Make the most out of a petite patio with these creative, space-stretching tips and design ideas.
Similar to how banquette seating saves space in a small kitchen, a built-in bench is perfect for a small patio because it doesn't require extra space for chairs around the dining table. Here, the stone on the facade of the house continues around the perimeter of the patio for a fully integrated look.
Maximize the space your patio affords by matching the shape of your table to the shape of your patio. Here, a round table and four chairs fit perfectly on a small round patio. A tall fence with green plantings offers privacy and a cozy, tucked-away feel.
This space-sufficient design creates the perfect easy living outdoor space through multipurpose furnishings and poured-in-place concrete seating to better frame the area. With an overhanging umbrella, shade is never too far away on bright sunny days.
A creative “coffee table” fashioned from an old horse trough serves many purposes. One side is a drink cooler featuring a movable wood top so the drinks are easily accessible on steamy days. The other side features a fire pit, perfect for cool evenings.
To eliminate wasted space behind furnishings, place patio seating in a corner, along the perimeter. The furniture arrangement seen here affords enough space on this patio to move a small table and chairs into the opposite corner when the homeowners choose to dine outdoors.
Create a small water feature for your patio with this simple step-by-step guide.
A simple, soothing design incorporating elements from nature is often ideal for a small patio, as overly elaborate decor may overwhelm the space. Nature has been integrated into this patio through a stone wall, lush greens, and colorful flowers. A few well-placed steps add dimension and stretch the space visually.
For a narrow patio, a long and narrow table with a pair of benches may save space without sacrificing valuable seating. This rustic, reclaimed table with matching benches sits up to six as is; eight with chairs pulled up to the ends.
If you don’t plan to use your patio for dining, forgo the table for a couple comfy chairs. A smaller side table offers a convenient spot to rest a beverage or a book. A variety of plantings along the perimeter help connect the patio to the rest of the yard.
Take advantage of a small patio by making the space cozy and private. Hung from one side of the pergola over, a curtain made of durable outdoor fabric provides a soft backdrop for the bistro table and chairs. A mix of lighting adds to the intimate ambience while extending the patio’s usability into the evening.
It's important to keep furniture and accessories scaled down if your space is small, but that doesn't mean everything has to be tiny. Sometimes a larger, well-placed piece of furniture like this outdoor sofa works better than several smaller pieces.