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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 

Natalie Mell 27 September, 2023

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