Cozy & Compact: Ideas for Small Patios

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Take a step forward this summer by giving new life to your outdoor space. With a thoughtful approach and quality outdoor furniture and accessories, you can revamp your deck or patio into the centerpiece of your home for entertaining and relaxing.

Here are some helpful tips for maximizing your outdoor area when space is limited.


Determine what’s most important to you and build around that aspect. If it’s luxurious, deep-seated comfort, Woodard’s Cortland loveseat is a great option. If it’s a specific color palette, Amish Outdoors has you covered with nearly every color under the sun. Their three-piece balcony set includes a table and two chairs ideally suited for cozy spaces.

Scale back on size, not style.

A three-piece sectional or a seven-piece patio dining set might be out of the question, but you don’t have to sacrifice quality and style to find something that’ll fit.

Gather Craft’s Asheville chat table offers handsome detailing in a smaller, more manageable design. The Castle Rock End table has the same attractive design as the rest of the collection, but a smaller footprint and a convenient, built-in ice bucket.

An outdoor ottoman like this one can serve as an impromptu table as well. Its durable all-weather wicker and performance fabric offer maintenance-free enjoyment.

Build up.

Use every inch of the patio to your advantage. We love the visual interest that a tiered shelf adds to a space. The Imax Townsend Tray Shelf adds a touch of vintage-inspired charm, while Uttermost’s Norvin Bookshelf leans against any wall and offers five spacious shelves. It’d be a perfect home for any container garden as well! Please note that these items are better purposed for indoor sunrooms than outdoor patio usage; however, we tend to think of the sunroom as an indoor patio, and we think these pieces would work wonderfully in that type of room.


If seating and tables are the stars of the show, outdoor pillows, rugs and accessories play the supporting roles that round out the space and make it your own.

Outdoor pillows can tie together different elements for a more streamlined setting.

Outdoor rugs are woven from propylene and ideally suited for outdoor spaces. They have natural moisture-wicking properties and they’re easy to clean while still maintaining incredible softness.

The Biscayne Outdoor Floor Lamp from Kenroy is a great, visually pleasing accent piece with a soft glow, an all-weather rattan frame and a small, 13-inch base that makes it a versatile addition to any space.

Make it yours!

Small spaces aren’t without their own unique challenges, but we think that’s part of the fun! With careful curating and a thoughtful approach, you can end up with an inviting retreat that reflects your unique tastes.

Are you ready to dive in? If you’re in search of a little more design inspiration and guidance, our design consultants can help, too! They’re ready to help you customize the perfect outdoor space.

If you’ve already tackled a challenging outdoor space, we’d love to hear about it! Comment below or tweet us @ShopHomemakers!

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