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Cozy & Compact: Ideas for Small Patios

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[Updated for 2018]

Take a step forward this summer by giving new life to your outdoor space. With a thoughtful approach and quality outdoor furniture and accessories, small patios and decks can transform into the centerpiece of the home- perfect for entertaining and relaxing.

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

Furniture and Decor for Small Patios

1. Prioritize

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Amish Outdoors Balcony Adirondack Chairs & Table

Determine what’s most important to you and build around that aspect. If it’s luxurious, deep-seated comfort, a patio 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. They have many color options for balcony furniture!


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2. Scale back on size, not on style

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Ashley Pheasant Trail 3-Piece Outdoor Sectional

A giant sectional or a 7-piece dining set might be out of the question, but you don’t have to sacrifice quality and style to find something that will fit small patios.

An outdoor ottoman can serve as an impromptu table as well. All-weather wicker and performance fabric offer maintenance-free enjoyment.


3. Build up, not out

Use every inch of the patio to your advantage. We love the visual interest that a tiered shelf adds to a space. Shelves can 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 so vertical storage would work wonderfully in that type of room.


4. Accessorize

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Ashley Perrymount Fire Pit Bar and 4 Stools

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.

Lights aren’t just for Christmas! String lights can be a perfect option to enhance any cozy space.

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.


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5. Make it yours!

Small patios 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 outdoor living catalog can help, too! Fresh ideas for your dream patio are waiting!

If you’ve already tackled a challenging outdoor space, we’d love to hear about it! Tag us in your outdoor space photos on Instagram, @ShopHomemakers!

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