Easy Fire Pit Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard
By Axis Fuksman-Kumpa • September 16, 2023
The majority of our clients ask for fire pit areas in their backyard - and for good reason! Fire pits are easy to incorporate into your landscape and are a feature that people of every age can enjoy. Fire pits can be used year round, which makes them a great investment and a way to enjoy more time outdoors—and a magical place to gather with family and friends on a cool evening under the stars.
Fire pits come in many different types and styles ranging from everything from elaborate outdoor fireplaces with dramatic masonry to low cost fire pit landscape design ideas that will fit in any landscape. Whether you’re considering propane fire pits, outdoor gas fires, or good old fashioned wood burning fire pits, there is truly an outdoor fire pit option for every style and garden preference. You can find more backyard fire pit ideas and landscaping advice in our guide to Outdoor Fire Options and Their Costs.
Scroll some of our favorite designs we’ve created for our clients, including everything from rustic to modern outdoor fire pit ideas.
Fire Pit Tables
Outdoor fire pit tables are super functional and can work for any size space to add comfort and style your outdoor living areas. Outdoor fire tables add another layer of function to a simple coffee table, turning it into a 24/7 gathering area that’s perfect to cozy up to day or night.
Built-In Fire Pits Areas
Built-in seating areas around your fire pit create a perfect zone for gathering and relaxing. They break up your space and create the feeling of an outdoor living room while remaining open to your landscape design.
Moveable Fire Pits
Smaller, portable fire pits are a fantastic low cost fire pit landscape design option and one of the easiest ways to add a fire pit in your backyard. Mobile fire bowls don’t require any masonry or installing gas or propane lines and can be placed on gravel, concrete pavers, or any non-flammable groundcover. Plus, they add versatility to your outdoor space because you can easily move them around any time you want to update your landscape layout.
Outdoor Fire Places
Outdoor fireplaces have all the stately charm of an indoor fireplace but brought into your landscaping. Rustic masonry or modern stucco finishes provide you with options for statement pieces that will suit any style of landscape design. As an added bonus, the raised chimneys help to direct smoke up and away from your cozy gathering.
Statement Fire Pits
Are you looking to add a little “oomph” to your backyard landscape design? Using your fire pit as a sculptural design element is just the way to do it. Sleek concrete fires, hefty raw stone fire pits, and shining metal fire pits in a bronze finish all make equally stunning centerpieces for your yard.
Destination Fire Pits in Your Yard
Walking into your landscaping can feel like you’re leaving your normal life behind with a little careful planning. Using your fire pit as a focal point for a zone of your landscaping helps to create an immersive atmosphere. With this kind of set-up, you won’t just have your morning coffee in the backyard—you’ll take tea in the flower garden.
While it might not be part of our everyday vocabulary, a chiminea is just like a miniature fireplace. These walled fire pits have a built-in chimney that helps direct smoke just like a fireplace does, but they can be moveable and require less work to install. Less work also means a much lower cost to install—a win-win for budget landscapers.
As you can see from the gallery above, creating a fire pit in your yard can be very simple to complex. From placing a moveable fire pit on gravel to an elaborate pergola and outdoor entertaining set up. No matter which set up you chose, there are a few simple things you should remember:
Furniture for Your Fire Pit Nook
- Movable furniture makes it easier for people to find their comfort zone around the fire, while fixed seating ensures people stay at a safe distance.
- A mix of movable and fixed seating is a great option for families.
Location of Your Fire Pit
- Think about how you and your family want to use your space. Do you want the fire pit close to the home for easy access or further away so it feels more natural and secluded?
Embracing Your Style
Incorporate your fire pit into the rest of your yard through good landscape design practices. For example, make sure there is a way to navigate to your fire pit area - is it a mulch walkway? stepping stones? modern pavers? And use seating as a way to bring in your style. For example, if you have a rustic vibe, perhaps adirondack chairs are the perfect seating around your fire pit area. There are many ways to allow your garden style to shine through when designing.
Ready to get started on your backyard fire pit design? Tilly is always here to help! Want to browse more inspiration? Check out some ideas for above ground pools, pergolas, retaining walls, decks, deck vs. patio and flower beds!