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How to set up a small outdoor space for summer

Whether you have a petite balcony, a tiny patio, or a compact courtyard, we've got the tips and tricks you need to maximise your small outdoor space in time for summer.

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1. Go for compact sets and stackable chairs

Let's begin with the essentials: seating. When it comes to small outdoor spaces, every square inch counts, so opt for compact outdoor furniture sets and stackable chairs. Consider elegant bistro sets with foldable tables and chairs, a sleek bar set or two-seater lounge set.

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2. Arrange furniture to make the most of your space

Arranging furniture in a small outdoor area can be a bit like solving a puzzle. Start by visualising the layout that works best for your space. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Cosy corner retreat: Place a small outdoor sofa or daybed along one wall, then add a couple of outdoor side tables. This creates an intimate nook perfect for sipping your morning coffee or enjoying a glass of wine at sunset.

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Dining delight: If you love al fresco dining, arrange a compact outdoor dining set with chairs that tuck neatly under the table, or go with folding chairs that can be stored when not in use.
Lounge luxuriously: For those who prefer lounging, consider an outdoor modular sofa you can configure to suit your space, or a set of sun lounges or deck chairs. Add a side table or two for your beverages and books.

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3. Invest in smart storage solutions

Small outdoor spaces can quickly become cluttered. Invest in smart storage solutions like compact storage cabinets or a storage box that can double as a bench to keep things tidy.

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4. Amp it up with outdoor decor

Styling a small space can pose a unique challenge - but with a little creativity, you can turn even the smallest outdoor area into an inviting oasis:
Outdoor rugs: Start by laying down an outdoor rug to define and soften the space. Read our guide to choosing an outdoor rug to help find your perfect fit.
Outdoor cushions: Invest in weather-resistant outdoor cushions for your chairs or bench. Not only do they make seating more comfortable, but they infuse personality with pops of colour and pattern.

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Festoon lights: Festoon lights instantly create a magical atmosphere. Hang them along balcony railings or drape them overhead for a warm and inviting glow.
Plants: Don't forget to add greeny in a range of decorative plant pots and stands. If your floor space is at max capacity, hanging planters and wall planters are great alternatives. 

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Natalie Mell 27 September, 2023

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