If it’s time for a patio renovation, or finally time to add a patio to your home, there are lots of cool flooring options other than just boring concrete! These creative outdoor patio flooring ideas can be done without a contractor and within a weekend! All of them transform your space into an outdoor room worth showing off!

Patio Flooring Ideas

It doesn’t matter if your patio surface has seen better days, or if you are just bored with it… try one of these DIY patio ideas & projects to breathe some new life into your outdoor living space.

DIY Patio Flooring Ideas With Pavers

Pavers are a great way to add some texture to your patio floor, and are often a much more affordable option than covering your entire flooring. Plus, it’s a chance to get creative and do something unique with your patio. Take a look at these DIY outdoor flooring ideas with pavers. 

DIY Paver Patio Flooring Idea with Versatile Options

Young House Love‘ has a full tutorial on how to build a paver patio for you! Lots of pics, and good instructions that can be adapted for several different looks, including the more modern outdoor patio flooring idea above.

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DIY Patio Flooring Ideas with Circular Pavers

Same technique, different material! This side yard patio features circular pavers of different sizes set in a random pattern. From ‘Mod Frugal‘. These are pavers set into crushed granite, but you can install a paver patio into builders’ sand as well. These would be the perfect way to lead out to or fill in a beautiful kitchen garden!

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DIY Patio Flooring with Oversized Square Pavers

Coates Design‘ in Seattle has this DIY paver patio flooring idea for us. These are simply oversized pavers laid in a bed of sand, then filled with decorative gravel.

Flooring Ideas for Patio with Paver Molds

Don’t want to pay for all those patio pavers? Not a problem. We found this reusable plastic mold from ‘Quikrete‘ that allows you to create pavers (on sand, like above) with concrete mix and these molds. Instant patio flooring! (Well, almost!)

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Traditional DIY Outdoor Flooring for Patio

Want a more traditional “feels like it’s been here forever” patio flooring idea? Then learn how to build a brick patio from ‘HGTV‘.

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DIY Patio Flooring Ideas Without Pavers

The ideas we’ve featured already are classic paver options, but what if you want to do something a little different? Luckily, there are plenty of other options if traditional pavers aren’t doing it for you! Here are a few “outside-the-box” choices. 

DIY Patio Flooring Ideas for Over Concrete

So if you already have a concrete patio, but you don’t want to have to tear it out (NOT fun and NOT a one-day deal!) then you have options. Want modern and clean-looking patio flooring ideas for over concrete? Wayfair has these interlocking deck tiles that do the job, again, right over existing patio surfaces!

Cheap Patio Floor Ideas with Crushed Gravel

This entire patio from “The Rose Table” came in at under $300, so the flooring alone would be even cheaper! It’s created an adorable outdoor space – the perfect coffee nook for some early morning sun or a late afternoon read. Bliss! 

Mid-Century Modern DIY Patio Flooring

Can you tell this technique we’ve been featuring so far is pretty much “the thing” in DIY patio ideas? Here is another option for a Modern Mid-century patio flooring idea using these decorative concrete blocks laid on their sides. From ‘Fresh Digs‘.

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Patio Floor Ideas with Crushed Gravel

Crushed gravel is a great option for patio flooring because it’s easy to walk on, colorful, and versatile. This adorable patio design from “I Should Be Mopping the Floor” ties the crushed gravel so nicely in with the other components – the finished product looks amazing! 

DIY Painted Patio Flooring Ideas

Painting your patio floor is a great way to add a new lease of life to an aging outdoor space. Plus, if you have a concrete slab under your patio, you can use some paint to fill your patio with color – just check out these beautifully painted patio flooring ideas!

Painted Pallet Wood Patio DIY Flooring 

Pallet wood is easy to come by and affordable, so this is a great patio flooring idea if you’re on a budget. Painting your pallet gives it a new lease of life and also protects the wood so that it lasts longer. Plus, you can even use multiple colors if you feel like it! This tutorial from “Hoosier Homemade” is a great place to start. 

Faux Marble DIY Patio Flooring

Marble tiles look amazing, but they’re so expensive and not necessarily practical for the average backyard. The next best thing is these gorgeous, painted, faux marble tiles – the results look amazing! Get the details in this tutorial from “It’s Honey Done.

