Small outdoor spaces, from compact patios to postage size decks, can be challenging to outfit with just the right furniture. Depending on your needs, your outdoor space may need to comfortably host many situations, from impromptu dinners to relaxing get-togethers with friends and family. The good news is that small outdoor seating and dining options are vast. However, with so many choices available, it’s hard to know where to start.
How to Choose Outdoor Furniture For Small Spaces
Buying comfortable outdoor furniture for small spaces is possible with just a little planning. First, you’ll want to take stock of your outdoor area (terrace, patio, deck, porch, etc.) and determine how you envision using it. Are you a social butterfly who adores hosting outdoor dinners and soirées, or do you prefer to spend time alone or with small groups of people outside?
Once you’ve decided how you want to use your outdoor space, the next step is to identify what types of furniture you need. For example, if you plan to host parties, then a dining set with multiple seating options will be ideal. If you’re looking to use your space for solo relaxing time, rocking chairs, benches, and Adirondack chairs may be the perfect outdoor furniture pieces for your space.
Measure your outdoor space and map it onto grid paper, making sure to maintain the ratios of the area in your diagram. Using the same proportions to estimate the size of your furniture, cut out chunky shapes of the outdoor furniture you want and see how it fits in your drawing, keep in mind that you have to allow room for people to maneuver about the space as well.
As an example, a small space outdoor dining set will probably start at 7x7 feet to comfortably seat four people, plus at least two to three feet to move around it. Use your model to direct your shopping.
Tips for Decorating Small Outdoor Spaces
Outdoor furniture for small areas doesn’t have to be limited to humdrum seating or tables. Here are some smart ways to make the most out of your patio, deck, porch, and more:
- Small terrace furniture like compact rocking chairs and side tables will fit comfortably into tiny spaces.
- Small space outdoor seating can include sleek benches or gliders, or streamlined chairs designed to fit in cramped areas.
- A tiny patio or deck can usually be outfitted with a least a couple of Adirondack chairs and a side table.
- Backless benches are perfect garden furniture for small spaces.
Design Inspiration for Small Spaces
Whether you prefer a more traditional style or can’t get enough of modern outdoor furniture for small spaces, POLYWOOD® furniture has what you need. Here are some of our favorite inspirations:
If the size of your deck, patio, garden, or other outdoor space is limited, there’s no need to worry about finding furniture to make it an enjoyable sanctuary. With free shipping on all POLYWOOD furniture and our 20-year residential warranty, you can find beautiful, high-quality furniture pieces to create your dream outdoor retreat!