Garden Furniture Ideas for a Small Patio

By   | Last Updated :   July 24, 2021 | Filed In :   Garden Furniture Ideas

With most of us spending more time at home and in our gardens, our outside spaces have become our sanctuaries.  Whether working, entertaining friends or having a well-deserved cup of tea (or G&T), having a functional and beautiful outdoor space is on everyone’s wish list.

If you have a small patio area or a courtyard garden, you’ll want to choose furniture that maximises the space you have, without making it feel cramped or cluttered.  Luckily, there are many ways you can add functional furniture to your garden without compromising on style.  Read on to discover our practical and stylish garden furniture ideas for a small patio.

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Image courtesy of Yvonne Purcell @sixat21 

How to choose furniture for a small space

Available in a range of weather-proof materials, garden furniture is no longer just for the summer months.  By choosing the right furniture, you can extend your al-fresco time throughout the year.  Think of how you’ll be using your patio, will it be mainly for entertaining, relaxing or eating outside? A really simple idea to see what you can fit into your space is to mock up the furniture using bits of cardboard and move them around to see how it will fit together.

Here are some innovative, space-saving furniture ideas for compact patio spaces:

Bistro sets

Absolutely perfect for small patios and balconies, these sets usually consist of a table and 2 chairs.  Small and easy to fit into a corner or the middle of a patio, bistro sets are a popular option.  They’re also really easy to move around.  We love this clever, space-saving folding bistro set from Argos which doubles as a bench.

bistro set for small-patio

Bistro sets are perfect for small patios; credit: Argos

Folding furniture

Essential for small spaces, folding furniture is a great solution when you’re entertaining and don’t want the furniture to be a permanent fixture.  As it just folds flat, tables and chairs can be discreetly stored away when not in use. This folding set from LindseyTeak is made from sustainable teak, providing a beautiful and long-lasting addition to your patio area.

folding furniture for small patio

Folding furniture is essential for small spaces; credit: Lindsay Teak

Salvaged furniture

Another great option for furnishing a small patio is to think creatively, you may not be able to squeeze in that luxurious corner sofa set, but it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort or style. Yvonne Purcell, artist, upcycler and salvage hunter has created a stunning haven in her garden in Ireland.  Using a clever mix of salvaged furniture, lighting and soft furnishings, she’s made the most out of every inch of her space.

salvaged furniture for small patio

You don’t have to compromise style for space; Image courtesy of Yvonne Purcell @sixat21

“I’d always recommend choosing a favourite spot in the garden and place a bench, bistro table and chairs or just a chair or sunlounger in that spot.” Yvonne explains, “if it’s old concrete you can stencil it and if there are weeds you can dig them up and lay decorative stones which are cheaper than decking, slabs or turf.

Next, add potted plants and festoon lights. A parasol would finish the whole look. You don’t need new furniture either and eclectic pieces from your home that you no longer use, painted in pretty colours would look great and brighten up any small space.”

Storage furniture

When it comes to small spaces, it can be tricky to include furniture and storage, luckily you can combine both!  These clever storage stools from Wayfair not only look great but provide room for garden tools, toys and cushions.

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Use storage as furniture; credit: Wayfair

Compact sofa sets

Fancy an outdoor sofa set but just don’t have room?  This compact option from the Range can be used as a comfortable seating area and pushed back against a wall when you need more space. It has a variety of combinations and with weatherproof rattan and cushions, you don’t need to worry about storing the furniture over winter.

compact sofa sets for small patio

Just push them back against a wall when you need more space; credit: The Range

Space-saving picnic table

Dreaming of a traditional picnic table but just can’t fit one on your patio? How about this space-saving table from Arbor Garden Solutions, the seats aren’t fixed to the table, allowing you to store them underneath (also avoiding the awkward seat clamber!).  It’s available in a wide range of sizes to seat from 2 to 10 people.

space saving picnic table for small patio

Store the seats underneath for more room; credit: Arbor Garden Solutions

Garden shed

If you have a garden with a small patio area, this may be where you decide to house the shed. Crucial for storing pots, tools and general garden paraphernalia, you don’t have to sacrifice huge amounts of space to include this important item in your garden. You can buy an incredible range of slimline sheds to fit all sized areas.  This Forest garden store from Wickes is just 3×2 feet. You could add a lick of paint, festoon lights and some pretty window boxes to make it a striking feature. It’s also an ideal backdrop for a bench or bistro table.

garden shed patio

Image courtesy of Yvonne Purcell @sixat21

With such a wide range of furniture options, there’s never been a better time to furnish your small patio. Get creative and make your small space work for you!  Now, where’s that cup of tea?

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