How to Choose Patio Furniture for Small Spaces

How to Choose Patio Furniture for Small Spaces

Wood loveseat with blue cushion on a small space outdoor patio
Even if you have a small balcony, deck, or patio, you can still have a beautiful arrangement of patio furniture. Planning how to fit your furniture into a tight space is a matter of choosing the right number of pieces and opting for space-saving designs. Whether you're creating an outdoor dining area or a place to lounge and relax, here are some small-patio furniture ideas to help you create the perfect arrangement.

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Create a Cozy Dining Space

Rattan Outdoor Dining Sets for Small Spaces

Entertaining on your small deck or patio is easy with a small patio dining set. Find a compact table that will accommodate two to four chairs for an intimate setting where you can share a meal or drinks with guests. Three-piece bistro sets are usually the perfect size for patios or decks with size restrictions. Choose a set with foldable chairs for added space-saving quality.

Choose Sofas With Slim Profiles

Outdoor Patio Sofa with aqua outdoor cushions for Small Spaces

Because sofas are generally the largest piece of patio furniture, utilizing one in a small space requires some extra planning. Choosing sofas, loveseats, and sectionals with slimmer profiles or smaller designs helps save space, and placing your sofas flush against walls or in corners will free up room in the center of the seating area. If space allows, a sofa set including accent chairs, a coffee table, or ottoman will enhance the coordinated look of your furniture.

Bring In Individual Patio Chairs

Patio Chairs for Small Spaces

Using small patio chairs is an easy way to control the size of each piece and determine exactly how much seating you want. Patio dining chairs are easy to coordinate and can be accented with matching cushions to enhance the arrangement’s style. For a more relaxed look, choose comfortable outdoor rocking chairs or Adirondack chairs that allow for maximum lounging. Individual patio chairs are the most versatile when it comes to arranging outdoor furniture on a small patio.

Declutter With Storage Seating

Patio Storage Benches for Small Spaces

Benches offer the greatest amount of seating in the smallest package, which makes them an excellent choice for decorating a small patio. Simple wood garden benches have a slim profile and classic style that makes them a perfect fit for tight spaces while metal park benches offer more of a heavy-duty design to withstand the elements. To make the most of your space, choose a storage bench that can store your patio accessories and keep your outdoor space tidy.

Use Foldable or Nesting Tables

Patio Accent Tables for Small Spaces

Outdoor accent tables come in a variety of sizes and designs, so you can find an option that perfectly integrates into your arrangement. Depending on the available space, you can switch out a coffee table for one or two smaller side tables, or keep a foldable side table nearby to bring out when needed. Accent tables with storage add a new dimension of functionality to a small deck or patio, and a set of nesting tables provides a way to include multiple tables in your arrangement and then combine them for easy storage.

For a chart to help you decide patio furniture dimensions and choose pieces with the most seating capacity, check out The Complete Guide to Patio Furniture.