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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tiny Outdoor Space

by Reyna Thomas

Dreaming of your personal slice of paradise? Whether you're creating a space to party or a place to relax and read a book. You don't need a lot of space to make a big statement when it comes to outdoor living! So, don't worry if you have great ideas but limited space to work with; we'll show you how to make an outdoor oasis you'll enjoy with the space you have.

Measure Your Space

The last thing you want is to buy furniture only to discover it doesn’t quite fit. Always remember to make your measurements twice; you’ll always be grateful you did. Remember to account for the space around the furniture when measuring. A dining table, for example, should have at least three feet of space around it. This will allow you and your guests to comfortably pull-out chairs and sit. Similarly, a fire pit should have around four feet of space around it.

aerial view of small patio

Choose the Right Furniture

When it comes to outdoor furniture, not just anything will do — each piece needs to withstand the elements. Weatherproof furniture, if properly cared for, will last for many years and it looks great.

  • Powder-coated aluminum or steel are both sturdy and stylish, evoking a modern look.
  • Recycled plastic has a comparable modern feel to it. It's also stain-resistant and simple to clean.
  • Teak is a naturally weather-resistant wood with a lovely silvery-grey patina that develops over time.
  • The aesthetic of woven resin string is similar to that of wicker. Unlike conventional wicker, however, resin cord can survive the elements.

Pro Tip: During the off-season, if possible, keep your outdoor furniture in an enclosed space, such as a garage or shed. Alternatively, furniture coverings can be used to protect it from the weather throughout the winter.

Use Patterns in Your Design

Whether your patio's theme matches the interior of your home, or you go for an entirely distinct look outside, don't forget to incorporate color. A variety of vivid colors and patterns can quickly make a tiny patio appear larger. To make your décor stand out, choose color-coordinating motifs in both subtle and bold tones.

Nature has provided you with a lot, but there are plenty of opportunities to add color and customize your environment. Bring pops of color and vibrancy to your outdoor space with cushions and pillows on your furniture, area rugs that add color, pattern, and texture, and painting outdoor elements like fences and privacy walls.

colorful outdoor patio

Hang Lights

When the sun goes down, there’s no need to stop the fun — outdoor living has only just begun. However, to ensure that you and your guests aren't left in the literal dark, make sure you've included enough of lighting solutions. Outdoor spaces usually feature an overhead light. While this is excellent for security and illumination of the entire space, the lights can be harsh and outdated at times.

No matter how big (or small!) your outdoor space is, string or hanging twinkling lights will create the pleasant, inviting environment you desire. They'll allow your guests to view their foods while keeping the room light enough for ideal Instagram selfies. Lanterns and electric candles are also a fun decorative element, set the mood, and serve as an ample source of light.

backyard with candles and lights

Double-Duty Furniture

Double-duty furniture is a go-to solution for small-space living. A storage bench is a good example since it doubles as seating and storage, but when it comes to outfitting your outside space, you can truly think beyond the box. For instance, extra seating can be provided by a small coffee table, a stool that also doubles as a side table, or larger throw pillows (made of weatherproof fabric) that also serve as floor cushions. Don’t hesitate to get creative

patio with storage boxes

Now that you've read these tips, it's time to get started on creating the outdoor space of your dreams! Above all, be honest with yourself about your space and how you intend to utilize it. And don't let a lack of room limit your creativity when it comes to designing your own backyard hideaway!

When you're looking for the perfect items to add to your space look no further than Westco Home Furnishings. We have outdoor furniture sets, fire pits, and more to kick off your small patio decorating! If you have any questions stop in today or give us a call; we're happy to help!