11 Small Patio Ideas: How to Make a Tiny Outdoor Space Feel Huge

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Sure, it would be nice to have a sprawling backyard but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of the petite patio we do have. Especially when there are so many space saving furniture, storage and décor options specifically made for your cozy (as your landlord likes to call it) outdoor escape, just waiting to be brought to life. Here, 11 small patio ideas that will make your backyard, side yard or small patch of stone feel like an actual oasis.

10 Pieces of Small Balcony Furniture That Will Fit in Your Compact Outdoor Space

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Urban Outfitters

1. Uma Outdoor Chair

If you only have enough room for one chair, make it this one that fits the comfort of a whole couch into a compact seat.

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2. Cosmo Living By Cosmopolitan Sia Bistro 3 Piece Seating Group

Want to turn your tiny slab of concrete into a bonafide paradise? Try this pair of round, woven chairs. They come with seat cushions and a small-yet-functional side table that nestles neatly in the middle.

folding bistro table set
Home Depot

3. Hampton Bay French Cafe 3-piece Wicker Outdoor Patio Folding Bistro Set

There to create chic French ambiance when you want it. Folds flat to make extra space when you don’t.

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4. One Allium Way Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench

Kick up your feet and hide clutter at the same time. Just add a few outdoor pillows for extra personality—and comfort.

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Urban Outfitters

5. Uma Outdoor Coffee Table

Meet the ideal WFH setup: A compact coffee table that can be lifted up to create a more comfortable working environment without taking up any precious square footage.

yellow minimalist bistro set

6. Novogratz Bobbi Outdoor 3 Piece Bistro Set

With a colorful, modern design, this bistro set fits in almost any corner. Plus, the nesting stools can be tucked away, to create more floorspace when you need it.

pouf set
Home Depot

7. Keter Knit Cozy Urban Dune And Misty Blue 3-piece All-weather Patio Conversation Set

The poufs can be used as a footrest or as extra seating. But our favorite feature is the liftoff top on the side table, which is ideal for hidden storage.

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8. Zipcode Design Holliston 3 Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group With Cushions

A corner sectional can make even the tightest space feel like a sprawling day club. Just make sure you keep the chilled rosé close by.

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9. Flatwoven Catalina Indoor/outdoor Rug

Don’t overcrowd your patio with complicated patterns. This neutral rug will help define the space, while the blue tassels will add just a hint of color.

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10. Anthropologie Hanging Dip Pots (set Of 3)

When floor space is precious, just move your plants upward. This trio of hanging pots can be affixed to almost any wall and will help introduce Zen-like bungalow vibes, even in the middle of the city.

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11. Coolaroo 12' Triangle Shade Sail

Create shade without a clunky umbrella. This sail provides ample sun protection and it will easily transform your patio into a chic resort.

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