DIY Faux Tile Painted Patio Floor

This flooring looks like tile, right? Wrong! It’s actually concrete flooring, and the tile design is painted over the top! It’s so bright and colorful – perfect for this covered patio space. Find everything you need to know at “Old Brand New.

Cheap Patio Floor Ideas with Stencils

Want to paint over your patio flooring but don’t want to have the whole thing painted one boring color? Maybe a stencil is what you’re looking for! It gives a tile effect with a fraction of the cost of tiles – all you need is a spare afternoon and some paint! Get the details here at “Cutting Edge Stencils.

Common Qustions about Patio Flooring Ideas

Do you have questions about your DIY patio floor project? We’ve got answers! Here’s what you need to know before you dive into your patio floor upgrade. 

What Materials Work Best for DIY Outdoor Flooring?

The best materials for DIY outdoor flooring depend on your budget, climate, and the look you’re going for. Interlocking deck tiles, concrete pavers, and crushed gravel are all great choices, but you can also look into natural stone or pressure-treated wood if you’re after something a bit more exotic. 

How to Make a Cheap Patio Floor?

There are lots of different cheap patio floor ideas you can choose from, including pea gravel, reclaimed pallet wood, or even just a splash of concrete patio paint to rejuvenate your existing patio flooring. 

What Is the Best Low-Maintenance Outdoor Flooring?

For low-maintenance outdoor flooring, consider composite decking, as composite materials require minimal upkeep, resisting rot, fading, and staining. Another option is porcelain tiles, as they are durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean. They’re also frost-proof, making them suitable for various climates. And of course, classic concrete pavers are durable and require little maintenance. Regular sweeping and occasional sealing can keep them looking fresh.

What Is the Best Material to Put Over a Concrete Patio?

Several materials can be placed over your concrete patio to spice it up. Why not try deck tiles, a large outdoor rug (great for warmth!), or a stamped concrete overlay to mimic the look of natural stone or brick, giving your patio a fresh new look?

Use These DIY Outdoor Flooring Ideas to Upgrade Your Patio!

We hope you loved our post on Cool & Creative Patio Flooring Ideas! Looking for more cheap patio floor ideas?  Check out our post on DIY Concrete Patio Cover Up Ideas, Patio Cover Ideas, Floating Deck Ideas, and then jump on over and check out our post on Fresh & Fab Front Porch & Patio Ideas and  Boost Your Home Value : DIY Projects on our sister site OhMeOhMy!

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  1. Bernie July 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Where can I get the coates design stepping stones. I love that design but cant find the circles anywhere?

    1. Kathy Woodard November 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      I believe they poured those in place… You can contact a local landscape contractor and ask if they can order you one like it…

  2. teb September 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

    thanks for the photo

  3. Dela Ampofo August 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Hi Cathy, Nice share. I love the circular pavers. Thank you for your hard work.

  4. John July 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    We have been planning a huge backyard renovation and this post could not have come at a better time! Thank you so much.

  5. Sue May 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    We wanted to do the concrete blocks shown above, but we have not been able to find where to buy them.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      We have found the best bet is usually to contact a landscape contractor and see if they can help you find pavers that are more unusual in your area. Good luck!

  6. Tara Fitzpatrick May 26, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Where can I find the oversize pavers? I am in Portland Oregon

    1. Kathy Woodard May 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      We have had a tough time finding them as well, but we recently found 20×20 pavers at our local Lowes… Once they get bigger than that, often you have to have the concrete poured into forms in place, much like building a patio, but in parts! Hope that helps!

  7. Wyndie March 23, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I love the ideas and instructions. I have been doing a lot of work in the yard and I can tell you especially if you are a lady or a man with limited skills that this is a lot of work and I do mean a lot. You do need to be strong and determined or you may not be able to finish the project. Make sure that you have some help and some shade and perhaps start in spring do not wait until summer. If you want to just get it over with and have the money, by all means hire someone, but if you are looking for a project to be proud of, by all means GO FOR IT!

  8. Matthew Brandt March 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Kathy, great ideas! I am really liking the circular pavers, thanks for posting!

  9. Benny Schiller November 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    These are definitely worth sharing concrete patio floor ideas! I’ve been working in the concrete industry for years now, and most people love stamped concrete patios. Well, I can’t blame them because it’s not only aesthetically appealing but also durable and long-lasting.
    By the way, hiring a licensed contractor to do your patio project is smarter!

    Thanks for posting this!


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