23 Fire Pit Design Ideas

Fire pits come in many shapes and sizes. They can be a permanent structure or a simple barrel that can be moved around the patio. Find the design that's right for your backyard.

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Perfect Layout

U-shaped seating surrounds a rectangular fire box, allowing everyone to feel the heat.

Weather Is Not an Issue

By putting the fire pit underneath the gazebo, these homeowners can still enjoy a fire when it's raining.

Keeping It Real

The building materials used in this outdoor space keep a natural and earthy feel: the crushed stone underneath the fire pit, the rustic picnic table atop the paver patio and the natural stone fire circle.

Fire Sculpture

This gas fire pit is a work of art as well as a source of heat.

Paris Hilton's Old Stomping Grounds

This Hollywood regency-style home was once owned by the popular celebrity. Maybe she used the sunken fire pit to keep her toes warm while she lounged and looked up at the stars.

Curlicues and Coziness

Rows of hydrangeas, statuesque urns and a bluestone fire pit topped with elegant scrollwork create a classy and serene setting. Click to the next slide to see the vintage metalwork up close.

Add a Little Personality to Your Pit

These homeowners did so by topping their stone fire box with vintage metalwork.

Modern Chiminea

Put together two chairs, a Palm Springs color palette, a shapely fire urn and a couple glasses of Merlot, and you're bound to evoke some meaningful conversations.

Fire Wall

Instead of a fire bowl or fire pit, these homeowners went long with a wall of fire. Inside the fire wall sits the basin of a glass-tiled water feature. Click to the next slide to see a full view of the yard.

Mediterranean-Style Chill

Take a dip in the pool, then grab a towel and walk through the lush landscape over to the fire-and-water wall. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Borrowed From Civic Engineering

A Jamie Durie original design, the gabion fire feature adds an unexpected element to an already stunning setting. Gabion is an Italian word that means a cage filled with rocks. It is a method of building commonly used to make large highway retaining walls and dams.

Fire Pit Coffee Table

In this Jamie Durie design, the gabion is used again, but this time for a tree and plantings. The gabion balances perfectly with the inviting outdoor living room.

Eco-Friendly Industrial

This unique gas-powered fire feature sits atop a slab of concrete. The gas line was run through the corrugated metal pipe and covered with lava rocks. This whole backyard was done with recycled and industrial materials — the raised garden bed and privacy fence were upcycled from old shipping pallets.

Small But Sexy

This urban patio features a recessed fire pit and open roof with shade cloths.

The Perfect Place for a Portable Fire Pit

Who doesn't want to listen to the sound of water cascading down a waterfall and coming out the side of a dock? Add a toasty fire pit, and serenity is sure to follow.

Sunken Conversation Pit

Even a small yard will feel bigger if it is terraced or multileveled. This recessed living space focused around a fire pit and set off with large planters seems like an exclusive inner circle in which you need a special invite.

Cape Cod Quaint

The backyard of this New England beach cottage is a wicked-cool gathering spot for family and friends.

Use an Old Vessel

This unique fire pit is a replica of a 19th-century syrup kettle made by local artisans.

Metal Wall to Reflect the Flames

Corrugated metal is used to build a privacy wall and create a backdrop for a fun gathering space. To make the unusual fire pit, a gas line was run through the recycled metal bucket then filled with lava rock.

Swirls of Color

The hefty metal fire ring is half encircled by an even heftier concrete seating area. Add vibrant throw pillows and cushions to soften it all up and you're ready for a party.

Seating Is Important

If romance is your intention, make sure you've got a plush lounge sitting fireside.

Wall and Pit in One

This circular fire pit was cleverly built right into the retaining wall, which is perfect when you get up close to the heat.

Outdoor Living Spaces

This yard is well segregated by purpose. The very functional cooking area is next to the house (which is handy), the dining area is off to the side, and the step-down living area is focused around the built-in fire box.

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