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11 Ways To Live Large On Small Patios

With the right furniture and accessories, even the smallest patio can become an inviting, private escape. Try these ideas to transform your underused patio into an oasis for lounging and entertaining.

Layers of Comfort

Dress your patio from top to bottom to make even the smallest space feel like an inviting retreat. Add lushness with layered outdoor rugs, throw pillows, greenery and string lights.

Extra Seating

Floor pillows and a pouf add color and extra seating without taking up a lot of room. They store easily and can be pulled out when guests come over.

Spot to Lounge

The right seating can turn an underused patio into the perfect place to start or end your day. Whether it’s a daybed, hammock or lounge chair, add a comfy place to sit back and put up your feet.

Multifunctional Furniture

Furniture that can pull double duty is perfect for smaller spaces. Think creatively: this jute pouf can function both as a side table or extra seating when needed.

Potted Plants & Greenery

An integral part of any outdoor room, greenery adds a vibrancy that you just can't get from anything else. Bring color and texture to your patio with a variety of potted plants.

Cozy Dining Nook

Love to dine alfresco but have a tight space? Bistro tables are the perfect solution. This folding table provides seating for two and can be easily tucked away.

Pops of Color

Neutral tones are relaxing, but a splash of color keeps things interesting. Add some pops of blues and greens to complement your natural surroundings without overpowering their beauty.


Creating a sense of enclosure in your outdoor room will make it feel like a secluded oasis. Use a privacy screen to block a bad view or nosey neighbors. Upcycle some old shutters and a few hinges into a folding partition. Breezy white curtains are a great option as well.

Serving Cart

If you don’t have room for an outdoor kitchen, a bar cart can be just as useful. You can easily roll it from indoors to outside, keeping your drinks and appetizers within arm's reach.

Water Feature

Experience your outdoor space to the fullest with style and peaceful nature sounds with a compact, portable water feature. Many come with lights to add to the ambience.

Space-Saving Fire Pit

The glow of a fire pit draws people together and gives off warmth. Even the smallest outdoor room can benefit from a fire feature like this DIY tabletop version, which offers the beauty of a full-size fire pit while saving floor space.

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