15 Pieces of Patio Furniture That Are Perfect For Small Spaces
Having a small backyard doesn't mean its lacks design potential. Whether you've got a tiny patio or a little balcony, there are many Pinterest-worthy ways to make your outdoor space feel special. Have you considered elevating an itty-bitty corner with a chic two-person patio set? Turning your desk into a cozy oasis with seating, an outdoor rug, and some fun décor to take it to the next level? Trust us; you've got options. Let's explore them in more detail, ahead, with help from Kristin Marino, founder of the boutique interior design firm KozyKasa Design.
How to Buy the Best Outdoor Furniture for Small Spaces
The interior expert says there are various factors to consider when looking for outdoor furniture for small spaces. First, she recommends lightweight and compact pieces you can easily move and store. Bonus points if they're dual-purpose, "such as a bench with built-in storage or a stool that can double as a side table," she says.
Need inspo? Marino speaks highly of bistro sets. Not only are there so many different styles of them—from retro designs to Parisian-inspired ones—but they also provide space for lounging and eating. Another piece of furniture she loves is a bar cart. "They're a stylish and functional way to provide a place to store drinks and snacks," she says.
As you zero in on outdoor furniture pieces that catch your eye, just remember to stick to "durable and weather resistant and won't deteriorate over time," she continues. Marino recommends teak (one of the most durable types of hardwood), steel, wicker, and aluminum — all of which can hold up against the elements.
And finally, tie in greenery and shade as much as possible, the pro advises. "Vertical gardens are great for smaller spaces and add visual interest," whereas an umbrella will help protect you from the sun while also doubling as a stylish statement in its own right. From there, feel free to get creative with accessories such as throw pillows, an outdoor rug that ties into your color string, or string lights, which take up zero space, and create an inviting atmosphere.
Despite what you might have thought before landing on this article, the possibilities are practically endless, with small spaces if you're willing to get creative. To help, we rounded up 15 pieces of furniture to prove it, including various styles at different price points and from a mix of retailers. Check them out ahead.
— Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy
A Rocking Bistro Set For Small Spaces
Kinzie Outdoor 3-Piece Bistro Set With Cushions ($173, originally $200)
A small patio table and chairs can transform the look of your space. One of our favorites is the Kinzie Outdoor 3-Piece Bistro Set. It's an affordable bestseller that's comfortable and compact. We especially adore the rocking chairs that will ease us into relaxation.
An Indoor and Outdoor Accent Chair For Small Spaces
The Nunelle Indoor / Outdoor Accent Chair from Lulu and Georgia is among the most elegant modern outdoor furniture for small spaces. It boasts a teakwood frame and plush fabric cushions you'll look forward to sinking into.
A Patio Daybed For Small Spaces
Beal Patio Daybed With Cushions ($420, originally $450)
You'll love chilling on the Beal Patio Daybed. The sides can be folded down, as shown above, or folded up to create a more traditional couch look. It comes in three cushion colors and three frame colors.
A Sleek Lounger For Small Spaces
If you've got room for a lounge chair, we highly recommend this Eleya Lounger from Article($899). It's narrow enough to fit on some balconies, and its minimalist design lends itself to every aesthetic.
A Boho Bar Cart For Small Spaces
Domenica Bar Cart ($550)
The Domenica Bar Cart features a two-tiered design woven from naturally-durable polyurethane, plus an eye-catching geometric pattern. It also has four locking caster wheels to easily wheel it around and keep it from rolling away, and our favorite detail is that the top shelf doubles as a removable tray to make serving cocktails a breeze.
A Patio Seating Set For Small Spaces
Osteen 5 Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group With Cushions ($400, originally $520)
Looking for a small balcony furniture set? See: the Osteen 5 Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group. You get two armchairs, two ottomans, and an end table that you can configure in various ways to best fit your patio.
A Rocking Chair For Small Spaces
Article Lynea Rocking Chair ($549)
Slow, cozy mornings call for a comfortable rocking chair. The Lynea Rocking Chair from Article is one of the chicest we've ever seen, made of solid eucalyptus complemented by a woven seat. It comes in a gray and dark wood colorway, as well as a breezy taupe and light oak.
A Wooden Patio Set For Small Spaces
Christopher Knight Home Leah 3-Piece Acacia Wood Chat Set ($250, originally $333)
The Leah Acacia Wood Chat Set from Christopher Knight Home will make for the most dreamy spot to relax. The price includes two acacia-frame chairs with water-resistant fabric cushions and one matching side table. The blue adds a bright pop of color that will add a vibrant flair to your outdoor space
A Boho Lounge Chair For Small Spaces
If you're searching for apartment balcony furniture, the Aeri Lounge Chair is a hot contender. The boho design comes in a white cushion option and a dark gray style, made of matte resin wicker, with a cushion and aluminum frame. All you'll need is a little side table and a few pieces of decor to round out your small space.
An Egg Chair For Small Spaces
This egg chair is the statement piece your small outdoor space has been missing. Target shoppers are obsessed, and it has a nearly perfect five-star rating. One reviewer said: "It is big enough to curl up in and read a book, but fits nicely in a corner where it doesn't overtake a room/space. It's comfortable, as in it doesn't push your neck or back forward, easy to assemble and is quite sturdy. I want a second one for the other corner!"
If you have room for a bigger egg chair, consider the Southport Patio Egg Chair ($575). Load it with pillows galore, and you have your new favorite hangout spot.
A Boho Bistro Set For Small Spaces
Create the outdoor space of your dreams with the Britanna Patio Bistro Set from Opalhouse. The set includes two chairs and one bistro table, perfect for intimate chats or a morning cup of coffee. The detailed all-wicker backrest is undeniably chic.
A Rustic Patio Chat Set For Small Spaces
This chat set includes two wicker chairs and one small rounded coffee table to match. It's perfect for a space that's breezy and rustic. Place this on a small patio, garden, or even on a deck. If you have room for even more pieces, you can get the Latigo Patio Sectional ($750) for more seating.
Outdoor Bean Bags For Small Spaces
West Elm Sunbrella Outdoor Bean Bags ($349-$699)
West Elm's Sunbrella Outdoor Bean Bags are perfect for free-spirited folks. They're covered in durable Sunbrella fabric that's water-repellent and resistant to fading, mildew, and chlorine. Plus, there are a total of four colors and patterns to choose from.
A Wicker Dining Set For Small Spaces
The Giantex Cushioned Outdoor Wicker Patio Set boasts an efficient design for small outdoor spaces. Just tuck its chairs in, and it becomes a plain and simple table, or pull them out for a cute little dining setup.
A Contemporary Patio Set For Small Spaces
Best Choice Products 3-Piece Acapulco All-Weather Patio Set ($200, originally $250)
The seats in this Acapulco patio set are surprisingly comfortable, featuring a high-back design woven with firm yet flexible ropes that you can sink into for optimal comfort. Them matching table has a funky yet cool design that reflects the woven pattern of the chairs with a glass top. It comes in various colors as well.