Small-Space Patio Furniture That Will Maximize Your Backyard's Entertaining Potential
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Make the most of your tiny patio with these furnishings, which were designed for small outdoor areas.
Don't let your patio's limited square footage keep you from enjoying your backyard. There is plenty of outdoor furniture on the market designed to maximize space while being suited to a smaller outdoor entertaining area.
The first thing to prioritize when choosing small-space patio furniture? Furnishings that check more than one box. "If space is limited, I like to use furniture that can be reinvented to serve multiple purposes," says Lauren Robbins of Lauren Robbins Interiors. "A console or side table can easily double as a small dining table if selected right the first time."
Additionally, you should consider pieces that have storage potential. "Prioritize products with built-in storage, such as outdoor benches or coffee tables with hidden compartments," says Kerrie Kelly, the creative director of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. "This will help you keep your patio organized." And when in doubt, always choose furnishings that have the most seating space—a cozy outdoor loveseat will give you more room than a bistro table, for example.
From roomy lounge chairs to benches with built-in storage, these furnishings will transform your small patio into a welcoming place to entertain (or relax with a glass of wine).
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Pottery Barn Tulum Wicker Outdoor Loveseat
Don't have space for an outdoor couch? No problem. This loveseat is just as cozy and can fit up to three people. You can lounge on it while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, or guests can sit on it while they mingle and eat. The all-weather wicker adds a warm, natural texture to your outdoor space, while the white cushion provides a modern touch.
Price at time of publish: $999
West Elm Portside Outdoor Deck Box
Keep pool games, towels, and other summer items that normally take up room on your patio (or packed interior closet) tucked neatly inside this deck box. Place it in the center of a loveseat or lounge chairs, and you have a makeshift ottoman that guests can rest appetizers and cocktails on.
Price at time of publish: $360
SAFAVIEH Wilton Natural Brown 2-Piece Wood Outdoor Bistro Set
Optimizing underused areas of your patio is a great way to maximize a small space. This bench tucks conveniently into any corner, so you can leave the rest of your backyard open for standing room, pool chairs, a table, and other furnishings.
Price at time of publish: $468
Pottery Barn Martel Handwoven Outdoor Pouf
In addition to making your small-space patio look cozier, poufs can also be used as additional seating. This one was tightly hand-woven from durable polypropylene yarns, so it's sturdy enough to pull double duty as a side table or a place to prop up your feet.
Price at time of publish: $279
West Elm Portside Outdoor Folding Bistro Set
Perfect for everyday relaxing or an al fresco dinner for two, this bistro set is foldable; you can easily move it out of the way to create more standing room for guests. It's made from moisture-resistant solid mahogany and solid eucalyptus wood, so it's built to last no matter how frequently you use it.
Price at time of Publish: $299
Pottery Barn Fluted Outdoor Side Table
A fluted silhouette and deep grooves make this side table a unique addition to any outdoor seating area. In lieu of a traditional table, it can be used for drinks and small bites—or as additional seating for entertaining.
Price at time of publish: $199
Wade Logan Appolonie Andrejs Outdoor Ottoman (Set of 2)
These sturdy ottomans have multiple functions—they can be used as chairs, tables, or as a place to rest your feet. But their best feature is the built-in cubby at the base. Use the extra space for storing magazines, books, or even a pool towel.
Price at time of publish: $289.99
CB2 Cana 3-Piece Outdoor Patio Sectional Sofa
This three-piece sectional can be arranged and rearranged to fit your patio's dimensions and your entertaining needs. Keep the entire couch together or separate each piece, which gives you an armless chair, corner chair, and ottoman.
Price at time of publish: $1,557
West Elm Sunbrella Indoor and Outdoor Canvas Pouf
Available in 11 different shades, from terra-cotta to buttercup, this pouf will add a pop of color to your small-space patio. Crafted from durable, saturated fabric, it can be used as a stool, for extra seating, or as a makeshift table.
Price at time of publish: $320
Highland Dunes Scottie 3-Piece Seating Group With Cushions
Inspired by Adirondack chairs, this set is great for dining al fresco or lounging by the pool, beverage in hand. The water-resistant cushions are covered with a non-porous material that makes cleaning any spills a cinch. The lightweight side table can be moved around and used as a makeshift seat or for food.
Price at time of publish: $289.99
Pottery Barn Indio FSC Eucalyptus & Mesh Stackable Outdoor Chaise Lounge
While you may think you don't have enough room on your patio for pretty pool chairs—think again. This set of two has a compact profile, so they don't feel out of place in smaller outdoor areas. Plus, they're stackable, meaning you can easily move them out of the way when having guests over.
Price at time of publish: $1,279