches, surfboard wall decor, cube ottomans made of cane, colorful throw pillows
6 – Even a little corner of your backyard can fulfill your surfing daydreams. As Modern Hippie Girl shows, the focus can be a DIY repurposed surfboard table (original image source unknown), along with all-weather outdoor furniture.
Doable details: striped folding beach chair, weather-proof armchair, large potted plant, throw pillow(s)
There you have it! Surf-themed decorating ideas for stay-at-home summer days in your backyard.